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.

Reading Group: Robert Morris’s Folly – FULL!

5-week, online reading group

About: 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 historian Ryan K. Smith’s engaging dual biography of a house and its builder, Robert Morris, Robert Morris’s Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2014). We will cover book content—including some insights into how historians find and use primary sources to write stories and interpret history—but also relate the story to recent issues in historic preservation when applicable. Each week’s required reading will be accompanied by a digitized primary source. In the final meeting, we will be joined by the author, a Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University!

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 and microphone as well as a reliable internet connection) before registering.

How to Access this Book:
-Purchase this as an e-book through platforms such as Kindle, Google Books, Apple Books, and more.
-Check your local library to see if they offer it as an eBook.
-Acquire a hardcopy if you can get access to one through an online retailer or the publisher.

Instructor: Nicole Belolan 
Guest Speaker: Ryan K. Smith, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dates and Times: Thursdays, April 9, 2020,-May 7, 2020, 6:30PM-7:30PM
Location: Online via Webex.
Cost: $0
Credits: .5 CEUs
Course Number: HP-121-Sp20
REGISTER**: https://ce-catalog.rutgers.edu/coursedisplay.cfm?schID=79833 LIMIT 8! This reading group is full, but you may join the waiting list. Additional reading groups may be announced if there is enough demand and if we have the capacity to offer them.

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 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.

Instructor: Meredith Johnson
Guest Speakers: Dorothy Guzzo, Executive Director, New Jersey Historic Trust, and Andrea Tingey, Preservation Specialist, New Jersey Historic Preservation Office 
Date and Time: Mondays, March 9-May 11, 2020, 6:30PM-8:30PM
Location: Rutgers University-Camden, Camden, NJ
Cost: $275
Credits: 2 CEUs ; 20 AIA LUs, provided thanks to our partner Preservation New Jersey
Course Number: HP-105-Sp20
REGISTER**: This class has started. Registrations are no longer being accepted.

**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 experience 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**: Due to a change in Rutgers operating status associated with COVID-19, this workshop is being postponed. We look forward to rescheduling as soon as we can. Thank you for understanding.

**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. 

Fire Awareness for Historic Sites and Buildings

1-day workshop

About: When was the last time you tested the smoke alarm batteries at the historic building where you volunteer, work, or live? Do you know your local fire professionals? What would you do if the historic building you care about experienced a fire emergency? In this workshop, participants will develop their awareness about emergency preparedness, response, and recovery as it relates to fire at historic sites and buildings. Learning from fire professionals, historians, museum and archives professionals, and others, participants will get the tools they need to become more fire aware about where they work and live throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

Who should register: This workshop is ideal for participants who work or volunteer at small museums and historic sites; individuals who own historic homes; and others who care about historic preservation in their communities.

Speakers:

  • Nicole Belolan, Public Historian, Rutgers-Camden, Camden, NJ
  • Ernest F. Busch, Fire Official, Borough of Haddonfield, NJ
  • Charlene Creed, Driver and Past President, Haddon Fire Company #1
  • Dana Dorman, Archivist, Historical Society of Haddonfield
  • Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Linda Harrington, Emergency Management Coordinator, Borough of Haddonfield
  • Carol Wojtowicz Smith, Independent Curator and Archivist, Philadelphia Region

Dates and Times: Friday, May 1, 2020, 9:00AM-4:30PM
Location: Haddon Fire Company No. 1 and Haddonfield Historical Society, Haddonfield, NJ
Cost: $75 (includes lunch)
Credits: .7 CEUs
Course Number: HP-120-Sp20
Draft Agenda: PDF | Word Doc
REGISTER** (LIMIT 20): Due to a change in Rutgers operating status associated with COVID-19, this workshop is being postponed. We look forward to rescheduling as soon as we can. Thank you for understanding.

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

Nicole Belolan, Public Historian, Rutgers University-Camden
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. 

Ernest F. Busch, Fire Official, Borough of Haddonfield, NJ
Ernest F. Busch joined the Pennsauken Fire Department in 1968, and became career firefighter in 1974 and retired in 1999. During his time in Pennsauken, he held the rank of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Deputy Chief, Station Chief, and Chief of the Department. He also became the Fire Official in 1985 and ran the Inspection bureau of the Fire Department which employed two inspectors and a secretary. Busch became a Camden County Fire Marshal in 2003 until they were all laid off in 2011, at which time he became the Fire Official in Haddonfield. Bush also served on the New Jersey State Fire Codes Council from 1995 until 2011.

Charlene Creed, Driver and Past President, Haddon Fire Company #, Haddonfield, NJ
Charlene Creed joined Haddon Fire Company #1 in 1987 after graduating from university. Over 33 years, she has I served as a volunteer Firefighter and a Pump Operator; on the executive side, she was Secretary for ten years, President for one year, and a member of the Executive Committee for fourteen years. Creed has lived in Haddonfield all her life. She has a wonderful husband and two college-aged daughters.

Dana Dorman, Archivist, Historical Society of Haddonfield, Haddonfield, NJ
Dana Dorman has more than 12 years of experience as an archivist, digital history project manager, and researcher. She has worked as the archivist for the Historical Society of Haddonfield since 2014. A Certified Archivist, Dana earned her MA in public history from Temple University.

Dyani Feige, Director of Preservation Services, Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, Philadelphia, PA
Dyani Feige works with libraries, archives, museums, and other cultural organizations to conduct needs and risk assessments, assist in disaster planning, and help develop policy and planning documents for collections. She also develops and presents education programs on preservation and conservation concerns.

Linda Harrington, Emergency Management Coordinator, Borough of Haddonfield, NJ
Linda Harrington has been the Coordinator for the Haddonfield Office of Emergency Management since 2008 and is also a New Jersey Certified Emergency Manager. In her previous career, she was a partner at a Center City Philadelphia law firm. The role of the OEM is to help the community in all phases of the emergency life cycle – prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation. She looks forward to exchanging ideas with participants as to how their organizations can, or may already, utilize the same concepts for emergency planning.

Carol Wojtowicz Smith, Independent Curator and Archivist, Philadelphia region
Carol W. Smith is an independent curator and archivist who has worked with a number of Philadelphia’s institutions. She has a BA in American Civilization and an MA in Material Culture from the University of Pennsylvania and is a certified archivist. Long term clients include Christ Church Preservation Trust, The Philadelphia Contributionship and the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia (Carpenters’ Hall). She is the past president of the Historical Society of Haddonfield and also works for Fireman’s Hall Museum.

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
REGISTER** (LIMIT 50): Due to a change in Rutgers operating status associated with COVID-19, this workshop is being postponed. We look forward to rescheduling as soon as we can. Thank you for understanding.

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 ; 20 AIA LUs, provided thanks to our partner Preservation New Jersey
Course Number: HP-104-Sp20
Syllabus
: Click here for a preview of possible course content

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**: This class has started. Registrations are no longer being accepted.

**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.


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