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Arts & Culture

Rehabber Club: You Can Do It

If you're rehabbing an older house or business, there's a resource in town you may not be familiar with. It's called, appropriately enough, Rehabber Club. Shanon Miller knows about historic structures--she runs the city's Office of Historic Preservation.

"The concept is to be kind of a network of anyone who's interested in rehabbing historic structures in San Antonio."

As to who can join the Rehabber Club, Miller says the list is a long one.

"Do-it-yourselfers, contractors, skilled laborers, trades people."

And that includes homeowners just trying to work their way through the city paperwork end, as well as the pounding nails part of rehabbing.

"It can be a sort of support group. If they run into problems they can kind of help each other.  We'll be training at least once a month. Sometimes it's just a lunch-and-learn type of event. Sometimes it'll be a technical training event, like window rehab skills."

The free club has a series of events coming up.

"Tuesday night we have a an event related to black history and culture in San Antonio that is cosponsored by the Conservation Society," she said. Then she smiled. "We are also having our Amazing Preservation Race for adults on this coming Saturday, and then the Amazing Preservation Race for kids the following Saturday. Those are fun kind of adventure races where people have to complete challenges to get a clue and move on to the next location. The adult race will be in South Town this year, beginning and ending at the Friendly Spot.  And also an event on the 18th to discuss the probable first site of the Mission San Antonio de Valero, which is known as the Alamo."

Miller notes that May is National Preservation Month

Find more on the Rehabber Club here