The Latest From the State Historic Preservation Office

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This monthly newsletter is full of useful information……

Historic Preservation News and Notes

June 17, 2022


In this issue:

  1. State Board of Review Meeting: July 22, 2022
  2. Welcome New SHPO Staff Member
  3. Tax Credit Spotlight
  4. SCDNR Archaeology Programs
  5. Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award Nominations
  6. Preservation Leadership Forum Online Resources
  7. Partners for Sacred Places Research and Resources
  8. Conferences / Workshops / Events
  9. Grant Application Deadlines
  10. Subscription Information


State Board of Review Meeting: July 22, 2022

The State Board of Review for the National Register of Historic Places will meet on Friday, July 22, 2022 at 10:30 am at the SC Archives & History Center in Columbia. The Board will consider the following nominations:

  1. Read Building, Charleston, Charleston County
  2. Cheraw Historic District (Additional Documentation), Cheraw, Chesterfield County
  3. Coulter Memorial Academy Historic District, Cheraw, Chesterfield County
  4. Ellison Flour Mill, Fountain Inn, Greenville County
  5. Lawrence L. Richardson House, Simpsonville, Greenville County
  6. South Carolina State Library, Columbia, Richland County
  7. Dr. W.W. And Mary Fennell House, Rock Hill, York County

The public is welcome to attend the meeting. For more information about the State Board of Review and to view drafts of the nominations (will be posted 2 weeks prior to the meeting), please visit this link. Questions? Contact Virginia Harness at, 803-896-6179 or Edwin Breeden at, 803-896-6182.


Welcome New SHPO Staff Member

The SHPO recently welcomed Kenya Lane to our staff as our African American History Consultant. Ms. Lane previously worked as an African American Programs Interpreter at Historic Brattonsville and in administrative positions for local school districts. She holds a Master’s degree in History from Winthrop University and a Bachelor’s degree in History from Converse College. She can be reached at, 803-896-8256.


Tax Credit Spotlight

This month’s spotlight features a masonry textile mill office building in Dunean, a suburb of Greenville, with a period of significance dating from its construction around 1911 to 1955. With a private investment of nearly $3 million the mill office was rehabilitated into multi-family apartments. The scope of work included masonry cleaning, restoration of the modillion cornice and a missing porch; rehabilitation of historic windows; preservation of interior finishes and features such as bead board, wainscoting, wood paneling, staircases, and corridors; restoration of an interior light court; and upgrades to the MEP systems. One of the project partners, Matt Prielozny, stated, “The rehabilitation of the Dunean Mill office was made possible by state and federal historic tax credits. The building had sat vacant for over 30 years, slowly succumbing to the elements… The credits allowed us to offset a large portion of the expenses necessary to reimagine the building as a vibrant multi-family residential space that is an asset to the community once again. Mr. Pace Burt relied heavily on the unwavering support of Dan Elswick and others on his team to guide him through the process. The South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office was a tremendous help and they worked hard to streamline the process to better support those who relied on these tax credits to make the project financials work. Mr. Burt has since worked on this project type in many states and believes South Carolina remains leaps and bounds ahead of other states with their offerings to make the most of these historic resources.” For more information about tax incentives for historic properties visit this link.

Dunean Mill Office building at the beginning of the project. Image courtesy of Kyle Campbell.
Dunean Mill Office building after rehabilitation. Image courtesy of Kyle Campbell.

Dunean Mill Office building after rehabilitation. Image courtesy of Kyle Campbell.


SCDNR Archaeology Programs

The Cultural Heritage Trust Program at the SC Department of Natural Resources is offering a variety of educational opportunities this summer and fall.

  1.    Archaeology Summer Series: This series of free hands-on kids programs includes Pottery Re-Fit, Make Your Own Pottery, Finger Weaving, Create Your Own Rock Art, Experimental Archaeology, and Mini Archaeology Excavation Units. Participation is limited to 15 kids (ages 6 – 18 years old) per program. All programs in the series will take place outside in the Parker Annex Archaeology Center garden in Columbia. More information about each program and registration is at this link
  1. I Dig SC! Summer Camp: The SCDNR Archaeology team partnered with the South Carolina State Museum (SCSM) to provide the summer camp “I Dig SC!”. In this hands-on camp, campers will dig into South Carolina’s past to create pottery and other crafts, participate in real archaeology lab work, and even learn about weapons and tools uncovered across South Carolina. For more information and to register, visit the SCSM summer camps website here.
  2. Fall 2022 Archaeology Internship Program:Applications for the Fall 2022 SCDNR Archaeology internship program are now available here. Applications close at 5 p.m. EST on Friday, July 8, 2022. This 15-week, in-person internship will begin on Monday, August 22 and end on Friday, December 2, 2022. Interns may work up to 20 hours per week, and must be enrolled at the time of the internship as an undergraduate (BA/BS and Associates) or graduate (MA/MS and PhD) student. Please email SCDNR archaeologist Meg Gaillard with any questions or concerns


Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award Nominations

Each year the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) selects a recipient for the Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award. The award honors projects that preserve, rehabilitate, or restore a historic property – including a building, a structure, or a complex of buildings and/or structures – in an outstanding manner, and also demonstrate excellence in research, design, and execution. Projects completed in 2020, 2021, or 2022 are eligible for consideration. Nominations should consist of:

1) No more than two pages of project description; 2) Illustrations and any other material supporting the description, including a project budget and timeline; and 3) A cover letter that identifies the owner of the property, the historic and current use of the property, and the names and contact information of all the major participants of the project (including email addresses). The nomination should be sent by email as a single PDF document, or as a link to a single PDF posted on Google Drive or Dropbox to the Chair of the Best of the South Award committee: Callie Williams, Deadline for submitting nominations: July 8, 2022.


Preservation Leadership Forum Online Resources

The Preservation Leadership Forum of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has a variety of online resources that can be useful for training and as reference materials.

  1. Forum Webinar Series
  2. Issues in Preservation and Fundamentals in Preservation series – Include links to webinars/recordings and documents focused on specific topics
  3. Past issues of Forum Journal and Forum Blog
  4. Research & Policy Lab  projects


Partners for Sacred Places Research and Resources

Partners for Sacred Places is a national nonprofit focused on preserving historic sacred places. A recent publication highlights research into the origins and design of early African American church buildings

constructed between 1800 and 1920, and a study conducted in North Carolina with the Duke Endowment and UNC Charlotte Urban Institute that examined the economic impact of rural churches, specifically the impact of United Methodist Church congregations in North Carolina’s small towns and rural areas. See the Summer 2022 magazine available at this link. The magazine also includes information about the Faith & Form Awards for Religious Architecture & Art, including a categories for restoration and adaptive re-use. Nominations for the 2022 awards can be submitted July 1 through September 30, 2022 at


Conferences / Workshops & Training / Events

State Constitutions Exhibit at the Department of Archives & History, ongoing. “All Political Power is Vested in and Derived from the People” The Constitutions of South Carolina  is an exhibit of the recently conserved South Carolina Constitutions of 1776, 1778, 1790, 1861, 1865, 1868, and 1895. This is a rare opportunity to view the Constitutions of South Carolina. It is the first time these foundational documents have been displayed together for public viewing. Also on display is South Carolina’s 1682 recorded copy of the Fundamental Constitution of Carolina. The free exhibit is at the South Carolina Archives & History Center at 8301 Parklane Road in Columbia. It is open Monday – Saturday 8:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M. (On Saturdays the building closes from Noon – 1:00 P.M. for lunch).

NEW National Preservation Institute (NPI), online training. NPI offers a wide range of online, on-demand courses and webinars, click here for a list of the available offerings. Example topics include

  1. Streetscape Design: Strategies for Historic Districts,
  2. ArcGIS for Cultural Resources
  3. Section 106
  4. Historic Wood Windows
  5. Cultural Landscapes
  6. Sources of Funding Strategies for Historic Districts

 For further information contact Jere Gibber, Executive Director, National Preservation Institute, 703.765.0100,

National Alliance of Preservation Commission’s Forum 2022 “Bridging the Divide”, July 13-17, 2022, Cincinnati, OH. FORUM is the only national conference focused on the issues facing local historic preservation boards and commissions. For more information visit Registration is now open.

State Board of Review Meeting for the National Register of Historic Places, July 22, 2022, Archives & History Center, Columbia. More information will be available on the Review Board web page.

NEW Building Codes on Main Street, August 2-4, 2022, online. This workshop will explore typical Main Street building features and connect these characteristics to compliance paths within the International Existing Building Code (IEBC). Presenters will break down issues related to fire safety, accessibility and energy conservation and explore financially viable alternatives to make buildings safer and meet codes. Offered by the Association for Preservation Technology in Partnership with Main Street America, Historic Preservation Education Foundation, and the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology. Click here for more information and to register.

The Slave Dwelling Project Conference: The Stono Rebellion and the Atlantic World, September 8-10, 2022, Charleston. Held in conjunction with a month-long commemoration of the 1739 Stono Rebellion, the 7th national conference will offer a hybrid format, with in-person activities in and around Charleston and a number of live-streamed virtual events. Click here to see the full 2022 schedule of the Slave Dwelling Project.

American Association for State and Local History Conference, September 14-17, 2022, Buffalo, NY (in person) and November 1-4 (online). Started in 2021, AASLH offers a dual format conference: two meetings, one in-person and one online, joined by a single theme “Right Here, Right Now: The Power of Place”. The 2022 AASLH Annual Conference will be held September 14-17 in Buffalo with the 2022 Virtual Conference following on November 1-4. Click here for more information about the 2022 conference.

Georgia Historic Preservation Conference, September 19-23, 2022, online. The conference will be presented by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Georgia Historic Preservation Division (HPD), and the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions (GAPC). A call for session proposals is currently open, with submissions due July 28, 2022. More information is available on the conference webpage.

Preserving the Historic Road International (PHRI) Conference, September 22-24, 2022, Portland, OR. The conference will consist of panel discussions, a working field session to two historic roads in the Portland area, breakout working groups, and facilitated large group discussions. For more information go to Early-bird registration ends on August 1, 2022, and full registration ends on September 10, 2022. Questions? Contact Mr. Terry H. Klein at

NEW 2022 Research Symposium: Historic Cemeteries in Cultural Contexts, Local to Global, October 24-25, 2022, Clemson University. The Woodland Cemetery and African American Burial Ground Historic Preservation Project and the Legacy Council at Clemson University are accepting paper proposals for the second annual Research Symposium from the public, professionals, scholars, and graduate students of all disciplines who are working to research, publicize, and/or memorialize historic cemeteries and burial grounds. Proposals are due July 15, 2022. For more information about the symposium and how to submit a proposal click here.

Preservation North Carolina 2022 Annual Conference, October 27-28, 2022, Winston-Salem, NC. For more information visit

PastForward National Preservation Conference, November 1-4, 2022, online. For more information visit the conference webpage.

Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Annual Meeting, November 2-5, 2022, Memphis, TN. For more information visit

NEW Association for Preservation Technology International Annual Conference, November 7-12, 2022, Detroit, MI. Registration is now open for the APT annual conference which will feature educational and field sessions, exhibits and more. For more details visit the conference website.

9th Preservation Policy Forum: A Critical Examination of New Design in Historic Contexts, March 2023, Charleston. The Clemson University/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation will be hosting the forum, which is currently accepting paper proposals with a deadline of July 15, 2022. More information about submitting a proposal is available here.


Grant Application Deadlines

August 10, 2022 Underrepresented Communities Grant. The National Park Service’s Underrepresented Communities Grant Program (URC) is now accepting applications. Projects include surveys and inventories of historic properties associated with communities underrepresented in the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the development of nominations to the National Register for specific sites. All projects must result in the submission of a new nomination to the National Register or National Historic Landmark Program, or an amendment to an existing nomination to include underrepresented communities. Grants are awarded through a competitive process and do not require non-Federal match. Eligible applicants include: State Historic Preservation Offices (SHPOs); Indian Tribes that meet the definition in 54 USC 300309 and Native Hawaiian Organizations that meet the definition in 54 USC 300314;  and Certified Local Governments (CLG). A current list of CLGs is found at The URC grant opportunity number is P22AS00294.

NEW August 10, 2022 SC Humanities Major Grants. Major Grants ($2,000 – $10,000) support public programs designed to be accessible by a broad audience, to serve citizens in urban, rural, and small-town settings, and to make possible humanities programs that illuminate and enrich the lives of both audiences and scholars. Drafts are strongly encouraged and will be accepted any time prior to the deadline. For more information visit or contact

NEW September 14, 2022 History of Equal Rights Grant. The National Park Service is now accepting applications for the History of Equal Rights (HER) Grant Program. $4.625 million was appropriated by Congress for this grant program. Grants fund physical preservation or pre-preservation of sites associated with efforts to achieve equal rights. The History of Equal Rights grants are not limited to any specific group and are intended to include the broadest possible interpretation of equal rights for any American. Properties must be listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or designated a National Historic Landmark either individually or as part of a district with significance associated with equal rights. For more information about projects eligible for funding, and to access the notice of funding opportunity (P22AS00644) visit

NEW October 1, 2022 National Trust Preservation Funds. Grants from the National Trust Preservation Funds encourage preservation at the local level by providing seed money for preservation projects and are awarded to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. The majority of funds are awarded to planning and education programs. Grants are awarded annually in three competitive rounds. For more information and to learn how to apply, visit

Monthly, SC Humanities Council Mini Grants. SC Humanities awards Mini Grants to support public humanities programs of modest cost, with awards of $2,000 or less. Mini Grants are reviewed monthly with deadlines on the first business day of the month. For more information visit

Monthly, SC Humanities Council Planning Grants. SC Humanities awards Planning Grants to support preliminary work in designing a project that warrants detailed planning because of its length, scope, or cost. Awards are $2,000 or less. Planning Grants are reviewed monthly with deadlines on the first business day of the month. For more information visit

Open for Applications, USDA – Rural Development Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grants. This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area. Learn more & apply here.

Online sources of grant information:

National Park Service State, Tribal, Local, Plans & Grants Division

National Trust for Historic Preservation Special Grant Funds

Preservation Directory Grants & Funding Resources

State Library Grants Research Assistance

SC Grantmakers Network

Federal grants


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The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is an independent state agency whose mission is to preserve and promote the documentary and cultural heritage of the Palmetto State. The department houses one of the most comprehensive state archival collections in the nation, spanning more than 325 years of South Carolina history. The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), a program of the SCDAH, encourages and facilitates the responsible stewardship of South Carolina’s irreplaceable historic and prehistoric places.

The activity that is the subject of this publication has been financed in part with federal funds from the National Park Service (NPS), U.S. Department of the Interior, and administered by the SCDAH. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of NPS or SCDAH. This program receives federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U. S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington DC 20240.

Elizabeth M. Johnson
Director, Historical Services, D-SHPO State Historic Preservation Office
SC Department of Archives & History
8301 Parklane Road Columbia, SC 29223
Ph: 803.896.6168  Fax: 803.896.6167    

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