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Preservation Week kicks off with 5K run

Historic Preservation Week kicks off Saturday and includes everything from a 5K run to an antiques appraisal.
“New Frontiers in Preservation” aims to spark an interest in local history and also offers participants tips on preservation.
The week starts Saturday with a 5K run through downtown Lincolnton. The race starts at 9 a.m. at the Cultural Center. Anyone who hasn’t signed up can register the day of the race starting at 7:30 a.m.
At 10 a.m. a one-mile Fun Run/Walk for kids and adults will start, and awards will be given out at 10:30 a.m. Food from area restaurants will be available.
At 9 a.m. Sunday the Assault on Hog Hill 25/60-mile Bike Ride will take place. Packets can be picked up starting at 7:30 a.m. the day of the race. Cost to enter is $20.
One of the week’s big draws is Wednesday’s Antiques Appraisal Night, hosted by the Lincoln County Historical Association and the Downtown Development Association.
Residents can bring family heirlooms and antiques and have them looked at by appraisers.
Jason Harpe, director of the Lincoln County Museum of History, said identification, not value, will be the main focus of the night.
“The night is mainly to help people identify what they have, not so much the monetary value,” Harpe said.
Roughly 100 people attended the event last year, and Harpe is hoping for even more this year.
People are encouraged to bring anything they’d like to know more about, but try to limit the number of items to four or five, he said.
The event is free and runs from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Cultural Center’s reception hall.
As part of the station’s Road Trip, WCNC’s 6 NEWS will be broadcasting live from the Cultural Center from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Anchors will talk to participants about items they brought, highlight different aspects of Lincolnton and broadcast weather and sports reports from various locations around the Cultural Center.
On Saturday, Tim Pyatt, university archivist at Duke University, will host a session called “Preserving Your Church’s History.” The workshop will attempt to help answer some basic questions for church historians on documenting religious history.
Participants can learn what should be saved, the correct way to store items, the best way to display them and who to turn to for advice and supplies.
The workshop runs from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. and costs $15.
For more information or for a complete schedule of events, call the Museum of History at 704-748-9090.by Alice Smith

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