OIL CITY, PA. -- The stories of historical homes and how to preserve the homes for future generations will be spotlighted at the third annual Victorian Architecture and its Preservation Conference on May 18-19.
The all-day conference May 18 will be at the Quality Inn and Conference Center in Franklin, Pa.
It begins with breakfast at 8 a.m. and features seminars on home preservation and opportunities for tours of Victorian buildings in the Venango County area. This includes a guided walking tour in Oil City titled "The Street Where We Live -- Intimate Stories of West First Street Homes and their Families." Events May 18 conclude with a dinner at 6 p.m. and keynote address on "Architecture of Western Pennsylvania: Progress Report," delivered by Lu Donnelly of the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum.
May 19 consists of a single event, the Oil City walking tour, beginning at 1:30 p.m.
Costs are $45 for the May 18 conference and $5 for the May 19 walking tour.
For more information or to register, call (814) 677-3152, Ext. 11 or 15, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or check out www.victorianregion.com. The deadline is May 3.
The conference is sponsored by the Venango Economic Development Corporation in partnership with the Oil Heritage Region Inc., the Historic Franklin Preservation Association and the Venango County Historical Society.
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