The City of Greensboro – in partnership with the North Carolina League of Municipalities and Colliers Engineering & Design – is holding an all-day event this month to get citizens thinking about the importance of historic preservation and “storytelling.”

The one-day educational event will ask and answer questions such as, “How does historic preservation strengthen cities and towns?” and “How does storytelling promote equity and showcase a community’s diversity?”

Organizers say you’ll be able to find out some of the answers at “Telling the Complete Story: Preserving African American History & Heritage,” which will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15.

The event will be at the Greensboro History Museum at 130 Summit Ave. in downtown Greensboro.

However, not all of the class will take place at the museum: The day’s programming also includes two mobile tours of some of the city’s most unique historic preservation efforts.

The event will feature local and state preservation experts and others offering insights on the subject as well as sharing stories of best practices in this realm.

One goal is to show how Greensboro’s historic preservation program is “evolving to serve the community in a more equitable and inclusive manner — in a way that tells the story of the City’s past more accurately and completely.”

The class will also teach techniques on how to “effectively document, recognize, and communicate the impact and legacy of local assets and historic sites for the preservation and protection of African American history and neighborhoods.”

A few of the many presenters will be City of Greensboro Planning Director Sue Schwartz, NC African American Heritage Commission Director Adrienne Nirdé, Deputy General Counsel of the NC League of Municipalities Tom Carruthers and Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan.

Space is limited and online registration by May 10 is required in order to attend.

You can register at