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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 4, 2009

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

Winter semester’s Historic Preservation courses begin soon

Plymouth State University’s flourishing Certificate in Historic Preservation program is offering two courses this winter semester, one online and one at its Concord campus.

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.

Winter 2009-2010's courses are:

The Rural Cultural Environment: Architecture and Landscape. This course uses the rural countryside as a laboratory to examine the cultural landscape. It traces the impact of natural, cultural, economic and technological forces on the "built" environment; studies the evolution of buildings and their settings, with emphasis on settlement and rural industrialization. Subjects to be discussed include: the evolution of architectural styles and construction techniques, town planning and land division, the evolution of transportation, and the harnessing of water power. Although the course will use specific locales as examples, it is intended to instill general principles by which any human landscape can be examined and interpreted in relationship to natural resources and human culture. This online course is 3 credits and is taught by Benoni Amsden, PhD, Center for Rural Partnerships, PSU. There are two required self-directed field trips.

Heritage Studies Foundations. This course is designed for those interested in bringing heritage studies to areas such as schools, museums and historical societies. Relevant concepts and techniques used in history, geography, English, anthropology and sociology will be presented so participants may create models for class exercises, build museum exhibits and incorporate heritage studies methodology into their work. Participants will learn methods of social science interpretation and inference about historical events, structures, artifacts, settlement patterns and various ideologies of the past. Multi-disciplinary techniques will be used in interpretations of nearby history and in the development of materials that may be used in educating the general public and students in the classroom. This 3-credit course meets on select Wednesday evenings throughout December, January and February and is taught by Christopher W. Closs, planning/preservation consultant. Three fieldtrips on December 5, January 9 and February 6 are required.

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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