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Events, Awards, and Grants
Rehabilitation and Tax Credit Project Highlights
State Rehabilitation Tax Credits Likely to Sunset at the End of 2014
Loray Mill to Open to Residents in October
Restored Roanoke River Lighthouse, Edenton, Is Now Open for Tours
Massachusetts Teens Buy a Reprieve for a Local House
Parade Magazine Chooses "America's Best Main Street"
For Your Entertainment and Edification...
Staff in the Field
Worth Saving
The Newsletter of the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office


The October 2014 National Register Advisory Committee meeting has been moved forward one week to Thursday, October 2, 2014, and will be held in New Bern in order to avoid a conflict with North Carolina's annual statewide preservation conference being held in Raleigh on October 8-10. The statewide conference is sponsored by Preservation North Carolina and co-sponsored by the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office and others.


Events, Awards, and Grants

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


September 16-17 Historic Windows: Managing for Preservation, Maintenance and Energy Conservation, Madison, WI. In this National Preservation Institute seminar, learn about the rich history and variety of wood, steel, and aluminum windows and construction methodology. Explore the maintenance and rehabilitation techniques that allow windows to have long and sustainable service lives. Review energy conservation and economic issues. For more information see this page.

September 17-20 American Association for State and Local History Annual Meeting and Online Conference, St. Paul, MN. Information will be available at this page.

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

September 19-20 "Looking In, Looking Out." Southeastern Conference on Historic Site Archaeology, Stone Mountain, Georgia. The conference theme considers the interplay between localities and broader regions. For more information click here.

September 26-28 Preserving the Historic Road Conference, Savannah, GA. Information is posted on this site.

October 7-9 Historic Property Management Seminar, Greensboro, NC. This National Preservation Institute seminar addresses how to read your historic structure, search for solutions, and then care for the building envelope. Topics include how to meet basic maintenance requirements; how to replace HVAC, fire, and security systems; and the role of pest management. Learn the fundamentals of hiring contractors, training custodial personnel, and understanding the role of other professionals who work in, on, and around the building; and review the significance of maintenance and disaster plans. For more information see this page.

October 8-9 "1964: The New Historic," Preservation NC annual conference, Raleigh. The conference will explore the challenges of saving these "new" buildings as they approach 50 years old, with keynote speakers Dr. Theodore Prudon and Steven Semes, an evening at the Executive Mansion, interesting educational and field sessions, open houses, and more.  Registration is open, and you can check out the schedule by clicking here. Contact Lauren Werner at [email protected] or 919-832-3652 x 238 for questions.

October 11 Annual Docomomo US Tour Day, various locations. The 8th annual Docomomo US Tour Day features unique and exclusive events looking at important examples of modern architecture, sites, interiors, and landscapes all across the country. The full list of events will be announced September 9 on this website.

October 24-26 NC Department of Cultural Resources presents the "Civil War 150 Bus Tour." The tour includes a behind-the-scenes look Friday at the world-class Civil War exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History; a Friday evening catered dinner under the Rotunda in the State Capitol; Saturday tours of Fort Fisher (complete with artillery firings) and the CSS Neuse to learn about ironclads in the Civil War; a period soldier's dinner at Bentonville Battlefield Saturday evening with a program about how the Harper House served as a field hospital; a stop at Bennett Place Sunday to examine the Union/Confederate negotiations that effectively ended the Civil War; and the return trip Sunday to Raleigh. 

Participants will get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes looks at North Carolina's best Civil War sites and enjoy informative on-bus lectures by pre-eminent Civil War historian Mark Bradley.

Early registration is $375/double or $455/single. Visit the DCR website for more details and to register.

October 29- November 1 2014SESAH Conference, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AK. The 2014 SESAH Conference schedule balances paper sessions and sharing the highlights of Fayetteville's evolving cityscape. Dr. Gwendolyn Wright will present the annual keynote lecture, Thursday evening. An open house to the Arkansas Architectural Archive, which houses the papers of Fay Jones, and an optional tour to the Crystal Bridge Museum will be offered as well. If you have questions about the Fayetteville conference, please direct them to the conference organizer, Ethel Goodstein-Murphree at [email protected].  For the conference schedule, click here, for the registration form, click here, and for the list of papers, click here.


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


November 12-15 Southeast Archaeological Conference, in Greenville, SC. See this website.


June 17-19, 2015 National Rosenwald Schools Conference: Sharing the Past → Shaping the Future, Durham, NC. Riding the wave of the wildly successful 2012 Centennial Rosenwald Schools conference in Tuskegee, Alabama, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with the N. C. Department of Cultural Resources, Preservation Durham, the Conservation Trust of North Carolina, and others to sponsor a second national Rosenwald schools conference that will feature thirty educational sessions, poster sessions, field sessions at area schools, and other thematic tours. The call for session proposals has been announced (see below). For more information in the coming months, see this page.


Advisory Council on Historic Preservation 2014 Training Courses  ACHP staff instructors are offering Section 106 training in six cities throughout 2014. Courses include Section 106 Essentials and the Advanced Seminar. These interactive courses feature practical guidance and opportunities to apply learning in case-based exercises. Visit this page for registration details and pricing. Please contact Cindy Bienvenue at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station. Its restoration was performed with 1998 National Maritime Heritage federal grant funds. Photograph courtesy of the Chicamacomico Historical Association.

2014 National Maritime Heritage Grants for Education or Preservation Projects are Available 

Proposals for grants totaling approximately $1.7 million will be accepted until September 23. Education projects can request $25,000-50,000 and preservation projects can request $50,000-200,000. Funding for Maritime Heritage Grants is competitive and requires a 1-to-1 match with non-Federal assets from non-Federal sources. Project grants are administered through the Maritime Heritage Program and State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs). Click here for more information.

Applicants must submit their complete application packages through the website. Organizations not yet registered or familiar with must first go to the following website and follow the instructions to register: Maritime grant applications may be found on by clicking on "Search Grants" and searching for "National Maritime Heritage Grant Program" or for Funding Opportunity Number P14AS00161. Please read the application instructions provided at to ensure a smooth application and review process.


Journal of the American Planning Association is Calling for Papers for a Special Issue on Historic Preservation and Planning  Researchers are invited to submit webstracts of potential articles to the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA) for inclusion in a special issue on the synergies and tensions between historic preservation and planning. This issue is planned to publish in late 2016 and will be guest edited by Jennifer Minner of Cornell University and Michael Holleran of the University of Texas at Austin. Interested authors must submit webstracts to the guest editors ([email protected] and [email protected]) by September 30, 2014. These should not exceed 450 words and should follow the style guidelines on this page. (For examples, see the first page of every article in recent issues.) By October 15, 2014, the authors of a subset of these proposals will be invited to submit full papers to [email protected] by January 31, 2015. These will receive a normal JAPA double-blind peer review. Papers submitted but not accepted in time for this special issue will also be considered for publication in a later issue.


Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership is pleased to announce the availability of more grants Applications in the new grant cycle are due by October 1, 2014.

Grants are available for the preservation, interpretation, development, and promotion of heritage resources in five thematic areas:


  • Agricultural heritage
  • Cherokee heritage
  • Craft heritage
  • Music heritage
  • Natural heritage

Click here for more information about the grant applications.


Call for 2015 National Rosenwald Schools Session Proposals The National Trust for Historic Preservation is seeking session proposals for the 2015 National Rosenwald Schools Conference: Sharing the Past → Shaping the Future, in Durham, NC, June 17-19. Sessions should explore timely, relevant ideas and issues and foster best practices and models. Of special interest are sessions that present innovative practices and programming, target a compelling topic connected to Rosenwald schools, and have the means to engage attendees and promote positive outcomes. See the Rosenwald Schools Conference Sessions Submission page for session descriptions and more information. Only online submissions will be accepted. The deadline for submitting proposals is October 1, 2014.


The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) is requesting proposals for Forum 2016! Forum is the only national conference focused on 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. For the 2016 RFP please contact Paige Pollard, NAPC Program Director at [email protected].  Please note the new NAPC website is here.  


Rehabilitation and Tax Credit Project Highlights


Rowan County, Salisbury, Lanier-Boger-Weant Rental House


The ca. 1901 Lanier-Boger-Weant Rental House in the Brooklyn-South Square Historic District was rehabilitated in 2013 for a new use as a restaurant. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $185,000.


Lanier-Boger-Weant Rental House before and after rehabilitation

State Rehabilitation Tax Credits Likely to Sunset at the End of 2014


The North Carolina State Rehabilitation Tax Credits likely will end January 1, 2015, despite the endorsement of Governor Pat McCrory for a successor program and much strong grassroots and institutional support for the credits. Click here for more information. Our office will be providing information regarding important transition issues in weeks to come.  

Loray Mill to Open to Residents in October

Loray Mill, Gastonia, during current rehabilitation project


Loray Mill is wrapping up the first phase of its rehabilitation tax credit-funded renovations and preparing to open its doors to residents in October.  The $39 million project will transform the former textile mill into mixed-use commercial and residential space.  Click here for more information. 

Restored Roanoke River Lighthouse, Edenton, Is Now Open for Tours


The restored Roanoke River Lighthouse, Edenton


The 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse in Edenton is now fully restored and open to the public everyday from 10 to 4. A small fee is charged by Historic Edenton State Historic Site: $3 for adults, $1.50 for youth 12 and over, younger children free. The lighthouse will be open for guided tours seven days a week for the foreseeable future. Click here for more information about the lighthouse or here to watch a video of the lighthouse's final move.


Massachusetts Teens Buy a Reprieve for a Local House


We truly enjoy highlighting the efforts of young preservationists. Here is a story from the National Trust's Preservation Nation Blog about an unusually young group and how they spent their summer vacations saving a locally significant home.


Parade magazine has announced the winner of its "America's Best Main Street" contest, and half of the 16 contenders Parade editors chose to participate in the contest -- drawn from thousands of reader suggestions -- were accredited Main Street communities. Click here to read more about the contenders and here for the winner. 


For Your Entertainment and Edification...

  • The elevator, or lift, changed architecture forever by allowing buildings to be built taller. Learn more here.
  • Hands on Activity Guide for Traditional Building Trades - Check out the Masters of the Building Arts Activity Guide from the Smithsonian Center for Folk Life and Cultural Heritage. This activity guide for young people explores the artistry and skill of master craft workers in the building trades and their important contributions to our architectural heritage. It features hands-on activities to do at school or at home. One of the featured artisans is blacksmith Philip Simmons of Charleston.

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