The Downtown Sheridan Association in partnership with the Alliance for Historic Wyoming, is offering a free workshop entitled “Preserving the Character of Your Community: Historic Preservation.”  This workshop will be in Sheridan on November 8th at the DSA Office located at 121 S. Main Street. The workshop will highlight the historic qualities of downtown Sheridan and provide information about how these qualities can be preserved and enhanced.

The workshop is free and open to the public with a choice of either a morning 9-11:30 am or a 1- 3:30 pm afternoon session.

The morning workshop will be tailored for builders, building/business owners and architects.  AIA CES are available to architects attending the workshop($50 processing fee)  Topics to be covered include the basics of historic preservation and why old places matter: Sheridan’s historic architectural legacy; and how to preserve historic character when rehabbing older buildings, including instructions on complying with the Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Buildings.”

The afternoon session will be tailored to City and County officials; as well as, staff members and interested community members.  This session will focus on more general historic preservation issues such as recognition and designation programs and increasing public interest in and support for historic preservation. 

All participants will receive a certificate of completion from the Downtown Sheridan Association and the Alliance for Historic Wyoming.  Presenters for the workshop are Mary Humstone and Lesley Gilmore.  Ms. Humstone is very familiar with Sheridan as she has completed several National Register nominations and guided the development/reconstruction of the Sheridan Inn with the past building owners, the non-profit organization known as The Sheridan Heritage Center. Mary has 35 years’ professional experience in historic preservation.  She worked for the National Trust for Historic Preservation for 15 years and has operated her own preservation consulting firm since 1999.  Currently, she teaches historic preservation and architectural history at the University of Wyoming.

Lesley Gilmore is the Director of Historic Preservation Services for CTA Architects Engineers, a multi-disciplinary firm with offices in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana.  She is a licensed architect with over 30 years’ experience in various aspects of historic preservation, preservation planning, and related architectural design and coordination.  Lesley is pleased to have assessed a wide variety of interesting properties throughout Wyoming, primarily under the auspices of the Historic Architecture Assistance Fund, as guided by the Alliance for Historic Wyoming. 

While the workshop is free and open to the public, interested participants are requested to pre-register with DSA prior to the Workshop.  For more information, Contact Zoila Perry at 672-8881.