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Home tours and restoration tips

Inspiration and information on affordable historic restoration of buildings will be presented at the 16th annual Preservation Celebration, 4:30–6:30 p.m. May 18 at the Prairie Edge LLC and American Hydrogeology Corp. campus, at 6869 S. Sprinkle Road.

The event, whose theme is “Restoration for a New Era,” will be presented by the Portage Historic District Commission. It will include tours of an 1892 Queen Anne home and other restored homes on the site, as well as exhibits of historical cars and tools. Mick Lynch, owner and president of both the Prairie Edge historic restoration company and AHC, will share his knowledge of restoration techniques, as will Blair Bates of Building Restoration Inc. There will also be a “mini-expo” on resources for materials and craftsmanship.

The event is free. For more information, visit or call 329-4400.