Impact of Preservation Speech Contest

Thursday, October 6 at 7:00PM | 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 4th annual Impact of Preservation Speech Contest. Part of HWF’s 2022 Preservation Weekend (October 6-9), the contest will be held on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00pm at CFCC’s Union Station (502 N. Front Street), room U-170. (Students should be prepared to attend from 5:00pm-8:00pm, to include check-in, preliminary elimination rounds, and a reception.) 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 2022-2023 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.


CLICK HERE to download the application! 


Tuesday, October 4 at midnight


  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 Tuesday, October 4, 2022. 

Historic Sites

Students may choose among nine sites:

  1. John N. Smith Cemetery
  2. Gaylord Department Store
  3. Greenfield Park
  4. Gregory Congregational Church
  5. Love & Charity Hall – Site of Daily Record (demolished)
  6. Captain Charlie’s Station
  7. Brooklyn Arts Center
  8. Pender County Courthouse
  9. Eagles Island

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:

Annual Sponsors