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Plymouth State University's Certificate in Historic Preservation

Winter term is a great time to sharpen your professional skill set!

Plymouth State University’s winter graduate-level courses,
leading to a Certificate in Historic Preservation, are…

The Rural Cultural Environment: Architecture and Landscape

Uses the rural countryside as a laboratory to examine the cultural landscape. Traces the impact of natural, cultural, economic, and technological forces on the "built" environment. Studies the evolution of buildings and their settings, with emphasis on settlement and rural industrialization. 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. Although the course will use specific locales as examples, it is intended to instill general principles by which any human landscape can be examined and interpreted in relationship to natural resources and human culture. 3 credits.

Taught by Benoni Amsden, PhD, Center for Rural Partnerships, PSU
An online course, with two required self-directed field trips.

Heritage Studies Foundations

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 participants may create models for class exercises, build museum exhibits, and incorporate heritage studies methodology into their work. Participants will learn methods of social science interpretation and inference about historical events, structures, artifacts, settlement patterns, and various ideologies of the past. Multi-disciplinary techniques will be used in interpretations of nearby history and in the development of materials that may be used in educating the general public and students in the classroom. 3 credits.

Taught in Concord by Christopher W. Closs, planning/preservation consultant
Course takes place at 2 Pillsbury St., Concord, on select Wednesday evenings throughout December, January and February.

Three fieldtrips on December 5, January 9 and February 6 are required.

To learn more about PSU’s Certificate in Historic Preservation, visit www.plymouth.edu/graduate/heritage/historic_preservation.html
or contact Dr. Stacey Yap, program coordinator, at staceyy@plymouth.edu, 603-535-2333

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