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.

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

Historic Wilmington Foundation’s 2014 Preservation Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 22, 6:30pm, at the Historic New Hanover County Courthouse, 24 North Third Street.


Awards to be presented for restoration, rehabilitation, compatible infill & adaptive reuse projects. Awards of Merit & the Brinkley Preservationist of the Year will be presented as well. Reception follows.

Co-sponsored by Residents of Old Wilmington, New Hanover County and Wilmington Downtown, Inc.

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.