Rediscovering Traditional Mortar: The More Sustainable Solution



This two-day workshop will provide participants an opportunity to learn more appropriate methods for repointing, like for like, using quicklime mortar. The presenter is Nigel Copsey, a leading instructor of historic preservation techniques for masonry restoration. Copsey is a stone mason, building conservator, and Research Associate of the Department of Archaeology at the University of York, England.



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Workshop Agenda


The first day of this two-day workshop will primarily consist of classroom and lab learning through demonstration and explanations. these classes will be held at Wayne State College. 



On the second day, participants will be using this knowledge on a hands-on application at the Wayne County Courthouse. 


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Participants are required to furnish their own OSHA approved safety gear: hard hat, eye protection, gloves, etc.



A block of rooms has been reserved for attendees of the workshop at the Cobblestone Hotel in Wayne, Nebraska. The block code is: Masonry Workshop. *** IMPORTANT *** The hotel cannot accept the block code on their website. If using the block code, please make your reservation by phone at 402-833-1300.



Registrations will be limited to 30 participants per workshop. Registration will be open to state employees and NMA members from March 21 to April 4. Afterward, registration will be open to the general public.



History Nebraska is proud to present this workshop in conjunction with the Nebraska Masonry Alliance and with the support of the Wayne County Board of Commissioners, the State of Nebraska Task Force for Building Renewal, and Kingery Construction.


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