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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 15, 2011

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

Historic Preservation winter courses: compact, online

Plymouth State University’s Certificate in Historic Preservation program is offering two courses during the upcoming winter semester. One takes place at the Concord campus on Fridays and Saturdays in December; the other is taught entirely online, starting in January.

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.

Winter 2011 -2012’s courses are:

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 has a compact schedule: Fridays and Saturdays throughout December. Taught in Concord by Ricardo A. St. Hilaire, Esq. 3 credits.

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. Class participants will study the evolution of buildings and their settings, with emphasis on settlement and rural industrialization. This course is taught entirely online by the Center for Rural Partnership’s Benoni Amsden, Ph.D. Sessions being January 6 and end February 16, 2012. Two self-directed field trips are required. 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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