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Manchester, NH--Have fun and learn from the experts at this unusual expo that helps old house and barn owners and enthusiasts with appropriate and affordable solutions. You’ll learn about new strategies for homes from the 1700s-1970s, get up close with traditional arts and demonstrations, and meet a new generation of preservationists. Create your own show “itinerary” and explore preservation strategies, architecture, craft and history through hourly lectures, visits with high quality exhibitors, demonstrators and “Old House and Barn Doctor” sessions March 21-22, 2020. This event only comes around every other year, so don’t miss it! You will enjoy:

  • More than 100 exhibitors and presenters. Expanded demonstrations.
  • Back by popular demand! Tips for barn repair, energy efficiency, researching house history, insurance and financing, stone wall building, timber framing and wood turning.
  • New this year! Strategies for down-sizers and first-time homebuyers, extreme weather preparedness, foundation and masonry, gilding, heating and cooling, household hazards, interior finishes, new old homes from the 1950s-70s, pest management, porch history and preservation, and much more.
  • An Expo scavenger hunt for children (and adults) as well as opportunities to observe and try building crafts.

Featured presenters include Andi Axman, editor of New Hampshire Homemagazine; Dr. James L. Garvin, award-winning architectural historian; Scott T. Hanson, Author, Restoring Your Historic House (2019); Gordon Hayward, nationally-recognized garden writer and designer; and Professor Thomas D. Visser, UVM, Historic Preservation Program. Next generation preservationists will be featured in lectures and on the show floor.

Event sponsors to date include Bedard Preservation & Restoration, Ian Blackman, LLC Restoration & Preservation, First Period Colonial Preservation/Restoration, Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, Innerglass Window Systems, N.H. State Council on the Arts, Vintage Kitchens, Ahlgren and Son Builders, Fifield Building Restoration & Relocation, LLC, Preservation Timber Framing, ReVision Energy. Media partners include Antique Homes Magazine, Louis Karno & Company, N.H. Home, NHPBS, Old House Journal and WMUR.

Organizational sponsors include AIANH, Association of the Historical Societies of NH, Historic New England, LCHIP, Manchester Historic Association, NH Division of Historical Resources, NH Historical Society, NH Realtors, North Bennet Street School, Plan NH, The Preservation Education Institute, Sanborn Mills Farm and Timber Framers Guild.

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance strengthens communities and stimulates local economies by encouraging the protection and revival of historic buildings and places.


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If you go:

New Hampshire Old House & Barn Expo

Presented by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22, 2020

Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

At the Double Tree by Hilton Manchester Downtown in Manchester, NH

$12 for adults; $7 for seniors and students. Children 12 and under free.

Contact:  603-224-2281 or www.nhpreservation.org


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