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National Historic Preservation Month - May, 2016

May is National Historic Preservation Month! We will be scheduling several activities during the month. We'll be kicking off with Jane's Walk Weekend and, later in the month, hosting our biannual Historic Preservation Awards.

Jane's Walk Weekend - May 6-8, 2016

May 6, 7, and 8th is international Jane's Walk Weekend. Across the globe Jane's Walks will be scheduled in celebration of Jane Jacobs. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building.  These walks give communities an opportunity to look at their surroundings with fresh eyes and learn something from a local expert.  Check back for details on our scheduled walks or check the Jane's Walk Greenville webpage.

Beyond the grave: Uptown's buried past - Friday, May 6th - 6PM

There is a lot of history buried in Uptown Greenville...and not just in Cherry Hill Cemetery.  Join historian Bill Kittrell on this short walk through the beautiful Cherry Hill Cemetery (where several notable Greenville citizens are buried) to the sites of Sycamore Hill Baptist Church, the Evans family cemetery, the Col. John Hardee Cemetery, Brown Hill Cemetery and a few other stops.  You'll also learn how to use grave dowsing to find unmarked graves.  The cemetery grounds are uneven, please wear closed-toe shoes. Participants should meet at the entrance to Cherry Hill Cemetery near the intersection of 2nd and S. Pitt Streets. 

ECU Campus History Tour - Saturday May 7, 10 AM

Join University Archivist Arthur Carlson as he leads a tour of the historic campus of East Carolina University.  The walking tour will visit campus locations while discussing the history, architecture, and events that make our campus unique.  Participants should meet at the Trustees Fountain just inside the Fifth Street and Founders Drive entrance to campus at 10:00 am on Saturday, May 7, 2016.

 Jane's Ride: Greenville’s Past, Present, and Future in City Space - Saturday May 7, 2 PM

A leisurely two-hour bike ride around central Greenville, NC, focusing on historic preservation and exciting new developments in the central city. We'll ride around on quiet, low-traffic streets with lots of stops to look around and talk. On two wheels, you’ll get an up-close look at Greenville’s complicated history and exciting future as a university town, an industrial center, and a home to diverse communities. Collette Kinane, Greenville’s Historic Preservation Planner, will help us understand Greenville’s past, present, and future at street level. Bring a bicycle, if you have one; if not, bicycles are available to be borrowed — contact Brian Glover, or 434-979-7033. Participants should meet at Five Points near the Laughinghouse Clock (near the intersection of 5th and Evans).

Historic Preservation Awards - May 19, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 6:30 PM in Council Chambers (Third Floor, City Hall) for our bi-annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony.  Light refreshments will follow.  Nominations for the 2016 Preservation Awards are now closed.     

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