Historic Wilmington Foundation Announces Tom Mayes as 2019 Annual Fundraising Luncheon Speaker

Historic Wilmington Foundation (HWF) is honored to host Tom Mayes, Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel at the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), as the keynote speaker for the 2019 Annual Fundraising Luncheon. HWF is thrilled to welcome Mayes, a native son of Mecklenburg County, back to his home state. 

“It’s such an honor to have Mr. Mayes here to share his extraordinary expertise with this community,” says Beth Rutledge, Executive Director of HWF. 

Growing up in a house built in 1906, Mayes was drawn to old places. For over 30 years, he has worked for the NTHP, using his law degree to advocate for preservation. Tom Mayes approaches historic preservation with a commitment to inclusivity; he is a champion in the movement to make historic sites more accessible to people with disabilities, and presses for more honest, comprehensive interpretations of the places we choose to protect. 

In 2013, Mayes received the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts Rome Prize in Historic Preservation. His six months in the Eternal City resulted in his book, Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Places Affect Our Identity and Well-Being

Why do old places matter? The answers are diverse and complex. Mayes will explore these arguments—some philosophical, some personal—at HWF’s Annual Luncheon, which will be held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 (12:00-1:30PM) at the Coastline Conference & Event Center (501 Nutt Street). 

Suggested individual donation of $100. To RSVP or ask about purchasing a corporate table, email middleton@historicwilmington.org or call 910.762.2511 by November 15. Vegetarian plates are available; please request in your RSVP. 

Founded in 1966, the Historic Wilmington Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the irreplaceable historic resources of Wilmington and the Lower Cape Fear Region.

Contact: Isabelle Shepherd, Outreach & Development Coordinator Historic Wilmington Foundation 2011 Market Street Wilmington, NC 28403 shepherd@historicwilmington.org // 910.762.2511