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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2010

Shelly Angers, N.H. Department of Cultural Resources
(603) 271-3136

PSU online course leads to Historic Preservation graduate certificate

The new year is always a great time to start working on new skill—or even a new career. In January and February 2011, Plymouth State University program is offering an online course that leads to a graduate-level Certificate in Historic Preservation.

“The Rural Cultural Environment: Architecture and Landscape” uses the rural countryside as a laboratory to examine the cultural landscape, tracing the impact of natural, cultural, economic and technological forces on the human environment. Topics addressed include the evolution of architectural styles and construction techniques, town planning and land division, the evolution of transportation and the harnessing of water power.

The course is worth 3 graduate-level credits and takes place from January 7 through February 17, 2011.  Two self-directed field trips are required.

Benoni Amsden, PhD, a research assistant professor who is dually appointed to the Department of Social Science at PSU and PSU’s the Center for Rural Partnerships, teaches the course.

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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