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Announcement of the 2008 Heritage Awards and a speech by Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. of Charleston, S.C., highlight the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission’s observance of Historic Preservation Month in May.

Also during the month, the commission will unveil a local historic marker at the site of Maynard Field and sponsor a series of lectures on preservation topics.

The Heritage Awards are presented biannually to honor individuals, groups, organizations, or businesses active in the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or interpretation of the county’s architectural, cultural, or natural heritage. The winners of the 2008 awards will be announced at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Hanes Auditorium in the Salem Fine Arts Center on the campus of Salem College.

Riley, who is serving an unprecedented ninth term as mayor of Charleston, will be the keynote speaker. Under his leadership, Charleston has experienced a remarkable revitalization of its historic downtown business district, developed affordable housing, and experienced unprecedented growth even as the city has been recognized as one of the most livable and progressive cities in the United States.

At 3 p.m. Sunday, May 18, the commission will unveil a local historic marker on Kernersville Road near the site of Maynard Field, the first commercial air field in North Carolina. The field bears the name of Belvin W. Maynard, a North Carolina native, World War I test pilot and ordained minister who earned national fame after the war as "the Flying Parson."

Also during Historic Preservation Month, the commission is sponsoring a series of free lectures every Wednesday at noon at the Horton Museum Center Auditorium in Old Salem on these topics:

  • May 7: Farmland History and Preservation: The Hope-Fraternity Landscape.
  • May 14: Maynard Field: A Beacon for Early Aviation.
  • May 21: Reynoldstown Historic District.
  • May 28: Saving Downtown: The Pepper Building & Tax Credits.

Parking for the lectures is available at the Old Salem Visitor Center and visitors are welcome to bring their lunch.

More information on Historic Preservation Month


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