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HistoricBridges.org has given a number of presentations and speeches. The presentations below offer a look at the presentations that HistoricBridges.org has given, but also contain sufficient in-slide text to be effective ways for website visitors to learn about various historic bridge topics. Please make yourself aware of the terms and conditions for using and editing website content for presentations on the About page.

Note: Several formats of the presentations are available to view, including Microsoft PowerPoint 2007/2010 and Adobe PDF. The PowerPoint version offers the best quality, and also offers interactive menus and buttons. Full Version PowerPoint is NOT REQUIRED to view the PowerPoint Version! If you do not have Microsoft PowerPoint 2007 or newer you can still view this presentation by downloading Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer Setup (61 MB), which Microsoft produced and makes available for free.

An Introduction to Historic Bridges:  Presentations

Learn about historic bridges, work with historic bridges, and learn more about HistoricBridges.org.

These are crash courses in historic bridges that includes a guide to truss bridge configurations. If you are new to the world of historic bridges and are confused by any of the terms used on HistoricBridges.org and other bridge websites, these presentations are for you. If you are looking for a list of truss bridge configurations with example bridges, these presentations are for you.

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Best Kept Secrets of Michigan's Historic Railroad Bridges

A virtual tour and discussion of some of Michigan's most interesting railroad bridges.

This presentation was given at the Michigan Railroad History Conference in 2015. The presentation highlights historic railroad bridges in Michigan. A focus is not on bridges that are famous, but instead on bridges that have unusual engineering design and/or historic significance that might not be well known by the general public.

PowerPoint Version - This version is designed suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Michigan's Historic Bridges With Emphasis On Bellevue Area

An introduction to historic treasures, both well-known and lesser-known.

At their invitation, this presentation was given before members of the Bellevue Historical Society in 2014. The presentation highlights historic bridges in the area of Bellevue and Eaton/Calhoun Counties, while also touching on some noteworthy historic bridges in Michigan as a whole. It includes slides discussing the bridges of Calhoun County's Historic Bridge Park.

PowerPoint Version - This version is designed suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Michigan's Historic Bridges With Emphasis On Grosse Ile and Wayne County

An introduction to historic treasures, both well-known and lesser-known.

At their invitation, this presentation was given before members of the Grosse Ile Historical Society in 2013. The presentation highlights historic bridges in the area of Grosse Ile and Wayne County in which Grosse Ile resides, while also touching on some noteworthy historic bridges in Michigan as a whole.

PowerPoint Version - This version is designed suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Thamesville Bridge: A Unique Heritage Truss Bridge

A unique bridge with heritage value with preservation potential.

At their invitation, this presentation was given before members of the Chatham-Kent Heritage Council and other interested individuals, and followed a walking tour of the Thamesville Bridge in Thamesville, Ontario.

PowerPoint Version - This version is designed suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Old Lakeshore Road Bridge: Sarnia's Own Heritage

A call for preservation of a city's historic bridge.

At their invitation, this presentation was given in 2013 to the City of Sarnia, Ontario Heritage Committee to provide information on the heritage significance and preservation value of the city's riveted pony truss bridge.

PowerPoint Version - This version is designed suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Creative Bridge Building In Early 20th Century Chicago

Unique Approaches to the Construction of Bridges

This short presentation was presented before the Society of Industrial Archaeology's Annual Conference in St. Paul, MN, as part of the Historic Bridge Symposium in 2013. This presentation is similar to the below "Chicago's Bridges Moving Up, Moving Forward" except that it is shorter and has a greater focus on past engineering in Chicago rather than current historic bridge projects.

PowerPoint Version - This version is designed suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Chicago's Bridges Moving Up, Moving Forward

Engineering of the Past To Inspire The Present and Future

This short presentation was presented before the Iron and Steel Preservation Conference at Lansing Community College in Michigan in 2013. This presentation discusses some of the creative engineering that went into the construction of bridges in Chicago that are today historic. This is followed by a discussion about creative present day projects involving historic bridges in Chicago.

PowerPoint Version - This version is designed suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

St. Clair County's Historic Bridges: A Disappearing Treasure

An Overview of Historic Bridges in this Michigan county.

At their invitation, this presentation was presented before the Capac Historical Society in Michigan and the interested public in 2012.

PowerPoint Version - This version is designed suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Historic Bridge Solutions Through Compromise

A presentation addressing the the conflicts that can arise during projects involving a historic bridge.

HistoricBridges.org created this presentation for the second annual Historic Bridge Weekend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2010. It is designed to provide a series of tips that are intended to help foster cooperation during the development of a project involving a historic bridge. The tips are divided into segments, tips for historians/preservationists, tips for engineers, and tips for agencies. The idea is if everyone can give a little and take a little, a better end result will be realized.

Historians and Preservationists might want to view the Historic Bridge Inspection and Documentation presentation listed on this page as a follow-up to viewing this presentation, since part of the compromise that preservationists need to work on is understanding the condition and needs of a historic bridge.

PowerPoint Version - 25 Megabytes - This version is designed suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - 9.3 Megabytes - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Balls Bridge: A Call To Preservation

A presentation addressing the needs of a single bridge.

HistoricBridges.org gave this presentation to a group of over 100 concerned citizens who wanted to save a historic metal truss bridge. This brief presentation was created to describe the significance of this bridge, and express support for preservation.

PowerPoint Version - 18.3 Megabytes - This version is suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - 2.9 Megabytes - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

Why Not In Pennsylvania?

A presentation addressing the issues within a particular state.

HistoricBridges.org gave this presentation for the first annual Historic Bridge Weekend in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2009. It addresses the challenges to historic bridge preservation in Pennsylvania and suggests solutions for overcoming these difficulties by looking as success stories in Michigan for comparison.

PowerPoint Version - 21.7 Megabytes - This version is suitable both for personal viewing on a home computer or for projection onto a screen for presenting.

PDF Version - 2.7 Megabytes - This static PDF version is a smaller download and also provided for those who cannot or do not wish to install the Microsoft PowerPoint Viewer.

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