Mangum Main Street to host Sustainable Preservation Workshop

August 15, 2013

For anyone interested in learning about sustainable preservation, Mangum Main Street will host “Renewing the Vision on Main Street,” a workshop on the care and maintenance of the historic district.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the Greer County Welcome Center, 119 E. Jefferson in Mangum.
Guest speaker will be Oklahoma Main Street Architect Larry Lucas. He will review the state’s current approach to the design point before discussing where the program is going in the future. Topics will include authentic preservation, appropriate maintenance, and green design. Workshop participants will gain knowledge on the right way to approach design improvements downtown, and about making preservation efforts more sustainable.
“The future of Main Street lies in holistic thinking toward the idea of sustainable preservation,” said Lucas. “I hope to pass on an understanding of why we should care about making Main Street districts more sustainable, and give those that attend some new tools to become more progressive in their efforts. This workshop is not limited to just Main Street towns. It will focus on the historic core of any area.”
Wayne Vaughn, program manager of Mangum Main Street, said hosting the workshop presented an opportunity to showcase Mangum and what it has to offer, as well as helping other areas.
“There are a lot of exciting things happening in Mangum right now, but we can always use some more training to help clarify the purpose and the vision,” said Vaughn. “We had a great group of people who were instrumental in the formation of the Main Street program back in 2004. My hope is that this will help renew that enthusiasm. I know many towns and programs could use it too.”
The cost of the workshop is free and open to the public. Interested individuals may call the Mangum Main Street office at (580) 782-3770 for more information and to RSVP.