2018 Conference Schedule

UPDATE:  The 2018 Preservation North Carolina Annual Conference has been POSTPONED until March 20-22.

We hope to see you at the 2018 Annual Conference!  EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!  Click HERE to register.

If you are already registered and have questions about your registration, please contact Annie Cockrill at 919-832-3652 x 227 or email acockrill@presnc.org.

Wednesday, March 20

2:00pm-5:00pm: REGISTRATION (Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St, Wilmington)

3:00pm-5:00pm: WELCOME TO WILMINGTON/WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH AND PRESERVATION YEAR IN REVIEW (Reception Hall, Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S 17th St, Wilmington)

  • Hear from Wilmington Native and North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources Secretary Susi Hamilton and a Welcome to Wilmington from Mayor Bill Saffo.
  • Learn about the architecture and history of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach from historian Dr. John Haley, Wrightsville Beach Museum director, Madeline Flager, and Historic Wilmington Foundation Executive Director, Beth Rutledge.
  • Get an update from the National Trust for Historian Preservation, Senior Field Director, Nancy Tinker.
  • Travel throughout the state and learn about the accomplishments of the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office and a recap of the year’s significant events from Preservation North Carolina. State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and  Preservation NC Staff.

5:30pm-7pm: REGISTRATION (Lobby of Blockade Runner Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach )

5:30pm-8:30pm: WELCOME TO THE BEACH! Eat, drink and soak in ocean breezes with fellow preservationists on the beautiful garden lawn at our conference hotel, the Blockade Runner Beach Resort. The Blockade Runner is a beautiful mid-century boutique hotel and resort (Outdoor Lawn, Blockade Runner Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach).

Thursday, March 21

8:00pm-11:30am: MORNING REGISTRATION (Blockade Runner Resort Lobby, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach)

9:30am-10:15am PRESERVATION + INNOVATION KEYNOTE:  Hear Winston-Salem Urban League President/CEO and noted preservationist James Perry share his experiences in historic preservation in New Orleans. Perry will also discuss the intersections of innovation, entrepreneurship and preservation and how historic preservation can create and drive economic opportunities in communities. (Lee Ballroom, Blockade Runner Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach)

10:30am-12:00pm PRESERVATION + INNOVATION KEYNOTE SESSION:   Join us for a conversation and be inspired by the stories of Kinston innovators and entrepreneurs Stephen Hill (President and Founder, Mother Earth Brewing), Cary Joshi (President, Social House Vodka) and Tony Sears (Kinston City Manager) who are bringing their new ideas to old buildings — utilizing historic spaces and revitalizing the Kinston community along the way(Lee Ballroom, Blockade Runner Resort, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach)

12:00pm-2:00pm: BEACH BUFFET LUNCH.  Fill up your plate and enjoy lunch and an amazing view of your choice on the Blockade Runner grounds.

12:00pm-12:45pm: COMMISSIONS BEACH PICNIC.  Do you ever just want to get in a space with other commissions to ask questions, learn and share notes?  Well, today is your lucky day! Grab your lunch and meet us for an informal gathering to meet, greet, lunch and learn.  And, you’ll still have some time after lunch to take in a beach view (or even a power nap!) before the afternoon breakout sessions. ( Location at Blockade Runner Resort, TBD).

1:30pm-4:00pm: AFTERNOON REGISTRATION (Blockade Runner Resort Lobby, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach)

2:00pm-3:00pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS (in various meeting rooms within Blockade Runner Resort)

A1. PRESERVATION + INNOVATION: MORE ON KINSTON INNOVATION. Do you have more questions for Stephen, Cary and Tony about their work in Kinston and how you can do it in your town?  Get the nuts and bolts of their stories in a smaller setting and get the answers to your questions from Stephen Hill, Cary Joshi and Tony Sears  (Blockade Runner Resort Meeting Room)

B1.  TRAINING FOR COMMISSIONS:  ROUNDTABLE SESSION:  Winston- Salem Project Planner, Michelle McCullough will facilitate this roundtable training with topics to include: community engagement/annual reporting presented by Amber Stimpson, SHPO, and Demolition by Neglect presented by Dan Becker, Heritage Arts of NC, LLC. (Blockade Runner Resort Meeting Room).

C1. RACIAL EQUITY WORKSHOP: Preservation NC will host a Groundwater Presentation by the Racial Equity Institute (based in Greensboro, North Carolina). The Groundwater Presentation is a 2 hour workshop that introduces audiences to Racial Equity and uses stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation introduces participants to an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant. The workshop will focus on racial equity in the context of historic preservation, in particular engaging and preserving culturally significant spaces, communities and structures. (Blockade Runner Resort Meeting Room)

D1. OUR DIVERSE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY: AFRICAN AMERICAN BUILDERS AND ARCHITECTS AFTER THE CIVIL WAR. Historian Cynthia Brown will discuss her discoveries researching the history of Wilmington’s historic St. Stephen Church, highlighting the specific work and collaborative efforts of African American builders and artisans who designed and constructed the church. Architectural historian Catherine Bishir will share her current research on postwar African American builders, featuring findings collected for the biographical dictionary website at North Carolina State University Libraries, ncarchitects.lib.ncsu.edu, and exploring how individual artisans navigated the opportunities and obstacles they faced from Emancipation to the Great Depression. (Blockade Runner Resort Meeting Room)

3:00pm-3:30pm: BREAK

3:30pm-4:30pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS (in various meeting rooms within Blockade Runner Resort)

A2. PRESERVATION + INNOVATION: SMALL TOWN, BIG IDEAS. Hear how business owners, developers and entrepreneurs have utilized innovative trends in the hotel, arts and food/beverage industries and more to revitalize their communities and transform their small towns through preservation. Developer Gene Rees of Mount Airy and Richard A. Swartzel, President of Cornerstone United in Hickory will share their experiences and expertise.  Learn how they did it in their town, and how you can do it in yours!

B2.  TRANING FOR COMMISSIONS: I NEED TO WORK WITH ELECTED OFFICIALS…HELP!   A step by step guide on how to work with elected bodies and advocate for historic preservation presented by historic preservation expert and National Trust consultant Esther Hall.  Esther will share her playbook and trade secrets on preservation advocacy and working with elected officials. She’ll also share how she successfully created and executed an advocacy campaign for preservation with local and statewide elected officials.

C2. RACIAL EQUITY WORKSHOP: Continuation of the 2 hour Racial Equity Workshop, see description above. (Blockade Runner Resort Meeting Room)

D2. OUR DIVERSE ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY: FIELD SESSION AT WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH MUSEUM.  Travel just down the road to the Wrightsville Beach Museum to learn and see first hand the unique architectural history and artifacts of Wrightsville’s beach homes and buildings, plus view recently relocated and saved historic beach cottages. Hosted by Madeline Flager, Executive Director Wrightsville Beach Museum. (Wrightsville Beach Museum,  303 W Salisbury St, Wrightsville Beach, NC)

5:00pm-6:00pm: REGISTRATION (Blockade Runner Resort Lobby, 275 Waynick Blvd, Wrightsville Beach)

5:30pm-7:30pm: HISTORIC BEACH COTTAGES AND CAROLINA YACHT CLUB TOUR: Join us for a tour of historic Wrightsville Beach Cottages, just steps from the Blockade Runner Resort. The tour ends with light refreshments at historic and exclusive Carolina Yacht Club.

8:30pm-Until: YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GATHERING: A fun, casual get-together for the young and young at heart, free to all conference attendees. Enjoy ocean breezes and views from the popular Oceanic Restaurant, right on the beach! (The Loft at Oceanic Restaurant, 703 S Lumina Ave, Wrightsville Beach)


Friday, March 22

8:00am-11:30am: MORNING REGISTRATION (Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington)

9:00am-9:15am THALIAN HALL WELCOME AND HISTORY: Tony Rivenbark, Thalian Hall Executive Director (Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington)

9:15am- 9:30am: DIX PARK UPDATE: Myrick Howard, Preservation NC President and Professor of Practice at UNC’s Department of City and Regional Planning, will talk about Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh, a major new park being planned on the site of a former mental institution. (Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington)

9:30am-10:30am: ORTON ILLUSTRATED PRESENTATION: Orton Plantation is a working plantation of 14,000 acres located in Brunswick County, North Carolina, with historical roots dating back to the early 1700s. Orton has an extensive program dedicated to the restoration of the Longleaf Pine forest and wire-grass ecosystem, threatened plant and animal communities, and wildlife. Orton has also undergone an archaeological investigation that has revealed neighboring Kendal plantation (part of the property purchase in 2010) as the home of the founding Moore family, who were critical to the development of the physical and political landscape of the Cape Fear region. Nick Dawson, landscape architect and manager at Orton, will highlight these recent discoveries, Orton’s many periods of historic significance, and discuss the role continued evolution plays in land use and the preservation of a historic landscape. (Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington)

10:30am-11:00am: BREAK

11:00am-12:15pm: 2018 Preservation North Carolina HONOR AWARDS. (Thalian Hall, 310 Chestnut St, Wilmington)

12:30pm-2:00pm: HONOR AWARDS RECEPTION (Bellamy Mansion, 503 Market St, Wilmington)

2:00pm-4:00pm: HISTORIC WILMINGTON TOURS: Conference attendees may take exclusive tours of Historic Wilmington locations.

  • Bellamy Mansion (guided)
  • Sacred Spaces tour including St. Stephen A.M.E Church, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Temple of Israel, St. James Episcopal, First Presbyterian (self-guided)
  • Downtown Revitalization Tour of Front Street Buildings (guided)
    • Solomon Brothers Building at 1 & 9 S. Front St.
    • Todd’s Building at 21 S. Front St.
    • 10 S. Front St., The Ruin
  • Legacy Architectural Salvage (1831 Dawson St, Wilmington):  Our conference wouldn’t be complete if we didn’t include a little shopping right?  Historic Wilmington Foundation will open the doors of its Legacy Architectural Salvage store just for us on Friday afternoon! LAS is a preservationist’s dream — with an inventory full of doors, windows, door knobs, fireplace mantels, newel posts, finials, sinks and more!  Don’t miss this unique opportunity provided exclusively for our conference attendees! Click HERE for more on Legacy Architectural Salvage.