LIVERMORE —  The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center recently received a $15,000 grant from the Belvedere Fund Historic Preservation Grants Program of the Maine Community Foundation in cooperation with the Maine Historic Preservation Commission.

“This grant will help to restore up to 12 historic windows in the 1867 Washburn family mansion. The windows are located in the ell portion of the estate, which houses the original kitchen and a caretaker’s apartment,” said Sheri Leahan, Norlands director.

The project consists of repairing sashes, reglazing, replacing historic glass, refurbishing hardware such as locks, weights and pulleys, and painting.

“We’re not only thrilled that these historic windows will be saved for many more years, but that also they will be made more energy efficient with new weather-stripping,” commented Jane Frost, Washburn-Norlands Foundation board of trustees president.

Marc Bagala, owner and president of Bagala Window Works, is overseeing the work in his shop in Falmouth. Two windows have already been removed from the Washburn kitchen and are being restored at Bagala Window Works.

The newly-preserved windows will be returned during a window preservation workshop held at the Norlands on Sunday, Aug. 3.

The public is invited to attend the daylong historic window preservation workshop being held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Using the historic windows and space in the 1867 Washburn Mansion’s kitchen, the workshop will cover traditional window maintenance and offer guidance on simple techniques to keep them working properly and energy efficient.

Bagala will guide participants on how to identify basic window parts, disassemble a window without doing damage, identify which parts need repair or replacement, tips and techniques for making windows energy efficient, identify compatible materials for maintenance, how to reassemble windows so they work freely in their jambs and  hands-on glass cutting and glazing.

A $50 workshop fee includes instructional materials and lunch and benefits the window restoration project. Space is limited. Reservations are required by Wednesday, July 30. Call 207-897-4366 or email [email protected]

For more information about Norlands and its programs, visit www.norlands.org.


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