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Covered Bridges program at the Conway Historical Society
The Conway Historical Society is pleased to announce that Arnold Graton will give a talk on “Covered Bridges” on May 8 at 7 PM at the Salyard’s Performing Arts Center in Conway Village. Graton is the foremost authority on covered bridges. His company, Arnold Graton Associates, has built new covered bridges and restored covered bridges all over the United States. He has over 63 years of experience in covered bridge restoration and construction including 36 years with his father, Milton Graton. Together they built 10 new covered bridges and restored more than 65, using traditional methods and materials. Since his father’s passing, he has built 17 new covered bridges working with his wife and son.
The Gratons have been involved recently on a major covered bridge reconstruction project in Kentucky, as well as continuing to consult on several New England covered bridge projects. Two years ago the Gratons worked with the Gary Millen Foundation in moving and placing the authentically built 36-foot town lattice covered bridge, from Story Land to Kennett High School. The bridge was moved into place at Kennett in a traditional manner using capstan winch and oxen. The bridge was originally built by Arnold Graton for a New Hampshire display at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC in 1999. It was later displayed for many years at Heritage NH.
The Covered Bridge program on May 8 is the second of a series of historical programs that the Conway Historical Society will be presenting this year. Please check out the Conway Historical Society’s website for more information: www.conwayhistoricalsociety.org . All Conway Historical Society’s programs are free and open to the public, beginning at 7 PM at the Salyard’s Performing Arts Center in Conway.
Please join us on Tuesday evening at the lower level of the Salyards for this interesting program at 7:00 P.M.
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