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Celebrating National Historic Preservation Month In May

The Heritage Preservation Society of Putnam County is hosting three exciting and enlightening events in May to celebrate National Historic Preservation Month. All are free and open to the public. The Society is also announcing plans for an historic house tour in June to coordinate with these happenings.

On May 4th the kickoff was a program on historic landscaping: plantings and plans that reflect the past in the present. This unique event was held at the Putnam County Museum. Internationally-recognized speaker Gregory Pierceall, Professor Emeritus of Purdue University, of the Horticulture/Landscape Architecture Department, elaborated on the method and research needed to develop a landscape plan for an historic property and structure. The presentation outlined through examples the site design process and potential. Professor Pierceall has received many awards for his work in this field, including the Smart Garden Best Public City Garden in Chicago 2009 and the APLD 2003 International Award of Distinction. For a future event, the Heritage Preservation Society has invited Pierceall to develop a planting design specifi- cally to highlight the Civil War Monument in Forest Hills Cemetery.

The second event will be held on Tuesday, May 14th, at 7 p.m. at the Putnam County Public Library in the Local History Room. Genealogist, Diana Brumfield, of PCPL, will share her process for tracing the history of a home and its inhabitants. The recently renovated Ireland House on Anderson Street and its first family will be used as a working example. Diana will also share 1870 news clippings describing the event and participants of the dedication of the Civil War Monument of Putnam County.

The last event in May will feature John Warner, the preservation consultant from Indianapolis. He will speak on his continuing work for the National Register nomination of Forest Hill Cemetery. This will be held at the Putnam County Museum, Saturday May 31st at 10:30 a.m. Mr. Warner was most recently involved in the successful listing of several local districts on the National Register, including the Eastern

Enlargement where the John Ireland House is located.

The Ireland House is a prime example of the architectural details that define a classic Italianate structure. This ornatelydetailed home was erected circa 1887 by the owner of a mill yard, and beautifully showcases the stunning woodwork produced there. The building was painstakingly restored by DeP auw University to accommodate visiting faculty and dignitaries. The Heritage Preservation Society will open the house to the public on June 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for children. Proceeds will benefit the restoration efforts for the Civil War Monument.

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