2019 Fall Symposium Schedule

We hope to see you at our Fall Symposium November 7-8 in Raleigh!  REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN.  Advance Registration closes on 11/1/19

Click HERE to register online.  If you’d like register via check, please download and return the pdf registration form HERE.

If you have questions about your registration, please contact Annie Jernigan at 919-832-3652 x 227 or email ajernigan@presnc.org.


Thursday, November 7

All Thursday morning and afternoon sessions will take place at the Thomas Boyd Chapel at Shaw University, 118 E. South Street, Raleigh

8:30am-11:30am: MORNING REGISTRATION (Thomas Boyd Chapel at Shaw University, 118 E. South Street, Raleigh)

9:30am-9:45am WELCOME to Raleigh and our 2019 Fall Symposium!

9:45am-11:10am PREMIERE DOCUMENTARY FILM SCREENING. Join us as we take a look back at the Hall and Graves-Fields House project from beginning to end! Fayetteville-based documentary filmmakers, Moonlight Communications, have captured this years-long project and the spirit of the community that inspired it – Oberlin Village. Brief Q&A session with filmmakers, descendants of the Hall, Graves and Fields families, and Oberlin Village residents afterward.

11:10am-11:30am BREAK

11:30am-12:30pm PRESERVATION AND ITS ROLE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE KEYNOTE [PART 1]:  Historian Dr. Tom Hanchett examines segregation and housing policy in the US and its impact in North Carolina, paralleling the powerful book, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein.

12:30pm-2:30pm: LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

2:00pm-4:00pm: AFTERNOON REGISTRATION (Thomas Boyd Chapel at Shaw University, 118 E. South Street, Raleigh)

2:30pm-2:50pm BENDING THE ARC: WILLIS GRAVES JR. AND THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE. This original short play, commissioned by Preservation NC from award-winning playwright and poet, Howard Craft, will explore the Raleigh roots of Willis Graves Jr.’s dogged pursuit of justice for African Americans as a civil rights attorney during the 1920s-1950s in Detroit. The play will highlight the inspiration for his commitment to justice: his father, Willis Graves Sr., builder of the Graves-Fields House who was heavily involved in social justice causes in Raleigh, and ran for the NC House of Representatives in 1898. It will focus on Willis Graves Jr.’s involvement in the famous Ossian Sweet trial, where he worked with Clarence Darrow, and his role as a lawyer for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, Shelley v. Kramer, working with Thurgood Marshall. That case invalidated the use of racially restrictive covenants.

2:50pm-3:00pm BREAK

3:00pm-4:00pm PRESERVATION AND ITS ROLE IN SOCIAL JUSTICE PANEL [PART 2]:  AFFORDABLE HOUSING AND OUR CHANGING NEIGHBORHOODS  Political leaders, housing advocates, and preservationists discuss current issues of affordable housing and our changing neighborhoods.  Panelists: Dr. Tom Hanchett (Community Historian), James Perry (Winston-Salem Urban League), April Johnson(Preservation Durham), Charles Francis (The Francis Law Firm), Gregg Warren (DHIC, Inc.)

4:00pm-5:30pm HOUSE MOVING AND LIFTING: WHEN IS IT APPROPRIATE?  We’re tackling house moving and lifting with an in-depth discussion sharing practical expertise and advice from a range of perspectives. Panelist: Tania Tully (City of Raleigh), Sarah David (North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office ), Cynthia de Miranda (MdM Historical Consultants), Matt Tomasulo (Guest House Raleigh), Ted Alexander (Preservation North Carolina) (CLG CREDIT SESSION)


6:00pm-9:00pm: HISTORIC DOWNTOWN RALEIGH RECEPTION AND TOUR: Enjoy a reception of heavy hors d’oeuvres and see what’s old and new in downtown Raleigh!

8:30pm-Until: YOUNG PROFESSIONALS GATHERING: A fun, casual get-together for the young and young at heart, free to all conference attendees.


Friday, November 8

Friday morning sessions and the Honor Awards Presentation will take place at the Thomas Boyd Chapel at Shaw University. Guests will walk over to Historic Estey Hall for the Honor Awards Reception. (118 E. South Street, Raleigh)

8:00am-11:30am: MORNING REGISTRATION (Thomas Boyd Chapel at Shaw University, 118 E. South Street, Raleigh)

9:00am-10:30am: MARION S. COVINGTON KEYNOTE SPEAKER: President and Founder of Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), Arthur Ziegler Jr., and PHLF Vice-President, Michael Sriprasert share how PHLF has navigated complex projects successfully. Throughout Zeigler’s fifty-plus year tenure, PHLF has been at the forefront of preservation groups that are actively engaged in both downtown revitalization and affordable housing. PHLF has two nonprofit subsidies that do development and lending. Sponsored by Marion Stedman Covington Foundation. (CLG CREDIT SESSION)

10:30am-11:00am: BREAK

11:00am-12:00pm: 2019 Preservation North Carolina HONOR AWARDS.  (Thomas Boyd Chapel at Shaw University, 118 E. South Street, Raleigh) Presented by Biltmore


12:00pm-2:00pm: HONOR AWARDS RECEPTION (Estey Hall at Shaw University, 118 E. South Street, Raleigh)


2:00pm-4:00pm: RALEIGH HISTORIC TOURS: Conference attendees may take exclusive tours of historic Raleigh locations, including PNC’s new headquarters at the Graves-Fields and Hall Houses in Oberlin Village!