Registration Open for Fall Historic Preservation Courses

Gain an overview of preservation, delve into the history of the Delaware Valley’s built environment, try your hand at architectural sketching, or learn how properties are nominated for the National Register of Historic Places.

For anyone interested in history and historic buildings, now is the time to reserve your place for the next term in the continuing education Historic Preservation Program offered at Rutgers-Camden by MARCH, the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities, and co-sponsored by the New Jersey Historic Trust. Gain an overview of preservation, delve into the history of the Delaware Valley’s built environment, try your hand at architectural sketching, or learn how properties are nominated for the National Register of Historic Places. Registration is open now at for courses beginning in September. Additional one-day workshops will be announced in the fall.


These courses are geared toward any interested adult: homeowners, community leaders, historic commission members, preservation activists, people in related trades and professions, and the simply curious. We also welcome college students, undergraduate or graduate, who wish to take these courses in conjunction with independent studies at their home institutions. No previous experience in the field is necessary, and the continuing education units (CEUs) earned may be applied toward a continuing education certificate in historic preservation.


Class sizes are limited, so reserve your seat today!


Introduction to Historic Preservation

Wednesday evenings for 10 weeks, September 5 to November 7, 2018

This course is an introduction to the preservation of the built environment, examining the history and philosophy of historic preservation and how the discipline is practiced today. It will provide the historic framework of how preservation has emerged as a field of specialization and a foundation for understanding preservation issues, terminology, and public policy. Through discussions on the history and guiding principles of historic preservation, the class will explore the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards, National and State Register programs, preservation techniques, and the overall benefits of historic preservation.  Required course for certificate in historic preservation.


The History of the Delaware Valley’s Built Environment, c. 1682 – 2018

Thursday evenings for 10 weeks, September 6 to November 8, 2018

This course offers participants a historical survey of the Delaware Valley from the colonial period through the early twenty-first century by examining key events and eras (the founding of Philadelphia, the Bank War of the 1830s, or the development of suburbs after WWII, for example) in tandem with various aspects of the region’s built environment (such as the original 1681 Philadelphia street plan, the Second Bank of the United States, or the homes of Levittown, PA, and Willingboro, NJ). Each week, through lecture and discussion, we will focus on a historical period and corresponding examples of the built environment to assess how those examples reflect the sense and sensibilities of the time. In addition, all participants will submit a final research paper based on a period of Delaware Valley history and a corresponding

example of the built environment as both object and artifact.


Architectural Sketching

Tuesday evenings for 5 weeks, September 4 to October 9, 2018 (No class on September 18)

This course will explore the practice of architectural sketching as it relates to historic preservation and the study of the built environment. An introduction to different modes of graphic documentation (measured drawings, perspective views, etc.) will be paired with exercises and demonstrations highlighting various sketching materials, techniques, and purposes of observational drawing. Learn how sketching can hone your observational skills,

your eye-hand coordination, and your architectural knowledge!


An Introduction to the National Register

Tuesday evenings for 5 weeks, October 16 to November 13, 2018

The National Register of Historic Places is the official Federal list of significant properties in the United States. This course will explain what the National Register is, how it is used and the process for nominating properties to the Register. Participants in this course will be introduced to the concepts of historic significance, historic integrity and historic context. The requirements for completing a National Register of Historic Places nomination will be discussed in detail including: the National Register criteria for evaluation, defining categories of historic properties, defining types of significance, criteria considerations among other components of the nomination.


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