Register Now for the Historic Window Restoration Workshop

Historic Window Restoration Workshop Led by Duffy Hoffman

Window Restoration

This is the first of a series of historic preservation educational workshops in the Building Arts, teaching traditional building techniques. At this workshop you can learn how to…and WHY one should retain, restore and preserve historic windows instead of trashing them with new vinyl or metal replacements.

The Workshop will begin on Sunday, 26 June with a presentation on the basics of restoring windows and again…WHY one should. This portion of the program is free and open to the public; details of registering for the actual workshop, which runs from Monday, 27 June through Friday, 01 July.

The Windows Workshop is funded in part by Mississippi Department of Archives and History and their Certified Local Government grants program, through the National Park Service; promotional funds are provided through Mississippi Development Authority “Visit Mississippi.”


Sunday, June 26th: 4 PM – Restoring Windows Basics 101- FREE community open forum.

Monday, June 27th – Friday, July 1st: 9 AM- 4 PM- Workshop sessions at historic Chalmers Institute.

Window restoration materials, specialty tools on site as well as protective glasses and gloves provided.


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Duffy Hoffman, Preservation Specialist, is the owner of Hoffman Preservation and Restoration, Inc. which is a professional practice which focuses upon educational workshops as well as advocates for the preservation of historic properties. This is accomplished through teaching proper treatment of restoring historic windows, woodwork, plaster, porch repairs, historic structure stabilization & maintenance and weatherization of historic buildings.

Hoffman, is one of the most inclusive window and historic painting and paint removal restoration professionals in the US. Duffy travels the country consulting on historic projects and primarily window sash restorations and is highly regarded throughout the historical trade community for developing techniques that anyone can learn. Take this unique opportunity to learn hands-on historic preservation techniques one-on-one!

This is the first of historic preservation outreach workshops, hosted by Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc. (PMCHS), whose goal is to teach historic building owners; contractors and professionals about the nuts & bolts of proper treatment of historic properties, according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.


Cost for 5-Day Workshop:

State Historic Preservation Officers – $200.00

Professionals and contractors – $200.00

Local preservationists in training – $100.00

Students from local vocational schools – FREE

FEE includes breakfast and lunch and drinks are provided on site at Chalmers Institute


Email us at or call (901) 336-4090 for information. Click below to register.



Preserve Marshall County & Holly Springs, Inc. (501c3) formed in 2005 with the hope of bringing historic preservation advocacy and educational outreach to the community. As one of our inaugural undertakings we acquired Chalmers Institute and are currently working to not only pay off the bank note on the property but to stabilize and eventually rehabilitate Chalmers Institute into regional resource once more. Constructed in 1837, Chalmers Institute, was Mississippi’s first legislatively recognized University. Within these walls countless leaders, writers, educators, and citizens received the educational foundations that would help to shape their lives, careers, and region’s history. Its enrollment actively continued until 1879 when it became another casualty of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878. This proud structure entered its second life as residence until the 1980s. It now awaits its third life as a contributing member of the community with your help.