The Shrewsbury-Windle House in 1926. (HMI photo)
The Shrewsbury-Windle House in 1926. (HMI photo)

Two public programs focusing on historic preservation are planned for Thursday and Friday in Madison.

The presentations will be given by nationally-known professionals visiting Madison for an intensive study of the Shrewsbury-Windle House, which is owned by Historic Madison Inc.

The first free program is at 5 p.m. Thursday at Madison City Hall. The presentation will be about creative, non-traditional uses for historic buildings.

The focus will be on older structures typically used as museums. Speakers are Kim Trent, executive director of Knox Heritage in Knoxville, Tenn.; Gareth Evans, executive director of the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts in Wilmington, N.C.; Kirk Huffaker, executive director of Utah Heritage Foundation in Salt Lake City, Utah; and Marsh Davis, president of Indiana Landmarks in Indianapolis.

A second presentation will be at noon Friday by Trent, entitled “Why Preservation is Cool - Having Fun While Preserving Our Heritage.” The presentation will be at the Livery Stable. Those who want to attend the free lecture only may arrive at 12:30 p.m. Reservations are required for lunch, which costs $12 and is payable at the door.

Reservations may be made by calling the HMI office at (812) 265-2967 or emailing hmi@historicmadisoninc.com. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday. Seating is limited.

Trent has worked in preservation professionally and as a community volunteer and advocate at the local, state and national level for more than 20 years and is a proponent of preservation-based community and economic development.

 The presentations are part of an intensive, three-day study, called a charrette to review and comment on the Historic Madison, Inc. plans to rehabilitate the Shrewsbury-Windle House National Historic Landmark for continued use as a museum and event venue. The charrette is an opportunity for the Historic Madison, Inc. volunteers and staff, and local residents to learn from professionals with expertise in this type of undertaking. This charrette has been funded in part by a grant from the Peter H. Brink Leadership Fund of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

HMI completed a $550,000 emergency exterior rehabilitation of the Shrewsbury-Windle House in Sept. 2014. Planning begins in 2015 to rehabilitate and preserve the interior of the 1849 home and upgrade the extensive gardens for outdoor events. Interior repairs will be supported by a $375,000 challenge grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation of Janesville, Wis. with $750,000 in matching contributions from private donors, businesses and other organizations.

The Shrewsbury House is one of 15 properties owned, operated and maintained by HMI.