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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 4, 2010

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

Register now for fall Historic Preservation courses

Plymouth State University is offering three courses this fall semester that lead to a Certificate in Historic Preservation.

The Certificate in Historic Preservation program focuses on instilling a fundamental understanding of preservation issues and challenges while providing skills and training for those who work for community preservation organizations and agencies, or in aligned fields such as planning, law or architecture.

The program’s Fall 2010 courses are:

Principles of Historic Preservation. Provides a foundation to historic preservation. Focuses 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 Liisa Reinmann, historic preservation consultant. 3 credits. Begins September 2.

Historic Preservation Methods & Documentation. Instills skills in researching and understanding historical properties, especially buildings, landscapes and structures, and provides an introduction to various methods of documenting historical resources according to professional standards. Provides 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 augment the course’s seminar format. Taught by Elizabeth H. Muzzey, director of NH Division of Historical Resources and State Historic Preservation Officer. 3 credits. Begins September 8.

Heritage Studies: Foundations. Designed for those interested in bringing heritage studies to areas such as schools, museums, 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/or 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. Taught by Linda Upham-Bornstein, PhD, adjunct professor of history, Plymouth State University. 3 credits. Begins September 9. Required field trip September 18. This course includes an online component.

For more information about the Certificate in Historic Preservation program, visit www.plymouth.edu/graduate/academics/degrees/graduate-certificates/ and click on “Historic Preservation,” 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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