Impact of Preservation Speech Contest

Thursday, October 7 at 6:00PM | CFCC’s Union Station (502 N. Front Street)

Why does preservation matter?

That’s the question local high schoolers will answer during the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s 3rd annual Impact of Preservation Speech Contest. Part of HWF’s 2021 Preservation Weekend (October 7-10), the contest will be held on Thursday, October 7 at 6pm at CFCC’s Union Station (502 N. Front Street), room U-170. This event is free and open to the public.

The contest is open to students presently enrolled in a New Hanover, Brunswick, or Pender County school as a junior or senior for the 2021-2022 school year. Scholarship prizes can be used to attend any U.S. community/junior college, approved vocational school, university, or college. First place wins $1,000; second place wins $500; and third place wins $250.

To learn more about Preservation Weekend events, visit


CLICK HERE to download the application! 


Monday, October 4 [EXTENDED DEADLINE]


  1. Each contestant will have five minutes to present. 
  2. The contest is limited to the first 25 qualified applicants.
  3. Student applications must be sent to by Monday, October 4, 2021. 

Historic Sites

Students may choose among nine sites:

  1. Alton Lennon Federal Building & Courthouse
  2. Canetuck School
  3. Carolina Yacht Club at Wrightsville Beach
  4. Chestnut Street Presbyterian Church
  5. Giblem Lodge
  6. Historic Brunswick County Courthouse (Southport)
  7. Maides Cemetery
  8. Price’s Creek Range Light
  9. Temple of Israel

Thank you to our valued sponsors!

Our sponsors allow us to carry out a vital mission that began in 1966 and is still going strong. We are grateful to each and every one! 

To sponsor HWF, contact Isabelle Shepherd, Outreach & Development Coordinator:


Corinthian Sponsors