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March 2017

Restore Explore Connect: Furnishing Blandwood – Changing Taste in Antebellum America, First of a Two-Part Series

March 13, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blandwood Carriage House, 400 West McGee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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When the New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis in 1844 designed what became one of the country’s earliest Tuscan villas, he and his client, the visionary Governor John Motley Morehead, collaborated on various interior details for the enlargement of Blandwood. The recommendations and selections made by both enterprising men—especially with regard to art and furniture—reflect changing tastes and values in mid-nineteenth century America.

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Restore Explore Connect: A Piedmont North Carolina Collection and the Walls that Surround It

March 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blandwood Carriage House, 400 West McGee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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Dr. Tom Sears is well known and regarded in the world of furniture makers and collectors. He and his wife Sara have been collectors since 1970, and their passion grew in 1976 when they salvaged elements of the General Frances K. Simpson House in Guilford County with its highly significant faux finish interiors.

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Restore Explore Connect: Preservation 101

March 30, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blandwood Carriage House, 400 West McGee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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Preservation Greensboro’s Executive Director will present an introduction to the terminology and concepts associated with historic preservation, including types of designations, using examples from around the world. This presentation is fun for both the seasoned professional as well as those new to the preservation movement.

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April 2017

Restore Explore Connect: Furnishing Blandwood: Changing Taste in Antebellum America, Second of a Two-Part Series

April 3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blandwood Carriage House, 400 West McGee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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When the New York architect Alexander Jackson Davis in 1844 designed what became one of the country’s earliest Tuscan villas, he and his client, the visionary Governor John Motley Morehead, collaborated on various interior details for the enlargement of Blandwood. This is a second part of a two-part series, but participants will enjoy the presentation as a stand-alone event.

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Restore Explore Connect: Digging History – Uncovering the Past at Blandwood

April 10, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blandwood Carriage House, 400 West McGee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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Dr. Stine led an archaeological dig at Blandwood to build on early digs from the 1970s. During this exploration, many interesting finds were uncovered that broaden our understanding of life and material culture at Blandwood. Discoveries involve building materials, early earthenware, buttons and fasteners, and even trading beads.

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Restore Explore Connect: From Grave Markers to Unmarked Graves – Archaeological Insights of Historic Cemeteries

April 20, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blandwood Carriage House, 400 West McGee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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Shawn Patch, New South Associates, will discuss archaeological insights on various historic cemeteries in North Carolina and beyond. This presentation includes examples using ground-penetrating radar to identify unmarked graves and better define cemetery boundaries, as well as data from various marker inventories.

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Restore Explore Connect: The Art of William Garl Browne, Jr.

April 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Blandwood Carriage House, 400 West McGee Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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William Garl Browne Jr. was a nineteenth century portrait artist who exhibited in the National Academy in 1840, and earned national fame through a collection of portraits of General Zachary Taylor in 1847. This presentation will focus on Browne, who painted hundreds of portraits including members of the Morehead family.

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June 2020

Blandwood In-Depth Tour: Architecture

June 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandwood Mansion, 447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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A fascinating look at the techniques of construction; use of materials such as timber, brick and plaster; and architectural terminology related to Blandwood Mansion. This tour explores the architecture of Blandwood, a National Historic Landmark with additions designed by preeminent New York City architect Alexander Jackson Davis, as an illustration of early Piedmont Carolina architectural traditions from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries as well as new concepts and techniques introduced during the Industrial Revolution and the Victorian Period…

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Blandwood In-Depth Tour: Portraiture

June 15, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandwood Mansion, 447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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As a museum, Blandwood chronicles an impressive collection of historical media that documents the evolution of portraiture from eighteenth century silhouettes to late nineteenth century photography. This special tour reviews the progression of portraiture from simple backwoods representations through posed oil portraits, calotype and daguerreotype prints, to modern photography. This tour explores Blandwood as a remarkable collection that documents a century of rapid change in technology. This tour will be held on Facebook Live, accessed through our Preservation Greensboro or…

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Blandwood In-Depth Live on Facebook: Decorative Arts

June 22, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Blandwood Mansion, 447 West Washington Street
Greensboro, NC 27401 United States
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The decorative arts at Blandwood reveal an astonishing amount about changing tastes in America during the first half of the nineteenth century, as taste makers pivoted from Roman Classical to Greek Classical and French inspirations. Blandwood features a remarkable collection of pieces that are original to the house and family known as "The Morehead Collection.". The tour will be held on Facebook Live, accessed through our Preservation Greensboro or Blandwood Facebook pages. We will highlight a number of pieces from…

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January 2021

Guilford at 250: Our Rich Heritage

January 21 @ 6:00 pm

Guilford County celebrates its 250th birthday in 2021! Established on April 1, 1771, Guilford was named for an English Earl with royal connections, but the county was formed to segregate early settlers who did not welcome royal rules. To celebrate Old Guilford’s semiquincentennial, Preservation Greensboro will hold a series of monthly lectures on Zoom to review a range of topics related to history, architecture, and preservation in the county. These Zoom gatherings will be free to the public and scheduled…

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February 2021

Guilford at 250: Civil Rights Era Touchstones

February 18 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
FREE

Greensboro’s Civil Rights history is unparalleled in North Carolina. With keystone institutions such as NCA&T, Bennett College, and Dudley High School, Greensboro has (at times) been a national leader in Civil Rights. According to historian William H. Chafe, “In some ways Greensboro simply exemplified national trends; in others, it helped to create them, particularly with the sit-ins and the evolution of Black Power ideology.” This important movement grew out of the East and Southeast Greensboro neighborhoods. These neighborhoods include groups…

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