TOPSHAM — Topsham Historical Society hosts occasional talks at the Topsham Public Library.

From 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Feb. 13, architectural historian Scott Hanson will offer a glimpse into his nearly completed book on restoring historic homes, tentatively titled “Restoring Your Historic Home, A Comprehensive Guide.” It will be published later in 2018 by Tilbury Publishing.

Drawing on more than 30 years’ experience in the historic preservation field, Hanson has written a book full of practical advice and well-illustrated examples of appropriate approaches to preserving the historic character of homes while making them livable for 21st-century lives.

Topics covered include kitchen and bath design, structural repairs, HVAC, plumbing, electrical, plaster repair, floors, windows, doors, wood trim and siding, roofing, painting and more.

Hanson is director of preservation consulting services for Sutherland Conservation and Consulting in Augusta and was formerly preservation planner for the City of Portland. He has served as vice-chair of the Topsham Historic District Commission and is restoring his own home, Whitten House, in Topsham.