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Rehabilitation and Tax Credit Project Highlights
Save the Date!
Edenton, HPO to Hold Federal Grant-Funded NC Rehabilitation Code Workshop
Senate Confirms Department of Interior Deputy Secretary
National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants of Nearly $34 Million to States, District of Columbia, and Territories
2013 Historic Preservation Fund Annual Report Released
Win-Mock Farm, a Featured NPS Tax Credit Case Study
Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings Annual Report Released
Old Favorite with a New Name
For Entertainment and Education...
Staff in the Field
Worth Saving
The Newsletter of the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office
Events, Awards, and Grants

For statewide event lists, visit the HPO Facebook event listPreservation North Carolina events listor a March - May 2014 calendar and workshop and conference list courtesy of the Federation of N.C. Historical Societies. 


April 5 "From Engagement to Activism: Public History as Civic Responsibility," 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Withers Hall 232, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. NCSU's Department of History is sponsoring a one-day conference exploring public history as activism and engagement, with a keynote address by Cathy Stanton, author of The Lowell Experiment: Public History in a Post-Industrial Town, followed by three consecutive sessions. A reception will follow, inaugurating NCSU's new doctoral program in public history. Registration for the program and reception is free but requested. For more information and to register, click here.


April 9-13 Society of Architectural Historians Annual Conference, Austin, TX. For more information visit this page.


April 10 "Fine & Decorative Arts: An Era of Transition" lecture, 7 PM, Joel Lane Museum House, 160 Saint Mary's Street, Raleigh, NC. Leland Little, president of Leland Little Auctions and Estate Sales, Ltd., will speak. General admission is $15, $10 for members. Click here for more information or call 919-833-3431.


April 11-12 The Lincoln County Historical Association and Gaston-Lincoln Genealogical Society are hosting the fifth annual genealogical, historical, and preservation conference on Friday night, April 11, 2014, and Saturday, April 12, 2014, at historic St. Luke's Episcopal Church's Parish House at 315 North Cedar Street in downtown Lincolnton. On Friday night, Dr. David Staton will deliver a presentation on the recently published book A Great Golden Sun: The WWII Journal of Eugene Gold "Jerry" Hartman, and the family of Jerry Hartman will be available to sign copies of the book. On Saturday, April 12, at 9:00 a.m., Dr. Kevin Cherry, Denver native and Deputy Secretary of Office and Archives and History, N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, will deliver the keynote address, "From Pirate Treasure to Government Email: North Carolina's Historical Enterprise Today." Other conference speakers include Kathy G. Sullivan, CG; A. Bruce Pruitt, Ph.D.; Michael Hill; and Jason L. Harpe. Conference registration is $37.45, and lunch is $8.00. Click here more information.


April 15 National Alliance of Preservation Commissions is now accepting applications for our 2014 Commission Excellence Awards to recognize and honor outstanding efforts and achievements by local historic preservation commissions and boards of architectural review. Award categories include Best Practices - identification and protection of historic resources, public outreach, and technology - and Commission of the Year. The deadline for applications is April 15. Click here to download a nomination form or contact Paul Trudeau, NAPC Program Director, at [email protected] or 706-369-5881 for more information.


April 24-25 Cultural Heritage Tourism Exchange, Washington, DC. For more information go to


May 1 National Endowment for the Humanities Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions and National Trust for Historic Preservation grant applications are due. Click here for more information.


May 2 North Carolina Rehabilitation Code Workshop, 10 AM-3:30 PM, at the Chowan County Courthouse, East King Street, Edenton. $10 per person, lunch included. For further information, please contact Sam Barrow at the Town of Edenton at (252) 482-2155, or click here. (See article below.)


May 7-10 The Vernacular Architecture Forum's 2014 conference, "Down Jersey: From Bayshore to Seashore," will focus on the vernacular architecture and landscapes of southern New Jersey, from ca. 1700 to 2000, including sites in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties. See this page for more information and to register for the conference.


May 18-21 2014 National Main Streets Conference, Detroit, MI.  With the theme "Works in Progress" the conference will offer participants lessons on resilience, innovation and hard work, all of which exemplify the Main Street movement across the country.  Click here for more information.


May 20 Application deadline for National Trust will award Innovation Grants for fresh and cutting-edge planning activities, programs and education efforts focused on preservation. Grants will support planning and programmatic costs and up to $10,000 will be awarded to each funded project. For full details, visit this website


June 17-22 Association for Gravestone Studies 2014 Annual Conference, Franklin, IN.  More information will be on this website in March 2014. 


June 19-21 Michigan Modern: Design that Shaped America Symposium, Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI. Click here for more information or to register.


July 1 Deadline fornominations for the Southeastern Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians' Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award. The award honors a project that preserves or restores a historic building, or complex of buildings, in an outstanding manner that demonstrates excellence in research, technique, and documentation. Projects completed in 2012 and 2013 in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia are eligible. For more information on SESAH and the Best of the South Award, visit, or contact Ruben Acosta at by email.


July 16-20 National Alliance of Preservation Commissions Forum, Philadelphia, PA. This biannual gathering of local historic preservation commissions and boards of architectural review members and staff is the largest of its kind in the country. For more information and to sign up for updates about the event go to this page.


September 18-20 Slave Dwelling Project 2014 Conference, "Preserving Our Sacred Spaces," Savannah, GA. See this page for more information.


September 26-28 Preserving the Historic Road Conference, Savannah, GA.  Information will be posted on this website.


November 11-14 National Preservation Conference, Savannah, GA. See this page for more information.


The Historic Wilmington Foundation is soliciting nominations for their annual Most Threatened Historic Places list and preservation awards/preservation success stories. The annual list of threatened historic places becomes the foundation's traveling exhibit for 2014-15 this summer. The awards are handed out during National Preservation Month celebrations in May. Click here for more information.


The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is requesting proposals for Forum 2016 Forum is the only national conference focused around the needs and issues of historic preservation commissions and commission staff. It is an interactive conference that blends traditional educational sessions, discussion panels, mobile workshops, and tours to provide participants with essential training and networking opportunities. Forum is held every other year in interesting destination cities and brings local commission members from across the country together with representatives from local, state and national organizations, governments, and federal agencies. Forum 2014 will be held in Philadelphia, PA, July 16-20 (see above). The 2016 RFP can be found on the NAPC website at this page. Please contact Paul Trudeau, NAPC Program Director, at [email protected] with any questions.


Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Announces 2014 Training Courses ACHP staff instructors will offer Section 106 training in six cities next year. These interactive courses feature practical guidance and opportunities to apply learning in case-based exercises.


The Section 106 Essentials covers the fundamentals needed to carry out or participate in a federal historic preservation review. A case study and small group exercises provide opportunities for participants to apply the ACHP's regulations to real-life scenarios.


The Advanced Seminar is a one-day course focused on the effective management of complex or controversial undertakings. Experienced Section 106 practitioners will improve their consultation and agreement drafting skills by sharing ideas and working through problem-solving exercises in a smaller class setting.


Visit this page for registration details and pricing. Please contact Cindy Bienvenue at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Rehabilitation and Tax Credit Project Highlights


Rowan County, Salisbury, 305 North Ellis Street

This ca. 1904 Tudor Revival-style house in the Ellis Street Graded School Historic District was rehabilitated in 2013 for continued single-family rental residential use. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $51,987.


305 North Ellis Street before and after rehabilitation



Surry County, Mount Airy, Great American Produce Company

The ca. 1930 produce building in the Mount Airy Historic District was rehabilitated 2011-2012 for commercial/retail tenants in the three first-floor storefronts. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $125,000.


Great American Produce Company before and after rehabilitation

Save the Date!


First National Rosenwald School Conference, Tuskegee, AL, 2012. Photo courtesy of 
the National Trust

Mark your calendars for the Second National Rosenwald Schools Conference June 17 - June 19, 2015 in Durham, North Carolina. It is appropriate that this major national conference sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and several partners is going to be in North Carolina, where there were more Rosenwald schools than in any other state. The conference will include specialized education sessions, poster sessions, field tours, and documentaries, as well as ample opportunity for networking and sharing stories.


Watch for more detailed information. If you have a friend who would like to be included in future mailings about the National Rosenwald Schools Conference, please send their name and email address to [email protected].


EdentonEdenton, HPO to Hold Federal Grant-Funded NC Rehabilitation Code Workshop


1767 Chowan County Courthouse
As part of National Preservation Month, the Town of Edenton and the Historic Preservation Office will host a Rehabilitation Code Workshop on May 2 at the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse, a National Historic Landmark, on East King Street in Edenton.  This workshop is funded by a federal Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, and is administered by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Restoration contractor Carl Kessler, an expert on the NC Rehabilitation Code, will conduct the workshop. Click here for more information.   

Senate Confirms Department of Interior Deputy Secretary


On February 27, the Senate confirmed Michael Connor to serve as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Interior by a vote of 97-0. The position makes him the second highest ranked official at Interior, with statutory responsibility as the Chief Operating Officer. Connor has served as Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation since 2009 where he completed two major agreements with Mexico on the Colorado River, negotiated and implemented five Indian water rights settlements, and led negotiations on the California Bay-Delta Conservation Plan. From 2001 until 2009, Connor served as Counsel to the U.S. Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and senior advisor to former Chairman Bingaman (D-NM), where he worked on issues related to energy development, land and water management and tribal nations. 


National Park Service Awards Historic Preservation Grants of Nearly $34 Million to States, District of Columbia, and Territories


National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today awarded more than $33.8 million in grants from the Historic Preservation Fund to help states and territories preserve and protect our nation's historic sites. The grants - provided under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 - augmented more than $13 million previously awarded to states under the Continuing Resolution that funded federal agencies from October through mid-January.  The total amount allocated to State Historic Preservation Offices in FY14 is $49,925,000. The total allocation for North Carolina in FY 2014 is $93,000. Click here for the press release.


2013 Historic Preservation Fund Annual Report Released

Silo barn on the Western Piedmont Community College campus. Photo courtesy of


A Morganton Historic Preservation Fund grant project was featured in this year's Historic Preservation Fund Annual Report (for FY 2013).  Funds were used for a feasibility study for a historic silo barn on the Western Piedmont Community College campus located within the Broughton Hospital National Register Historic District. The study helped match the college's need for more space for its professional crafts program with rehabilitation of the vacant barn. Plans for the barn to house the local traditions of pottery, metal, and woodworking are now being developed and have become a priority of the college's facility plan.


Click here for the report.


Win-Mock Dairy, a Featured NPS Tax Credit Case Study
Win-Mock Dairy before and after rehabilitation

Win-Mock Dairy, in Davie County, is now featured on the NPS Technical Preservation Services web site as a new tax incentive case study. These featured case studies highlight projects across the country that successfully used the 20% Federal Income-Producing Tax Credit.


The ca. 1930 Win-Mock Dairy was listed in the National Register in 2010.  R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company executive S. Clay Williams established one of the area's premier dairies on this farm, with a large herd of dairy cattle and the use of scientific farming innovations. The complex of listed farm buildings includes the contemporary great barn and silos, granary, and bottling plant.


During a recent rehabilitation, the farm was transformed into a successful conference and event center. With a total project cost of almost $3.5 million, the three buildings were repaired and adapted to their new uses while distinctive features were retained.  


Click here for more information about the project. 


Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings Annual Report Released





The FY 2013 annual report for Federal Tax Incentives for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings has been released. Click here for the report. 


Old Favorite with a New Name

The oft cited "10 on Tuesday" blog on the National Trust's website has changed its name to "Preservation Tips & Tools." Click here for the latest useful posting for preservationists: "Six Practical Reasons to Save Old Buildings."

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