Preservation NC 2021 Virtual Conference Schedule

We’ll be meeting virtually again this year for two days of engaging discussion looking at how the field of preservation can continue to adapt to our rapidly changing world. We hope you’ll join us to learn how to make tax credits work for small projects; how digital tools are being used to document underrepresented stories and places; how we identify and preserve intangible heritage; and much more. We’ll celebrate our 2021 Preservation North Carolina Awards winners Friday afternoon and close out the conference with fun virtual tours that will let you travel all over the state in a single afternoon. All sessions will be recorded and made available to conference registrants.

If you have already registered, the agenda with Zoom links were emailed to you on 10/20. If you did not receive the email, check your spam folder first then contact Mary Frances Wilson at 919-832-3652 x 224 or by email


New registrants will receive an email with the agenda and Zoom links upon registration. 

If you have registration questions, please contact Annie Jernigan at 919-832-3652 x 227 or by email or Mary Frances Wilson at 919-832-3652 x 224 or by email


For sponsorship questions, or to become a sponsor, contact Shannon Phillips at 919-832-3652 ext. 229 or

Preservation on the Edge

*Virtual History (VH): Technology has rapidly changed the way we do pretty much everything these days, from research to communication. Even more so since last year (this is our second virtual conference after all!). These two sessions will focus on a few examples of how technology is being leveraged to document history and preserve stories that may otherwise be lost, or just inaccessible.

*Tax Credits and Rehabs (TC): North Carolina’s historic rehabilitation tax credits are responsible for more than $3.2 billion of private investment in 4,000+ historic buildings. There’s talk about making them permanent. But how can they help in your community? Join two sessions to find out.

*Significance and Eligibility (SE): From architectural integrity to cultural significance, what defines historic importance and is it (should it be) changing?

Thursday, October 21

8:45am-9:00am: COFFEE + CONVERSATION Meet and network with fellow attendees and PNC staff in our virtual lobby!  You provide the coffee, we’ll provide the conversation.

9:00am-10:15am: PRESERVATION YEAR IN REVIEW Preservation NC staff and SHPO staff will share highlights of PNC’s and SHPO’s work over the past year.

10:45am-11:45am: MARION S. COVINGTON KEYNOTE: Clint Smith, staff writer at The Atlantic and best-selling author of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning With the History of Slavery Across America, will discuss his exploration of historic sites in America and the hopeful role that truth in history can play in making sense of our nation’s development.

12:00pm-12:30pm: HOW THE WORD IS PASSED: A COMMUNITY CONVERSATION on the heavy baggage of slavery and white supremacy. Following a conversation with Clint Smith, join us for a discussion on the challenges associated with preserving, interpreting and defending historic landmarks around the state.

12:30pm-1:30pm LUNCH BREAK

1:30pm-3:00pm: 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).

    Architectural style is traditionally easy to identify and protect. How do you evaluate and protect properties and districts when the significance is less tangible? Join April Johnson, Preservation Durham Executive Director, and Kristi Harpst, Program Manager – Historic Districts for the City of Charlotte, to discuss existing eligibility frameworks in the context of preservation protections.
    Think tax credits are only for millionaires? Tim Simmons, Senior Preservation Architect and Income-producing Tax Credit Coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office; Aaron Mayer, Director of Sherbert Consulting and Moxie Investment Funds; Richard Angino, Third Wave Housing; Todd Brockmann, Brockmann Law Firm; Claire Edwards and Don Edwards, will talk about the nuts and bolts of making the State and Federal historic rehabilitation tax credits work for smaller projects.
    Join Michelle Michael, Preservation Planner for the Town of Wake Forest and the brains behind the Sites of Memory StoryMap, and Kacey Hadick, Director of Conservation Programs for CyArk, to learn how technology and virtual reality can be used to make preservation more equitable and accessible.

3:30pm-5:00pm: 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).

    A tale of preserving two native North Carolina jazz musicians’ houses with Ted Alexander of Preservation NC, Samantha Smith and Sonya Laney of Gate City Preservation, and Benjamin Briggs of Preservation Greensboro. Join to learn more about the approaches to recognize and protect the cultural significance of the Nina Simone house in Tryon and the John Coltrane house in High Point.
    Almost every downtown has buildings that people argue are “ugly” or would be better off torn down. They may be vacant, hurting the overall economic vitality of downtown.  These are often the “Diamonds in the Rough.” With vision and some tender loving care – along with good shepherding – the beauty in the beast can be found in these types of properties! David Maurer of Maurer Architecture will share stories of rough properties from across the state that were submitted for this presentation by SHPO staff. The buildings now shine, are catalysts for economic development to their community, and received historic tax credits! Come consider how you can encourage your community to do the same.
    Did you know there were 327 businesses between 1936 and 1966 listed in North Carolina’s Negro Motorist Green Book? Have you ever wondered what those businesses were, where they were, and if they are still around? Angela Thorpe, Director, and Adrienne Nirdé, Associate Director, of the NC African American Heritage Commission, will explain how the NCAAHC’s interactive “Oasis Spaces” web portal is being used to highlight experiences of African American travelers during the Jim Crow era in North Carolina, and discuss opportunities for preserving the remaining sites for the future.

Friday, October 22

9:00am-9:30am: COFFEE + CONVERSATION Meet and network with fellow attendees and PNC staff in our virtual lobby!  You provide the coffee, we’ll provide the conversation.

9:30am-11:00am: PRESERVATION TRADES PLENARY Have you had trouble finding a restoration plasterer or a brick mason who knows anything other than running bond? You’re not the only one. Preservation NC has been hearing for years that we need more options for comprehensive training in the preservation trades. We’ve started to explore ways to facilitate a statewide program and want you to hear from Nancy Finegood about what has been successful in other areas, as well as hear from Preservation Maryland’s Nick Redding and Natalie Henshaw about their partnership with NPS to create the Campaign for Historic Trades.

11:15am-12:00pm PRESERVATION TRADES BREAKOUT SESSION If you are inspired and want to dive deeper into establishing a Preservation Trades program locally or statewide, join a breakout session to talk about next steps and ideas!

12:00pm-1:30pm LUNCH BREAK

PNC is offering complimentary registration to the PNC Honor Awards Ceremony. If you are registered for the entire conference, you are automatically registered for the Honor Awards Ceremony. Register HERE if you would like to attend the Awards Ceremony ONLY and are not registered for the conference.

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 tours. You may attend any tour, as all tours will be recorded and made available to conference registrants post-event).

  • WILLIAM HOLLISTER HOUSE: Built in 1839-1841 for ship owner, banker and merchant, William Hollister, this New Bern landmark sat vacant for 20 years before Rachel Brown Hall and Bill Cobb decided to give it a new life. Join them for a live virtual tour and Q&A of the extensive 3-year restoration.
  • ASHEVILLE ARTS AND CRAFTS: Presented by the Preservation Society of Asheville & Buncombe County, this pre-recorded tour of three Craftsman houses includes interviews with property owners and an inside look into the unique features and attractions of each house and neighborhood.
  • COLLEGE HILL, GREENSBORO: Presented by Preservation Greensboro, enjoy a pre-recorded tour of College Hill. College Hill has the distinction of being Greensboro’s best-preserved nineteenth-century neighborhood with narrow streets lined with Queen Anne cottages, charming bungalows, and interwar apartment buildings. Packed with history and centrally located, College Hill blends quaint architecture with city amenities to create one of North Carolina’s most interesting neighborhoods.  The Tour includes detailed presentations of the home’s interiors and additional content on the history and architecture of the homes and the surrounding neighborhood.
  • MAD ABOUT MODERN HOME TOUR, CHARLOTTE: Presented by The Charlotte Museum of History. A special 10th anniversary edition of the Mad About Modern Home Tour, voted Charlotte’s best home tour by Charlotte Magazine. This unique tour gives you insider access to five private homes representing some of the best midcentury + modern architecture and design in the city. Check out the virtual tour ahead of time (link will be included in your conference materials) then join Museum representatives for a guided virtual experience.