Preservation Durham is proud to announce that the Preservation Equity Project has been selected as one of five Finalists for the 2017 What Matters Innovation Award from the Triangle Community Foundation, sponsored by American Underground. The $25,000 grant would kick the PEP project into high gear and enable us to begin offering technical assistance coupled with low-interest loans to needy property owners.
The final step in the Innovation Award competition is for the five finalists to prepare pitches to be delivered before a live audience on March 30 at Innovation Award Pitch Day. This is an exciting opportunity, and Preservation Durham is honored to be selected as a finalist.
Center for Documentary Studies
Continuing Education Class on College Heights!
We have partnered with Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies in order to have a Spring Continuing Education course on the College Heights neighborhood. The course will be led by Michelle Lanier (acting director of North Carolina’s African American Heritage Commission), with assistance from Ben Filippo of Preservation Durham.
This course will set the stage for a broader involvement by CDS Continuing Education in the College Heights neighborhood in the summer of 2017. This class will help empower the neighborhood to tell their own story, of a thriving Black middle class in the midst of urban renewal and disinvestment. Students will learn best practices in oral history and documentary work more broadly. Each student
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Hello, my name is Jason Norris and I am going into my second year in the Public History Master’s program at North Carolina State University. Thus far I have focused primarily on heritage studies, though I do eventually want to get my Master’s degree in Library Science so as to enter the field of archives and records management. This summer I have been interning in the file room at the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office in Raleigh. My primary responsibility is helping the SHPO with their backlog of the photographic slides which are an integral part of National Register applications and surveys.
My project, beyond the above duties, concerns the
This April, I was fortunate to travel to Cleveland, in order to shadow the Cleveland Restoration Society, and get an understanding of how they have grown the organization, and created the innovative Heritage Home Program.
Since starting as Executive Director of Cleveland Restoration Society nearly thirty years ago, Kathleen Crowther has grown the organization from one staff to a 10-plus permanent staff organization, with a rotating host of Trustees and other volunteers doing work throughout the year. The driving factor for much of this growth, was the establishment of the incredibly innovative Heritage Home Program, about sixteen years ago.
The Heritage Home Program is a partnership with the county, cities, Ohio Housing Finance Authority, and others, and offers direct technical assistance to homeowners