On June 6, 2023, MARCH received the Preservation Education Award from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. This award honors exceptional organizations who pursue the public advancement of preservation knowledge. Program students, you might see yourself in this video!

Preservation Education Award – MARCH from Preservation Alliance on Vimeo.

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Known as MARCH, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities at Rutgers-Camden was founded in 1999 and is a hotbed of programs and initiatives in preservation education.

Learning from Cooper Street is among the most popular programs, as students explore the social and building history of this downtown Camden historic district by discovering the stories of people and structures from sources such as city directories, property deeds, and old newspapers. The research has been used by Camden residents to advocate successfully for preservation in several cases of proposed demolition.

Adult learners can enroll in the Continuing Education Program in Historic Preservation, offered in partnership with the New Jersey Historic Trust. Enrichment courses include American Architectural History, Materials and Techniques of Preservation, preservation and Planning, and hands-on practical instruction workshops.

MARCH has also contributed to foundational regional knowledge about historic preservation through essays published in The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Topics include historic districts, building types, and the National Register for Historic Places. Both undergrads and graduate students serve as fact-checkers and page builders for the website.