Historic Arkansas Museum Hosts Log Cabin Repair Workshop

Historic Arkansas Museum - Monday, March 09, 2015

LITTLE ROCK (Jan. 2, 2015) – Historic Arkansas Museum will host a log cabin repair and restoration workshop, March 9 through 13, on the museum’s log house grounds. The workshop is offered through the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies and Heritage Preservation Resources and costs $500. To register, participants should go to The workshop will consist of two to three hours of daily lectures, and three to four hours a day repairing a log cabin. Lecture topics consist of: decay and deterioration causes; installing logs and making notches; appropriate finishes/coatings for log buildings; daubing do’s and don’ts; checks, cracks and other log maintenance issues; foundations, roofs, moisture and the big picture.

Following the Standards of the Secretary of the Interior for Historic Preservation, Heritage Preservation Resources provides clients and students with restoration and repair strategies that are high quality and near-original appearance, with lower maintenance requirements. In this workshop, log cabin expert Joe Gallagher ( will teach participants to investigate and repair log cabin deterioration problems in various log buildings. Mr. Gallagher has been working on historic structures more than three decades and was employed by the U.S. Forest Service for 30+ years. Educated in archaeology and historic preservation, he continues to learn from and interact with other log structure conservationists, as well as experts in related fields. While an employee of the U.S. Forest Service, Gallagher restored dozens of historic structures.

Historic Arkansas Museum is open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the galleries and parking are free; admission to the historic grounds is $2.50 for adults, $1 for children under 18, $1.50 for senior citizens. The Historic Arkansas Museum Store is open 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Historic Arkansas Museum is an agency of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, which was created in 1975 to preserve and enhance the heritage of the state of Arkansas. Other agencies of the department are Delta Cultural Center in Helena, Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Mosaic Templars Cultural Center and Old State House Museum.


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(501) 324-9307 or email [email protected] .