Greenhorns–Young Preservationists Making a Difference

October 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

City Market

“An accumulation of professionals focusing on the sustainability, adaptability and useability of aged and historic structures in North Carolina”- that’s the tagline for Greenhorns, the new group of young professionals interested in Historic preservation in the 21st century. Karyn Reilly, a graduate of the Master’s program in IARc, was inspired by a similar group,  Buffalo’s Young Preservationists, after attending the 2011 National Trust conference in Buffalo.


“There were students in attendance from other preservation programs, but very few attendees between student age and the median age group. The education sessions discussed the same things we discussed during school, with little variation. I thought to myself, there has to be a way to share the preservation message with our age group, but it has to be a different approach. I wasn’t alone, and when I came home, I began to ask others if they would be interested in starting a local group with me. Soon enough, we were organizing social and educational events in Greensboro.  We have about 50 members, and growing.”  Some of the events this group has helped to organize include but are not limited to a bar crawl where the young professionals learn about some of the historic structures in downtown Greensboro while having a little fun.  They also lead a Heart Bomb, where paper hearts were plastered all over the Cascade Saloon to help bring awareness about an endangered building. This even brought the topic into the media here is a link to read more about this event They also run a booth at City Market in downtown Greensboro, where you can go to get more information.  We invite all of our students to join their Facebook page, , which is a great place to keep up to date on their activities!

Contributed by alumni Karyn Reilly


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