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

Sec. Susan Kluttz is Keynote Speaker at our FIRST Fundraising Luncheon!

Department of Natural & Cultural Resources Secretary Susan Kluttz spoke eloquently today to a packed room about the highs and lows of the campaign to get the Historic Tax Credits reinstated by the NC General Assembly. Sec. Kluttz acknowledged and expressed her thanks for the grassroots efforts by groups like the Historic Wilmington Foundation to convince elected officials about the importance of the historic credits.

This was HWF’s first fundraising luncheon, and the theme for the event focused on the neighborhoods and historic districts that the Foundation has worked diligently to preserve since 1966. One of the highlights was a presentation by 5th grader Zion Moore, who told the crowd about why he enjoyed his Tar Heels Go Walking experience in the 3rd grade. HWF provides trained volunteers to lead the tours during the fall semester, a collaboration with the New Hanover County school system.

“We think today’s event was a tremendous success, and we appreciate Secretary Kluttz coming to share the stories about the long road to achieve passage of the Historic Tax Credits,” said Executive Director George Edwards. Secretary Kluttz was presented with a Preservation Award by Board President Kent Stephens and George Edwards.

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Don’t miss our fall fundraising event: The Fundraising Luncheon

Historic Wilmington Foundation’s first Fundraising Luncheon will be Thursday 10/29, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the Coastline Conference & Events Center.  Please come, and support the Foundation, so that we may continue to work to preserve and protect the irreplaceable historic resources of the Lower Cape Fear Region. To learn more.

Brookwood becomes Wilmington’s 8th National Register District

Historic Wilmington Foundation has been working with the Brookwood and the City Preservation Planner to get this neighborhood listed on the Register since 2007. HWF managed the funding for the project and oversaw the consultant work and compliance with the deadlines. This is a great achievement for the City.  For the story from Port City Daily click here.

 

 

 

 

Star News Gallery Posts Shrimparoo Pictures

We had a great time at our Spring Shrimparoo Friendraiser and membership event. Elijah’s provided a fantastic shrimp feast and we got to enjoy some fantastic beer from Good Vibes Brewing. Stray Local provided fantastic entertainment. For the Star News photos click here