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State Historical Society of Iowa Press Release

For immediate release August 25, 2010

Contact: Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515) 281-3858

Historic preservation conference set for Red Oak

Keynote speaker is Steve Thomas of “This Old House” and “Renovation Nation”

(DES MOINES) – The State Historical Society of Iowa is partnering with the Red Oak Historic Preservation Commission to host the state’s annual historic preservation conference next month in Red Oak.

“Vintage Red Oak” will be Sept. 17-19, 2010, in Red Oak and features keynote speaker Steve Thomas, the former host of “This Old House” and current host of “Renovation Nation.” Workshops and sessions will include:

  • History of Red Oak Iowa
  • Surveying Historic Districts
  • Developmental Impact on Historic Neighborhoods
  • Financial Incentives
  • Preservation Basics
  • Architects of Iowa

“Vintage Red Oak” is a biennial celebration that grew out of an initiative created by Red Oak residents known as “Red Oak Vision - 7 x 11,” a celebration of all things related to the history of Red Oak.

Registration information is available at www.vintageredoak.com.

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The State Historical Society of Iowa is a division of the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, and is a trustee of Iowa's historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa's past. It identifies, records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa's historical resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout the state. Visit www.iowahistory.org or call 515-281-5111 for more information.

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