Preservation NC 2020 Virtual Conference

Adapting Preservation: Engaging Community Needs

October 15-16

When we came up with our conference theme last year, we had no idea how appropriate and important the theme of adaptation would become this year. Among so many other things, 2020 has been a year of adaptation. Like many of you, we’ve been working hard to figure out the best ways to continue our work and also stay connected to our family, friends and communities. We know that our incredible network of homeowners, builders, architects, planners, historians and more are essential to our success as preservationists.

2020 Conference Sponsors

Welcome to the Preservation North Carolina 2020 Virtual Conference! Join us for everything you've come to expect at a Preservation NC event -- dynamic speakers, training sessions, tours, and more!

This time, no travel necessary!

Click any button below or scroll through the website for more conference details.

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the meeting agenda, links, and instructions to connect to conference events via Zoom. All sessions will be recorded and made available to conference registrants.

Keep Scrolling for information on Commission/CLG and Continuing Education Credits.

Although we won’t be meeting in person, we hope that this year’s conference inspires new and innovative ways to bring us together and connect you to the educational sessions, networking opportunities and tours that make this event so special.

We’re excited by the possibilities and we hope you are too! Keep scrolling to learn more and register!

Come hang out with us on Zoom!

Our conference will take place on the virtual meeting platform Zoom. We've spent the last few months using Zoom for our PNC meetings and to launch our virtual Shelter Series. We really like Zoom and we think you will too! If you haven't used Zoom before or have questions, click below for information about the platform. We are also happy to answer any questions you may have about Zoom, you can contact Clarissa Goodlett with questions.

A few days before the conference, we will send you an agenda with links and instructions to connect to conference events via Zoom. You only need a computer and access to the internet. PNC and Zoom will take care of the rest!

Keynotes, Educational Sessions, Tours and More!

We have an exciting slate of educational sessions, keynote speakers, networking and tours! Conference Highlights:

  • THE COLOR OF LAW KEYNOTE: Historian and Author, Richard Rothstein discusses his powerful book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, and segregation's current impact on housing policy and American communities. This pre-recorded session will be followed by a moderated Q&A session with Rothstein. Please submit questions for Q&A by September 28 at 12pm to cgoodlett@presnc.org. Order your copy of The Color of Law at a special PNC conference discount! Click HERE to order.
  • MARION S. COVINGTON KEYNOTE: Donovan D. Rypkema, Principal at PlaceEconomics, present a keynote titled "Preservation in Times of Uncertainty." There will be a Q&A session following the keynote.
  • PRESERVATION + PLATES: Join us for an exclusive cooking (and history!) lesson with Wilmington Chef and Restauranteur Dean Neff.
  • PRESERVING AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE: Brent Leggs, Executive Director of the African-American Cultural Hertiage Fund at the National Trust for Historic Preservation delivers a keynote address about recent successes of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.
  • COHEN-FUMERO HOUSE TOUR: Join Charlie Miller, of 5 Points Realty, and Ted Alexander, Preservation NC Regional Director, for a special tour of this amazing Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece! Charlie and Ted will share the incredible preservation and restoration journey of this important artistic and historic landmark!
  • HISTORY ON A STICK: THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC MEMORY Join us for this first-ever session about North Carolina's Historical Marker Program! Ansley Wegner, administrator of the NC Highway Historical Marker Program, Adrienne Nirdé, Associate Director, NC African American Heritage Commission and Heather Bratland, Historic Resources Office, Winston-Salem will share insights about the program from the statewide, local and commission level.

Click the button below to view our complete conference schedule. For questions about the conference, please contact Clarissa Goodlett.

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the meeting agenda, links, and instructions to connect to conference events via Zoom. All sessions will be recorded and made available to conference registrants.

Hear from and connect with Historic Preservation Innovators

We've got an amazing group of speakers lined up eager to share with you their stories, expertise, and anything else you'd like to know about historic preservation. Click below for a list and bios of our 2020 Virtual Conference Speakers.

Recognizing achievements in Historic Preservation

The 2020 Preservation NC Honor Awards are sponsored by North Carolina Estates.

The strength of our awards program comes from the work of people who take the time to nominate deserving individuals, organizations, and projects that have made a difference in historic preservation. Honor Award nominations are now closed. Our 2020 winners will be recognized at our virtual awards ceremony on Friday, October 16 at 1pm.

PNC is offering complimentary registration to the PNC Honor Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 16 at 1pm. If you are registered for the entire conference, you are automatically registered for the Honor Awards Ceremony. Register below if you would like to attend the Awards Ceremony ONLY

Conference Sponsorship

Preservation North Carolina’s Annual Conference provides the opportunity for a diverse group of North Carolinians to come together to learn how historic preservation can be used to enhance quality of life and promote sustainable economic development. Your sponsorship gift will assist us in providing an exciting and stimulating event, while keeping it affordable for participants. In return, PNC will publicize your sponsorship in our conference materials and online. Click the button below to review sponsorship opporunities.

For sponsorship questions, or to become a sponsor, contact Shannon Phillips at 919-832-3652 ext 229, sphillips@presnc.org.

2020 Conference Sponsors

Commission/CLG and Continuing Education Credits

Sessions at the Preservation NC Annual Conference can be applied as continuing education and CLG credits for local commissions and architects. You will need to self-report your session attendance/hours. If you are an architect, click HERE for guidelines on reporting continuing education credits.

Curious about how virtual sessions work? Check out our Shelter Series!

Over the last several months, “sheltering” has become central to our lives. We created the Shelter Series to explore the culture, architecture, diversity and stories of the many shelters across our state. Click the button below for upcoming events and video from previous Shelter Series events.

We've worked hard to transition our conference to a virtual event that will capture the passion and enthusiasm of our annual gathering. We've missed you and we can't wait to see you in October!

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Images from PNC's Fall 2019 Symposium, courtesy Capital City Camera Club


Images Courtesy Capital City Camera Club