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Fall Historic Preservation courses begin September 2

Plymouth State University’s Certificate in Historic Preservation program is offering three courses during the upcoming fall semester. One takes place entirely online and the others will be taught at Plymouth’s Concord campus.

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.

Fall 2011's courses are:

Principles of Historic Preservation. Provides a foundation to historic preservation, focusing on principles and theories pertaining to preservation and restoration practices; recognition of architectural periods, styles, and construction methods in context of the evolution of cultural landscapes; 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. This course is taught entirely online, with sessions beginning September 2 and ending November 18; there is one mandatory field trip on October 8. Taught by Liisa Reimann, Plymouth State University adjunct graduate faculty. 3 credits.

Historical Preservation Methods and Documentation. This course is intended to instill basic skills in researching and understanding historic properties, especially buildings and bridges. Provides an introduction to various methods of documenting historical resources according to professional standards. Also provides instruction in assessing the construction and evolution of built resources and in recording them through written, graphic and photographic methods. Guest speakers and field visits augment the course’s seminar format. This course takes place in Concord on Wednesday evenings beginning September 7; there is one mandatory field trip on Saturday, October 1. Taught by Elizabeth H. Muzzey, director of N.H. Division of Historical Resources and state historic preservation officer. 3 credits.

Cultural Property Law. Archaeological site looting, transnational antiquities trafficking and armed conflicts threaten global cultural heritage. This course examines the international, national and state legal frameworks for the protection and movement of cultural property. Topics for discussion include the 1954 Hague Convention, the 1970 UNESCO Convention, the ICOM Code of Ethics, the National Stolen Property Act and the Cultural Property Implementation Act. The course also introduces students to important national heritage laws such as the Archaeological Resources Protection Act and the rules governing shipwrecks. State statutes and the common law regulating cultural property are also reviewed. This course takes place in Concord on Fridays and Saturdays, beginning October 7. Taught by Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Esq. 3 credits.

For more information about Plymouth State University’s Certificate in Historic Preservation program, visit and click on “Historic Preservation Certificate” 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, 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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