Introduction to Historic Preservation
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: Margaret Newman
Dates: Tuesdays, Sept. 5-Nov. 14 (no class Nov. 7)
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: South ABC, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden
Credits: 2 CEUs; AIA credits pending
Margaret Newman is an independent preservation consultant who specializes in the creation of planning documents and National Register Nominations. She earned her masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania in historic preservation, began her career as grant officer for the New Jersey Historic Trust, and later worked as a preservation specialist at a Princeton architecture firm. Ms. Newman is a member of the Board of Directors of Preservation New Jersey as well as the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Historic Preservation Board, the state’s advisory committee for historic preservation policy. She serves on her local historical society board and preservation commission.
Archaeology and Historic Preservation
Archaeological cultural resources are sometimes seen as a “special case” in historic preservation, somewhat removed from the conservation, restoration, and management of historic buildings, areas usually perceived as the main business of historic preservation. This course will introduce students to the discipline of archaeology within historic preservation, the framework in which the majority of archaeologists work today. It will show that archaeology is an important partner discipline in efforts to understand and protect the past. No previous knowledge of archaeology is assumed, and the course will commence with a basic introduction to archaeological theory, methods, and terminology. We will review the national, state, and local regulatory and legal environment specifically impacting archaeology. The class will use case studies, many of them regional, to explore the many different roles of archaeology in historic preservation. Students will learn why and how archaeological studies are undertaken as part of the nation’s historic preservation program and about the challenges and opportunities archaeology presents to public agencies, private developers, and to those involved in preserving the past.
Instructor: Ian Burrow
Dates: Thursdays, Sept. 14-Nov. 16, 2017
Time: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Location: West ABC, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden
Credits: 2 CEUs
Ian Burrow has been an archaeological and cultural resource management professional since 1975. In 2015 he founded BurrowIntoHistory, LLC, a company whose mission is to improve the preservation, management, and public enjoyment of historic cultural resources in the United States and beyond. He was the 2015 recipient of the New Jersey Historical Commission’s Richard J. Hughes Award for Distinguished Contributions to Public Knowledge and Preservation of New Jersey History. He has investigated numerous archaeological sites, including the Old Barracks National Historic Landmark in Trenton, the Pluckemin Artillery Cantonment in Somerset County, NJ, the Charles Carroll House in Annapolis, and Princeton Battlefield. He has also directed major investigations on 18th-century urban sites in Philadelphia, Trenton, and Jersey City. He has taught at Drew, Rutgers, Rider, and at the University of Delaware.
Interpretive Planning for Historic Sites and Museums: Why, What, and How
What is interpretive planning? Essentially it combines all the elements that create an optimal visitor experience at a historic site, exhibition, or museum. At this workshop we will consider the interpretive planning process and discuss the various elements that are included in an interpretive plan. We will discuss experiences that participants have had—both positive and negative—in visiting historic sites or exhibitions, and we will apply these experiences to an interactive session based on a current exhibition installed at the Alice Paul Institute. Participants will learn why interpretive planning should be an essential part of any strategic or master planning exercise at a historic and/or cultural institution.
Instructor: Page Talbott
Dates: Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: Alice Paul Institute, Mount Laurel, NJ
Credits: .5 CEUs
Dr. Page Talbott is a senior fellow at the Center for Cultural Partnerships at Drexel University and is the principal consultant at Talbott Exhibits and Planning. From 2013 to June 2016, she served as president of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Among her career highlights are her role as associate director of the Benjamin Franklin Tercentenary and chief curator of Benjamin Franklin: In Search of a Better World, the international traveling exhibition commemorating the anniversary of Franklin’s 300th birthday (2003–2008), and the creation of the content for the Benjamin Franklin Museum at Franklin Court, which opened in August 2013. She has also served as senior project manager to assist the Barnes Foundation with its collection move from Merion to Philadelphia; consulting curator for 15 years for Moore College of Art & Design; consultant for the Philadelphia documentary company History Making Productions; and planning consultant for dozens of historical organizations including Historic Morven, the Lancaster County Historical Society, and Historic Germantown. Dr. Talbott is the author and editor of several books and monographs, as well as dozens of articles on a variety of topics, ranging from American fine and decorative arts to cultural history. She has lectured and taught extensively on a variety of topics. Dr. Talbott holds a BA from Wellesley College, an MA from the University of Delaware/Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and an MA and PhD in American Civilization from the University of Pennsylvania.
Architecture in Color: Historic Paints and Finishes, Their Investigation and Reproduction
Historic architecture is known to us in primary source materials through drawings or early black-and-white photography. What’s missing is color and the finishing of a building that makes all the difference in its appearance. Through lectures and hands-on lab work, workshop participants will learn what traditional paints were made of, how they were used, and ways to investigate the finishes history of a building.
Instructor: Janet W. Foster
Dates: Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Location: South AB, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden
Credits: .6 CEUs; AIA credits pending
Janet W. Foster is an architectural historian and historic preservation consultant with over 30 years of experience. She studied at the Columbia University Historic Preservation Program and then founded Acroterion, a preservation consulting firm, in 1983. At Acroterion, she had the opportunity to study hundreds of buildings in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania through preparation of National Register nominations, Historic Structures Reports, historic buildings surveys, paint analysis, and other projects. Ms. Foster is a noted teacher and lecturer on historic architecture, with a particular specialization in historic paint colors and the use of books and magazines to transmit architectural ideas in 19th-century America. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation.
Historic Wood Window Restoration, Identification, and Maintenance
Windows are a particularly important defining feature of architectural style. Rarely do we describe a building without reference to the type of window and its placement on the elevations of the house. This workshop will introduce participants to window styles and and construction and will discuss the options for window restoration and repair. Students will learn the anatomy of a window and had the opportunity for “hands on” participation. This workshop is offered in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy.
Instructor: Raymond Tschoepe
Raymond Tschoepe is Director of Conservation for the Fairmount Park Conservancy and and adjunct faculty member of the historic preservation program of Bucks County Community College, where he teaches a core course in building conservation. He is a contributing editor of Old House Journal, for which he has written, illustrated, and photographed numerous articles. Mr. Tschoepe lectures at conferences and workshops for Traditional Building and the Association for Preserving Technology. Mr. Tschoepe graduated from the School of Fine Arts master’s program in Historic Preservation. He then worked for nearly 10 years as an independent restoration contractor. Among many preservation projects, Ray worked toward the restoration of elements of Bellaire manor, Letitia Street House, Malta Boat Club and the entry doors and panels of Founder’s Hall at Girard College.
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