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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2012

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

Historic Preservation courses begin March 1

Plymouth State University’s Certificate in Historic Preservation program is offering three courses during the upcoming spring semester. One is taught entirely online; the others take place at PSU’s Plymouth and Concord campuses.

PSU’s 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.

Spring 2012’s courses are:

Principles of Historic Preservation. This course provides a foundation to historic preservation. The course will focus 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 by Liisa Reimann, historic preservation consultant. 3 credits.

Preservation Planning and Management. Now seen as integral to the definition and protection of the cultural landscape, historic preservation planning and cultural resource management (CRM) are accomplished through the identification, evaluation, documentation, registration, treatment and ongoing stewardship of historic properties. This course examines the tools of preservation planning and management, and illustrates their application at the federal, state and local levels. Guest speakers introduce students to key players and the work of various organizations and agencies. This course is taught in Concord, N.H. by Elizabeth H. Muzzey, director of the N.H. Division of Historical Resources and state historic preservation officer. 3 credits.

Archaeological Methods. Students will be exposed to archaeological field and laboratory techniques, and will learn the types of research questions that archaeologists ask while reconstructing past cultures. The course will draw upon prehistoric and historic examples, there will be many opportunities to handle artifacts in the classroom, and both terrestrial and underwater sites will be featured. There will be a minimum of two required field trips to archaeological sites to demonstrate equipment and techniques in the field. A significant part of the course will be devoted to demonstrating that archaeology is a preservation-oriented field, focused not just upon learning about the past but geared toward protecting and conserving the physical remains of the past for future generations to enjoy. This course is taught in Plymouth by David R. Starbuck, PhD. 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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