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“North Carolina’s Historic Architecture: Understanding the Special Character of the Tarheel State”

when: Feb. 9, 2017

Michael Southern presents an illustrated presentation with maps, photographs, and drawings that explores geography, the ethnic settlement patterns and
traditions, national trends in architectural styles and technology, the influences of individual architects and clients, and community self-awareness –
all of which contribute to the evolution of the character of a community or region.

A lecture on “North Carolina’s Historic Architecture: Understanding the Special Character of the Tarheel State” by Michael Southern will take place on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7 pm at the Visitors Center of the Joel Lane Museum House at 160 South Saint Mary’s Street, Raleigh, NC 27603. Admission will be $16 for the general public and $11 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, mail a check to P O Box 10884, Raleigh NC 27605, or go to the Eventbrite web site. 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.

Michael is a veteran of the state’s historic preservation programs. He is currently senior architectural historian and GIS (computer mapping) coordinator with the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Since 1974 he has served in multiple capacities at the agency, and has participated in field studies of historic buildings in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties.

Michael is co-author, with Catherine Bishir, of A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina (1996), with Bishir and Jennifer
Martin, of A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina (1999), and with Bishir, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North
Carolina (2003), all published by the UNC Press.

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What visitors say

Thank you so much for letting our IB Human Geography class come tour the Joel Lane house. I really enjoyed learning about how high-class people lived back them. I was surprised to hear that they were always working and had no time to themselves. I was also shocked at the size of the beds. They were so small! You two really played good parts and made me feel like I was really back in those times.