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Become a Tour Guide for Local School Children

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The Historic Wilmington Foundation Seeks Volunteers to be Tar Heels Go Walking Tour Guides

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Were you born to be an educator? Do you have a passion for history that inspires you to share this love for things historic with your friends and family every chance you get? Do you enjoy the reward of interacting with kids? Good news, the Historic Wilmington Foundation has a spot for you!

We are now accepting applications for volunteers to be one of our Tar Heels Go Walking guides.

For seven years, the Historic Wilmington Foundation has partnered with New Hanover County Schools to educate schoolchildren about the history, architecture, and culture of our area. Over 17,500 students, 350 teachers, and 1,100 parents have been inspired by the historic appeal of downtown Wilmington. We are excited to offer this program once again in 2016!

Because of the children’s thirst for knowledge, more tour guides are needed to meet the demand. If you have an interest in the history and architecture of downtown Wilmington as well as a passion for educating young people, please join us as a tour guide.

Training sessions will begin in early August and preparation will total around 14 hours. There will be three classroom sessions and a practice tour; trainees will also “shadow” an experienced guide before taking their first students on tour. Each guide is encouraged to lead two or three tours accompanied by teachers and parent volunteers during the fall.

The tours will run from early September to mid-December on every weekday except for teacher workdays and testing days. Guides meet the students at 9 a.m. and the tour concludes around 12:15 p.m. at the downtown waterfront.

Help pass down the heritage of this great city to the next generation. If you are interested in this wonderful volunteer opportunity or have any questions, please contact George W. Edwards at 910-762-2511 or edwards@historicwilmington.org.

How Can You Help Preserve Historic Sites?

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What Can I Do?

Take the next step to help preserve historic sites:

– Visit www.historicwilmington.org for more information about how you can help save historic buildings using the state and federal preservation tax credits or preservation easements.

– Visit the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office website for information www.hpo.ncdcr.gov and the website of Preservation North Carolina www.presnc.org

– Call or email Historic Wilmington Foundation with your questions, ideas and suggestions about heritage preservation.

– Attend public hearings to learn more about issues such as affordable housing and preservation zoning.

– Encourage the owners of threatened historic property to carefully evaluate alternatives to demolition.

– Let affordable housing developers know that you prefer the rehabilitation and reuse of older historic houses to demolition.

– Attend a service at St. Peter & St. Paul Church, or any historic church and contribute to their preservation fund.

– Contact Historic Wilmington and donate a preservation easement on your historic building.

– Volunteer to help care for an historic cemetery, or form a friends group for the cemetery.

– Urge government leaders to restore and maintain historic buildings rather than demolish them.

– Support Historic Wilmington Foundation and our work by becoming a member of the Foundation and/or by making a contribution.