Public History Boot Camp

Public History Boot Camp is a training initiative offering low-cost, high-quality workshops on current scholarship and essential skills for public history professionals. Initiated in 2013, our boot camp programs have been featured in Public History News and at national professional conferences.

Upcoming Workshops:

Historic Preservation Workshops

Documenting Historic Buildings

5-week course
January 20, 2018-February 17, 2018, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Various Locations

This five-session workshop will review and illustrate successful strategies for gleaning information from a variety of sources including traditional paper-based documents, as well as multiple digital resources. Participants will learn to glean building information from public documents such as deeds, newspapers, wills, building permits, historical surveys, and local, state, and federal historic registrations.  Also included will be instruction on discovering and making use of private records, such as family papers, photographic collections, maps, architectural drawings, and historic structure reports.  The course will feature site-visits to local repositories, including the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

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Preservation Planning

10-week course
January 31, 2018-April 18, 2018 (no class on Feb. 14 and Mar. 14), 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
West ABC, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden

This course provides an overview and detailed look at the legal, economic, and community planning aspects of historic preservation in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Students will discuss land use and preservation law, federal and state standards, the integration of preservation with municipal planning, redevelopment, and environmental goals, advocacy, and community activism. Emphasis will be placed on obtaining a sound working understanding of regional municipal land use law and other regulations promulgated by the states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania affecting land use at the municipal level.

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Materials and Techniques of Historic Restoration and Rehabilitation

10-week course
January 30, 2018-April 10, 2018 (no class Mar.13), 6:30p.m.-8:30p.m.
West ABC, Campus Center, Rutgers-Camden

The 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. This course should benefit architects, contractors, and the preservation community in general.

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

1-day workshop
March 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Rutgers EcoComplex, Bordentown, NJ

This one-day workshop is open to all preservationists, but specifically geared toward those serving on a local commission. This program is designed to benefit both new and experienced commission members as well as being 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.

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Brick, Stone, and Mortar: Their History, Uses, and Repair

1-day workshop
April 7, 2018, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Arch Street Meeting House, Philadelphia, PA

Brick, stone and mortar construction was a common building technique throughout the colonial period. By the middle of the nineteenth century, masonry construction was almost as common as wood construction. This workshop will introduce participants to various brick and stonework building traditions as well as to the varying qualities of the materials themselves. Equally important, students will look at the evolution of mortar and its basic components. There will be a demonstration of brick pointing with a survey of the tools and techniques used.

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Landscapes of Conflict: Battlefield Preservation

1-day workshop
May 4, 2018, 9:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Princeton Historical Society and Princeton Battlefield State Park

This day-long workshop will examine national, state, county, and municipal efforts at recognizing and preserving America’s fields of conflict. Using camps, fortifications, and battlefields of the American Revolution as case studies, the day will include a morning of presentations from historians, archaeologists, and county planners. Topics will include (1) an overview of national movement for battlefield preservation, (2) battlefield preservation on the state/county/municipality level, including heritage areas, and specific battlefield studies, such as Trenton, Red Bank, Princeton, Brandywine, and others, (3) use of archaeology in battlefield studies, and (4) the role of community in battlefield preservation, including study, inventory, awareness, stewardship, and heritage tourism.

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Previous Workshops:

Interpretive Planning for Historic Sites and Museums: Why, What, and How

Historic Wood Window Restoration, Identification, and Maintenance

Find Your Perfect Match: Grantmakers and History Organizations, Perfect Together

Cemeteries and Historic Preservation: Workshop and Tour of The Woodlands and Mount Moriah Cemetery

Preservation in Practice: A Primer for Historic Preservation Commissions

Public Conversations, Advocacy, and Disability Rights: The Role of History in Promoting Dialogue and Social Change

Accessible Museums, Accessible Objects: Interpreting the Material Culture of Disability for Contemporary Audiences

Make the Most of Your Historic District: Workshop and Tour of Camden’s Cooper Street

Getting Your Historic House (Museum) in Order: Foundation Documents for Managing Your Historic Property

User Experience for Public Historians

Assessing Your Collection: New Jersey’s CAPES and Artifact Assessment Program

OMEKA 101

Pinterest for History Organizations

New Views on Immigration and Diversity for History Organizations