SAVE THE DATE
for Preservation Month
May 2006!
NOMINATE YOUR HISTORIC HOME
and

CELEBRATE PRESERVATION MONTH!

Have you recently done a renovation of your home in one of Charlotte's historic neighborhoods? If so, we want to hear from you! Historic Charlotte is seeking nominations for its Annual Historic Neighborhood Awards. Projects involving renovation, historic rehabs, and compatible new additions on historic homes (within the past two years) are eligible to submit nominations. Winners will be recognized at the Preservation Awards Reception on May 11, 2005 at the VanLandingham Estate in historic Plaza-Midwood. Nominations must be postmarked by April 1, 2006.

Communities around the country have been celebrating Preservation Month since 1971 as a way to showcase local grassroots preservation activities. Help us celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of Charlotte during the month of May by getting involved in the following:

  • Nominate a historic home for consideration for a Historic Charlotte Neighborhood Award.
  • Encourage your children to enter the Preservation Month Poster Contest. Children ages 5 to 13 are eligible to submit original posters that celebrate the wonderful historic places in the greater Charlotte region.
  • Attend the Gala Event (moderated by Joey Popp) at the Van Landingham Estate at 6:00pm on May 11, 2006.
  • Join Historic Charlotte and the Levine Museum of the New South on walking tours of Charlotte's historic neighborhoods.
  • And much more! Get more information and nomination forms on the Preservation Month page.

The mission of Historic Charlotte is to actively promote historic preservation and to encourage, support, and coordinate the activities of history and heritage groups throughout the greater Charlotte region. For more information, go to our website at www.historiccharlotte.com or contact:

  • Autumn Rierson Michael (704) 375-6145 autumn at historiccharlotte.com or
  • Lenore Jones Deutsch (704) 334-2657 lenorejd at carolina.rr.com

PRESS RELEASE

8 February, 2005

Autumn Rierson Michael has been named the new Executive Director of Historic Charlotte, Inc. Founded in 1991 as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Historic Preservation Foundation, the organization has since changed its name to Historic Charlotte, Inc. The mission of Historic Charlotte is to actively promote historic preservation and to encourage, support, and coordinate the activities of history and heritage groups throughout the greater Charlotte region.

Prior to joining Historic Charlotte, Inc., Michael acted as the Director of the Southwest Regional Office and General Counsel for Preservation North Carolina, the statewide nonprofit historic preservation organization. She has also served as Assistant General Counsel for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. Michael, originally from Salisbury, has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a law degree and master of historic preservation degree from the University of Georgia. Michael also teaches historic preservation and law courses at both the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Current Historic Charlotte programs include the popular bi-monthly Learning Series; the partnership with the Friends of Fourth Ward to preserve Elmwood Cemetery, Charlotte's largest historic burial ground; including a popular walking tour brochure; and the Historic Charlotte website at www.historiccharlotte.com, which contains various links to other history and heritage sites, as well as keeping the Charlotte community informed about preservation advocacy issues through an email News and Advocacy Network.

For more information, please contact Autumn Rierson Michael at (704) 375-6145 or [email protected]