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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 24, 2011

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
shelly.angers@dcr.nh.gov
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Spring semester’s Historic Preservation courses begin soon

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

At a time when many adults are returning to the classroom to enhance their professional skills, 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 who are in aligned fields such as planning, law or architecture.

Spring 2011's courses are:

Principles of Historic Preservation: This course provides a foundation to historic preservation, focusing on principles and theories pertaining to preservation and restoration practices; recognition of architectural periods, styles and construction methods in the context of the evolution of cultural landscapes; 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 entirely online by Liisa Reimann, adjunct graduate faculty at Plymouth State University. 3 credits. Online sessions begin March 1 and end June 30.

Preservation Planning and Management: Now seen as integral to the definition and protection of cultural landscapes, historic preservation planning and cultural resource management (CRM) are accomplished through the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, treatment and ongoing stewardship of historic properties. This course examines the tools of preservation planning and management, and illustrates their application at the federal, state and local levels.Taught in Concord by Elizabeth H. Muzzey, state historic preservation officer. 3 credits. Offered Wednesdays, beginning March 2; one required field trip on Friday, April 8.

Sustainability and Historic Preservation: What is the connection between preservation and sustainability? This course examines the role of preservation in the reassessment of the built environment to create a sustainable future. Topics to be addressed range from historic examples of sustainable cultural practices to current trends of smart growth planning, LEED standards and energy conservation in historic buildings. Taught in Concord by Mary Kate Ryan, state survey coordinator. 3 credits. Offered Thursdays, beginning March 3.

Cultural Property Law: Archaeological site looting, transnational antiquities trafficking and armed conflicts threaten global cultural heritage. This course examines the international, national and state legal frameworks for the protection and movement of cultural property. Topics for discussion include the 1954 Hague Convention, the 1970 UNESCO Convention, the ICOM Code of Ethics, the National Stolen Property Act and the Cultural Property Implementation Act. The course also introduces students to important national heritage laws such as the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the rules governing shipwrecks. State statutes and the common law regulating cultural property are also reviewed. Taught in Lebanon by Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Esq. 3 credits. Offered Fridays and Saturdays, beginning May 6.

For more information about Plymouth State University’s Certificate in Historic Preservation program, visit www.plymouth.edu/graduate/siteindex/#h and click on “Historic Preservation Certificate” 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, archaeological, 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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