Fall 2021 Course and Workshop Offerings*

This is a photograph of four people cleaning artifacts inside a historic courtroom. Photo take from balcony.
Participants in Cleaning Historic Interiors on a Budget for Beginners, a Spring 2019 workshop that included a collaboration with the Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission in Flemington, NJ.

*Course details subject to change.

We are currently serving you online only due to COVID-19. Please note: online offerings usually fill within 24 hours.

Reading Group: Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture, By Chip Colwell – FULL

About: (Still!) Spending more time at home but still want to read and talk about historic and contemporary issues in historic preservation? Join us as we read and discuss anthropologist Chip Colwell’s Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: The Inside Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture (University of Chicago Press, 2017). We will cover book content but also relate the book to recent issues in historic preservation when applicable. Required readings will be accompanied by digitized primary sources. In the final meeting, we will be joined by the author for an informal discussion.

Who should register: Anyone who would like to read and discuss this book with a small group at the appointed times should register. Please assess your interest in the book, book availability, and your equipment (computer with webcam [if you want] and microphone as well as a reliable internet connection) before registering.

How to Access this Book:
-Check your local library to see if they offer the book. 
-Acquire a hardcopy, paperback, or ebook through the publisher or an online retailer. 

Instructor: Nicole Belolan, PhD

Guest Speaker (November 4): Chip Colwell, PhD, author of Plundered Skulls and Stolen Spirits: Inside the Fight to Reclaim Native America’s Culture

Dates and Times: Five Thursdays, October 7, 14, 21, 28; November 4, 6:00-7:00PM EST.

Location: Online via Zoom.

Cost: $0, but participants must have access to the book and meet tech requirements (see above)

Credits: 0.5 CEUs. Participants pursuing the certificate may apply up to four reading groups (2 CEUs) toward the certificate. 

Course Number: HP-121-F21-Online

RegistrationThis reading group is full. You may register for the waiting list only. You will be contacted via email if a spot opens up.

Nicole Belolan, PhD, is Public Historian at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers University-Camden, where she directs the Continuing Education Program in Historic Preservation and serves as Co-Editor of The Public Historian and as Digital Media Editor, both for the National Council on Public History. Belolan is a historian of the material culture of everyday life in early America and specializes in disability history. She has been working in the region’s small museums and historic sites for over ten years, particularly in the areas of collections management, interpretation, and accessibility. She earned an MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and in History as well as a PhD in History, all from the University of Delaware. 

Chip Colwell, PhD, is the founding editor-in-chief of SAPIENS, an online magazine about anthropological thinking and discoveries for the general public, and serves as co-host of the SAPIENS Podcast. He received his PhD from Indiana University and was the Senior Curator of Anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science for 12 years. He has held fellowships with the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, Rockefeller Foundation, and J. William Fulbright Program.

He has served on the editorial boards of the American Anthropologist, American Antiquity, International Journal of Cultural Property, and other journals, and was elected to the Society for American Archaeology board of directors. Numerous grants have supported his research, including from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and National Science Foundation. 

He has published more than 50 academic articles and book chapters, and 12 books. His work has been highlighted in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, BBC, and TED. He is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Gordon R. Willey Prize of the American Anthropological Association, Mountain-Plains Museums Association Leadership and Innovation Award, Society for Historical Archaeology James Deetz Book Award, Council for Museum Anthropology Book Award, and two National Council on Public History Book Awards.

History of Preservation and Tourism – FULL

About: The histories of historic preservation and tourism are closely entwined, sometimes in surprising ways. This online course (in real time, on Zoom) will survey both histories from the late eighteenth century to the present, with emphasis on preservation and tourism in the greater Philadelphia region encompassing South Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania, and northern Delaware. The first four weeks will offer illustrated lectures on topics including modern urban marvels of the nineteenth century; shore and mountain resorts; Independence Hall and other sites of the American Revolution; and more. The last class will afford an opportunity for all class members to share examples of preservation and tourism in their communities or nearby. An informal information-gathering assignment will be required as preparation for the last class. 

Instructor: Dr. Charlene Mires 

Who should register?: This course will be useful for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of the history of historic preservation and its connections with tourism. CEUs may be counted toward requirements for the certificate in historic preservation. 

Credits: 1 CEU 

Course Number: HP-123-F21-Online 

Cost: $150 

Date and Time: Wednesdays, November 10 and 17, (week off for Thanksgiving), December 1, 8, and 15, 2021, 6:00-8:00PM EST, and independent work   

Class size: Class limit 20 

Location: Online only due to COVID-19 

Required technology: Computer with webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection 

Required readings: Recommended reading will be made available online. 

Register:  This workshop is full, and the waiting list is full. We are no longer accepting registrations. 

Note: Individuals who would like to register with a Purchase Order (PO) must contact nicole.belolan@rutgers.edu to reserve a spot. 

About Dr. Charlene Mires: Charlene Mires is Professor of History and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) at Rutgers-Camden, which offers a continuing education program in historic preservation. She is the author of Independence Hall in American Memory (University of Pennsylvania Press) and Capital of the World: The Race to Host the United Nations (NYU Press). Her work in the Cooper Street Historic District is a collaboration with students, neighbors, and colleagues in Camden. Mires is the editor-in-chief of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. 

Introduction to Historic Preservation- ONLINE ONLY due to COVID-19 – FULL

About: This course is an introduction to the preservation of the built environment, examining the history and philosophy of historic preservation and how the discipline is practiced today. It will provide the historic framework of how preservation has emerged as a field of specialization and a foundation for understanding preservation issues, terminology, and public policy. Through discussions on the history and guiding principles of historic preservation, the class will explore the secretary of the interior’s standards, national and state register programs, preservation techniques, and the overall benefits of historic preservation.

Instructor: Cory Kegerise


  • Recall the history and recent use of historic preservation practice and theory in the United States for the purposes of participating in formal and informal historic preservation work.
  • Summarize the specific concepts, terms, and programs that people use in the United States to pursue historic preservation.
  • Recognize historic preservation’s complexity as a multi-disciplinary field of professionals and community members who have unique perspectives that shape preservation outcomes, including the preservation of the built environment associated with marginalized groups.
  • Compare contemporary historic preservation practice in the United States to historic preservation practice in other parts of the world to inform your understanding of historic preservation in your community.

Who should register?: This course is a required course for the certificate in historic preservation. This course will be useful for anyone looking to broaden their understanding of current issues in historic preservation.

Credits: 2 CEUs

Cost: $275

Date and Time: Mondays, September 13-November 15, 7:00p.m.-8:30p.m., and independent work on your own time

Class size: Class limit 20. This class and the waiting list are full. We are no longer accepting registrations. 

Location: Online only due to COVID-19

Required technology: Computer with webcam and microphone and a reliable internet connection

Required book: Norman Tyler, Historic Preservation: An Introduction to its History, Principles, and Practice, 3rd ed. (New York: WW Norton Company, 2018), available here: https://wwnorton.com/books/9780393712971

Optional book: An architectural style guide such as, Virginia Savage McAlester, A Field Guide to American Houses (Revised): The Definitive Guide to Identifying and Understanding America’s Domestic Architecture (New York, Alfred Knopf, 2015), available here: http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/110000/a-field-guide-to-american-houses/.

Register: This class is full, and the waiting list is full. We hope you can join us next time!

Note: Individuals who would like to register with a Purchase Order (PO) must contact nicole.belolan@rutgers.edu to reserve a spot.

About Cory Kegerise, AICP: Cory Kegerise, AICP, is the Community Preservation Coordinator for Eastern Pennsylvania at the Pennsylvania State Historic Preservation Office. He provides technical assistance on a wide variety of preservation-related issues to local governments, community organizations, and individuals in a region stretching from Philadelphia to Wayne County. Immediately prior to joining PHMC, Cory was the Administrator of Local Programs at the Maryland Historical Trust. Cory has also served as the Executive Director of the Elfreth’s Alley Association, worked as a consultant, and as a grants manager for a National & State Heritage Area. He lives in Germantown and holds a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s Degree in Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington.

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