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Summer semester’s Historic Preservation courses--online and "green"

Plymouth State University’s Certificate in Historic Preservation program is offering four courses this summer semester. Two courses will be taught entirely online; two others have online components.

For the first time, the course “Sustainability and Historic Preservation” will be offered, in response to interest in “green” rehabilitation methods for historic buildings.

Summer 2010's courses are:

Heritage Studies: Foundations – This course is designed for those interested in bringing heritage studies to areas such as schools, museums and historical societies. Relevant concepts and techniques used in history, geography, English, anthropology and sociology will be presented so that participants may create models for class exercises, build museum exhibits and/or incorporate heritage studies methodology into their work. Taught in Plymouth by Marcia Blaine, PhD, associate professor of history, PSU. 3 credits. July 1, 2, 7, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; July 6 12:30-5:30 p.m.; July 9 1:00-5:00 p.m.; July 12 1:00-3:00 p.m.; July 24 1:00-5:00 p.m. Online discussion is a major component of this course.

New Hampshire and New England Historic Sites – This course introduces students to a variety of locations and historic sites throughout New England and allows them to analyze the historical significance of each site, then use the knowledge gained to produce papers and projects useful to their careers while furthering their research and writing skills. Taught entirely online by Marcia Blaine, PhD, associate professor of history, PSU. 4 credits. July 1- August 15.

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. Subjects to be discussed include the evolution of architectural styles and construction techniques, town planning and land division, the evolution of transportation and the harnessing of water power. Taught entirely online by Benoni Amsden, PhD, Center for Rural Partnerships, PSU. 3 credits. July 5 – August 15. Two self-directed field trips are required. An online course.

Sustainability and Historic Preservation – Is preservation green? This course examines the role of preservation in the reassessment of the built environment to create a sustainable future. Topics will 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, N.H. Division of Historical Resources. 3 credits. Tuesdays and Thursdays: July 1, 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27, 29; August 10. (5-8 p.m.); Thursday: August 5 (4:30-7:30 p.m.); Online meetings: July 20, August 1, 3 (5-8 p.m.) Two required fieldtrips: July 29 & August 5.

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 in aligned fields such as planning, law or architecture.

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, 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 or by calling (603) 271-3483.




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