Wheeling Young Preservationists

Preserving Wheeling’s past builds a better community today

6:00 PM18:00

Wheeling Young Preservationist's Speak Easy

This month's Speak Easy series features local landscape architect, Gabe Hays. Mr. Hays has a wide array of history in landscape architecture. He has been involved in planning and designing experiences at some of the finest botanical gardens, arboretums, and private estates in the nation in over 12 states. In addition, he has been involved in the planning and design for scenic byways, streetscapes, historical sites, campuses, community parks, military family housing, and various residential projects. Mr. Hays owned and operated Hays Landscape Architecture for over 18 years until just recently the company became a part of the operations of Wallace-Pancher Group. 

We look forward to hearing Mr. Hays discuss the concept of preservation in relation to cultural and historical landscapes. The Speak Easy series, like all of our happy hours, are free to participate in. Please join us August 31, from 6:00 until 7:30 at the third floor of River City, there will be a brief Q&A following Mr. Hays speech and then a more casual happy hour setting will follow downstairs.

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6:30 PM18:30

WYP Wheeling Trivia Night

Put your knowledge of the Friendly City to the test! For this month's happy hour, WYP will be bringing the fun with six rounds of Wheeling-themed trivia questions. Arrive early to get a good seat and register your team!
Be sure to follow our Facebook page for weekly practice questions and to get special hints leading up to trivia night!

WYP Wheeling Trivia Happy Hour will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at River City. We look forward to seeing you! 

1st place: $30 River City gift card
2nd place: $20 River City gift card
3rd place: $10 River City gift card

For questions, send us a message or email us at wheelingyoungpreservationists@gmail.com

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6:00 PM18:00

WYP Home Buying Seminar

Buying a home is an important milestone, do you know where to start? Join us this month to learn the basics. 
We will cover a variety of topics, including:
-How to find the perfect home
-Securing financing
-The ins and outs of homeowners insurance
-Researching your home's history

Guest speakers include: Missy Ashemore- Kennan and Kennan Realtors, Laura Mull-State Farm Insurance, Jeanne Finstein-Friends of Wheeling, and more!

Location: River City Artisan Center - 3rd floor.

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7:30 PM19:30

Happy Hour - Following the Historic Tax Credit Workshop

The Historic Tax Credit Workshop is hosted by the City’s Historic Landmarks Commission and presented by Jennifer Brennan. Ms. Brennan is a Structural Historian with the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office. Marlo A. Long will also be presenting. Ms. Long is Senior Vice President and Community Development Specialist with BB&T Bank. This free workshop will cover the following topics:

  • How to get a structure listed on the National Register
  • An Overview of the Historic Tax Credit Program & How to Apply
  • Commercial Project Specific Information
  • Residential Project Specific Information
  • Tax Credit Finance/Syndication

Join us afterwards for a recap of the workshop over drinks at River City Restaurant. As the workshop coincides with our mission, we didn't want to overlap the events. Our signature speak-easy happy hour will begin again in June!

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6:45 PM18:45

Preservation Tour + Movie Night

Join us to celebrate National Preservation Month with a tour of the historic Towngate Theatre, led by Tim Thompson. Following the tour will be a screening of Need or Greed, a movie featuring local talent that was written and shot in Wheeling by Undependent Films and a group of local filmmakers.

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9:00 AM09:00

Mt. Wood Cemetery Workday

Join us at Mt. Wood Cemetery for a 3-4 hour work session.  We will work together with other volunteers from the community to level, reset, and clean the gravestones and monuments in this dilapidated graveyard.  No experience necessary - we will teach you what you need to know!  

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11:00 AM11:00

Afternoon in Centre Market

This event will draw attention to the preservation success story that is Centre Market. Local businesses that participate will have decals in the windows of their shop, which will at the least be two hashtags; one national (#thisplacematters) and one local (#wheelove) both of which draw attention to historic structures and pertain to preservation. There will also be a QR code to find an online resource of both businesses participating, as well as the histories of their respective buildings. Through that online resource we will also have pamphlets available that include the histories. Tours will be offered of several buildings, both of individual buildings as well as the Centre Market itself. Casa Di Vino will be hosting a wine tasting that would take place in the early afternoon. 

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