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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2011

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

Summer Historic Preservation courses begin July 1

Plymouth State University’s Certificate in Historic Preservation program is offering two courses this summer semester. One takes place entirely online and the other includes online coursework.

At a time when many adults are returning to the classroom to enhance their professional skills, the graduate-level Certificate in Historic Preservation 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.

Summer 2011's courses are:

The Rural Cultural Environment: Architecture and Landscape. This course uses the rural countryside as a laboratory to examine the cultural landscape, tracing the impact of natural, cultural, economic and technological forces on the “built” environment. Class participants will study the evolution of buildings and their settings, with emphasis on settlement and rural industrialization. This course is taught entirely online by the Center for Rural Partnership’s Benoni Amsden, Ph.D. Sessions begin July 1 and end August 19; two self-directed field trips are required. 3 credits.

Heritage Studies: Foundations. This course is designed for those interested in bringing heritage studies to areas such as schools, museums and historical societies. 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 course is taught by Marcia Blaine, PhD, associate professor of history at Plymouth State University. It takes place at Plymouth State University and online. Classroom sessions take place July 6, 7, 8, 12, 14: 1 – 4 p.m.; July 11: 12:30 – 5: 30 p.m.; July 26: 1 – 5 p.m. 3 credits.

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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