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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2009

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136
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Historic Preservation courses begin soon

Beginning in March 2009, Plymouth State University is offering three courses in Historic Preservation at its campuses in Concord and Plymouth.Courses may be taken for graduate credit or audited, and can get you started on working toward a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Plymouth State University!

Plymouth State University’s 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.

Spring 2009's courses are:

Historic Preservation Planning & Management: Historic preservation is an integral part of defining and protecting the cultural landscape. Preservation planning and cultural resources management are accomplished through the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, treatment and ongoing stewardship of historic properties. This course examines the processes of preservation planning and management and illustrates the application of those tools at the federal, state and local levels. Guest speakers from key preservation agencies and organizations will introduce students to real-world applications. Taught in Concord by Elizabeth H. Muzzey, director of NH Division of Historical Resources and State Historic Preservation Officer.

Principles of Historic Preservation: This required course provides a foundation to historic preservation and focuses on: principles and theories of 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 in Concord by Christopher W. Closs, historic preservation consultant.

Cultural Property Law: This course examines the international, national and state legal frameworks for the protection and movement of cultural property that occurs through such threats to global cultural heritage as archaeological site looting, transnational antiquities trafficking and armed conflicts. The international and American governments’ responses to such threats have resulted in the development of major treaties as well as the enforcement of criminal laws and customs regulations. This course also introduces important national heritage laws such as the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and rules governing shipwrecks. State statutes and the common law regulating cultural property are also reviewed. Taught in Plymouth by Ricardo St. Hilaire, Grafton County Attorney.

For more information about the Certificate in Historic Preservation program, visit or contact Dr. Stacey Yap, program coordinator, (603) 535-2333,

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 or call (603) 271-3483.




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