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Salisbury house restoration to air on History Channel twice weekly

The History Channel’s program featuring local restoration of the McCubbins-McCanless House will air twice weekly on Government Access Channel 16, starting Saturday.

The program, called “Save our History, A Victorian Reborn,” will air at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 7 p.m. on Wednesday through the spring, officials with the city and the Historic Salisbury Foundation announced Wednesday.

The segment covers a period beginning in December 2005 and tracing the Historic Salisbury’s revitalization of the two-story Queen Anne Victorian structure. The program also highlights other preservation efforts throughout Salisbury.

The foundation received a donation for the restoration from The History Channel and the Lowe’s Home Improvement chain.

Jack Thomson, managing director of Historic Salisbury Foundation, said the 1891 house is a design of noted southern architect George Barber. The house resides in the North Long-Park Avenue National Register Historic District, and the foundation bought it late 90s.

“The foundation strives to preserve, protect and enhance the special historic character of Salisbury and Rowan County through education, neighborhood revitalization and the preservation of historic landmarks,” Thomson said in a press release.

“Without the efforts of this group and its many volunteers, many of our significant buildings might have been destroyed and our city would not be the beautiful place it is today,” Mayor Susan Kluttz said in the press release. “The Salisbury City Council joins me in expressing appreciation to all of those involved in this magnificent restoration. We look forward to a future made brighter by honoring the past.”

The Salisbury segment lasts 45 minutes and is commercial free.

More information is available on the History Channel Web site, www.historychannel.com; the city’s Web site, www.salisburync.gov; and the foundation’s Internet site, www.historicsalisbury.org. Or call 704-636-0103.

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