Historic Preservation Workshop: Make the Most of Your Historic District

Structures reports and national register documents provide a wealth of information, but how can you take the next steps to bring a historic district to life?

Students on Cooper Street, Camden, NJStructures reports and national register documents provide a wealth of information, but how can you take the next step to uncover stories that will bring a historic district to life? At this half-day workshop, which will take place on Saturday, October 1, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Rutgers-Camden Campus Center, you will learn about preservation issues and recent discoveries about the six-block Cooper Street Historic District as you enjoy a thematic tour. Highlights include the recently restored Alumni House (c. 1810), Writers House (designed by Wilson Eyre, 1885), and public art in Johnson Park. Workshop participants will get an overview of the regulatory framework that protects historic properties, learn how to do research about the inhabitants of historic properties using various historical records, explore how to develop themes for interpretation of historic districts, and be able to recognize how structures in historic districts in cities reflect changing urban environments.

This workshop involves both classroom discussion and an outdoors tour. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.

The instructors for this workshop will be Dorothy Guzzo, executive director of the New Jersey Historic Trust, and Charlene Mires, director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (MARCH) and professor of history at Rutgers University-Camden.

This workshop is part of a new non-degree, non-credit program offered by MARCH. Continuing education credits earned may be applied toward a future certificate in historic preservation (in development). All fall 2016 classes and workshops provide American Institute of Architects (AIA) continuing education credits through a partnership with Preservation New Jersey. Credits: .3 CEUs; 3 AIA LUs

Cost $30. Register here.