The Newsletter of the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office
Events, Awards, and Grants
For statewide event lists, visit the HPO Facebook event list, Preservation North Carolina events list, or a June - August 2013 calendar and workshop and conference list courtesy of the Federation of N.C. Historical Societies.
The National Preservation Institute has several seminars scheduled for this fall in nearby states including:
- The Recent Past: Identification and Evaluation of Mid-20th Century Resources, September 10-11, 2013, Atlanta, GA
- Preservation Planning and Policy Development for Historic Roads, September 12, 2013, Atlanta, GA
- Landscape Preservation: An Introduction, September 25-26, 2013, Greensboro, NC
- Section 106: Agreement Documents, November 12 - 14, 2013, Tallahassee, FL
- Cultural and Natural Resources: An Integrated Management Strategy, November 18-19, 2013, Richmond, VA
- Section 106: A Review for Experienced Practitioners, December 4-5, 2013, Mt. Vernon, VA
Information about each seminar, including speakers, agendas, and registration costs can be found at www.npi.org, or by calling 703-765-0100, or emailing email@example.com.
August 7 "Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina's Modernist Legacy," lecture, 5:30 PM, 14 Peace Street, Raleigh (AIA North Carolina Building). Capital Area Preservation and North Carolina Modernist Houses (formerly Triangle Modernist Houses), will co-host this lecture. A presentation by NCMH director George Smart, "Mayberry Modernism" showcases North Carolina's surprising collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, many of which are in good shape, but some of which are endangered or have been destroyed. Free to the public; $10 for architects who want an hour of CE credit. This lecture qualifies as CLG training for preservation commission members and staff.
August 9 Deadline for "Timmy" Awards Nominations. The National Housing & Rehabilitation Association is currently seeking nominations for the 9th Annual J. Timothy Anderson Awards for Excellence in Historic Rehabilitation. Boston architect and preservation advocate J. Timothy Anderson is best known for numerous Boston area projects, as well as the seminal study that helped launch preservation efforts in the Art Deco South Beach district of Miami Beach in the late 1970s. The "Timmy" Awards honor outstanding rehabilitation and preservation projects in the following categories:
- Best Commercial/Retail/Non-Residential Project
- Best Historic Rehab Utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (Up to $5 million total development cost)
- Best Historic Rehab Utilizing Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (Over $5 million total development cost)
- Best Historic Rehab Utilizing New Markets Tax Credits
- Best Market-Rate / Mixed-Income Residential
- Best Historic Rehabilitation Project Involving New Construction
- Most Innovative Adaptive Reuse
Download the application and learn more about the awards at http://housingonline.com/TimmyAward.aspx.
August 10 Screening of "Under the Kudzu," 2:30 PM, Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum, 6136 Burlington Rd, Gibsonville. As part of the festivities of Palmer Farm Day at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Guilford County, documentary filmmaker Claudia Stack will show her film, "Under the Kudzu" and afterwards lead a Q & A session. The film traces the history and impact of two Rosenwald schools in Pender County. North Carolina had more of the public schools built for African Americans between 1913 and 1932 than any other state. For more information on Palmer Farm Day, click here for the full press release.
August 14 Deadline for America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Planning Grants and Implementation Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Both grants provide support for museums, libraries, historic places, and other organizations that produce public programs in the humanities. The grants support the following formats for programming:
- exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues;
- interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions;
- book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues; and
- interpretive websites and other digital formats.
Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation.
Implementation grants support final scholarly research and consultation, design development, production, and installation of a project for presentation to the public.
August 15-17 "Battlefields & Beyond: Civil War Sites in the 21st Century," Danville, Kentucky. This is a Civil War sites preservation conference for administrators, staff, docents and board members of Civil War battlefields, historic sites and museums to learn best practices for preservation and interpretation. Learn more and register at this page or click here for the full press release. For questions regarding Battlefields & Beyond, contact Eric Whisman by phone at (502) 871-4570 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 4-5 Gravestone Preservation Workshops, Frederick, MD. Sponsored by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. September 4th will focus on all aspects of gravestone and cemetery monument repair and preservation. September 5th will address all historic masonry preservation and is not limited to applications in graveyards and cemeteries. Click here for more information.
September 6-7 17th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop, Frederick, MD. Click here for more information.
September 18-21 "Turning Points: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things," the American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting, Birmingham, AL. Information will be posted here.
September 19-20 Historic Tax Credit Conference, Detroit, MI. For more information about the event see this page.
September 20-22 Window Restoration & Weatherization Boot Camp, Hannibal, MO. During this hands-on learning experience, students will learn cost-effective restoration and weatherization of original, double-hung, wood windows as part of a team restoring original 163-year old windows in a ca. 1850 brick, Greek Revival slave house. You will learn sash removal, safe paint and glass removal, wood repair, glazing putty application, complete weather stripping, and sash installation. The class is limited to 10 students, who will work side-by-side with instructor Bob Yapp, nationally recognized as an expert in window restoration. For more information or to pre-register, contact Bob Yapp at (217) 474-6052 or via e-mail; or go to this page.
September 25-28 Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC. Information about the conference will be posted at http://www.sesah.org/.
October 2-4 Preservation North Carolina's 2013 Annual Conference will be in Edenton. Save the date!
October 11- 12
Cemetery Preservation, Friday, 6-9 PM, & Saturday, 8 AM-5 PM, Edgecombe Community College, 2009 W. Wilson St., Tarboro campus. A review of NC laws concerning cemeteries, guidelines on recording and reporting cemeteries, and guidance on cleaning and restoring damaged stones. Saturday's class will be spent in several area cemeteries. The instructor for the workshop is Monika Fleming. This workshop is part of the Historic Preservation Trades Courses at Edgecombe Community College. For all hands-on courses using tools, students will need to sign a liability waiver with an option of purchasing insurance through the college for $6 per semester (fees are subject to legislative changes). The cost is $120 (seniors 65 and over can take one free class per semester). Limited enrollment. For more information or to register for this and other courses, please contact Monika Fleming by phone at (252) 823-5166, ext. 241, or by email at email@example.com.
October 11-15 Association for Preservation Technology Conference "Preserving the Metropolis," New York, NY. Details about the conference and registration information can be found here.
October 29-November 2 National Preservation Conference "Preservation at the Crossroads," Indianapolis, IN. Information about the conference events and registration will be posted online here. For more information contact the National Preservation Conference at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 588-6100.
November 1 "First Voice: Collaborative Heritage Preservation with Descendant Communities," North Carolina Preservation Consortium (NCPC) Annual Conference, 9 AM - 4 PM, at the Ida and William Friday Center for Continuing Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Speakers will present case studies and recommendations for engaging descendant communities in heritage preservation, advocating for human rights with inclusive stewardship, mediating heritage values and professional ethics, and building consensus for preservation priorities. Other highlights of this conference include information about NCPC preservation grants, the campaign to conserve North Carolina's Most Endangered Artifacts, and the announcement of the winner of NCPC's annual Award for Collection Preservation Excellence. This conference is designed for professionals, staff, and volunteers working in museums, libraries, historic sites, archives, conservation centers, and other preservation institutions; advocates for preservation on friends boards, advancement councils, and advisory committees; those working in organizations with a preservation mission; members of the preservation industry; and faculty and students in preservation disciplines. Please complete and print the registration form on the NCPC web site and mail with payment.
November 2 Building Analysis, 8 AM -5 PM, Edgecombe Community College, 2009 W. Wilson St., Tarboro campus. Learn how to examine buildings and determine types of problems encountered in restoration. Look at foundations, walls, and overall condition of structures and help develop plans for restoration. The instructor for the workshop is Ben Curran. This workshop is part of the Historic Preservation Trades Courses at Edgecombe Community College. For all hands-on courses using tools, students will need to sign a liability waiver with an option of purchasing insurance through the college for $6 per semester (fees are subject to legislative changes). The cost is $65 (seniors 65 and over can take one free class per semester). Limited enrollment. For more information or to register for this and other courses, please contact Monika Fleming by phone at (252) 823-5166, ext. 241, or by email at email@example.com.
Introduction to Genealogy, 8:30 AM- 5:30 PM, Edgecombe Community College, 2009 W. Wilson St., Tarboro campus. A short course in how to begin genealogy research using census records, county records such as marriage and death certificates, wills, and other sources including Internet sites and Bible records, and conducting oral histories. The instructor for the workshop is Monika Fleming. (.8 C.E.U.s) Suggested text Unpuzzling your Roots, Croom 4th ed. This workshop is part of the Historic Preservation Trades Courses at Edgecombe Community College. For all hands-on courses using tools, students will need to sign a liability waiver with an option of purchasing insurance through the college for $6 per semester (fees are subject to legislative changes). The cost is $65 (seniors 65 and over can take one free class per semester). Limited enrollment. For more information or to register for his and other courses, please contact Monika Fleming by phone at (252) 823-5166, ext. 241, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
November 2 Researching Historic Property, 8 AM -5 PM, Edgecombe Community College, 2009 W. Wilson St., Tarboro campus. Learn how to do a house history using deeds, tax, census, and related records. (.8 C.E.U.s) Suggested text is
Houses and Homes Exploring Their History, which costs $25. The instructor for the workshop is Monika Fleming. This workshop is part of the Historic Preservation Trades Courses at Edgecombe Community College. For all hands-on courses using tools, students will need to sign a liability waiver with an option of purchasing insurance through the college for $6 per semester (fees are subject to legislative changes). The cost is $65 (seniors 65 and over can take one free class per semester). Limited enrollment. For more information or to register for this and other courses, please contact Monika Fleming by phone at (252) 823-5166, ext. 241, or by email at email@example.com.
November 6 Southeastern Archaeological Conference Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. Information is available online here.
November 9 - 10 Southern Architecture - Short Course, 8 AM -5 PM, Edgecombe Community College, 2009 W. Wilson St., Tarboro campus. An overview of building technology and architectural styles found in North Carolina and the region from Colonial to mid-20th century. Course will include field trips to area homes. The instructor for the workshop is Monika Fleming. This workshop is part of the Historic Preservation Trades Courses at Edgecombe Community College. For all hands-on courses using tools, students will need to sign a liability waiver with an option of purchasing insurance through the college for $6 per semester (fees are subject to legislative changes). The cost is $120 (seniors 65 and over can take one free class per semester). Limited enrollment. For more information or to register for this and other courses, please contact Monika Fleming by phone at (252) 823-5166, ext. 241, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies in Mount Carroll, IL, offers a range of historic preservation and conservation courses. Check out their 2013 calendar here.
Recent National Register Listings
Lancing (shipwreck) (Dare County), federal nomination, listed 6/26/13(Listed under the "World War II Shipwrecks along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico MPS")
Built in Norway in 1898 as a whale factory ship, the
Lancing was significant as the first whaler outfitted with a stern ramp, which was considered a revolutionary advancement in whaling when it was added in 1925. The ship was later converted to an oil tanker and in April 1942 it was sunk by a German U-boat off Cape Hatteras.
Rehabilitation and Tax Credit Projects Highlights
The ca. 1915 three-story commercial building located at 133 South Garnett Street in the Henderson Central Business Historic District (Vance County) was rehabilitated for continued commercial use on the first floor and six new apartments on the upper floors. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private rehabilitation investment of $863,000.
133 South Garnett Street before and after rehabilitation
Upgraded HPOWEB Now Online
The first HPOWEB map
The GIS team at the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office is pleased to announce that an upgraded HPOWEB is now online.
The HPOWEB web mapping service was originally released in May of 2011 as the digital extension and conversion of 40 years' worth of marked-up USGS topoquad maps in the HPO collection. Upon its launch, HPOWEB detailed the location of all North Carolina listings in the National Register of Historic Places and a few thousand other historic resources.
Today, all designated resources - National Register, Study List, or Determined Eligible - are mapped, as well as 52,000 other structures that have been surveyed over the last four decades.
We have now published General Audience and Advanced User versions of HPOWEB to better accommodate the different needs of new users and seasoned veterans. Both versions are still available at http://gis.ncdcr.gov/hpoweb/.
Here's a quick list of the HPOWEB upgrades:
- One Click Information
- Enhanced Searching
- Helpful Links
- Latitude/Longitude Support
- Zoom to Geographic Features
- Enhanced Printing
- 50,000 More Surveyed Places
- Super-charged Searching
- Additional Background Views
- Upload Map Services
- Upload Shapefiles
- Capture/Go To Coordinates
- Mobile Use Instructions
|The 1832 Federal-style William |
Mitchell House in Hertford County, listed
in the National Register in 1972
We are posting blurbs and tutorial videos about each of the upgrades to the NC HPO Facebook page.
Also note that while we do not yet have a digital photograph for every historic resource on the map, we are working diligently to add a "glamour shot" to the pop-up information window. At present, we have an image available for most of the resources in Bertie, Brunswick, Hertford, Northampton, and rural Forsyth counties.
In addition to the new changes, we would like to remind you of some of the great parts of HPOWEB that we are retaining:
- All National Register nomination forms are available in PDF format, either from within HPOWEB or from an alphabetical list on the HPO website
- The website referenced above enables a user to open HPOWEB zoomed in to one specific National Register listing
- Users can perform text and spatial (graphic) searches across all HPO data layers
- Improvements to historic resource symbology and historic district shading
If you have questions about the new versions of HPOWEB, contact GIS team members Andrew Edmonds or Michael Southern. And please let us know how you like the newly upgraded HPOWEB.
2013 Historic Preservation Fund Grant Awards
The North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) is pleased to announce $87,500 in grant support to eight historic preservation projects in seven counties across the state for 2013. Projects range from a city-wide architectural survey, to a historic structure report for a stadium, to a North Carolina Rehabilitation Code Workshop.
Ridgeview Public Library before rehabilitation
Each year, federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) sub-grants are awarded by the HPO through the National Park Service's Certified Local Government (CLG) Program, a preservation partnership between local, state and national governments focused on promoting historic preservation at the grass roots level. These pass-through sub-grants total 10% of the state's annual HPF grant as required by law. Late each fall, the HPO announces the availability of matching sub-grants to each of the forty-four local governments in North Carolina that have been designated as a CLG by the National Park Service. These local governments have earned their designation by demonstrating a solid commitment to historic preservation, which includes, among other requirements, establishing a historic preservation commission, enforcing state and local legislation to designate and protect local historic properties, and providing for public participation with this process. Additional information is available at http://www.hpo.ncdcr.gov/clg.htm.
North Carolina's 2013 CLG grants are as follows:
- $9,000 to the Town of Aberdeen to update design guidelines for the town's locally designated historic district
- $15,000 to the City of Asheville and Buncombe County to create a historic preservation plan for the city and county
- $20,000 to the City of Charlotte for the first phase of a projected multi-year comprehensive historic resource survey of the city
- $500 to the Town of Edenton to conduct a public workshop on the North Carolina Rehabilitation Code
- $12,000 to the City of Greensboro for preparation of a historic structure report on War Memorial Stadium
- $9,000 to the City of Hickory to assist in the rehabilitation of the former Ridgeview Public Library
- $7,000 to the City of High Point for an architectural survey of the city's historic industrial properties
- $15,000 to the City of Raleigh to prepare an analysis of the economic impact of historic preservation in Raleigh
Explore Cherokee History of the Appalachian Mountains With This Interactive Tool
An interactive website is making it possible to take a virtual hike across the historic Cherokee Indian trails and villages of Western North Carolina. Based on nearly four years of researching hundreds of historical maps, documents, and records that provided the foundation for "Cherokee Journey," this Google Earth-based tool creates an online resource filled with geographic and cultural material about the Cherokee people. Click here for more information.
Northwestern Regional Housing Authority Receives National Merit Award in Project Design for its Historic Wilkesboro School
The Wilkesboro School before rehabilitation
The Northwestern Regional Housing Authority has been chosen as a winner of the prestigious National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) Awards of Merit for its rehabilitation of a 1937 Works Progress Administration elementary school in the town of Wilkesboro, NC. The re-purposing and renovation of the existing structure along with enhancements, including a new addition, site and landscape improvements, and downtown community space, maintain historic character while giving the property a new and useful life.
The Wilkesboro School after rehabilitation
The 2013 NAHRO Awards of Merit recognize outstanding achievement in housing and community development programs in five categories.
- Administrative Innovation recognizes innovative methods in areas such as maintenance, community relations, and interagency cooperation.
- Program Innovation - Affordable Housing includes special programs for homeownership, public/private partnerships, and innovative financing.
- Program Innovation - Community Revitalization includes innovative use of programs in areas such as economic development, neighborhood preservation, and creative financing.
- Program Innovation - Resident and Client Services includes innovative use of programs such as special activities for children, families, and the elderly, anti-drug programs, social services, and self-sufficiency.
- Project Design includes efforts such as new housing design, housing modernization, enduring design, and landscape design.
Click here for the full press release.
Historic Chicamacomico Life Saving Station Featured on UNC-TV's NC Weekend
Justin Kockritz and Ramona Bartos at the life saving station
during a December 2011 site visit a few months after
Hurricane Irene damaged the site
The National Register-listed 1874 Chicamacomico Life Saving Station in Rodanthe, the first such station established in North Carolina, was recently featured on UNC-TV's NC Weekend series. Since the 1980s, the HPO has provided extensive restoration advice for work on the seven historic buildings at the site. Click here for the video.
Veterans Restore Historic Site in North Carolina Uwharrie Forest
Under a new program to help veterans re-enter civilian life and find career-oriented employment, eight military veterans visited the Uwharrie National Forest near Asheboro. As part of a summer program to gain experience in developing historic preservation skills, they restored a group of historic farm buildings known as Thornburg Farm. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as Lewis-Thornburg Farm, the property is significant for its history, architecture, and progressive agricultural practices. The site hosts 19 buildings including the original 1855 farmhouse and a large hay barn. The crew performed a variety of repairs, such as roofing the house, rebuilding one corner of the barn, and stabilizing several small outbuildings. The repairs will allow more public access to enjoy the buildings and grounds. Click here for more information.
Veteran's Administration Commits to Rehabilitation of Oteen Building 9
Oteen Building 9
Through a Section 106 consultation, the Veterans' Administration has committed to rehabilitating a long-abandoned ca. 1930s former nurses' dormitory as a mental health facility. Rehabilitation of its sister building as the NC Department of Cultural Resources' Western Office was completed in 2011. Click here for more information.
Building 13, now the Western Office, after rehabilitation
Moat of Fort San Juan Discovered
Archaeologists have discovered remains of a 16th-century fort, the earliest one built by Europeans penetrating deep into the interior of what is now the United States. Juan Pardo led two 16th-century expeditions into the interior to find gold and silver. One of Pardo's first acts of possession, in early 1567, was building Fort San Juan in an Indian town almost 300 miles in the interior, near what later became Morganton. It was the first and largest of six forts the expedition erected on a trail blazed through North and South Carolina and across the Great Smoky Mountains into eastern Tennessee. If Pardo had succeeded in finding treasure, the South would have been a part of Latin America. Click here for more information.
Lightning Strike Damages the Chowan County Courthouse
|Damage caused by lightning at the |
Chowan County Courthouse
Lightning struck the weathervane on the National Register-listed 1767 Chowan County Courthouse on the evening of July 17. Fortunately, the damage appears to be relatively minor. The replacement turned-wood weathervane support was damaged, as well a piece of trim on the cupola. A few of the breakers were tripped and the electrical system appears to have come through with minimal or no damage. Repairs were begun on the following Monday.
Tryon Country Club Members Celebrate Recent National Register Listing
Tryon Country Club members dress in costume for the 1916-themed Donald Ross Tournament
Members of the Tryon Country Club celebrated the listing of their clubhouse and golf course with the 1st Annual Donald Ross Golf Tournament. Proud members dressed in costumes and played with equipment from the late 1910s when the club was established.
How does your community celebrate the National Register listing of local properties? Let us know and we would be glad to feature your celebration in our newsletter.
Bellamy Mansion Slave Quarters Rehabilitation Enters Last Phase
|Bellamy Mansion slave quarters|
The slave building at the Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts is currently undergoing the final phase of restoration. Francisco Castillo of CGC Restoration and Tommy Rogers of Rogers Construction are completing the work on this unique and important building. Both have many years of experience in the field and are reusing as much material as possible to bring the building back to its original 1859 appearance. Wood, handmade bricks, and nails will be reused, 1859 plaster and lath retained, and what is too damaged for safe reuse will be replaced with reproductions. There are very few urban slave quarters in existence in the country and fewer that can be viewed as part of an interpretive tour. Utilizing the fully rehabilitated building, museum staff hope to better educate their 16,000 annual visitors about urban slave life. The rehabilitation progress will be documented on a new blog.
Gullah Geechee Commission Accepts Applications for Commissioners
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission (GGCHCC), in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO) for the states of South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and North Carolina, is accepting applications for vacancies on the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission. The following openings are available: Two Expert Alternates (SC), one HPO Alternate (SC), and one HPO Alternate (NC).
Since its inception in 2007, the Gullah Geechee Commission has included experts as well as citizens who are interested in historic preservation, anthropology, folklore, or a related field. Applicants must provide a short biography or resume that highlights the skills and abilities listed below:
- General experience working collaboratively with others in the Gullah Geechee community
- Credibility and support with the Gullah Geechee Community
- Active participation in the preservation of Gullah Geechee culture
- Knowledge about Gullah Geechee culture
- Participation in the development of products, projects, fund raising, and publications about Gullah Geechee culture
Each submission must contain the applicant's full name, social security number, home address, home telephone number, and place of employment. Nominations will be accepted by mail or email to:
Gullah Geechee Commission,
284-A King Street,
Charleston, SC 29424
For more information, call 843.953.9256 or visit the Corridor's website.
Family Reunion at Rose Hill Plantation in Nash County
Rose Hill, home of George Boddie, late 1920s. Photo
The Harrison and Boddie families of Nash County have been gathering for four decades, but for the first time they celebrated their family reunion at Rose Hill (listed in the National Register in 1982) near Nashville. Their ancestors worked the plantation as slaves, many taking Boddie, the name of the plantation owner, as a last name. The white Boddies from Nash County went on to own the Hardee's fast food chain and this year, Benjamin Mayo Boddie, Chairman of the Board of Hardee's franchisee Boddie-Noell Enterprises joined the family as a guest at the Harrison-Boddie reunion. Click here for more information.
Charlotte's Mid-Century Modern Gems
A slide show of Modernist houses from Historic Charlotte's third "Mad About Modern" home tour this past May was featured on the National Trust's website on July 18. Click here to view the show.
Swiss Bear Director Awarded Prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine
|Bob Mattocks, left, presents the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Susan Moffat Thomas, Swiss Bear executive director. Looking on are New Bern Alderman Sabrina Bengel and City Manager Mike Epperson. Photo courtesy of newbernsj.com
Susan Moffat Thomas, longtime executive director of the New Bern's successful revitalization nonprofit Swiss Bear, has been honored with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award for her extended career in downtown revitalization and preservation and for her service on numerous state and local committees and boards. Click here for more information.
Scotch Hall Preserve Featured in American Archaeology Magazine
The 900-acre Scotch Hall Preserve, a golf and marina community in northeastern North Carolina, is featured in the current issue of American Archeology magazine, the official publication of the Archeological Conservancy. The article details community developer Rial Corporation's donation of a prime waterfront home site on the banks of the Albemarle Sound to the Archeological Conservancy, the only national non-profit organization dedicated to acquiring and preserving archaeological sites. The donated site contains abundant evidence of an intact Native American settlement dating to at least four centuries before the first English settlers reached nearby Roanoke Island in 1587. Click here for more information.
Cleveland-Holloway Neighborhood in Durham Aims for Local Designation to Control Infill
Residents of the Cleveland-Holloway neighborhood in Durham (most of which is located within the Holloway Street Historic District Boundary Increase, listed in the National Register in 2009) are trying to develop a strategy for ensuring that infill development on vacant lots fits in with their historic homes instead of dwarfing them. Cleveland-Holloway residents hope that expansion of the local historic district designation will help. Click here for more information from The Herald-Sun guest columnists.
How to Save Historic Barns
|The Great Barn at Historic Stagville State Historic Site, Durham. Photograph courtesy of stagville.org
Barns are among the most iconic structures on the American landscape, but preserving them presents a unique set of challenges. The National Trust's blog, "Ten on Tuesday," provides ten tips for saving older and historic barns. Click here for the post.
History Organizations Choose the Impact They Want to Make
Recent entries on the Endangered Places blog focus on how historical organizations can make a greater impact on their audiences. Click here for the three installments of this series that have been posted thus far by Max and Mary van Balgooy of Endangered Places, LLC.
Realizing the Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Buildings
The Preservation Green Lab recently released a report identifying energy savings potential in small commercial buildings. "Realizing the Energy Efficiency Potential of Small Buildings" is one more argument for keeping businesses downtown in historic buildings. Click here for the report.
England's Prince Charles a Preservationist!
Prince Charles recently posted an entry on the Huffington Post's The Blog explaining his decades-long concern "for the built environment as a whole and how that environment affects the way people feel and live." Even British royalty understands the benefits of preserving not only the grand and the glorious but also the vernacular! Click here for the post.
Why National History Day Matters More Than Ever
Do you know about National History Day? It is a year-long academic contest focused on historical research, prepared and presented by 6th to 12th grade students , "that in many ways serves as a foundation for students to begin thinking historically." It is a chance for history professionals and archivists to combine expertise, work with students on critical learning skills, and demonstrate to the greater public the value of history education. It is trained archivists who are guiding our students through the process of primary research, shepherding them through the archives and attending to their needs as they would any researcher. Click here to learn more about this program and how to volunteer to help.
Zombies and Historic Preservation
Blogger Nancy Semin Lingo suggests on the HISTPRES.com blog that for preservationists, "zombies represent our fear of the deadening effects of bad architecture." With increasing demolition and new construction projects resurfacing with the nation's economic recovery, are we ready for the invasion? Click here for the post.
Farewell to Rob Crawford
Many of you may know Rob Crawford, our Preservation Commission Services/Certified Local Government Coordinator, from his many visits to towns across the state or through requests for assistance regarding local preservation issues. We are sad to announce that Rob left the HPO on July 26 to become Executive Director of Uptown Lexington, Inc. While reflecting on his departure, Rob stated, "It has been a pleasure as well as a privilege to serve you and your communities for the last three years and I will miss working with all of you on a regular basis. I have been fortunate to work with many talented and professional people, and I have learned far more from you than I may have passed on." Rob can be found on LinkedIn as J.R. Crawford IV if you would like to keep in touch. Good luck and best wishes, Rob!
The Economic Development Administration's (EDA) Public Works Program
Deadline: September 13, 2013
EDA Public Works Program provides grants to support job creation in economically distressed areas of the United States. EDA grants can support local renewable energy, green building, energy efficiency, and recycling projects. View details here.
Wells Fargo Community Investment Grants
Deadline: August 31, 2013
This grant supports programs and organizations that benefit low- and moderate-income individuals and families and projects that keep our communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Wells Fargo makes grants in areas involving community development, including programs that create and sustain affordable housing, facilitate financial literacy and empowerment, provide job training and workforce development, and revitalize and stabilize communities. View details here.