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Introducing Our New Executive Director!

Preservation Durham is pleased to welcome Chris Laws as its new executive director. Laws, a lifelong resident of Durham, has just completed his PhD in public history from N. C. State University. He has a master’s degree in public history from N. C. Central University, and an undergraduate degree from East Carolina University. Tom Miller, president of Preservation Durham, said, “Chris is a perfect fit for Preservation Durham. His credentials are impressive.  He loves Durham Read more…

Annual Historic Home Tour 2021 | The Tudor Revival: From Cottage to Mansion

The Tudor Revival: From Cottage to Mansion The Preservation Durham Annual Historic Home Tour is back for 2021! Visit home that reflect the Tudor Revival architectural boom in Durham. October 16 & 17, 2021 Saturday & Sunday 12noon to 4pm Your Home Tour booklet is your ticket inside homes. Please pick up your booklet before you start the tour at: Pinecrest Carriage House, 1044 W. Forest Hills Blvd, Durham, NC Tickets are $25.00 (early bird) Read more…

Historic Maplewood Cemetery Tour

November 19 & 26, 2022 Description Tickets: RSVP online at https://historicmaplewood.eventbrite.com Topic: Tour goers will learn about Durham history, Durham people of all walks of life, tombstones and grave architecture. Attire: Wear sensible walking shoes and, if it is sunny, wear sunscreen. Facilities: We will provide water, but there are no bathroom facilities. Maplewood Cemetery is perhaps the only major place intimately involved with the City of Durham that has survived essentially intact from Durham’s earliest days to the Read more…

Fall Halloween Maplewood Cemetery Historic Walks

Enjoy the fall weather and join us for a Halloween themed historic walking tour through Maplewood Cemetery. About this event Celebrate Durham history and Halloween with a guided tour of Durham’s famous Old Maplewood Cemetery. Preservation Durham tour guides will take small groups around the cemetery pausing here and there to tell stories of triumph and tragedy, joy and sorrow, wealth and poverty, lives long and short. We will talk about war, disease, and maybe Read more…

Beechwood Cemetery Tour

October 15 & 16, 2022 Preservation Durham is very proud and excited to present our inaugural Beechwood Cemetery tour. This tour is the pilot episode for a series of tours that we will continue in the spring. Walk with us through Beechwood’s gates and learn about the road from slavery to opportunity, Black Durham’s community relations and familial ties, as well as the rich legacy of leadership and fortitude. Reserve your tickets today! eventbrite.com/e/beechwood-cemetery-tour-tickets-422892612187

Celebrate A Century

A centennial celebration and garden party for two houses in the Watts-Hillandale Neighborhood. October, 9 from 2:00-4:00pm Preservation Durham celebrated the centennial of Watts Hospital in 2008 with a home tour in the Watts Hospital-Hillandale Neighborhood. As we learned then, after 1908, the success of the hospital led to many lovely homes being built in the area around the hospital, now the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Many of the homes we love Read more…

We’re hiring!

We are seeking to hire a part-time office manager to administer day-to-day operations at their office in the historic Chesterfield building in downtown Durham. Preservation Durham’s mission is to protect Durham’s historic assets through advocacy, education and action. This Office Manager’s primary responsibilities are managing the organization’s administrative functions, which includes data entry and bookkeeping, and ensuring that the office operates efficiently. The Office Manager is also responsible for greeting visitors that come to the Read more…

Alicia Hylton-Daniel, Interior Designer and General Contractor

Virtual 2022 Home Tour Lecture

Alicia Hylton-Daniel, Interior Designer and General Contractor will join us to discuss preservation work. “Preservation can mean different things based on where the project begins and what must be done – an old house in good shape might influence an owner to do less. A house in bad shape might influence a more playful response with greater change,” she says. “Additionally, I will discuss the challenges that come with adding modern amenities that benefit the Read more…

Grant recipient for 2021 american rescue plan humanities grant

GRANT RECIPIENT | 2021 American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant

Thank you to North Carolina Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities for their support during a challenging stretch for us. When many of our traditional fundraising approaches were not possible due to Covid-19, NC Humanities provided us with generous grant funding. This vital support helped see us through and continue our mission to protect Durham’s unique historical assets and stories.