Great fun! Great Cause! Trick or Trot for Preservation!

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PCJ presents Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Trick or Trot for Preservation in support of the educational third grade walking tour Tar Heels Go Walking

 Saturday October 29
Greenfield Lake Park
8:30 am 5k Start
9:00 am Trick or Treat 1 Mile Walk Start
9:30 am Awards

 

Super heroes, princesses, ghosts, ghouls and goblins will invade Greenfield lake park for the most fun 5k and one mile walk in Wilmington!  Whether you want to burn a few pre-Halloween calories with our fall 5k or get started adding them on with a family 1 mile un-timed trick or treat walk, we have you covered.  Register today for what will no doubt be a great Halloween tradition in the making!!

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5k registrants will receive a race T-shirt, while supplies last, and free entry to the 1 mile walk.  Participants can also purchase a 1-mile-walk-only-registration for a reduced price.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 5k finishers in each age group by gender, to the best costume, and more!!

Want to reach out to families, athletes or Historic Wilmington Foundation members?  Sponsorships for this race range from $50 – $1000.  To find out more or to volunteer, contract Christine Divoky HERE.

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Watch the Latest Tax Credit Workshop

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If you own, are buying, or are rehabilitating an older home, there’s a lot for you to consider: Will the changes I want to make to my home qualify for a NC preservation tax credit? What are the insurance implications of owning an older home? How do I maximize the energy efficiency of my home? Etc.

HWF’s Live in a Landmark Workshop series is the right tool to point you in the right direction. Our last workshop was held on June 4, but the City of Wilmington recorded the video for you to watch. To access the video, click HERE.

For questions regarding preservation tax credits,  you can contact

• HWF Executive Director – edwards@historicwilmington.org 910.762.2511,
• David Christenbury – NC’s State Rehabilitation Tax Credit Coordinator, david.christenbury@ncdcr.gov, 919-807-6574 and
• Tim Simmons – NC’s Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credit Coordinator, tim.simmons@ncdcr.gov, 919-807-6585

The State Historic Preservation Office reviews and provides technical assistance to all preservation tax credit projects, both state and federal.

Become a Tour Guide for Local School Children

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.

Six Practical Reasons to Save Old Buildings

by Julia Rocchi, Director of Digital Content at the National Trust for Historic Preservation

 

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1. Old buildings have intrinsic value.

Buildings of a certain era, namely pre-World War II, tend to be built with higher-quality materials such as rare hardwoods (especially heart pine) and wood from old-growth forests that no longer exist.

Prewar buildings were also built by different standards. A century-old building might be a better long-term bet than its brand-new counterparts.

Take, for example, the antebellum Kennedy-Baker-Walker-Sherrill House in West Knoxville, Tennessee. Until the City Council approved a zoning deal, the house was threatened by developers’ interests. However, following its classification as a historic site, the house―and its five-brick-thick walls―will be reborn as an office building that could withstand the fiercest of tornadoes.

2. When you tear down an old building, you never know what’s being destroyed.

A decade ago, the Daylight Building in Knoxville was a vacant eyesore. A developer purchased the property with plans to demolish the building to make way for new construction.

However, following multiple failed deals to demolish the building, the Daylight went back on the market. Dewhirst Properties bought it and began renovations only to discover the building’s hidden gems: drop-ceilings made with heart-pine wood, a large clerestory, a front awning adorned with unusual tinted “opalescent” glass, and a facade lined with bright copper.

Beyond surviving demolition and revealing a treasure trove of details, the Daylight reminds us that even eyesores can be valuable for a community’s future.

3. New businesses prefer old buildings.

In 1961, urban activist Jane Jacobs startled city planners with The Death and Life of Great American Cities, in which Jacobs discussed economic advantages that certain types of businesses have when located in older buildings.

Jacobs asserted that new buildings make sense for major chain stores, but other businesses–-such as bookstores, ethnic restaurants, antique stores, neighborhood pubs, and especially small start-ups―thrive in old buildings.

“As for really new ideas of any kind―no matter how ultimately profitable or otherwise successful some of them might prove to be―there is no leeway for such chancy trial, error, and experimentation in the high-overhead economy of new construction,” she wrote. “Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings.”

4. Old buildings attract people.

Is it the warmth of the materials, the heart pine, marble, or old brick―or the resonance of other people, other activities? Maybe older buildings are just more interesting.
The different levels, the vestiges of other uses, the awkward corners, the mixtures of styles, they’re at least something to talk about. America’s downtown revivals suggest that people like old buildings. Whether the feeling is patriotic, homey, warm, or reassuring, older architecture tends to fit the bill.

Regardless of how they actually spend their lives, Americans prefer to picture themselves living around old buildings. Some eyes glaze over when preservationists talk about “historic building stock,” but what they really mean is a community’s inventory of old buildings ready to fulfill new uses.

5. Old buildings are reminders of a city’s culture and complexity.

By seeing historic buildings―whether related to something famous or recognizably dramatic―tourists and longtime residents are able to witness the aesthetic and cultural history of an area. Just as banks prefer to build stately, old-fashioned facades, even when located in commercial malls, a city needs old buildings to maintain a sense of permanency and heritage.

6. Regret goes only one way.

The preservation of historic buildings is a one-way street. There is no chance to renovate or to save a historic site once it’s gone. And we can never be certain what will be valued in the future. This reality brings to light the importance of locating and saving buildings of historic significance―because once a piece of history is destroyed, it is lost forever.

This toolkit originally appeared on March 3, 2014, and was adapted from Jack Neely’s article, “Nine Practical Reasons to Save Old Buildings,” at Metro Pulse.

Julia Rocchi is the director of digital content at the National Trust. By day she wrangles content; by night (and weekends), she shops local, travels to story-rich places, and gawks at buildings.

2016 Preservation Awards!

The 2016 Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Preservation Awards ceremony is Thursday, May 19, 6:00pm at the historic New Hanover County Courthouse, 24 N. 3rd Street. The Foundation’s Preservation Awards are for restoration, rehabilitation, compatible new development, as well as preservation leadership and individual contributions to the field.

Also to be presented will be two of Historic Wilmington Foundation’s highest awards: Thomas H. Wright Lifetime Achievement Award given for extraordinary preservation work and leadership, and the Katherine Howell Award given for invaluable service and leadership in furthering the mission of the Historic Wilmington Foundation in the Lower Cape Fear region.

RSVP for the Preservation Awards by emailing membership@historicwilmington.org.

For more information on HWF’s National Preservation Month activities see our website: http://www.historicwilmington.org/national-preservation-month/

2015 Preservation Award Winners Scene from 2015 Preservation Awards ceremony

Preservation Talk on Wilm’s USO

The USO, or United Service Organization, is a non-profit organization created under Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1941, to support our military and their families. The Hannah Block Historic USO was originally one of 14 in New Hanover County and at the time its services included a canteen, a dormitory, big band dances, plays, music recitals a weekly radio broadcast and more. Come on out to the Hannah Block Historic USO- Community Arts Center TONIGHT, May 16, 2016, 6:00pm to hear a Preservation Talk on the history of Wilmington’s USO by Board Chairman Ev Smith. $5 suggested donation, reception to follow. Hannah Block Historic USO and Community Arts Center, 120 S. 2nd Street. RSVP to membership@historicwilmington.org.

USO Building

HWF’s third Preservation Talk, Dr. David La Vere, North Carolina Geography and the Tuscarora War

David LaVere

On February 17th at 6:30pm, Dr. David La Vere will be giving the second lecture in a series of Preservation Talks provided by the Historic Wilmington Foundation. This talk will be held at the First Presbyterian Church. Dr. La Vere, a former Marine Infantryman, is an ethnohistorian and a Professor of History at UNCW, primarily teaching undergraduate and graduate courses on American Indians in the Southeast. He received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 1993 and has published 7 books and numerous articles.

Dr. La Vere’s lecture will focus on North Carolina Geography and the Tuscarora War relating to his book, The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies. Star News writer Ben Steelman writes that La Vere, “has combined scholarship with [a] readable, compelling narrative… illuminating a near-forgotten chapter in North Carolina history” in his most recent book publication, “re-creating a vanished 300-year-old world. . . . [and] gives his narrative a human face and the force of tragedy.”

Dr. La Vere is a member of the Western History Association, the American Society for Ethnohistory, the Texas State Historical Association, and the Louisiana History Association.

First Presbyterian Church is located at 125 S. 3rd Street. Please use the Orange St. entrance to the church fellowship hall.

To register for this talk please RSVP here or call (910) 762-2511.

The Tuscarora War

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Additional support provided by: Cothran Harris Architecture and H. Kenneth Stephens II, Attorney at Law.

Preservation Month Lecture Series with Dr. Chris Fonvielle

“Fighting for Freedom”: US Colored Troops’ role in the Civil War
A lecture and tour presented by Dr. Chris Fonvielle, noted author and UNCW history professor. Series is sponsored by Bellamy Mansion Museum, Cape Fear Museum, Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear and Historic Wilmington Foundation.

Tuesday, May 13, Lecture: “Lincoln’s Dilemma”
Sunday, May 18, Walking Tour of Forks Road Battlefield, Time: 3:00pm, Cameron Art Museum, 3201 S. 17th Street
Tuesday, May 20, Lecture: “US Colored Troops and the Fall of Wilmington”
Location of Lectures: Cape Fear Museum, 814 Market Street
Time for Lectures: 6:30pm Audience questions to follow.
$10 each.  Call 762-2511 or click here to purchase.

Rally for NC Tax Credits!

Join us Friday, April 25  at 10 AM at 228 North Front Street for a rally to support the retention of the NC Tax Credits for Historic Preservation.  Mayor Bill Saffo and County Commission Vice Chair Beth Dawson will speak  in support of the North Carolina preservation tax credit program.  As you know the legislature has announced its plan to allow these economic development, job creation incentives to sunset at the end of 2014. Please join us for this news conference and show your support for the tax credits.  After the news conference several buildings that used the credits will be open and a visit to the new Good Vibes brewery construction site (a tax credit project) will be available.