Chapel Hill and Orange County are teaming up to present the First Annual “Roots of the Piedmont” Preservation Conference at the end of May, which is both National Preservation Month and National Tourism Month.

The two-day symposium will be held at the Carolina Inn of Chapel Hill on Friday, May 30th, and at the Historic Orange County Courthouse on Saturday, May 31st.

The symposium is a joint project of Preservation Chapel Hill, the Orange County Historic Preservation Commission and the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough.

Their goal is to preserve historic records and landmarks of Chapel Hill and Orange County.
A leading group of preservationists and historians will speak at the conference.

Those include Myrick Howard, the president of Preservation NC; and Deputy NC State Historic Preservation Officer Ramona Bartos.

Topics will include modernism, public archaeology, and 18th-century native communities.
The event begins May 30th at 8:45 a.m. at the Carolina Inn.

The opening reception takes place that night from 8 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. at the Horace Williams House of Chapel Hill.

The cost of admission is $20 per day, or $30 for both days.

You can register online here.

Online registration has been extended to Tuesday, May 27.