"Preserving Timeless Treasures" is the theme of the 2015 Victorian Architecture Conference which will be held September 18 & 19 at the Quality Inn & Conference Center in Franklin, PA. The conference offers something for everyone including workshops on: the preservation & maintenance of hardwood flooring; how to research the history of your home or building; understanding slate roofing; how to repair plaster; a walking tour of Miller Park; an escorted bus tour of the Victorian Architecture of the Oil Region; and a traditional Victorian tea at the Egbert-Mullins-Koos house.
Educators may receive Act 48 continuing education credit by attending one or more of the 16 accredited workshops.
Two featured speakers with local connections will provide talks on the rich Victorian Architecture of the Oil Region.
Eric A. Hutchinson, a 1986 graduate of Oil City High School, will speak at a Dessert Reception on Friday night at DeBence Antique Music World. He graduated from Washington & Jefferson College in 1990 and in 2004 received his Master of Arts in Historic Preservation from the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University of Pennsylvania. His thesis topic researched the origins and restoration of the historic roofing technique, American side-lapped shingles. He is currently employed as a Project Leader and Exhibits Specialist at the Historic Preservation Training Center, a unit of the National Park Service, in Frederick, MD.
Lu Donnelly, a historian and author from Pittsburgh, will present "Vernacular to Spectacular, Victorian Architecture in Northwest Pennsylvania" as the keynote speaker at the concluding banquet on Saturday at the Quality Inn. Lu was the keynote speaker at the Victorian Architecture Conference in 2002, the same year that "Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania," a book she co-authored, was published. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburgh History & Landmarks Foundation and writes a regular column entitled "Architecture Around Us" in the magazine, "Western Pennsylvania History."
Guests may attend the entire two-day conference or any workshop, tour, tea, or meal which meets their schedule.
For more information about the conference, including a complete schedule and pricing, visit www.oilregion.org and click on the icon on the home page, or call Toni Kresinski, Project Manager, at 800-483-6264 x 110.