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“Jason is a fantastic organizer and detailed researcher. In spite of his excellent credentials in historic preservation, he does not forget the people involved. He creates a synergy that excites those around him and easily reaches consensus to help ensure that everyone is happy with the outcome. I look forward to opportunities to work with Jason and highly recommend him to others.”
Michael Trinkley , Director , Chicora Foundation, Inc.

“I have worked with Jason for many years, Jason is a dedicated professional, and is well versed in both history and historic preservation.”
Paul Fomberg , Senior Restoration Specialist , NC Dept. of Cultural Resources

“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jason on numerous projects directly and indirectly. Jason is a man of his word; he gets things done; does not make excuses; speaks his mind; is open to new ideas; is able to envision the strategic while implementing tactically; is personable and very easy to work with; and he is able to accomplish multiple projects simultaneously. Jason’s ability to pull people together, maintain group harmony, and negate group discord is uncanny. He is a leader who isn’t afraid to roll up his own sleeves to get the job done.”
Karen Banker , Interim Executive & Consultant , Various Firms

“Jason’s work is exemplary. He consistently puts together the best team to insure the best outcomes for all concerned. A strong communicator and talented leader, he inspires others in the community to invest in high quality projects.”
Dana Burr Bradley, Ph.D. , Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Political Scienceo , UNC Charlotte

“Jason helped me with an historic preservation project for my office which is a former historic house in my town of Lincolnton, NC. He is very knowledgable, detail oriented, and provided proactive service. I am very appreciative of his level of commitment and his passion for this project. I believe that anyone working with Jason would be equally impressed.”
Deirdre Nachamie , Attorney , Nachamie and Whitley, PLLC Attorneys at Law

“I have known Jason for 9 years and have had the opportunity to serve on the DDA promotional board and the Historical Association board with him. Additionally, we also worked on many volunteer projects together, including Alive After Fives, Hog Happen’, and the Battle at Ramseur Mill (which he coordinated). Jason has also written several books about Lincoln County History, including Lincoln County Sports. I worked with Jason and provided pictures and information about my father in law, Dennis Byrd. Jason worked with hundreds of other people in the county to collect all the information and write such a memorable book. 

Everything Jason has coordinated, written or worked on has been successful. His work with the Lincoln County Historical Association has tangible outcomes which Lincoln County residents can truly appreciate. 

Jason is a valuable active member of our community that deserves every opportunity our local city officials can provide. Jason’s extraordinary work ethic and drive to go beyond expectations is refreshing. He embraces Lincoln County, loves his work and it shows in everything he does. I admire and respect him not only as a professional, but also as a personal friend.
Jennifer Byrd , Office Management Leader, Wachovia

“I have worked with Jason for many years on a variety of projects. As the Executive Director of the Lincoln County Historical Association, Jason has provided a level of expertise, experience, enthusiasm and professionalism to the LCHA which has caused it to become a model and template for other organizations. Additionally, Jason has undertaken a number of daunting and complex tasks simultaneously and has had outstanding success in every endeavor. He is a well respected author of numerous books and other publications. As the curator of the Lincoln County Museum of History, Jason has expanded the collection to the point that significant additional storage has been sought a number of times to house it. He supervises historic property designations, restorations, and preservations and holds workshops so that others can learn from the process. He has developed and marketed a significant annual Revolutionary War event and re-enactment which at one time had only been locally recognized into an activity which nationally attracts thousands of participants. There are many other accomplishments which have been the direct result of Jason’s inspiration and supervision. If any one should have the opportunity to work with Jason, in any capacity, I would not hesitate to give both my personal and professional endorsement.
Craig R. Wyant, Owner, A Fine Line Design, Lincolnton, NC

“Through attending graduate school at UNC Charlotte and working with Jason Harpe as an historic preservation consultant the past several years, I have known an individual who has developed strong skill sets in his profession and an affinity for historic preservation in his community and region. Mr. Harpe demonstrates great leadership and communication skills working with his clients and colleagues. He has an excellent understanding and experience with the National Register of Historic Places nomination and review process, historic preservation grant writing (e.g. National Park Service, Nat’l Trust for Historic Preservation), historic surveys, and historic zoning.  I highly recommend Jason Harpe to someone who is seeking historic preservation consultation or someone who just needs a firmer understanding of historic preservation and how it can work for them in their community.”
Paul Archambault , Historic Preservation Planner , Southeast TN Development District

“Jason Harpe is one of the most dedicated, energetic preservationists I know. We have worked together over the course of nearly eight years, from consulting, to workshops, to rehabilitation of historic sites. I would always recommend Jason as a team mate.”  Jack Thomson, Executive Director, Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County, North Carolina.

“Jason is a consummate professional. He is extremely detail oriented and reliable with a great vision of the “big picture”. His experience and expertise extends far beyond the demands of his field. He is an asset regardless of the realm or capacity of your relationship.”  Ari Miller, Perception Arts, Lincolnton, North Carolina.

“Jason served as our Peer Reviewer when we were going through the Museum Assessment Program in 2007. He is knowledgeable regarding the operation of historic properties. He is very practical when it comes to helping groups with limited funds. He is a very congenial person who is supportive of our operation. I am very honored to know him as a fellow worker.”  John Hawkins, Director, Caldwell Heritage Museum.

“Jason has provided an outstanding service to Lincoln County, NC. He has assisted and directed the Lincolnton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution with the Battle of Ramsour’s Mill and other events in town that have provided the public with Historical Awareness and Preservation! Jason is dedicated to his work and promotes great passion for keeping our local history alive.”  Anna Sutton, Jacob Forney Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution. 

“I have worked with Jason Harpe on several occasions as it ties to the Quality of Life of economic development in Lincoln County. I have found Jason to be very professional in his approach to providing the services from the Lincoln County Historical Association and the Lincoln County Museum of History. He is very prompt with his responses and research that he provides. He has always gone the extra mile, which helps us tell our story about Lincoln County to prospective businesses and industry clients.”  Rhonda Hunter, Operations Director, Lincoln Economic Development Association. 

“I thoroughly enjoyed my work as a consultant to Jason for the Ramsour Mill Battlefield Project in Lincolnton. His love of history and passion for sharing this with the public come though in the high quality of work that he produces.”  Pat Hart, Vice-President, Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.

“Jason and I worked together on a large preservation project in Greenville, SC as we conducted an archaeological survey for a national registry property in preparation of dismantling, moving and reassembling an 1840s slave cabin. In his role as executive director at the Lincoln County Historical Association, he provided valuable insight and research assistance as we sought to link the history of the Williams-Earle property with the McBee family of Lincolnton.

“Jason is a consummate professional and very easy to work with. I look forward to working with him on future projects and know that those reading this recommendation can benefit from his expertise as well.”  Thomas Riddle, Social Studies Consultant for Secondary Schools, Greenville County Schools, Greenville, South Carolina.

“Jason evaluated our museum as part of the MAP program. He was terrific to work with and made detailed and knowledgeable suggestions for our institution.”  Seth Goldman, Neversink Valley Area Museum, Cuddebackville, New York.