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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 13, 2009

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov

Fall semester Historic Preservation courses begin soon

Plymouth State University’s growing Certificate in Historic Preservation program is offering three courses at its Concord campus this fall.

This graduate-level program seeks to instill a fundamental understanding of preservation issues and challenges, while providing basic skills and training for those who work for community preservation organizations and agencies, or in aligned fields such as planning, law or architecture.

Fall 2009's courses are:

Cultural Property Law: Examines the international, national, and state legal frameworks for the protection and movement of cultural propertyenacted inresponse tothreats to global cultural heritage such as archaeological site looting, transnational antiquities trafficking, and armed conflict. Introduces important treaties such as the 1970 UNESCO Convention and national laws such as the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and rules governing shipwrecks.New Hampshire lawand the common law regulating cultural property are also reviewed. Taught by Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Grafton County Attorney. Begins September 1.

Historical Preservation Methods & Documentation: Instills basic skills in researching and understanding historical properties, especially buildings, landscapes and bridges, and provides an introduction to various methods of documenting historical resources according to professional standards. It will provide instruction in assessing the construction and evolution of built resources and in recording them by written, graphic, and photographic methods. Guest speakers, local field visits, and longer field trips will augment the course’s seminar format. Taught by Elizabeth H. Muzzey, director of NH Division of Historical Resources and State Historic Preservation Officer. Begins September 1.
 
Principles of Historic Preservation: Provides a foundation to historic preservation. It will focus on principles and theories pertaining to preservation and restoration practices; recognition of architectural periods, styles, and construction methods; the definition of significance and integrity in buildings and districts; strategies by which buildings and their settings have been preserved and used; and methods of reading and interpreting the cultural environment. Taught by Christopher W. Closs, historic preservation consultant. Begins September 2.

For more information about the Certificate in Historic Preservation program, visit www.plymouth.edu/graduate/heritage/historic_preservation.html or contact Dr. Stacey Yap, program coordinator, (603) 535-2333, staceyy@plymouth.edu.

New Hampshire's Division of Historical Resources, the “State Historic Preservation Office,” was established in 1974. The historical, archeological, architectural, engineering and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among the most important environmental assets of the state. Historic preservation promotes the use, understanding and conservation of such resources for the education, inspiration, pleasure and enrichment of New Hampshire’s citizens. For more information, visit us online at www.nh.gov/nhdhr or by calling (603) 271-3483.

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