Home repair workshops are free

Wichitans will get a chance to attend five home repair workshops featuring topics such as painting, wood repair and restoration of windows.

A $1,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation will be used to sponsor a home repair seminar conducted by Bob Yapp, a nationally known preservation educator.

Sessions include:

**Paint it right — Learn how to get a 12- to 15-year paint job for your historic house. Participants will be asked to choose a morning or afternoon session on March 30 or March 31. Sessions will be from 9 a.m. to noon and 2 to 5 p.m. Although sessions are free, organizers encourage people wanting to attend to reserve a seat by e-mailing kmorgan@wichita.gov.

**Historic wood repairs — For Wichita residents only. The April 1 session is hands-on training for repairing deteriorated wood elements. Cost is $40 for the all-day session, which covers materials and lunch. Space is limited to 12 participants. A lottery will be held for available spaces at 10 a.m. March 22 in the Metropolitan Area Planning Department director’s conference room.

**Restoration and repair of historic windows — For Wichita residents only. Participants will remove putty and paint, repair, re-glaze, paint and re-install the window. The one-day session is April 2 and April 3.

Deadline to register for each of the sessions is 5 p.m. March 19. E-mail kmorgan@wichita.gov or register at the Wichita-Sedgwick County Metropolitan Area Planning Department’s 10th floor office in City Hall, 455 N. Main.

Since 2002, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has allocated more than $5.5æmillion in grant money to communities around the nation for local projects. The grants typically range from $500 to $5,000. The money is awarded to nonprofit groups, educational institutions and public agencies.

Local matching donations were received from Grant Rine Architectural Salvage, Weigand Realtors, AIA Wichita, Far Oaks Development LLC and the City of Wichita’s Historic Preservation Office.

For more information contact Kathy Morgan at the city of Wichita’s Historic Preservation Office at 316-268-4421 or kmorgan@wichita.gov.