Spring 2020 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.

Materials and Techniques for Historic Restoration and Rehabilitation

10-week course

About: This course offers an overview of different materials commonly used in this region and the techniques for their repair. Materials to be examined are: masonry (stone, brick, concrete, terra cotta, mortar), wood, finishes, plaster, and metals. The class will discuss techniques utilized to read historic evidence in buildings and be introduced to rehabilitation codes. 

Who should register: This course should benefit architects, contractors, and the preservation community in general (such as volunteers and staff at historic sites and owners of historic homes).

Instructors: Bob Russell
Date and Time: Wednesdays, February 26-April 29, 2020, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ
Cost: $275
Credits: 2 CEUs
Course Number: HP-104-Sp20
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Class Materials: U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service, The Secretary of The Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring & Reconstructing Historic Buildings, available for free at https://www.nps.gov/tps/standards/treatment-guidelines-2017.pdf
REGISTER**: https://ce-catalog.rutgers.edu/coursedisplay.cfm?schID=79214  

**If you want to register using a PO, please email nicole.belolan@rutgers.edu for instructions. 

Bob Russell is a partner in the Princeton-area firm HMR Architects. He has over thirty-eight years of experience and has carried out historic preservation projects at such notable sites as Drumthwacket, Craftsman Farms, High Point Monument and Cape May Lighthouse. He and his firm have also done significant work at the Princeton and Rutgers University campuses, particularly in the restoration of old buildings. He has previously taught in the Drew University Historic Preservation program.

Preservation Planning

10-week course

AboutThis course provides an overview of urban planning as it relates to the preservation field, with a specific emphasis on the history of planning, planning processes, land use laws in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and economic development best practices at the municipal level. Students will learn through lectures, hands-on activities, and at-home assignments. At the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Begin to interpret a zoning notice letter
  • Identify land use regulations that affect historic places, structures, or sites
  • Understand the impact of historic planning practices
  • Attend and understand a meeting held by the local Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Adjustment, or Historic Preservation Commission

Who should register: This course will provide an introduction for those who are new to planning or who are curious about the intersection of planning and preservation, such as historic property board members, volunteers, or managers; local government elected officials or review board representatives; property owners on a historic site or in a historic district; and anyone who wants to learn more about preservation from a planning perspective.

Instructors: Meredith Johnson
Date and Time: Mondays, March 9-May 11, 2020, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ
Cost: $275
Credits: 2 CEUs
Course Number: HP-105-Sp20
REGISTER**: https://ce-catalog.rutgers.edu/coursedisplay.cfm?schID=79257

**If you want to register using a PO, please email nicole.belolan@rutgers.edu for instructions. 

Meredith Johnson is a city planner and historic preservationist who has practiced in Texas, Washington State, and Pennsylvania. She has teaching expeirnce with Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. Johnson holds a BS in Urban & Regional Palnning from Texas State University and an MA in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania.

What’s New In History?

5-week workshop

About: Do you want to learn more about the latest trends in history and public history and how you might apply them where you work, live, or volunteer? Join us and read up on the latest in African American history, LGBTQ+ history, disability history and more. Meet local museum professionals who have experience interpreting people, places, and events within the context of these themes and making visitors and staff who identify with these and other groups feel welcome.

Who should register: This workshop is geared toward participants who want to learn more about recent trends in history and public history on topics ranging from LGBTQ+ history to disability history. We will also discuss how to create welcoming environments at historic sites or wherever you preserve history for visitors, volunteers, and employees who identify as members of one or more of those groups. Workshop will be discussion-intensive and include up-to-date readings on the topics at hand.

Instructor: Nicole Belolan 
Guests Speakers: Laura Keim from Stenton (on African American history); Brenton Grom from the Read House and Gardens (on millennial audiences); and David Blackburn from LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group of the National Park Service and the LGBTQ+ Alliance of the American Alliance of Museums (on LGBTQ inclusion)
Dates and Times: Thursdays, April 2, 2020,-April 30, 2020, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ
Cost: $150
Credits: 1 CEU
Course Number: HP-119-Sp20
REGISTER**: https://ce-catalog.rutgers.edu/coursedisplay.cfm?schID=79046 

**If you want to register using a PO, please email nicole.belolan@rutgers.edu for instructions. 

Nicole Belolan is Public Historian and Acting Director 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 an interpretation. 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. 

Preservation in Practice: A Primer for Historic Preservation Commissions and Planners

1-day workshop

About: This one-day workshop is open to all preservationists, but it is specifically geared toward those serving on a local commission. This program is designed to benefit both new and experienced commission members and will also be relevant for planning and zoning board members and elected officials. The course provides an in-depth examination of current topics and issues relevant to integrating preservation into community planning and zoning. Focus will be on legal parameters for implementing a commission, conducting an effective public meeting, and understanding and implementing tools to foster good preservation at the local level.

This workshop is offered thanks in part to Middlesex County.

Presenters: Janine Baur, Esq., Jonathan Kinney, NJ State Historic Preservation Office, and Barton Ross, RA
Date and Time: Registration begins at 8:30AM. Program runs rom 9:00AM-4:00PM, Saturday, April 25, 2020
Location: Indian Queen Tavern, East Jersey Old Town Village, Piscataway, NJ
Cost: $75
Credits: .7 CEUs
Course Number: HP-3-Sp20

More workshops will be posted later in the spring! 

If you would like step-by-step registration instructions, please click here!