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Events, Awards, and Grants
Rehabilitation and Tax Credit Project Highlights
Rehabilitation and Tax Credit Project Highlights
Russell School, Durham County, on Cover of Carolina Country
Saga of the Return of North Carolina's Copy of the Bill of Rights Told in Time
Oxford Named North Carolina's Newest Certified Local Government
E. J. Hayes Alumni Celebrate Rehabilitation Progress
You Can Help Buy a Piece of History
Urban Land Institute Forum in Raleigh Showcases Preservation Benefits for Cities
North Carolina and South Carolina Models for Resolving State Line Conflicts
Archaeological Work Ongoing at House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site
Cadaver Dogs Help with Cemetery Preservation at Mt. Ararat AME Church and Cemetery, Wilmington
Historic Engineering Sites Map from PBS...Dorton Arena, Raleigh
Historic Tobacco Barn Preservation Grant Program Extended
FY13 Annual Report on Economic Impact of Historic Tax Credits
Secretary Jewell and Director Jarvis Announce Nine New National Historic Landmarks Highlighting America's Diverse History and Culture
Moving Government Offices out of Downtown is Detrimental
As Winter Approaches, Time to Weatherize Your Windows
National Alliance of Preservation Commissions: New Director and Office
PreservationDirectory.Com Offers Online Preservation Library
NPS Posts Newest Travel Itineraries
For Your Entertainment and Edification...
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 September - November 2014 calendar and workshop and conference list courtesy of the Federation of N.C. Historical Societies

 

 

PNC is Celebrating Their 75th Anniversary with Several Events This Fall:

 

Please save the date for these events and click here for additional details: 

 

  • October 19: Cascine Mill (Louisburg) Celebration
  • October 26: Shelby Ramble
  • November 2: New Bern Celebration
  • November 9: Wrightsville Beach Ramble

 

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. For the full list of events, see 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.

 

Visit the DCR website for more details and to register. The October 2014 tour has sold out, but they are still accepting registrations for the waiting list.

 

October 29-November 1 2014 SESAH 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 at 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.

 

Upcoming Bellamy Mansion, Wilmington, events include:

  • October 31: Halloween Movie Night. Arrive at 6:30 PM. Hocus Pocus to begin at 7:00 PM and Psycho to begin at 9:00 PM. Bring your blankets, chairs, coolers, and Halloween candy. $5 admission and concessions for sale.
  • December 13: Christmas Stroll Through the Past. 4 PM - 8PM. The Bellamy Mansion Museum and the Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens invite you to stroll down Market Street through the past.  Celebrate the holidays with a luminary walk, period decorations, music, costumed interpreters, petting zoo, refreshments and more. The St. James Church nave will also be open for visitors during the Stroll, with architectural historian Edward F. Turberg available for questions.  $25 for adults ($20 if purchased before 12/1); $5 for children (ages 5-12); and free for children under 5. Tickets available online and at the Burgwin-Wright House and the Bellamy Mansion www.bellamymansion.org 
  • December 31: Masquerade at the Mansion. 8:30 PM - 12: 30 AM. Celebrate New Year's Eve 2014 at the Historic Bellamy Mansion with a Masquerade themed party. Masquerade Masks required. $20/person includes light hors d'oeuvres, a DJ and dancing, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets available at the Bellamy Mansion or online at www.bellamymansion.org.

 

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

 

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

 

April 13-16, 2015 Mid-Century Modern Structures: Materials and Preservation 2015 Symposium, Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis, MO. Focusing primarily on the history, use, and preservation of materials found in Mid-Century Modern architecture, the three-day symposium will provide in-depth understanding of the complex issues associated with the preservation of these structures. Special emphasis will be on modern architectural metals, but presentations on other materials, such as concrete and curtain wall structures, will be included. The call for papers/posters and registration information can be found at this page. 

 

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, AL, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is partnering with the NC 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.

 

ArtPlace America is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for the next round of its National Grants Program. If you have a great project or idea to strengthen a community through art/culture, please consider applying. The application deadline is November 3. Grants range from $50,000-$500,000. Learn more about this great opportunity at this page.

 

Preservation Technology and Training Grants. The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. NCPTT funds projects within the following areas: archeology, architecture, collections management, engineering, historic landscapes, and materials conservation.  Focus areas for 2015 are: 1) planning for and responding to climate change and the impacts of natural and man-made disasters on cultural resources;  2)  3D documentation and visualization techniques for historic sites, landscapes, buildings and objects; 3) mobile application development for cultural resource detection, documentation, management, etc.; and 4) Development and testing of protective coatings for cultural materials. See this page for complete details. Deadline for applications is November 5.

 

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Grants. The National Endowment for the Humanities invites applications from nonprofit museums, libraries, archives, and educational institutions in the United States for the Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections grant program. This program supports planning and implementation of sustainable preventive conservation projects that pragmatically balance preservation goals, cost, and environmental impact. Deadline for applications is December 3.Guidelines, FAQs, and sample narratives from successful applications are available on this page. NEH program officers are available to discuss project ideas and read draft proposals. Please contact the division for more information by emailing [email protected] or calling 202-606-8570.

 

Recent National Register Listings

 

Clark-Miller Roller Mill, Ashe County, prepared by S. Wyatt, listed 8/19/14

 

Black Rock Plantation House, Columbus County, prepared by J. Seapker, 8/18/14

 

Craven Terrace, Craven County, prepared by A. Neville and J. Salmon, listed 8/19/14

 

Thurmond and Lucy Chatham House, Forsyth County, prepared by H. Fearnbach, listed 8/18/14

 

Reynolds Building, Forsyth County, prepared by J. Hembree, listed 8/19/14

 

Gibsonville School, Guilford County, prepared by H. Slane, listed 8/18/14

 

Harnett County Training School, Harnett County, prepared by E. Turberg, listed 8/20/14

 

Acme-McCrary Hosiery Mills, Randolph County, prepared by H. Fearnbach, listed 8/18/14

 

William and Susan Savage House, Edgecombe County, prepared by L. Phillips, listed 8/25/14

 

Waller House, Forsyth County, prepared by H. Fearnbach, listed 8/25/14

 

Carolina Cadillac Company Building, Guilford County, prepared by B. Keane, listed 8/25/14

 

Thomas Bullard House, Sampson County, prepared by L. Phillips, listed 8/25/14

 

Merrimon-Wynne House, Wake County, prepared by C. de Miranda and J. Mitchell , 8/25/14

 

West Asheville-Aycock School Historic District Boundary Increase, Buncombe County, prepared by C. Griffith, listed 9/03/14

 

Downtown Sylva Historic District, Jackson County, prepared by H. Fearnbach, listed 9/03/14

 
Rehabilitation and Tax Credit Project Highlights

 

Harnett County, Dunn, John A. McKay House

Dunn's historic John A. McKay House (John A. McKay House and Manufacturing Company) represents a period of economic growth and prosperity experienced in Dunn during the first half of the twentieth century. The 1910 Colonial Revival-style house built for John A. McKay, who also owned the adjacent John A. McKay Manufacturing Company, which manufactured agricultural equipment, was rehabilitated 2008-2013 as a caf´┐Ż with offices upstairs. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $135,000.

 

John A. McKay House before and after rehabilitation.

 

 

Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, 1814 Euclid Avenue    

The ca. 1925 house at 1814 Euclid Avenue in the Dilworth Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2014 for continued office 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 $250,000.

 

1814 Euclid Avenue before and after rehabilitation.

 

Rowan County, Salisbury, Lee Street Theatre Building

 

The ca. 1922 warehouse located at 329 North Lee Street in the Salisbury Railroad Corridor Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2014 for use as a community theatre known as the Lee Street Theatre. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with an estimated private investment rehabilitation cost of $1,214,000.

 

Lee Street Theatre Building before and after rehabilitation.

 

Wayne County, Goldsboro, Captain J. B. Edgerton Building

 

The ca. 1900 Captain J. B. Edgerton Building in the Goldsboro Historic District (NPS Certified Historic District) was rehabilitated 2013-2014 for continued office use on the first floor and four new market-rate apartments on the second floor. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with an estimated private investment rehabilitation cost of $391,000.

 

Captain J. B. Edgerton Building before and after rehabilitation.


Russell School, Durham County, on Cover of Carolina Country 

 

Russell School, Durham County
 

Russell School, a Rosenwald school in Durham County that was listed in the National Register in 2009, was featured on the cover of the September issue of Carolina Country, a newsletter published monthly by the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc. The cover photo is of Russell School alumni who were instrumental in the school's preservation and rehabilitation. Click here to read the feature story.  

 

Saga of the Return of North Carolina's Copy of the Bill of Rights Told in Time 

  

In 1865, North Carolina's copy of the Bill of Rights was stolen by a Union soldier during the occupation of Raleigh by General Sherman's troops. It took a 2005 FBI sting operation to finally bring the document home. That story was told in September in Time magazine as a follow-up to their 1990 article about the loss of five of the original thirteen copies. Click here to read the incredible story.

 

Oxford Named North Carolina's Newest Certified Local Government 

 

Downtown Oxford. Photo courtesy of enjoythewalk.org.

 

The National Park Service has approved Oxford's (Granville County) application for Certified Local Government status. Click here to learn more about Certified Local Governments in North Carolina and here to learn about the Oxford Historic Preservation Commission and historic Oxford.

 

 

 

E. J. Hayes School alumni in 2006

The E. J. Hayes School Gala Celebration recently brought together over 100 alumni members and guests to celebrate the recent major rehabilitation work to the building. The Honorable Congressman, G. K. Butterfield, guest speaker, spoke about African American history in Martin County and education, in particular. Congressman Butterfield was asked to dedicate the building - 46 years after the school building was shuttered. Dr. Richard Mizelle led the evening's celebration with a talk on the school and alumni's rich history. Dr. Mizelle also recognized the National Trust and spoke in appreciation of Preservation NC for a Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit they received in 2011. A gift of $5,000 was presented to the association by a local citizen. Dr. Mizelle announced that the funds will be used towards the renovation of another classroom.   

 

E. J. Hayes School before and
after rehabilitation

While there is still work to be done, this celebration allowed the alumni to pause and reflect on the significant accomplishments made by this organization in just a few short years. In 2006, restoration specialist Reid Thomas first met with a "youthful" group of 70 year olds who were determined to find ways to renovate their beloved school. The building was in need of a new roof; had missing, deteriorated, and inappropriate windows and doors, inadequate electrical, plumbing, and mechanical systems, and aged bathrooms and kitchen; needed substantial interior plaster and woodwork repair; and contained asbestos that needed to be removed, in addition to other repair needs. The group began the challenging project with limited funds in hand but ample determination to rehabilitate the school and put it back into community use - and in a sustainable way. In 2013, the E. J. Hayes Alumni Association received a $500,000 grant from the Community Development Block Grant Catalyst Program in Williamston to help repair and restore the building. 

 

We can only wait to see what great strides they make next. Click here to learn more about the school and rehabilitation project.

 

You Can Help Buy a Piece of History 

 

 

Bennett Place State Historic Site

 

Bennett Place State Historic Site, the location of the largest troop surrender of the Civil War, in April 1865, is trying to raise $310,000 by the end of October to buy a parcel of land across the street from the site that is now on the market. That land would have been where the 60 soldiers from the 5th South Carolina Cavalry Regiment that escorted Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston and the 200 men from the 9th and 13th Pennsylvania, 8th Indiana, and 2nd Kentucky Cavalry that escorted Union General William T. Sherman waited during the three days of negotiation. It likely holds a wealth of artifacts that would help to further interpret this pivotal point in America's history. Click here and here to learn more about the history and here to help with the fundraising.  

 

Urban Land Institute Forum in Raleigh Showcases Preservation Benefits for Cities 

 

 

Graph showing the type of buildings in which new businesses in Raleigh were located in 2013. Image courtesy of triangle.uli.org.

 

Raleigh was the host of the Urban Land Institute-Triangle forum on September 9. The forum was held in the rehabilitated 1902 Carolina Trust Building and panel members included Don Rypkema; Greg Hatem, President, Empire Properties (Raleigh); and Gary Kueber, CEO, Scientific Properties (Durham). The forum focused on how historic preservation can be utilized to meet a wide range of urban planning goals, including jobs and businesses; diverse, affordable housing options; sustainable development; and compact, walkable neighborhoods. Click here to learn more.  

 

North Carolina and South Carolina Models for Resolving State Line Conflicts 

 

Map of the contested North Carolina-South Carolina state line. Image courtesy of the North Carolina-South Carolina Joint Boundary Commission.
 

Disputes between states are not uncommon and some have been ongoing for centuries. North Carolina and South Carolina have their own dispute, but the conflict resolution process has become a shining model for other such disputes. Click here to learn more.

 

Archaeological Work Ongoing at House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site 

 

 

The Alston House at House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site

 

Continuing archaeological work in September at House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site used ground penetrating radar to locate what is believed to be part of an old kitchen. Researchers hope their findings will help them better understand the historic house and interpret it for visitors. Work was also done at the house this summer, led by Assistant State Archaeologist John Mintz. The most recent team also included students and faculty from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro geography and anthropology departments.

 

The house was home to colonial leader Phillip Alston and the site of a fierce battle with British loyalists in 1781. Bullet holes from the fight still remain in the house. Click here to learn more about the site.

 

Cadaver Dogs Help with Cemetery Preservation at Mt. Ararat AME Church and Cemetery, Wilmington 

 

Canines and their volunteer owners who sometimes lead police to the victims of natural disasters and recent homicides and help archaeologists pinpoint wartime cemeteries and Indian burial mounds that have been hidden for centuries have come to Wilmington to help find unmarked graves at the Mount Ararat AME Church and Cemetery in preparation for the widening of the adjacent Market Street.

 

Ground-penetrating radar was used for the official search but the dogs came in an unofficial capacity to test their noses. The ultimate validation for both examinations will come later, when careful digging by a local funeral home reveals what or who is actually buried where. Click here and here to learn more.

 

Historic Engineering Sites Map from PBS 

 

 

Dorton Arena, Raleigh

 

The PBS program American Experience has created a map of historic engineering sites in America. Several North Carolina sites are on the map including Dorton Arena, lighthouses and associated resources, and resources linked to the Wright Brothers' flights. Check it out at http://www.pbs.org/engineeringmap

 

Historic Tobacco Barn Preservation Grant Program Extended  

 

 

Historic Chatham County tobacco barn

 

In a previous issue of Worth Saving, we told you about a grant program to preserve historic tobacco barns in Caswell County, NC, and Halifax and Pittsylvania counties in Virginia. Grantors Preservation Virginia and JTI Leaf Services have now extended the Tobacco Barns Mini-Grants Project for a second year. Question-and-answer sessions about mini-grants will be held in Caswell County on October 22 at 6-8 PM, in the Historic Courthouse in Yanceyville, North Carolina. Click here for more information.

 

FY13 Annual Report on Economic Impact of Historic Tax Credits  

 

The annual report on the economic impacts of the historic tax credits found that in FY 2013 the federal historic income tax credit leveraged an estimated $3.8 billion of private investment in historic rehabilitation, produced 62,900 jobs, and contributed over $7.1 billion in output to the national economy and $3.6 billion in GDP. The report was undertaken by the National Park Service through a cooperative agreement with the Rutgers University Center for Urban Policy Research. A PDF version is available here.

 

Secretary Jewell and Director Jarvis Announce Nine New National Historic Landmarks Highlighting America's Diverse History and Culture 

 

On September 30, 2014, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis announced the designation of nine new national historic landmarks, ranging from the oldest operating streetcar system in America to the home of the nation's first female cabinet secretary. The sites join 2,544 other sites across the country recognized as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States. Click here for the list of new designees.

 

Moving Government Offices out of Downtown is Detrimental 

 

Several local governments around the NC Piedmont are considering moving offices out of older downtown buildings to outlying areas with underused retail and office space. Those proposals worry some downtown development officials and business owners, who fear a drop in foot traffic and its effect on downtown vitality. Elizabeth Parham, director of North Carolina's Main Street program, which supports downtown development efforts in municipalities with populations less than 50,000, says "It's important for healthy downtowns to have government offices centered downtown and the loss of those offices can hurt." Click here to learn more.

 

As Winter Approaches, Time to Weatherize Your Windows 

 

 

Historic windows at the William Savage House, Edgecombe County

 

If you have an old building with old windows, winters can be chilly, but not if you prepare for the season by weatherizing your windows. Click here for a guide to help you on your way to a warmer winter and lower heating bills.

 

National Alliance of Preservation Commissions: New Director and Office  

 

The National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC) recently announced the appointment of Paige Pollard as new Executive Director. Ms. Pollard is a former NAPC board member and owner of Commonwealth Preservation Group in Norfolk.  NAPC also has a new location at:

 

208 E Plume St, Suite 327  
Norfolk, VA  23510  
(757) 802-4141    


The NAPC is the only organization devoted solely to representing the nation's preservation design review commissions. NAPC provides technical support and manages an information network to help local commissions accomplish their preservation objectives. It sponsors Forum, the national conference focused on preservation commissions held every other year. NAPC also serves as an advocate at federal, state, and local levels of government to promote policies and programs that support preservation commission efforts.

 

PreservationDirectory.Com Offers Online Preservation Library 

 

The Preservation Library is a repository of historic preservation and building restoration publications, reports and articles that provide expert guidance for the rehabilitation and preservation of historic structures, as well as links to essential policy and legal documents that pertain to historic preservation and cultural resource management. There are currently over 180 documents and resources available, most as free downloadable PDFs. See
 

NPS Posts Newest Travel Itineraries 

 

The National Park Service recently posted two new Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itineraries: El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro National Historic Trail and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage.  The El Camino Real itinerary is the 58th and the Asian American and Pacific Islander the 59th in the online Discover Our Shared Heritage Travel Itinerary Series, which supports historic preservation, promotes public awareness of history, and encourages visits to historic places throughout the country. The National Park Service's Heritage Education Services and its National Trails Intermountain Region produced these travel itineraries in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers. 

 

For Your Entertainment and Edification...

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  • The Antiquities Act, enacted in 1906 and considered America's first preservation law, protects Hollywood film locations, too. Read more here.
 
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