Welcome to the Kernersville Historic Preservation Society website.
Our organization exists to further historic exploration and knowledge, help engage the community in historic educational and preservation activities and to ensure that historic structures in Kernersville are preserved for posterity. We hold bi-monthly meetings on a range of topics that are of interest to our membership and we have stewardship of the St. Paul’s Cemetery. During the pandemic, our meetings have shifted to online Zoom meetings, but our activities at St. Paul’s Cemetery have been able to continue following CDC guidelines for wearing masks and social distancing.
We welcome all who are interested to join us at our meetings and invite those who would like more information to join our email list. We also welcome community involvement and suggestions for topics that would interest our members and their guests. The KHPS helps support the Kernersville Museum in their preservation of history and we support their activities. If you are already a member, I thank you for your support. If you are a guest, I welcome you to explore and engage with us however possible. I hope you will find something interesting that speaks to you and that I will see you in the future in a Zoom meeting or at a live event. A quote that I love is “The course of history is determined by what people do with their opportunities”. I hope you will take the opportunity to join us in the future in our historic preservation endeavors.
With Best Wishes Always,
Kenersville Historic Preservation Society Background:
Prior to the 1980’s Kernersville’s population growth had been relatively slow. In 1930 it was approximately 1,800 and by 1960 had reached approximately 3,000. However, in the next 20 years, the population had doubled to 7,000. In 1990 it reached 12,000 and by 2000 was 17,000. The 2007 estimate is close to 25,000 with rapid increase seen as the economy in the Piedmont Triad attracts new businesses and current businesses prosper. As a family-oriented town situated between larger population centers, Kernersville prides itself on maintaining a small-town atmosphere. Historical buildings and land areas such as parks and cemeteries are a legacy that must be preserved.
* Preserve and maintain historical structures through National and Local Historic Designations
* Educate today’s citizens about the Town’s past and the people who lived here
* Preserve the ambience of the Town’s history to co-exist side by side with the necessary modernization and expansion of the town
* Promote the historical treasures of Kernersville for cultural and entertainment opportunities for the citizens
* Support and contribute to other organizations such as the Kernersville Museum and Korner’s Folly to achieve common goals
* Support and contribute to other historical organizations in North Carolina for the common goal of preserving the State’s history.
2022 Board of Directors
President: Mandy Cheek
Vice President: Bruce Frankel
Treasurer: Wanda Kirkman-Nelson
Secretary: Mandy Cheek
Board Members: Joe Pinnix, Chris Gaugler, Kim Hittell, Bobbie Wolfe, Darlene Pearson, Cathy Reynolds.
For information email: KernersvilleHPS@gmail.com
Kernersville Historic Preservation Society
PO Box 2523
Kernersville, NC 27285
Tax-deductible donations are welcomed and may be sent to KHPS.
General Meetings are held every other month on the 3rd Monday
How to become involved in KHPS!
When: The Kernersville Historical Preservation Society meets bi-monthly on the 3rd Monday in January, March, May, July, September, and November at 6:30 PM. Members are notified about a week in advance of the location, time, and historical topic.
Where: Meetings are held in different locations, frequently at an historical building.
Who: Many KHPS members are long-time residents of Kernersville who reminisce and share historical anecdotes, some live or work in historic buildings, while others are relative newcomers interested in supporting the preservation efforts. In addition to the business and history agenda, meetings include a social “meet and greet.”
What: KHPS members participate in a variety of activities and events, such as:
* Conducting Holiday Open House tour of historical homes
* Supporting Kőrner’s Folly in its yearly events.
* Contributing funds and expertise to maintain the One Room School House at Fourth of July Park
* Leading a community committee to preserve and maintain the pre-civil war St. Paul’s Cemetery
* Conducting “Walk in Time” guided tours to re-create the historic area of the 1880’s (October 15, 2005)
* Offering a program for local 3rd grades consisting of a Readers Theater at Kőrner’s Folly and an
1880’s actual school lesson at the one-room schoolhouse.
* Publishing a Walking Tour of Historic Homes
* Co-Publishing Images of Kernersville
* Working on the designation of historic Kernersville as a National Historic District
* Keeping up-to-date on changes by the Town affecting the Historic District
* Working to find ways to save threatened historic properties
* Archiving personal stories and historic research
* Promoting the history of Kernersville through advertising and education
Cost: Annual dues are $20 per family.
Becoming a Member: Are you interested in learning more about Kernersville’s history? Do you want to work with others to support and preserve the town’s history and historical structures? Come to KHPS meetings and learn more!
For additional information or to be added to the KHPS mailing list, complete the form below and mail to:
KHPS, PO Box 2523, Kernersville, NC 27285
Telephone No. (home) ________________________
E-mail address _______________________________
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and objectives.
To become a member, please email your name and contact information to KernersvilleHPS@gmail.com. You can pay your $20 annual dues using the paypal account below. Thank you!
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