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Harmony Hall, constructed ca. 1775 in the White Oak vicinity, Bladen County, and listed in the National Register in 1972, is a typical late eighteenth-century plantation house of the Cape Fear area, with
engaged two-tiered porches on front and rear. The rear porches shelter
an exterior stair to the second story. 
Recent National Register Listings 

Saint Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church SouthRandleman, Randolph County, listed 8/14/15, prepared by L. Phillips
The bold and refined brick exterior of Saint Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church South, built in Randleman in 1879, was influenced primarily by the Greek Revival and the later Romanesque Revival styles, with an element of the Gothic Revival style also present on the rear apse. The interior decoration exhibits sophisticated wood grained, stone block, and trompe-l'oeil painting and is Randolph County's foremost example of historic decorative interior painting. It was executed by the Reuben Rink firm of Kernersville, in nearby Forsyth County. Reuben Rink was the business name taken by noted painter, advertiser, and decorator Jule Gilmer K�rner (1851-1924). 
Speas Vinegar CompanyCharlotte, Mecklenburg County, listed 8/12/15, prepared by H. Fearnbach
The Speas Vinegar Company building in Charlotte was built by the Kansas City, Missouri-based company in 1939. It houses both the manufacturing space, with generators and vats, and a warehouse and is architecturally important for its industrial design, which incorporates a very unusual exposed I-beam steel structural system in an open, multi-story building. The building also is notable for having retained its original steel-frame multi-pane windows and a long monitor roof.     
Seven OaksAsheville, Buncombe County, listed 8/13/15, prepared by C. Griffith
Constructed in the 1870s, Seven Oaks is significant in Asheville for its Italianate-style architecture and brick construction. Buildings of this style, once common in the city, were largely removed in the later 1800s and early 1900s as Asheville's population-and built environment-grew. One of only seven remaining nineteenth-century brick houses in Asheville, Seven Oaks exhibits distinctive Italianate architectural details such as penciled mortar joints on the fa�ade, bracketed porch eaves, segmental-arched windows and doors, carved mantels, tall ceilings, and ornate interior moldings.
Memorial Industrial School, Winston-Salem vicinity, Forsyth County, 8/13/15, prepared by H. Fearnbach
Memorial Industrial School in northern Forsyth County is of statewide historic importance as an orphanage for African Americans, one of only two large, accredited facilities in the state with this purpose. Contributions from the Duke Endowment and local philanthropists subsidized the campus acquisition, construction, and operation beginning in 1925. The cottage-type rural campus is also architecturally significant as a cohesive, intact orphanage encompassing a central administration building, three residential cottages, a power plant, and a superintendent's house arranged around a central drive and expansive lawn. 
Pickett Cotton Mills, High Point, Guilford County, listed 9/1/15, prepared by L. Phillips
Pickett Cotton Mills was incorporated in 1910 by F. M. Pickett, the son of an early tobacco and furniture industry leader in High Point. Pickett, with a group of investors, produced woven cotton cloth for printing at this mill. At the turn of the century, the hosiery yarn industry came to High Point and hosiery yarn, and later baling twine, were produced at Pickett Cotton Mills by a large workforce of hundreds of mill hands. It was the first cotton mill in High Point to experience long-term success, playing an important role in the city's industrial life until its closing in 1985. 
Mars Hill Commercial Historic District, Mars Hill, Madison County, listed 9/8/15, prepared by S. Argintar
Developed in response to the growth of nearby Mars Hill College, the Mars Hill Commercial Historic District is significant for its architecture and its commercial role in this small Madison County community.  From 1915 until 1965, the downtown supported-and was supported by-the growing campus population.  The earliest commercial buildings, one- and two-story frame structures, were gradually replaced with masonry buildings that housed a bank, pharmacy, dry goods store, florist, department store, grocer, and numerous other businesses.  
Rehabilitation Highlights  

Durham County, Durham, Citizens National Bank and Annex
The 1915 Beaux-Arts-style Citizens National Bank and Annex in the Downtown Durham Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2014 for office space and a tavern. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $1,187,000.
Citizens National Bank and Annex, before and after rehabilitation
Durham County, Durham, Hill Building
The 1937 Hill Building is an Art Deco 17-story skyscraper designed by the New York architectural firm of Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, who were famous for their 1931 Empire State Building. The local architect was George Watts Carr, who designed the building's interior and coordinated construction with building contractor George W. Kane. This highly significant former bank, commercial, and office building in the Downtown Durham Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2015 for a creative new use as an innovative 21c Museum Hotel. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $38,000,000.
Hill Building, before and after rehabilitation
Lenoir County, Kinston, Citizens/First National Bank Building
The imposing 1903 Citizens/First National Bank Building in the Queen-Gordon Streets Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2015 for office space on the second floor and two apartments on the third floor. The first floor commercial space was retained as is. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $635,000.
Citizens/First National Bank Building, before and after rehabilitation
Rowan County, Salisbury, 600 West Council Street
The ca. 1916 Craftsman bungalow at 600 West Council Street in the Ellis Street Graded School Historic District was rehabilitated 2014-2015 for use as a single-family rental residence. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $54,000.
600 West Council St.,Salisbury, before and after rehabilitation

Rowan County, Salisbury, A. S. Morgan House
The ca. 1930 Craftsman-style A. S. Morgan House in the North Main Street Historic District was rehabilitated 2014-2015 for use as a single family rental residence. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $107,000.

A. S. Morgan House, before and after rehabilitation

Wake County, Raleigh, 410 Cutler Street
The ca. 1913 Queen Anne Colonial-style house in the Boylan Heights Historic District was rehabilitated 2013-2014. Previously a boarding house, it is now used as an entrepreneurial co-living space with seven suites known as ThinkHouse Raleigh. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $166,000.

410 Cutler St., Raleigh, before and after rehabilitation

Wake County, Raleigh, Bretsch House
The ca. 1870 Eastlake-style Bretsch House in the Capitol Area Historic District was rehabilitated 2010-2014 for continued office use. Moved by Preservation NC in 1982, this wood frame cottage represents the type of houses that once existed near Capitol Square in the 1870s. This project was spurred by the use of the federal and state income-producing historic tax credits with a private investment rehabilitation cost of $60,000.

Bretsch House, before and after rehabilitation
Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits Included in the State Budget
The North Carolina historic rehabilitation tax credits, which were allowed to sunset on January 1, 2015, have been revived in the state budget that was signed by Governor Pat McCrory on Friday, September 18. The three former types of credits -- income-producing, non-income-producing/, and mill -- have been revised and merged. Here is an overview of the new program.
  • Income-Producing (Incorporates Mill)
  • Non-Income-Producing/Residential
  • Reduces base credit rate to 15%
  • +5% for mills ($3M spending requirement has been eliminated)
  • +5% for economically distressed counties
  • Reduced to 15% credit 
  • Applies a cap per project QRE @ flat project ceiling ($150K)
  • $10,000 minimum over 24 months
  • Income-Producing (Incorporates Mill)
  • Non-Income-Producing/Residential
  • $0 to $10M base rate
  • $10M to $20M base rate reduced by 5%
  • Hard cap at $20M
  • $150,000 cap
  • Can now be claimed all in one year. All credits claimable once building is placed into service with a 10-year carry forward.
Taxes Claimable Against:             
  • Combined credits claimable against income taxes, gross premium taxes, and corporate franchise taxes.
NC Department of Cultural Resources and Department of Environment and Natural Resources State Attractions Merge
When Governor Pat McCrory signed the budget on September 18, he put into action the transfer of the NC zoo, NC aquariums, Museum of Natural Science, and State Parks, from the former Department of Environment and Natural Resources to the Department of Cultural Resources. The newly merged department will be known as the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR). Welcome to our new colleagues!
Historic Tax Credits 101 Webinar: An Introduction to the Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program                               

By Tim Simmons
Technical Preservation Services of the National Park Service offered a national webinar on the Federal Historic Tax Credit on July 23, 2015. Jenny Parker, Architectural Historian/Tax Act Reviewer with Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service, and Tim Simmons, Senior Preservation Architect/Income-Producing Tax Credit Coordinator with the Restoration Services Branch, North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office, conducted the introductory level webinar to approximately 200 participants from across the country.
The Federal Historic Tax Credit has become an important incentive for the preservation and rehabilitation of commercial and rental residential historic buildings. It is one of the Federal Government's most successful and cost-effective community revitalization programs. The results of the program are evident throughout the country, where vacant and underused buildings have been returned to productive use. During the ninety-minute webinar the presenters reviewed the basics of the Federal Historic Tax Credit including:
  • What is the tax credit?
  • What buildings qualify for the credit?
  • What expenditures qualify for the credit?
  • What is a certified rehabilitation?
  • What is the application process?
  • What are the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation?
Click here to view Jenny Parker's presentation and here for Tim Simmons's presentation. 
HPO Staff Member Jessica Dockery Leaving for New Opportunity
National Register and Survey Specialist Jessica Dockery
National Register and Survey Specialist Jessica Dockery has been with theHPO for eight and a half years reviewing National Register nominations and survey projects across the state, assisting the public in her sixteen county area (running from Alamance County to Brunswick County), assisting with GIS mapping, and creating this monthly newsletter. Jessica leaves us on October 10 to take up her new position as a planner with the Alamance County Planning Department. She will be working closely with the county's historic properties commission among other duties. We look forward to working with Jessica in her new capacity. Congratulations, Jessica, and enjoy the much shorter commute!
News About Rosenwald Schools
  • Eight education sessions and the opening and closing plenary sessions of the 2015 National Rosenwald Schools Conferece held in Durham last June were recorded and edited by N. C. Department of Cultural resources videographers and are now available for viewing here. Four of the educational sessions were conducted by HPO staff. Dr. Dudley Flood's inspirational keynote speech is missing from the opening plenary session recording, but an audiotape of his talk will be available in the not-too-distant future. Keep an eye on our newsletter for an announcement of the posting of Dr. Flood's talk.
  • The recipients of two $1,500 grants from the National Trust for Historic Preservation's Richard E. Deutsch Memorial Fund were announced at the closing plenary session of the 2015 National Rosenwald School Conference last June (watch the video here) and both are North Carolina organizations: Bladen County Youth Focus/Bladen County Training School Board of Directors and Castalia Rosenwald School Board of Directors were recognized for their board building and fundraising efforts. The 27 Rosenwald school boards of directors that participated in one of the six board building and fundraising workshops conducted by the National Trust in 2013 through 2015 were invited to compete for the grants by making a presentation at a gathering of workshop alumni held at the beginning of the national conference. As stated in the National Trust's newsletter, competition was fierce. "The winners were selected for use of the skills learned at the workshop, including developing and implementing action plans for the Rosenwald school projects, and for clearly articulating how they would use additional grant funds if selected." Congratulations to the Bladen County and Castalia groups for jobs well done!
Bladen County Youth Focus members receiving their award
  • A celebration of the rehabilitation of Charlotte's Billingsville School (1927) for use as a community center was part of the Labor Day festivities in Charlotte's Grier Heights neighborhood. For more on the opening of the community center and its restoration, click here and here.  
Opening of the Grier Heights Community Center in Billingsville School. Photo courtesy of
Rowan County's Neely School Celebrates the Completion of Rehabilitation Project

By Paul Fomberg
The ribbon cutting for the recently restored Neely School near China Grove in Rowan County was held on August 1, 2015. The Neely School is a one-room school built about 1908 by Julius Neely, an African American farmer and AME Zion Church minister. The event marked the culmination of five years of work by Mary Neely Grissom and the other grandchildren of Julius and Katie Neely to preserve and restore the little school building. Click here to read more about the school and its rehabilitation. 

Neely School, before and after its move and rehabilitation
Iron Mountain, Inc. Gives Donation for Rehabilitation of Pauli Murray House

Documentary photo of the Robert G. Fitzgerald/Pauli Murray House in 1910

Pauli Murray, an African American member of the LGBT community, women's rights activist, the lawyer responsible for much of the legal theory used in several landmark civil rights cases, a writer, the first female African-American Episcopal priest, and an Episcopal saint, spent her formative year in Durham at 906 Carroll Street with her aunt and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert G. Fitzgerald. Community efforts to restore the house have been underway and got a big boost on August 17 when the Pauli Murray Center for History and Social Justice and Iron Mountain Inc., a data storage and management company, announced a new partnership that will work to establish the Pauli Murray House as a National Treasure of the National Trust.  Iron Mountain, Inc. made a sizable donation to help fund that restoration as part of the partnership. Click here to learn more about the partnership and the plans for the house. 
Chatham County Courthouse Rehabilitation Wins Preservation North Carolina Carraway Award
The Chatham County 
Chatham County Courthouse after its reconstruction. Photo courtesy of
Courthouse in Pittsboro
was heavily damaged by
fire in March 2010. The 
county immediately began
plans for the building's
rehabilitation. This year,
Preservation North 
Carolina recognized the project at their annual conference with a 2015 Gertrude S. Carraway Award of Merit. The Carraway Awards are presented each year to people and organizations demonstrating genuine commitment and leadership in the area of historic preservation. The awards are named for the late Dr. Gertrude S. Carraway, a noted New Bern historian and preservationist. No more than 12 awards are given each year.
Asheville Approves a New Preservation Plan
Asheville was a recipient of a 2013 federal Historic Preservation Fund grant administered by the State Historic Preservation Office. The city used the matching grant to fund a new Historic Preservation Master Plan for the city and Buncombe County, which was approved by City Council on September 8. The plan does not include new restrictions but does recommend that the city develop new rules. For instance, the process for demolishing a building downtown would require a recommendation from the historic resources commission. Click here to view the plan.
LandTrust Purchases Fort York Site
The LandTrust for Central North Carolina has purchased the site of Fort York, where one of the last Confederate victories of the Civil War occurred. Although the war had technically ended three days earlier, the Confederate troops guarding the rail bridge over the Yadkin River had not received word of the surrender. Private funding and a grant from the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund helped to fund the purchase, which was completed in July. Click here to learn more about the history of the site and future plans.
Preservation Alert
By Renee Gledhill-Earley
Looking for Lots - in Greenville

Preservationists, on learning of East Carolina University's (ECU) plans to remove five houses in the College View National Register Historic District to make room for future upgrades to the Chancellor's residence, are looking for lots to which all or some of the houses could be moved. "Without nailing down a new location for the houses, it seems unlikely they can be saved," said Claudia Deviney, with Preservation North Carolina (PNC), the statewide preservation non-profit that knows something about the challenges of moving historic houses to save them.
Meeting on-site with a representative of ECU, staff of the State Historic Preservation Office (HPO), Greenville Historic Preservation Commission, and Deviney toured the five houses, three of which are divided into student apartments and two remain single-family. Four of the houses plus a garage are considered contributing structures in the historic district, which is also locally designated by the City of Greenville. Removal of the houses requires ECU to obtain the comments of the NC Historical Commission under NC General Statute 121-12(a) and a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) from the Greenville commission before removing the houses. Neither the state law nor the local ordinance can prevent ECU from removing the houses, although the City may condition its COA to delay the demolitions for one year.
While ECU has offered to make the houses available through PNC and donate their demolition cost to help offset moving expenses, without new locations identified, their future is bleak. Having moved NC artists Francis and Sarah Blakeslee Speight's house fifteen years ago to save it from ECU, Scott Power in the HPO's Eastern Office is well aware of the difficulty of finding a suitable lot, moving a house through Greenville, and making it home. He and Deviney will serve as the points-of-contact in the search for lots of lots.  Anyone with information on potential lots or interested in moving a house(s) should contact: Scott Power ([email protected]; 252-830-6580) and/or Claudia Deviney ([email protected]; 252-482-7455).
Lexington Historic Post Office Threatened
The 1912 Classical Revival-style post office in downtown Lexington was replaced by a new post office in 1967. Since that time the 1912 building has several uses, but by 2009 it had become vacant. In 2012 it was sold with preservation covenants through Preservation North Carolina to an owner that has so far been unsuccessful in putting the building into use. It is hoped that something changes soon before the building is lost. Click here to learn more about the recent history of the post office. 
Efforts to Preserve Historic Oberlin Neighborhood Underway
The Oberlin freedman's community in Raleigh was founded in the 1860s and was a vibrant African American Community into the early twentieth century. Some of its historic buildings remain, such as Wilson Temple United Methodist Church, which is now 150 years old, but many of the area's early buildings have been lost and those that remain are threatened by new development. Descendants of the original villagers are working to bring awareness to the area through a petition, which is now circulating in support of efforts to preserve it from the further losses. Click here to learn more about the community and the current efforts to protect it. 
Oberlin Cemetery in the Oberlin community, Raleigh
Greensboro's Cascade Saloon to Be Redeveloped
The Cascade Saloon, at 408-410 Elm Street in Greensboro, was constructed in 1895, squeezed between the railroad tracks and near the Southern Railway Office building. After a campaign by local officials and preservationists to save the building (see the Save Cascade Saloon Facebook page), last year the City of Greensboro took control of the dilapidated building from the owner through an eminent domain lawsuit and transferred the property to Preservation Greensboro along with $175,000 for redevelopment work. Due to extensive deterioration the building, demolition was considered. Earlier this year, however, Rentenbach Constructors, Inc., which has had a Greensboro presence since 1971, chose to make Cascade Saloon its headquarters.
A $3 million rehabilitation project is now moving forward with the selection of the architect, Tise-Kiester Architects P.A. of Chapel Hill; historic tax credit consultant, Four over One Design of Durham; and the bank that will provide debt financing services, First Citizens Bank in Raleigh. Work could begin before year's end and the redevelopment could be completed by 2016. Click here to learn more about the building's history and here to view photos of the condition of the building when it was purchased by Rentenbach Constructors, Inc.
Survey of Lightship Wreck Being Conducted
Federal researchers have begun a survey of the historic wreck of Diamond Shoal Lightship No. 71, the only American lightship sunk by the enemy during World War I. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the expedition off Beaufort will document the site, which was added to the National Register of Historic Places in August. Read more about the ship's history here
State Highway Marker Erected to Celebrate Early African American School in Lumberton
On September 20, 
Supporters at the unveiling of the the Thompson Institute state highway marker
a new NC State 
Highway Marker 
was erected in front of the W.H. Knuckles Elementary School at 1520 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Lumberton. The marker commemorates the former site of Thompson Institute, which was founded in 1881 by the Rev. Alexander H. Thompson and his nephew Elias Thompson, to educate blacks in the post-Civil War era. The school trained teachers and pastors who worked all over North Carolina and the country. Click here to read more about the ceremony and here to read the marker text.
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Launches e-106 Submittal System
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) recently launched an Electronic Section 106 Documentation Submittal System (e-106) to be used by any federal agency when notifying the ACHP of a finding of adverse effect in the Section 106 Process, inviting the ACHP to be a consulting party to resolve adverse effects, or proposing the development of a Programmatic Agreement for complex or multiple undertakings. Instructions are available at Contact Tom McCulloch, Senior Program Analyst, at (202) 517-0222 or [email protected] with any questions. 
For Your Entertainment and Edification  . . .
  • Do you like Lustron houses? Click here to learn about known Lustron houses in North Carolina and here to hear a podcast about Lustron houses by North Carolina Modernist Houses.
  • Harriet Irwin was the first women to patent an architectural design, in 1869. Click here to learn more.
  • Since summer seems to extend well into October some years in NC, perhaps this is still a timely book list. Click here to see the National Trust's End of Summer Reads list.
  • Since hurricanes happen and North Carolinians love their beach houses, here is a link to an article about a sturdy little house that we might see more of next time we head to the beach.
  • Click here to read an interesting article about Palladio's continuing influence on architecture.
  • Click here for the September issue of Architect, The Journal of the American Institute of Architects, which contains a feature on Rosenwald Schools, including a 1928 Frank Lloyd Wright design.
  • The National Park Service reports historic investments in 2014 Federal Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program. Click here for the press release about the report and here for the full report.
Events, Awards, and Grants    

For statewide events lists, visit the HPO Facebook events list
Preservation North Carolina events list, or a September 2015 - November 2015 calendar of events and workshop and conference list courtesy of the Federation of NC Historical Societies.

October 8-10 2nd Annual Slave Dwelling Project Conference, North Charleston, SC. The conference's mission is to convene attendees from around the United States and abroad to exchange ideas and resources and to share perspectives and solutions for preserving extant African American slave dwellings for future generations. For more details go to this website

October 8 NC National Register Advisory Committee Meeting, 10 AM, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh. Open to the public. For more information, please contact Ann Swallow by phone at 919-807-6587 or by email at [email protected].

October 9-11 2015 Charleston Heritage Symposium, "Charleston - British and Beyond," Charleston, SC.This year's symposium will feature national and international decorative arts experts who will address how some of Charleston's earliest settlers - including French Huguenot, Jewish, African, German, and Flemish as well as British - set the standard that would make Charleston among the earliest of our nation's multicultural and cosmopolitan cities. William G. Allman, Curator of The White House, and Dr. Tessa Murdoch, FSA, Deputy Keeper, Department of Sculpture, Metalwork, Ceramics, and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, will be the keynote speakers. Limited to 80 patrons. To make reservations for the symposium or request a brochure, please call 800-770-1817 or visit this website.

October 12 "Preserving the Historic Building: Practical Solutions for Preserving and Maintaining Historic Architecture," Tryon Palace, New Bern. The workshop will explore questions about the nuts and bolts for best practices in maintaining your historic property. This workshop is designed for staff and volunteers responsible for preserving historic houses and other heritage architecture; faculty and students in historic preservation, public history, museum studies, and allied fields; and historic property owners.  No prior training or experience is required. Sponsored by the North Carolina Preservation Consortium. Click here for information about registration and fees

October 14-17 2015 Annual Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) Conference, El Tropicano River Walk Hotel, San Antonio, TX. For more information go to this website.

October 14-15 Maritime Cultural Landscape Symposium, Pyle Center, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI. Join the National Park Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and the Wisconsin State Historic Preservation Office for a two-day exploration of Maritime Cultural Landscapes in Madison, WI. The symposium will explore how the terrestrial and submerged resources near and in the nation's oceans, rivers, and lakes might be identified, characterized, and evaluated, and what benefits may be derived from the broader recognition of these landscapes as unique entities "worthy of preservation." Hear presentations by subject experts and join in the discussions on how agencies, tribes, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and State Historic Preservation Offices might use the MCL concept to more effectively preserve and protect their maritime heritage resources. Click here for more information.Space is limited - please register early.

November 1-5 Association for Preservation Technology (APT) Conference, "Convergence of People and Places-Diverse Technologies and Practices," Kansas City, MO. Details about the conference and registration information can be found on this website.

November 3-6 PastForward 2015, the National Trust Annual Conference, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC. For more information or to register go to this website.  

November 18-21 Southeastern Archaeological Conference, Nashville, TN.  More information available on this website.

November 20 North Carolina Preservation Consortium Annual Conference, "Monuments and Memorials Preserving, Protecting and Documenting Our Collective Memory," William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 8 AM - 4 PM. Speakers will cover basic and advanced strategies and techniques for preserving monuments and memorials (structures, statues, gravestones, pillars, markers), and the often spontaneous collections of offerings. Click here for information about registration and fees

March 16-19, 2016 National Council on Public History Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD. Visit this website for more information.
March 19-20 7th National Forum on Historic Preservation Practice, "A Critical Examination of the Next 50 Years," Goucher College, Baltimore, MD. Click on this link for details about the call for papers for this conference.

April 10-13 "Keeping History Above Water," Newport, RI. This international, multi-disciplinary conference will focus on challenges and solutions for saving historic structures and neighborhoods in coastal communities. See If you have questions contact [email protected].

June 1-4 Save the Date! 2016 Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference, "From Farm to Factory: Piedmont Stories in Black and White," Durham, NC. For information, visit this website, where details will be added as planning progresses. Click on this link for the call for papers. The deadline for proposals is October 30, 2015.
July 27-31 Save the Date! National Alliance of Preservation Commissions FORUM 2016, Mobile, AL.  A historic preservation conference and training program focused on the issues of preservation commissions and commission staff. More information can be found on the NAPC website

National Trust offers grants to Main Street towns through its Historic Properties Redevelopment Program. Click here to learn more.
National Council on Public History Accepting Award Nominations The National Council on Public History offers a variety of awards including outstanding project, new professional, consulting excellence, and a book award. Deadlines are November 1, and December 1. More information and submission deadlines are available at Questions? 317-274-2716 or [email protected].
National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) Announces Two Grants Programs for 2016 In addition to their regular 2016 PTT Grants program, they have initiated a new NCPTT Media Grants ProgramThe Preservation Technology and Training (PTT) Grants program provides funding for innovative research that develops new technologies or adapts existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. Grant recipients undertake innovative research and produce technical reports which respond to national needs in the field of historic preservation. The maximum award is $40,000.  Media grant recipients will develop publications, web or mobile applications, and video products that offer preservationists a better understanding of tools and resources available to preserve cultural heritage. The resulting grant products help increase the longevity of cultural resources.  The NCPTT Media Grants Program is a subset of the Preservation Technology and Training Grants.  The maximum award is $15,000. The deadline for all grant applications is Thursday, November 3, 2015.
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. The deadline for submittal is December 1. Guidelines, FAQs, and sample narratives from successful applications are online at: Contact the staff of NEH's Division of Preservation and Access at [email protected] and 202-606-8570. Hearing-impaired applicants can contact NEH via TDD at 1-866-372-2930.
Please send any comments or suggestions to Ramona Bartos at [email protected]. Please forward this newsletter to others who might be interested in the information.

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The activity that is the subject of this publication has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the NC HPO. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of NPS or NC HPO. This program receives federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U. S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC  20240.
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