Spring 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: The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story, By Tiya Miles

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 historian Tiya Miles’s book, The House on Diamond Hill: A Cherokee Plantation Story (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010). We will cover book content—including some insights into how historians find and use primary sources to write history—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 historian Dr. Jennifer Dickey, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Public History Program, at Kennesaw State University, to talk about how The Vann House (“the house on Diamond Hill”) fits into the bigger context of the historic preservation scene in Georgia. 

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 
Guest Speaker (June  14): Dr. Jennifer Dickey, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Public History Program, at Kennesaw State University
Dates and Times: Five Mondays, May 10, 17, and 24; June 7 and 14, 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-Sp21
Registration: Register online here: https://ce-catalog.rutgers.edu/coursedisplay.cfm?schID=82599. 

Nicole Belolan 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. 

Jennifer W. Dickey Dickey is an associate professor and the Coordinator of the Public History Program at Kennesaw State University. Prior to her arrival at Kennesaw State University, Dr. Dickey was the Director and Curator for Oak Hill and The Martha Berry Museum at Berry College. She was the campus preservationist at Berry College, and she continues to serve as a preservation consultant for college. She has worked for the National Park Service and the Historic Preservation Division of Georgia. She is the author of A Tough Little Patch of History: Gone with the Wind and the Politics of Memory and co-author of Museums in a Global Context and Memories of the Mansion: The History of Georgia’s Governor’s Mansion.


About: This special offering is a partnership with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, combining a lecture sponsored by the Alliance and two additional sessions through the MARCH Continuing Education Program in Historic Preservation. The MARCH portion of the workshop is full. We are only accepting registration for the waiting list.

There are three steps you must follow to register:
  • Step 1: The MARCH portion of the workshop is full. We are only accepting registration for the waiting list. If you still want to register, first, participants must register for the lecture with the Preservation Alliance ($15, or $12 for Alliance members, students no charge). Register here. 
  • Step 2: The MARCH portion of the workshop is full. We are only accepting registration for the waiting list. After registering for the first session, an additional registration through MARCH is required for the second and third sessions (no additional charge). Register here with MARCH. Capacity for the add-on MARCH sessions is limited to 25 with a 5-person waiting list.
  • Step 3: The MARCH portion of the workshop is full. We are only accepting registration for the waiting list. After you register with MARCH, you will be contacted and asked to forward your Preservation Alliance registration. Live attendance at the Preservation Alliance lecture is required to attend the MARCH sessions.
All three sessions, including one assignment, are required to receive MARCH CEU credit. Credit will not be awarded for the lecture alone, although registration for the lecture is encouraged in any case. The lecture is a requirement for attending the second and third sessions.

Date and times: Tuesday, April 20, 6-7:30 p.m, Tuesday, May 4, 6-7:30 p.m., and Tuesday, May 18, 6-8 p.m. The MARCH portion of the workshop is full. We are only accepting registration for the waiting list.

Credits: 0.5 CEUs

Course Number: HP-122-Sp21-Online

Session 1: Hidden Histories of Historic Districts (lecture and Q&A)
Offered through the Preservation Alliance Building Philadelphia 2021 Spring Speaker Series. Register with the Preservation Alliance. The MARCH portion of the workshop is full. We are only accepting registration for the waiting list.
Tuesday, April 20, 6-7:30 p.m.
A Zoom link will be emailed one hour prior to the lecture.

In addition to their architectural merit, historic districts hold opportunities to uncover the diverse stories of people who lived and worked in Philadelphia and the surrounding region. With the Cooper Street Historic District in Camden as a primary focus, this talk will emphasize uncovering hidden histories as a strategy of preservation and social justice. The audience will learn about the National Register for Historic Places and the interconnected histories of Camden and Philadelphia, with emphasis on stories uncovered about women, domestic workers, immigrants, African American migrants, and the effects of redlining and urban renewal.

Session 2: How to Find Hidden Histories (research demonstration and discussion)
Register through MARCH for this and the next session. Register here with MARCH.The MARCH portion of the workshop is full. We are only accepting registration for the waiting list.
Tuesday, May 4, 6-7:30 p.m.
Zoom connection instructions will be emailed by MARCH.

Discover online sources for investigating the hidden histories of historic districts. This session will demonstrate techniques for research with maps, deeds, city directories, census data, digitized newspapers and more. At the end of this session, participants will receive instructions for an individualized research activity to be completed prior to Session 3: to use any of the research techniques to learn something new about any house of personal interest.

Session 3: Findings and Strategies
Tuesday, May 18, 6-8 p.m.

In this concluding session, we will hear discoveries from the individualized research activity and develop strategies for future investigations of historic districts.

All three sessions, including the research activity, are required to earn 0.5 CEUs in the MARCH Continuing Education Program in Historic Preservation. Learn more about the program and optional continuing education certificate here.

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.

American Architectural History- ONLINE ONLY due to COVID-19 – THIS CLASS IS FULL.

About: Architecture is the product of social, cultural, religious, and political forces. Great cultures and civilizations throughout the world have produced not only great monuments but robust vernacular architectural traditions, closely tied to the environment and their local contexts. This course will present an introduction to buildings, landscapes, and other built artifacts in the United States constructed from the colonial period to the present, looking at both urban and rural, domestic and public building types. Its approach will be pluralistic, drawing historical references from art history, social history, and cultural studies and introducing the range of material culture produced by Americans of all ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

In addition to addressing domestic and public buildings, the course will also discuss the most significant works of engineering that relate to the creation of architecture such as train sheds, exposition halls, stadium, bridges, industrial buildings, and dams. The course will examine relevant examples of architectural history from other parts of the world, especially Europe, to place the development of American architecture within an international context. Students who take this course will develop critical tools for the analysis, appreciation, and preservation of architecture and its role in the world in which we live. This course is one of the required courses for the certificate in historic preservation.

Class Objectives:

  • Identify domestic architectural styles in the United States from European settlement to the present for the purposes of advocacy, research, and interpretation in the field of historic preservation with a primary focus on Mid-Atlantic style and form.
  • Identify a variety of reputable resources you can use to credibly articulate a building’s style and form.
  • Identify non-domestic architecture landscape features such as burying grounds and industrial architecture, including those associated with marginalized groups, to contextualize preservation efforts of domestic architecture.
  • Relate United States architecture to European style and form and broader themes in United States and world history to place architecture within the broader context of the global built environment.

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 as the material history of the built environment.

Credits: 2 CEUs

Cost: $275

Date and Time:Thursdays, Feb.18-April 29, 2021, 7:00-9:00PM EST, skipping March 18, and independent work on your own time.

Instructor: Andrea Tingey 

Format: Online lecture and discussion.

Location: Online only due to COVID-19

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

Required books: TBD.


Andrea Tingey is a Historic Preservation Specialist 3 who has been with the New Jersey State Historic Preservation Office for 27 years. She currently coordinates both the Registration and Survey programs for the office. As such she works with citizens, communities, and professionals to identify and describe historic properties and to list them in the New Jersey and National Register of Historic Places. For six years, she coordinated the Certified Local Government program, including grants and surveys. She previously spent 11 years working in the Transportation and Planning Section where the bulk of her workload involved the regulatory review of bridge projects. She also coordinated the establishment and publishing of New Jersey’s first statewide guidelines for architectural survey activities. She taught the Introduction to Historic Preservation course at Drew University for six years and co-taught the same course at Philadelphia University for one year. She has also taught American Architectural History at Rutgers-Camden for two sessions. Ms. Tingey received a BA in history from Dickinson College and did her graduate work in historic preservation planning at Cornell University.

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