Preservation NC 2020 Virtual Conference Schedule

Our 2020 Annual Conference is VIRTUAL. All sessions will take place on the virtual meeting platform Zoom. You only need a computer and access to the internet. PNC and Zoom will take care of the rest!

Upon registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the meeting agenda, links, and instructions to connect to conference events via Zoom. All sessions will be recorded and made available to conference registrants.


If you have registration questions, please contact Annie Jernigan at 919-832-3652 x 227 or email

Thursday, October 15

9:00am-9:30am: COFFEE + CONVERSATION Meet and network with fellow attendees and PNC staff in our virtual lobby!

9:30am-10:30am: PRESERVATION YEAR IN REVIEW  Preservation NC Staff and Dr. Kevin Cherry, Deputy Secretary, NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, will share highlights of PNC’s and SHPO’s work over the past year.

10:45am-11:45am: WELCOME REMARKS  Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary, NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

MARION S. COVINGTON KEYNOTE: Donovan D. Rypkema, Principal at PlaceEconomics, discusses “Preservation in Times of Uncertainty.”

1:00pm-2:00pm: NETWORKING LUNCH  Take a computer break to grab (or cook!) your lunch and meet us back on Zoom. We’ll provide thematic meeting rooms for you to connect with fellow conference attendees with spaces for Small Commissions, Large Commission, Nonprofits, Developers and Architects, Architectural Historians, and more. Sponsored by CT Wilson.

2:30pm-4:00pm: CONCURRENT SESSIONS (We will provide links to all 3 sessions. You may attend any session, as all sessions will be recorded and made available to conference registrants post-event).

    Join us for this first-ever session about North Carolina’s Historical Marker Program! Ansley Wegner, Administrator of the NC Highway Historical Marker Program, Adrienne Nirdé, Associate Director, NC African American Heritage Commission, and Heather Bratland, Historic Resources Office, Winston-Salem will share insights about historic marker programs and public memory from the state, local and commission level.
    Brett Sturm and Reid Thomas, Restoration Specialists at the State Historic Preservation Office, will share case-studies of historic property renovations done well from across the state — highlighting renovations where the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards were successfully implemented. Sponsored by Belk Architecture 
    Patrick Woodie, President of the NC Rural Center, will share the unique needs and opportunities for historic preservation in North Carolina’s rural communities.

Friday, October 16

9:00am-9:30am: COFFEE + CONVERSATION Meet and network with fellow attendees and PNC staff in our virtual lobby!

9:30am – 10:30am: PRESERVING AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL HERITAGE: Brent Leggs, Executive Director of the African-American Cultural Hertiage Fund at the National Trust for Historic Preservation delivers a keynote address about recent successes of the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund.

10:45am-11:45am: THE COLOR OF LAW KEYNOTE: Researcher and Author, Richard Rothstein discusses his powerful book, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, and segregation’s current impact on housing policy and American communities. This pre-recorded session will be followed by a moderated Q&A session with Rothstein.  In preparation for this session:

Order your copy of The Color of Law at a special PNC conference discount! Click HERE to order.

12:00pm-12:40pm COLOR OF LAW LUNCH + LEARN  Grab lunch and join us for a continuing discussion about the thought-provoking book, The Color of Law. Myrick Howard (President, Preservation NC), April Johnson (Executive Director, Preservation Durham) and Dr. Tom Hanchett (Historian) will lead a discussion about the book’s connection to historic preservation.

1:00pm-2:00pm: 2020 Preservation North Carolina HONOR AWARDS. Sponsored by North Carolina Estates

3:00pm-4:00pm: VIRTUAL HISTORIC TOURS: Join us for exclusive tours of historic locations across the state all in one day! (We will provide links to all sessions. You may attend any session, as all sessions will be recorded and made available to conference registrants post-event). 

  • PRESERVATION + PLATES: Join us for an exclusive cooking (and history!) lesson with Wilmington Chef and Restauranteur Dean Neff. Learn to cook a specially curated dish and hear about the preservation and restortation of the historic downtown Wilmington building that houses Neff’s new restaurant, Seabird! Recipes for Dean’s dish and a special cocktail will be provided upon registration.
  • COHEN-FUMERO HOUSE TOUR: Join Charlie Miller, of 5 Points Realty, and Ted Alexander, Preservation NC Regional Director, for a special tour of this amazing Mid-Century Modern Masterpiece! Charlie and Ted will share the incredible preservation and restoration journey of this important artistic and historic landmarks.
  • THE BARRACKS TOUR: Barracks owner Chris and Meredith Henry, and Maggie Gregg, Preservation NC Regional Director, will give an exclusive virtual tour of this incredible historic house in Tarboro built in 1858! Explore the history and renovation of this important pre-Civil War home listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.
  • ROCKY MOUNT MILLS TOUR: Join Evan Covington Chavez, Rocky Mount Mills/Capitol Broadcasting Company, and Eddie Belk, Belk Architecture, as they take you through the amazing rehabilitation of NC’s second-oldest cotton mill, which sits on the Tar River and originally dates to 1818. Come see the amazing transformation of this preservation success story into a vibrant live, work, play, brew destination.