Annual Conference

Charlotte, September 27-29

Preservation NC’s Annual Conference is a 3-day gathering of preservation professionals, students and homeowners that happens in a different part of the state each year.

Click here for Conference Schedule.

Don’t get us wrong.  Grandmothers are great, and they launched North Carolina’s preservation movement, sometimes to the chagrin of their hubbies.  But the times, they are a-changing.

Preservation North Carolina’s 2017 conference is going new places.  Self-described museum anarchist Franklin Vagnone, author of Twisted Preservation and new President of Old Salem, will offer a wry, rule-breaking perspective about the house museum of the future.  Get ready.  Briana Grosicki, Director of Research for Place Economics (Donovan Rypkema’s firm), will look at how rural counties and small towns that are losing population might look to how Rust Belt cities are “Rightsizing.”

Education sessions will include designing projects for Millennials, mapping the state’s Freedmen’s villages, how to sustainably renovate your old house, a commissions’ track on evaluating the use of new building materials in historic districts, and more.  Need to learn more about the tax credits?  We’ve got you covered.

To party, we’ll go to hip NoDa and the acclaimed McColl Center for Art + Innovation, where artists work in a formerly burned-out stone church.  Most of the sessions will be at a former church that’s been adaptively reused as an up-to-date performance venue.

As always, we’ll present our annual awards, have student presentations, and present updates on the work of Preservation NC and the NC Historic Preservation Office.  The new Secretary of Natural and Cultural Resources Susi Hamilton will be joining us.  She’s not new to preservation (her first job was in preservation twenty years ago), and she’s one of the younger members of the North Carolina Cabinet.

You think Charlotte doesn’t have historic places?  We’ll prove you wrong, and we promise you’ll have a good time learning.

Click here for Hotel and Light Rail information for the 2017 Conference.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities!

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 here to learn more and download a full listing of sponsorship opportunities, levels and benefits.

Contact Shannon Phillips at or 919-832-3652 ext. 229 to discuss your sponsorship donation today!


Very special thanks to our conference sponsors to date!