Impact of Preservation Speech Contest

Thursday, October 19 at 7:00PM | CFCC’s Union Station (502 N. Front Street)

Why does preservation matter?

That’s the question local high schoolers will answer during the Historic Wilmington Foundation’s 4th annual Impact of Preservation Speech Contest. Part of HWF’s 2023 Preservation Weekend (October 19-22), the contest will be held on Thursday, October 19 at 7:00pm at CFCC’s Union Station (502 N. Front Street), room U-170. (Students should be prepared to attend from 6:30pm-8:30pm, to include check-in, as well as a reception following the contest.) This event is free and open to the public.

The contest is open to students presently enrolled in a Brunswick, New Hanover, or Pender County school as a junior or senior for the 2023-2024 school year. Scholarship prizes can be used to attend any U.S. community/junior college, approved vocational school, university, or college. First place wins $2,500; second place wins $1,500; and third place wins $1,000.

To learn more about Preservation Weekend events, visit


CLICK HERE to download the application! 


Thursday, October 12 at midnight


  1. Each contestant will have five minutes to present. 
  2. The contest is limited to the first 25 qualified applicants.
  3. Student applications must be sent to by Thursday, October 12, 2023. 

Historic Sites

Students may choose among nine sites:

  1. U.S. Post Office in Downtown Wilmington
  2. Maides Cemetery
  3. Love & Charity Hall/Site of Daily Record (demolished)
  4. Cold Morning
  5. Seabreeze
  6. Fort Johnston
  7. Captain Charlie’s Station
  8. Navassa Guano Factory
  9. Towers at Topsail Beach
  10. Cypress Trees on the Black River

Thank you to our valued sponsors!

Our sponsors allow us to carry out a vital mission that began in 1966 and is still going strong. We are grateful to each and every one! 

To sponsor HWF, contact Isabelle Shepherd, Outreach & Development Coordinator:

2023 Annual Sponsors

Alex McKinney Real Estate

1213 Culbreth Drive, Suite 109
Wilmington, NC 28405

Hogue Hill, LLP

101 South 3rd Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Balding Design Build

402 Carl Street, Unit 101
Wilmington, NC 28403

Bob King Buick GMC, Inc.

5115 New Centre Drive
Wilmington, NC 28428

Brigitte Simone Real Estate, Inc.

1025 N. Lake Park Blvd
Carolina Beach, NC 28428

Mason, Mason, and Smith, Attorneys at Law

514 Princess Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

The Cameron Team

110 Dungannon Blvd Ste 100
Wilmington, NC 28403

MoMentum Companies

103 South Front Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Decision Point Wealth Consulting at UBS

1985 Eastwood Road, Suite 110
Wilmington, NC 28403

Patriot Roofing & Exteriors

921 Princess Street, Suite 155
Wilmington, NC 28401

First Bank

201 Market Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

St. Stephen AME Church

501 Red Cross Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

WHQR Public Media

254 N. Front Street, Suite 300
Wilmington, NC 28401