Blowing Rock: A Sense of Place
Is Blowing Rock unique? Is it historic? Does the area convey a sense of place? Historian Trent Margrif will explore these and other topics in his presentation. With the themes of BRAHM’s exhibition The History of Blowing Rock as a guide, Margrif will share rare photos and unique oral histories, and provide general observations of the community. Having scanned 10,000 images from the collections of the Blowing Rock Historical Society and as the author of Blowing Rock Revisited, Trent will offer an in-depth focus on community life in a mountain resort town. His past employment with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and other non-profit historic preservation organizations also provides a perspective that places Blowing Rock in a larger context of heritage conservation locally, nationally, and even internationally. His talk will provide possible answers to the past, present, and potential futures of Blowing Rock.
About the Speaker
A native of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Trent Margrif received his undergraduate degree in history from Michigan State University and his master’s degree in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University. He is the former director of nonprofit historic preservation organizations in Delaware, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin and has completed historic surveys for the National Park Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and various state governments. Margrif has taught courses at Appalachian State University since 2010 on historic green buildings, public history, and science fiction. He received the Rennie W. Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in the First Year Seminar in 2014. He lives in Vilas, NC, with his wife, Dr. Andrea Burns, and two young daughters.