Celebrate Preservation Month with the PHDC

In 1973, the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced May as National Preservation Month to promote historic places, instill national and community pride and promote heritage tourism, as well as the social and economic benefits of historic preservation. Portage will have its own celebration hosted by the Portage Historic District Commission (PHDC). On Saturday,May 12 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. the public is invited to ‘A Day in the Life’ celebration event at the Charles VanRiper/Cully Gage homestead at 3821 West Milham Avenue. The event is sponsored by local preservationist, Mick Lynch, who will open the 1859 Greek Revival brick homestead to the public for tours of the house and barn.

Other activities will take place, including demonstrations by Forge in the Forest Blacksmith, the Kalamazoo Model Railroad Historical Society and games hosted by the Portage District Library and Portage Parks & Recreation. Music will be performed throughout the day and light refreshments will be provided by Latitude 42’s “Kitchen & Kegs”. A presentation by Rock Bartley, Owner of Rock Built, titled “Taking Trim from New to Old - how to adapt new trim to look old and match the home’s aesthetic” will take place at 2 p.m.

A “Mini-Expo” of organizations involved with restoration and local history will run throughout the day. Exhibitors include: Medullary Studios Woodworking, Berkshire Hathaway Realty, Portage District Library, Oshtemo Historical Society, Vicksburg Historical Society, WMU Public History Program, WMU Regional Archives and more!

Tickets are $5 each (12 and under, free) and can be purchased at EventBrite.com or at Portage City Hall, as well as at the homestead on the day of the event. All proceeds benefit the work of the Portage Historic District Commission. Parking will be located on the property at 3821 West Milham. For more information visit us on Facebook or on the Historic District Commission web page or call Portage City Hall at (269) 329-4513.