Event Archives

Event Archives

Below are just a small fraction of past events supported through Preservation Durham. Click here for upcoming events in these series.

Past Lunch and Learn Events

Mayberry Modernism. George Smart of Triangle Modernist Houses will talk about Modernist houses in the Triangle, home of the third largest concentration of such buildings in the United States behind only Los Angeles and Chicago. Who knew that little ol’ Mayberry would be a center for residential architecture? Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), based in Durham, North Carolina, is America’s largest open digital archive for residential Modernist architecture, and founder George Smart is a 2011 recipient of Preservation Durham’s Preservation Advocacy Award.

History and Restoration of the Roney Fountain. Director of Duke Gardens Bill LeFevre will describe the history of this long lost landmark, recently restored and installed as the centerpiece of the rose garden and the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. The fountain was donated to then Trinity College in 1901 by Anne Roney, sister-in-law of Washington Duke and was installed on the Main Street campus. Over the years, changes in the campus landscape, encroachment of ever-growing magnolia trees, and damage to the fountain itself drove the once important landmark into obscurity. Finally, Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans inquired about the fountain, starting the process that led to its restoration and recent reinstallation in the rose garden, where it once again has become an important landscape element.

The Museum of Durham History. Chairman of the Board of the proposed Museum of Durham History Tom Krakauer will present updates on the development of the planned musuem. The Museum Advisory Committee has met since 2006 to steer the museum toward becoming a reality, and in 2008, based on findings of a “Durham History Museum Preliminary Feasibility Study” formed a not-for-profit corporation to begin raising funds with plans to fulfill its mission to serve the people of Durham and its visitors by presenting Durham’s history and encouraging research, interpretation, and appreciation.

The Trinity College Historical Society. Tim Pyatt, Duke University Archivist, describes the collection of the Trinity College Historical Society for a crowd of over fifty. Those who missed the presentation are invited to see artifacts from this interesting collection at The Biddle Rare Book Room in Duke’s Perkins Library. Thanks to our sponsor, the Office of Durham and Regional Affairs of Duke University.

Mapping Durham: 200 Years of Evocative Cartography. Andrew Edmonds, a geographer with the North Carolina Historic Preservation Office, presents a slideshow of favorite Durham-centric maps. Images will include familiar, funny, startling, insightful, and wistful maps. This catalog of cartographic artifacts, many of which are freely available on the Internet for further personal viewing, will provide an evocative look at our shared legacy of physical space and cultural heritage.

Diversity in Preservation: Understanding the African-American Experience of the 1960s in Durham. April Johnson, the National Trust for Historic Preservation Partners in the Field representative, on a project that identifies and documents African American historic sites in Durham. The presentation highlights identifying African American suburbanization in the 1960s as a new cultural landscape to be documented. Guest speaker Nathan Garrett on his leadership in community development and Durham’s African-American experience during a time of radical change in the 1960s.

Hippie Hangouts: Durham in the 1970s. Join panelists John Valentine (chief contributor, Independent Weekly and co-owner of The Regulator Bookshop) and Billy Stevens (local musician and historian) as they recount stories about Durham’s Hippie Hangouts in the 1970s – at least what they can remember! From Monkey Top to 1975 Farm to the Bluebird Cafe, Billy and John will lead this trip back in time through Durham of decades past. Sponsored by Vaguely Reminiscent and BW&A Books.

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Previous Events hosted through the Renovator’s Network program

Repairing and Resealing Old Windows. Learn how to save energy in your old house by upgrading existing windows.

What to Do with an Overgrown Landscape. Meadowsweet Gardens will be conducting an enlightening session on landscaping, pruning, the dos and don’ts of what to do with the old and how to blend in the new.

Painting 101. Russell’s Paint Company will teach you how to paint safely when priming and painting your historic home. You will learn the best color choices for rooms of all sizes and how to create an inviting feeling.

Paint Perk-Up. Using the training methods learned the previous week, participants will complete painting at 118 S. Driver.

Floor Refinishing. Accent Hardwood Flooring will demonstrate how to repair and rehab your existing wood floors. This informative workshop will focus on the importance of professional techniques from sanding to choosing products.

Wax On, Wax Off. Help us restore the floors in our project home. If you need the practice before you tackle your own house, please join us. Watch the transformation of this house into an inviting home.

Setting up a Simple Emergency Power Back Up in Your Home. This ‘how to’ workshop will be a brief introduction to battery powered emergency power systems that can provide a home with limited power during a brown-out or black-out. In the workshop local resident and HPSD member Stefan Zauscher will display a system he has put together that is simple, virtually maintenance free, and relatively inexpensive.

Clean Up Day, Durham Central Park. Volunteer to work in the Butterfly Garden or the Nature Trail. Dress for gardening labor.

Lead Maintenance Workshop at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville Street. Alan Hunter, RS Environmental Specialist, will teach the all-day program designed to teach homeowners, property managers, maintenance staff, and renovators about lead-safe maintenance practices..

Endangered Properties Program Clean-up day at the Blackman House Preservation Durham moved this house to a new location, filling an empty lot in Old West Durham and saving the house from demolition. Refreshments provided. Preservation Durham depends on volunteers to help us make a difference in your neighborhoods and around Durham!

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