Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation Changes Name to Preservation South Carolina
October 10, 2017 – Prosperity, S.C. - Preservation South Carolina, formerly the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, has experienced tremendous growth that required the organization to update the way it worked and presented itself.
“We have been in operation since 1990 and for a long time we worked with one or two staff members spread all over the state,” said Mike Bedenbaugh, Executive Director. “With every project, we have grown, and we now have the capabilities to be the organization that was envisioned when this first started.”
After years of research and evaluation, the board and executive director made the decision to reposition the organization. The result is a new name, a new website, a new regional staff member, and nine new regional preservation funds.
“We needed a name that really embodied our mission, and Preservation South Carolina simply states exactly who we are,” said Bedenbaugh. “That naturally followed with a fresh look and website that helps us communicate better with our members and history lovers.”
The name and website change came along with the establishment of nine regional funds: Bill & Woo Thomason, Catawba Region, Central Carolina, Lowcountry, Middle Savannah, Pee Dee, Pendleton District, Spartanburg, and Upper Savannah. The preservation funds are revolving and will be a continued resource that will work to create strong regional preservation efforts in those areas.
“We plan to focus the time and resources on specific areas throughout the state. When we complete one project, we will reinvest the money into a new project in the same region,” said Bedenbaugh. “This will allow us to continue to work to preserve some of S.C. most vulnerable areas.”
To help with all this growth, Preservation S.C. has also brought three experienced people to its team. Suzanne Brooks will work as the Director of the Spartanburg Preservation Fund. Brooks has many years of experience that included serving as the Executive Director of the Spartanburg County Historical Association. Amy Fluette is the new Office Manager, and she brings with her almost 20 years of experience in administration and management. Finally, Carolyn Coppola has agreed to be available as a Tax Credit Consultant to help historic property owners apply for and secure federal and state funding and grants.
“We have assembled a fantastic team of experienced professionals,” said Bedenbaugh. “These positive changes positions us to be able to better serve members and preserve more historic sites in our state.”
Preservation S.C. is the only statewide preservation organization and they are dedicated to preserving and protecting the historic and irreplaceable architectural heritage of South Carolina.