Preservation NC 2021 Virtual Conference

Preservation on the Edge

October 21-22

We'll be meeting virtually again this year for two days of engaging discussion looking at how the field of preservation can continue to adapt to our rapidly changing world. We hope you'll join us to learn how to make tax credits work for small projects; how digital tools are being used to document underrepresented stories and places; how we identify and preserve intangible heritage; and much more. We'll celebrate our 2021 Preservation North Carolina Awards winners Friday afternoon and close out the conference with fun virtual tours that will let you travel all over the state in a single afternoon.

Like last year, your registration will give you access to join all sessions live, or you can choose to watch them later, on your own schedule. There are so many exciting things happening in preservation and we're on the edge of an expanding field!

Below are the track descriptions for the concurrent sessions:

Virtual History (VH): Technology has rapidly changed the way we do pretty much everything these days, from research to communication. Even more so since last year (this is our second virtual conference after all!). These two sessions will focus on a few examples of how technology is being leveraged to document history and preserve stories that may otherwise be lost, or just inaccessible.

Tax Credits and Rehabs (TC): North Carolina’s historic rehabilitation tax credits are responsible for more than $3.2 billion of private investment in 4,000+ historic buildings. There’s talk about making them permanent. But how can they help in your community? Join these two sessions to find out.

Significance and Eligibility (SE): From architectural integrity to cultural significance, what defines historic importance and is it (should it be) changing?

2021 Conference Sponsors

Welcome to the Preservation North Carolina 2021 Virtual Conference: Preservation on the Edge

Join us for everything you've come to expect at a Preservation NC conference -- dynamic speakers, training sessions, tours, and more!

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Registrants will receive an email with the meeting agenda, Zoom links, and instructions a few days before the conference. All sessions will be recorded and made available to conference registrants.

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

We're excited to see you on Zoom!

Our conference will take place on the virtual meeting platform Zoom. If you haven't used Zoom before or have questions, click here for information about the platform.

Keynotes, Educational Sessions, Tours and More!

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

  • MARION S. COVINGTON KEYNOTE: Staff writer at The Atlantic and Author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America (a #1 New York Times Bestseller), Clint Smith, will discuss his exploration of historic sites in America and the hopeful role that truth in history can play in making sense of our nation’s development. Following a conversation with Clint Smith, listen to a panel discuss the challenges associated with preserving, interpreting and defending historic landmarks around the state. The first 100 conference registrants will receive a FREE copy of his book!
  • PRESERVATION TRADES PLENARY: Have you had trouble finding a restoration plasterer or a brick mason who knows anything other than running bond? You’re not the only one. Preservation NC has been hearing for years that we need more options for comprehensive training in the preservation trades. We’ve started to explore ways to facilitate a statewide program and want you to hear from Nancy Finegood about what has been successful in other areas, as well as hear from Preservation Maryland’s Nick Redding and Natalie Henshaw about their partnership with NPS to create the Campaign for Historic Trades.
  • THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF SMALL TAX CREDIT PROJECTS (TC): Do you think tax credits are only for millionaires? Tim Simmons, Senior Preservation Architect and Income-producing Tax Credit Coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office; Aaron Mayer, Director of Sherbert Consulting and Moxie Investment Funds; Todd Brockmann, Brockmann Law Firm; Richard Angino, Third Wave Housing; and Claire Edwards and Don Edwards, will talk about the nuts and bolts of making the State and Federal historic rehabilitation tax credits work for smaller projects.
  • THE GREEN BOOK AND NORTH CAROLINA'S "OASIS SPACES" (VH): Did you know there were 327 businesses between 1936 and 1966 listed in North Carolina’s Negro Motorist Green Book? Have you ever wondered what those businesses were, where they were, and if they are still around? Angela Thorpe, Director, and Adrienne Nirdé, Associate Director, of the NC African American Heritage Commission will explain how the NCAAHC’s interactive “Oasis Spaces” web portal is being used to highlight experiences of African American travelers during the Jim Crow era in North Carolina, and discuss opportunities for preserving the remaining sites for the future.
  • WILLIAM HOLLISTER HOUSE TOUR: Built in 1839-1841 for ship owner, banker and merchant, William Hollister, this New Bern landmark sat vacant for 20 years before Rachel Brown Hall and Bill Cobb decided to give it a new life. Join them for a live virtual tour and Q&A of the extensive 3-year restoration.

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

Registrants will receive an email with the meeting agenda, Zoom links, and instructions a few days before the conference. All sessions will be recorded and made available to conference registrants.

Recognizing Achievements in Historic Preservation

The 2021 Preservation NC Honor Awards

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.

Our 2021 winners will be recognized at our virtual awards ceremony on Friday, October 22 at 1:30pm.

PNC is offering complimentary registration to the PNC Honor Awards Ceremony, but registration is required. If you are registered for the entire conference, you are automatically registered for the Honor Awards Ceremony.

Click the button below to register 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 opportunities.

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

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.

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

Over the last two years, “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.

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


Images Courtesy Capital City Camera Club