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Preservation NC 2018 Annual Conference October 17-19 Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington

Welcome to the Preservation North Carolina 2018 Annual Conference! Click any button below or scroll through the page for more conference details.

Preservation + Innovation: New Ideas Must Use Old Buildings -- Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs famously said, “Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.” She was right-- Innovation and Preservation go hand in hand. At this year's conference we’ll explore the ways entrepreneurs, architects, builders, chefs, restaurateurs, brewers, and preservationists are establishing their new ideas in old buildings. From Kinston to Mount Airy, small towns and not-so-small towns alike, folks are putting innovation to work and bringing new life to historic buildings and spaces. Come network, learn, and be inspired by the creative ways innovation is shaping North Carolina’s historic landscape. Click the Register button below to register for the 2018 Annual Conference.

Meet us at the beach for some R & R!

This year's conference will be in Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington. Enjoy some R & R (rescues and restorations) at the beautiful mid-century boutique hotel – the Blockade Runner Beach Resort at Wrightsville Beach – our conference host. You can book your room right now and take advantage of our great conference rates. Click the Accommodations button below to book your room.

Keynotes, Educational Sessions, Parties, Tours and More!

We have an exciting slate of educational breakout sessions, keynote speakers, tours and a party (or two)-- with the beach as our backdrop! And we couldn’t be at the beach without visiting the historic treasures in nearby Wilmington (including our own Bellamy Mansion)!

Click the button below to view our conference schedule. For questions about the Preservation NC Annual Conference, please contact Clarissa Goodlett.

Hear from and connect with Historic Preservation Innovators

Besides the tours and the parties and the beach, it's why you're coming right? We won't disappoint. We 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. Scroll through the list below to view our speakers and presenters. Check back frequently for updates!

Catherine Bishir, Architectural Historian, Raleigh

Cynthia Brown, Historian, Wilmington

Joshua Cole, Program Manager Wrightsville Beach Museum, Wrightsville Beach

Nick Dawson, Landscape Architect and Orton Plantation Manager, New York

Madeline Flager, Director Wrightsville Beach Museum, Wrightsville Beach

Dr. John Haley, Historian, Wilmington

Esther Hall, Preservation Advocacy Expert, Raleigh

Susi Hamilton, Secretary of North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Wilmington

Stephen Hill, President and Founder, Mother Earth Brewing, Kinston

Cary Joshi, President, Social House Vodka, Kinston

Michelle McCullough, Planner, City of Winston-Salem, Winston-Salem

Racial Equity Institute, Greensboro

Tony Rivenbank, Director, Thalian Hall, Wilmington

Bill Saffo, Mayor of Wilmington, Wilmington

Tony Sears, City Manager, Kinston

Amber Stimpson, Local Preservation Commission/Certified Local Government Coordinator, State Historic Preservation Office, Raleigh

Paula Wallace, President and Founder, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, Georgia

Recognizing achievements in Historic Preservation

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. Click HERE for complete list of previous honor award winners. Click the button below for award categories and complete information on how to submit an award nomination. Awards nomination deadline has been extended to June 18th. Our 2018 winners will be recognized at our awards ceremony at Thalian Hall in Wilmington on Friday morning of the conference. An awards reception will take place at Bellamy Mansion following the ceremony.

Conference Sponsorship

Preservation North Carolina’s annual conference is an 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 conference, 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 a list of sponsorship opportunities and benefits or download the Sponsorship Packet HERE. For conference sponsorship questions, or become a conference sponsor, contact Clarissa Goodlett at 919-832-3652 ext 238, cgoodlett@presnc.org.

Other stuff you might need to know...

We've included some info below about the area and getting around in Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach. We'll also provide more detailed information, including directions and maps in your program guide when you check-in at the conference in October. In the meantime, if you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

We can't wait to see you in October!

If you're new to Preservation NC and want to get an idea of what to expect? Take a look at last year’s program guide.

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Blockade Runner/Wilmington Images used on this site are by Joshua McClure. Preservation NC Annual Conference Images used on this site are by Tammy Cantrell.

2017 Annual Conference, Charlotte. Photos by Tammy Cantrell, Encaptured&Co

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