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Lecture on Germans Building in the Backcountry of North Carolina by John Larson

when: Oct. 13, 2011

JLMH presents a lecture on Germans Building in the Backcountry of North Carolina by John Larson, on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Visitors Center at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $15 for the general public and $10 for members of the Joel Lane Historical Society. Refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and advanced payment is required. Please call 919-833-3431 with your MasterCard or Visa, or mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605. Be sure to include the names of all in your party; nametags will serve as tickets. Tickets are non-refundable unless we must cancel the event.

John Larson is an architectural historian with a BA in History and a MA in Public History from the University of South Carolina. As Vice President, division of Restoration at Old Salem Museums and Gardens, his responsibilities are focused primarily on architectural restoration, archaeology, horticulture and building maintenance. Recent projects include the construction of the new Visitor Center, restoration of the 1861 St. Philips Church, restoration of Timothy Vogler’s 1832 Gunsmith Shop, reconstruction of the 1823 log church and Single Brothers’ Gardens.

Prior to accepting the position at Old Salem, John was VP of the Architectural firm of Phillips and Oppermann, P.A. that specialized in historic architecture. Projects with that firm included the Fayetteville Market House, Whitehouse of the Confederacy, Montpelier and Gunston Hall. John has served as Chairman of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Historic Properties Commission, Chairman of the Preservation North Carolina Board of Advisors, and President of the National Vernacular Architecture Forum.

In 2001 John was named professional preservationist of the year with the Robert Stipe Award given by Preservation North Carolina. Last year he was awarded the Archie Davis Award by the Wachovia Historical Society. John is currently on the Montpelier (Home of President Madison) Architectural Advisory Board, and the old Maryland Statehouse Senate Chamber Restoration Advisory Committee. In the summer he teaches a Historic Building Technology Field School sponsored by UNCG, Old Salem, Preservation NC and NC Div of Archives and History.

John’s passion is for the common or vernacular architecture that is so visible in the rural landscape and along the Main Streets of North Carolina. Quite simply, John believes that historic buildings and landscapes are gifts from the past that enrich the present. They contain stories, differentiate communities and provide us with opportunities - economic opportunities for development and tourism, and cultural opportunities to connect with the heritage that makes each community unique and interesting.

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What visitors say

Thank you for giving me a tour around and in the Joel Lane House.  My favorite part was the garden.