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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 10, 2008

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

Historic Preservation certificate program courses begin this month

Individuals interested in learning more about historic preservation can begin to do so this summer thanks to a new graduate-level certificate program.

The 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 in aligned fields such as planning, law or architecture. The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources worked with the University System of New Hampshire, and specifically Plymouth State University (PSU), to encourage the establishment of the program and collaborated closely with program coordinator Dr. Stacey Yap of PSU to develop course content, resources and syllabi.

The four-course certificate program may be pursued on its own or as part of PSU’s Master of Education in Heritage Studies.

“Preservation challenges and education have changed dramatically over the past few decades. These courses offer a wonderful new way for those working in the field to understand and respond to our state’s historical resources,” said New Hampshire’s State Historic Preservation Officer Elizabeth Muzzey, who will teach several of the program’s courses. “We’re so pleased to be working with Plymouth State University to help educate more people about the field of historic preservation.”

This summer’s courses are: Preservation Planning and Management (held in Concord); The Rural Cultural Environment: Architecture and Landscape (Concord); Heritage Studies Foundations (Plymouth); and New Hampshire and New England Historic Sites (an online course). Each course is three credits and has its own meeting schedule; classes begin June 28 and run through August 6.

Four courses will be offered this fall and two this winter.

For more information about the Certificate in Historic Preservation program, including course descriptions and schedules, 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, archaeological, architectural and cultural resources of New Hampshire are among its most important environmental assets. 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 www.nh.gov/nhdr or call 603-271-3483.

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