The Pamlico Rose Institute
Growing Community by Preserving History
820 Park Dr. Washington, NC, 27889

PRISC Research

PRISC promotes research and learning development in historical preservation and community sustainability.

PRISC promotes research and learning development in community resilience and sustainability through approaches such as historical preservation and rehabilitation.  Project work is a primary objective of PRISC and based on a social enterprise and social entrepreneurship approach, PRISC utilizes recent and current research into preservation and sustainment theory to help orient an approach to project development.  PRISC also surveys the many models that illustrate the feasibility of that connection, then works to develop and implement projects that can advance critical areas of social, cultural, economic, and environmental sustainability to promote stronger and more connected communities.  Variables that will be considered in this calculus of sustainability and resilience include affordable housing, the utility of historic districts to meet contemporary urban density, development of measures beyond economic and demographic indicators to assess the success of preservation in small to medium towns and cities, and others.  In addition, as PRISC develops and implements projects, it will chronicle and document the successes and failures to directly advance the fields of inquiry supporting preservation, sustainability and resilience development while providing indirect experience to allied disciplines and efforts.

PRISC pays particularly close attention to understanding the role of diversity and cross-cultural interactions, while understanding and promoting common beliefs and values that are critical to an enduring community’s social and cultural fabric.  Folding in contemporary methods of participant/member design and community involvement, PRISC engages all stakeholders and populations to produce projects that lead to a vibrant and healthy community.

This research page will feature ongoing PRISC research and project development.  Visit periodically to catch updates or new research, or contact Robert Greene Sands to be notified when new material is posted.  Current work considers historical enclaves and preservation, sustainability, and cross-cultural commerce.


Historical Enclaves

Many residential options exist in a changing urban and rural landscape where currents of alternative lifestyles, generations, fracturing families, and concepts of community swirl in American society.  There are migrations of individuals and families from urban areas to the less costly rural hamlets and small urban enclaves, from north to south, east to west and from mostly anywhere out of California.  There is a counter movement of back to the cities, and one of gentrifying urban density as a means to rehabilitate and stem the tide of decades of urban blight.


Rose Haven

PRISC has acquired an endangered historic property to create a facility for sober living, named Rose Haven.  It is a planned transitional and healthy living environment for female veterans who have experienced physical or emotional trauma to include PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), or other forms that are related to their military careers that have led to substance abuse, emotional anxiety and mental stress.  Female veterans experience rates of substance abuse or other emotionally-destructive behaviors, such as eating disorders, at higher rates than their male counterparts due to similar experiences of military service, and also due to experiences that are unique to their gender, including higher rates of MST.  Rose Haven will offer a safe harbor for its residents and community-based programs to help with their transition into community living.