Historic Augusta has a busy month planned

Historic Augusta has several events scheduled for February.

Myrick Howard, executive director of Preservation North Carolina, will speak at 4 p.m. Monday at Historic Augusta's office in the Lamar House, 415 Seventh St.

"He is a real expert on revolving funds and rehabilitation endeavors in neighborhoods," said Historic Augusta's Julia Jackson.

Mr. Howard has written a book, Time for Heritage: How to Save an Endangered Historic Property.

He will also spend time with Historic Augusta's staff during his visit.

"He will help us tackle some of the toughest cases," said Ms. Jackson, citing properties on the organization's annual Endangered Properties list.

Monday's lecture is free.

One preservation success story will be highlighted later this month. The Stovall-Barnes House, at 1211 Greene St., was on the organization's endangered list in 2007. Renovation of the house has been completed, and it will be open to the public for a tour and ceremony at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Four upscale apartments are part of the home.

One of Historic Augusta's major endeavors is the operation of the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, which was designated as a National Historic Landmark in October.

On President's Day, Feb. 16, admission to the house museum will be free.

In conjunction with the efforts of the house museum to preserve the legacy of the former president, there will be a special program at 7 p.m. Feb. 26. William and Sue Wills will portray the president and his two wives, Ellen, who died in 1914, and Edith, whom he married in 1915. The program is part of the Dr. Edward J. Cashin Memorial Woodrow Wilson Lecture.

"They travel the country portraying presidents and first ladies," said Ms. Jackson.

For more information on any of the scheduled events, call Historic Augusta at (706) 724-0436.

Reach Charmain Brackett at charmain.brackett@augustachronicle.com.


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