2022 Annual Conference Schedule

We’re excited to see you in person this year for Preservation NC’s 2022 Annual Conference in Winston-Salem October 26-28!

This year’s conference in Winston-Salem may look a little different from years past. In planning this year’s conference, we placed an emphasis on social gathering. Your feedback about our virtual conferences during the pandemic was that online education sessions worked fine, but nothing can compensate for the missed networking and social connection that is possible in person. This year’s conference is filled with social receptions, full conference gatherings, and small, intimate tours of incredible historic places. Winston-Salem has so much to offer and so many preservation stories to tell. We are excited to see you all there to experience together what the city has to offer!

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Early-bird pricing ends September 30. Prices will increase October 1. Registration will close Wednesday, October 19. Registration confirmations will be emailed to participants approximately one week before the conference. 

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Wednesday, October 26

AFTERNOON TOURS

  • 2:00pm-5:00pm: Great Houses of Winston-Salem Trolley Tour
    Join author Peggy Smith on a trolley tour of Reynolda Park and Buena Vista as she points out architectural highlights and shares stories from her recent book, Great Houses and Their Stories: Winston-Salem’s “Era of Success,” 1912–1940, published by Preservation NC. You’ll get to step inside the Georgian Revival-style Coan-Gray House, designed by Charles Barton Keen in 1928, for a private tour with the current owners. This tour is SOLD OUT.
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm: Historic Bethania Walking Tour
    Stroll the first planned Moravian settlement in North Carolina. Historic Bethania exists as the only remaining independent, continuously active Moravian village in the southern United States, and is the only known existing Germanic-type Linear Agricultural village in the South. The 500-acre Bethania National Historic Landmark district is the largest National Historic Landmark District in Forsyth County. Bethania and its 18th and 19th century properties are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Mike Leonard, President of the Bethania Historical Association, recipient of the North Carolina Award for Public Service in 2010 for his land conservation and historic preservation work, and the recipient of PNC’s highest award, the Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award, in 2015, will lead the tour and describe and point out the extensive remnants of the town plan that was surveyed and laid out in the early 1760s. This tour is limited to 20 people maximum. 

5:00pm-8:00pm: HONOR AWARDS PRESENTATION AND WELCOME RECEPTION (Historic Brookstown Inn, 200 Brookstown Avenue, Winston-Salem, NC 27101) :  Come celebrate another year of preservation success as we highlight projects, organizations, and individuals from around the state at the 2022 Preservation NC Honor Awards Ceremony. After the award presentation, mingle with preservation friends for a social reception at the Historic Brookstown Inn.


Thursday, October 27

MORNING TOURS AND BOOK SIGNING

  • 9:00am-11:00am: (Old Salem) Hidden Town Walking Tour
    The Hidden Town Walking Tour will explore Old Salem and consider African born and derived people, free and enslaved, as founders and builders of the town. Their descendants and the post-Emancipation African American population to the present-day are part of the story as well. The tour will begin at St. Philips Moravian Church, the oldest standing African American church in North Carolina. St. Philips is a touchstone for the Black experience in Winston-Salem and celebrates its 200th anniversary this year. The two buildings we will visit are ADA accessible; however, there will be much walking uphill and on uneven sidewalks or in the street. This tour is limited to 15 people maximum.
  • 9:30am-11:00am: Preservation Site Tour of Reynolda
    As we all know, preservation is hard work! This guided tour will highlight Reynolda’s most recent preservation projects plus those on the horizon. In 2021, the museum replaced the bungalow’s original 1917 Ludowici tile roof. Next up for restoration? Reynolda’s 1913 Lord & Burnham glass greenhouse. The tour will be facilitated by Reynolda Deputy Director Phil Archer and Senior Preservation Architect at JKOA Robert J. Hotes. Participants should wear comfortable shoes as the tour may cover up to 1.5 miles. Guests with limited mobility should contact Amber C. Albert in advance for assistance. This tour is limited to 25 people maximum. (A second tour is offered again on Friday afternoon.)
  • 10:00am-11:00am: Double Feature Book Signing; free to all conference attendees (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101) Join friends in preservation, Ruth Little and Peggy Smith, for back-to-back talks on their 2022 published books. Books will be available for purchase from Bookmarks and both authors will be signing after the presentation.
    • M. Ruth Little’s new hybrid memoir and history, The Book of Ruth, Taming Ghosts, Saving History, was published in April by Lystra Books of Chapel Hill, NC. The book is a memoir about history, art, and the culture of the American South. It narrates fifty years of adventures, from a small town Southern childhood to preservation activist and North Carolina Historic Preservation Office staffer in the 1970s, and to consultant, author, and artist in the 2000s. Ruth takes the reader on an emotional journey through many of North Carolina’s unique historic places as she tames her metaphorical ghosts of patriarchy, travel anxiety, and relationships.
    • In Great Houses and Their Stories: Winston-Salem’s “Era of Success,” 1912-1940, author Margaret Supplee Smith, Ph.D., and photographer Jackson Smith tell the rich histories of more than 75 great houses through beautiful new photography, historic photographs, personal narratives, and oral histories. Through diligent research of historical records and interviews with residents and local historians, they’ve uncovered fascinating stories about the families whose fortunes shaped neighborhoods like Buena Vista, West Highlands, and Reynolda Park.

ALL THURSDAY AFTERNOON SESSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH

12:00pm-1:00pm: REGISTRATION (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 520 Summit Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101)

1:00pm-2:10pm: PRESERVATION YEAR IN REVIEW:  Join leadership from Preservation NC and the State Historic Preservation Office to hear about ongoing projects around the state. Election of board officers will also occur during this time as part of Preservation NC’s annual business meeting.

2:10pm-2:30pm: WELCOME TO WINSTON-SALEM:  Michelle McCullough, Historic Resources Officer for the City of Winston-Salem, will start us off with a flyover history of the city and its preservation initiatives.

2:30pm-3:00pm: BREAK

3:00pm-3:45pm: MARION S. COVINGTON KEYNOTE SPEAKER:  Mayor J. Allen Joines, the longest-serving Mayor in the history of Winston-Salem, will speak on the impact of historic preservation in Winston-Salem and the renaissance of the Innovation Quarter.

3:45pm-4:30pm: PLENARY: PERSPECTIVES ON HISTORIC PRESERVATION IN WINSTON-SALEM:  Gain perspectives on preservation from different areas of Winston-Salem delivered by the council members representing each district.

4:30pm-5:30pm: BREAK/CHECK IN TO HOTELS

5:30pm-7:30pm: PROGRESSIVE RECEPTION AT THE INNOVATION QUARTER:  Experience for yourself the impact of NC’s historic rehabilitation tax credits on the revitalization of the Innovation Quarter. Break into groups for a progressive tour around the district, learning the history, adaptive reuse, and preservation stories that make the area what it is today. Sip and snack on treats along the way from local businesses that now call the area home. 

8:00pm-10:00pm: YOUNG PRESERVATIONISTS GATHERING (free to all conference attendees – additional ticket not required):  Co-hosted with Preservation Forsyth for the young and young at heart! If you haven’t had enough socializing for the day, join other preservationists at Roar (633 N. Liberty Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101), a “ROARing 20s” -themed social club in the recently renovated Twin City Motor Company Building. 


Friday, October 28

8:00am-9:00am: COFFEE & REGISTRATION (Calvary Moravian Church, 600 Holly Avenue NW, Winston-Salem, NC 27101)

9:00am-10:30am: CONCURRENT SESSIONS AT CALVARY MORAVIAN CHURCH AND REYNOLDS PLACE THEATER

  • EASEMENTS: THE STRONGEST TOOL FOR PRESERVATION: Learn how easements are being used strategically to preserve everything from downtown commercial buildings to individual residences with acreage and why they continue to be the strongest strategy in our toolkit.
  • THE ROOTS OF PLACE: CULTURAL PRESERVATION AND LANDSCAPE:  Join Michelle Lanier, Director of North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites and Properties, for a moderated panel on rooting historic structures and landscapes to the expansive power of place, through cultural preservation.
  • PATCHWORK PRESERVATION:  Come hear how Historic Commissions are using existing and newly created preservation programs/projects to be more inclusive; reaching out to identify, recognize, and acknowledge underrepresented communities and their historic resources. From recruiting members to build a more diverse Commission to learning how to begin a discussion with new communities on what sites are important to them to have protected. Learn how some municipalities are working toward better representation and challenges they face along the way.

10:30am-11:00am: BREAK

11:00am-12:30pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS AT CALVARY MORAVIAN CHURCH AND REYNOLDS PLACE THEATER

  • WINSTON-SALEM’S HISTORY OF HOUSING SEGREGATION AND URBAN RENEWAL: FROM RACE-BASED ZONING TO TODAY:  Learn about how Winston-Salem grew into the largest city in North Carolina, with the tobacco industry drawing African American workers from surrounding counties and states – creating a city that was and remains 40% Black. Hear about the brave men and women who challenged early segregationist policies and how redlining imprinted housing patterns that remain entrenched today. Find out how New Deal and Urban Renewal programs left their mark on the city and how the buildings from the mid-20th century are being viewed through a preservation lens today. Discover how neighborhoods “renewed” then are being envisioned today!
  • STRATEGIES FOR AFFORDABILITY AND CREATING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES:  Affordable housing doesn’t always mean subsidized housing. Come learn how principles of historic preservation can be combined with existing incentives to create strategies for developing healthy, sustainable communities.
  • PRESERVATION’S RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS SOCIAL JUSTICE: A CASE STUDY:  Join Preservation Forsyth and a/perture cinema for a showing of the documentary Unmarked, followed by a panel Q&A. Unmarked, a powerful and thought-provoking film, highlights the structural racial inequities still found today in America’s cemeteries. Following two outdoor showings of Unmarked last fall, in collaboration with Friends of Odd Fellows Cemetery and Happy Hill Cemetery, Preservation Forsyth created The Unmarked Initiative to assist and document Forsyth County’s historic Black cemeteries. From its simple beginnings, the Initiative has evolved to include GIS software and a collaboration with the NC Dept. of Archaeology; “best practices” cemetery workshops; and future online exhibits.
  • DOWNTOWN EASEMENTS WALKING TOUR: Following the morning session, join GBX and Preservation NC on a tour of downtown properties protected by preservation easements.

2:00pm-3:30pm: AFTERNOON TOURS

  • Downtown Historic Church Open House (1:30-3:30; free to all conference attendees – additional ticket not required)
    Drop in for self-guided tours and Q&A of several historic downtown churches within walking distance of each other. Preservationists/historians/architects from each congregation will offer insights at each location; a map will be included in your program. Sponsored by Preservation Forsyth.
  • Salem Academy and College 250th Anniversary Tour
    Join Alumna Gwynne Taylor for a walking tour through 250 years of history, development and preservation of this historic women’s school. Start at one of the earliest buildings in the nation dedicated to the education of women, the 1785 Single Sisters House. Learn about the history and renovation of this landmark building and its historic place in women’s education in the United States. From here you’ll walk along Salem Square while learning about the school’s history, including a stop at the 1854 Main Hall, a building with ties to architect Alexander Jackson Davis. The tour will end at the 1964 Elberson Fine Arts Center to view a photographic timeline celebrating Salem’s 250th anniversary. Note that the Single Sisters House and the Fine Arts Center are ADA accessible, but Main Hall is not. The tour will include about 1/2 mile of walking, partially on uneven brick walkways. This tour is limited to 15 people maximum.
  • Preservation Site Tour of Reynolda
    As we all know, preservation is hard work! This guided tour will highlight Reynolda’s most recent preservation projects plus those on the horizon. In 2021, the museum replaced the bungalow’s original 1917 Ludowici tile roof. Next up for restoration? Reynolda’s 1913 Lord & Burnham glass greenhouse. The tour will be facilitated by Reynolda Deputy Director Phil Archer and Senior Preservation Architect at JKOA Robert J. Hotes. Participants should wear comfortable shoes as the tour may cover up to 1.5 miles. Guests with limited mobility should contact Amber C. Albert in advance for assistance. This tour is limited to 25 people maximum.
  • Graylyn Manor
    Guests experiencing a Butler-led Tour of Graylyn will learn about the unusual history of this 1932 American Country House estate, originally the grand residence of the Bowman Gray family before becoming in turn a psychiatric hospital, university housing, and after a destructive fire, a luxury hotel and conference center. The Manor features original furnishings and decor collected by Nathalie and Bowman Gray on trips to different countries around the world for their Winston-Salem home. Your Butler will share highlights and anecdotes of Graylyn’s glamorous past and present. The tour lasts approximately ninety minutes and although seating will be available at times, participants should expect periods of walking stairs and longer periods of standing. This tour is SOLD OUT.

Early-bird pricing ends September 30. Prices will increase October 1. Registration will close Wednesday, October 19. Registration confirmations will be emailed to participants approximately one week before the conference. 

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

*Please note that most tours have a limited maximum capacity. Register ASAP to secure your spot.

CLICK HERE TO JOIN US AS A CONFERENCE SPONSOR!


If you have any registration questions, please email Mary Frances Wilson at mfwilson@presnc.org or call 919-832-3652 ext. 224

If you would like to download a paper form to register and mail with a check payment, please CLICK HERE to download the registration form. Please email us ahead of time if you are registering for an event with an attendance cap so we can mark you in advance. Submission instructions are on the form.


Cancellation/Refund policy: Cancellation refund requests (less a 25% administrative fee) will be honored until October 19. Unfortunately, we are unable to honor refund requests after that time.


COVID-19 is an ongoing concern we continue to monitor. Conference attendees will be asked to respect the current health and safety protocols  of the City of Winston-Salem and individual venues at the time of the event. We will send out an update on current policies and protocols with your registration confirmations in the week before the conference with an understanding these could change at any time during the conference. You can stay up to date on current COVID-19 protocols in Winston-Salem on their website here: https://www.cityofws.org/2673/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Information