First Undergraduate Historic Preservation Education Symposium

The Center for Historic Preservation hosted the First Undergraduate Historic Preservation Education Symposium on June 10-12 at the University of Mary Washington. The symposium brought together faculty from undergraduate preservation institutions from across the United States. Topics of discussion were focused on curriculum, pedagogy, and student placement. There are many programs teaching historic preservation in America, the vast majority of them at the graduate level. However, although there are only eight undergraduate programs, they graduate many more students. Therefore, understanding the specific issues in teaching historic preservation to undergraduates is of particular interest. Who are these students? How and what are they taught? What are the emerging issues in teaching this population? This was the topic of the symposium, which was the first meeting of its kind. It served to create a community and start a conversation so that preservation educators can learn from each … [Read more...]

Fredericksburg Research Resources

Dr. Gary Stanton of the Department of Historic Preservation maintains a website of research resources regarding Fredericksburg. This trove includes city directories dating back to 1885, indexes of newspapers, of wills and deeds, historic census lists, and many other historic resources. Most recently, Dr. Stanton has added an index of surviving building permits from 1938-1960. Please use this great resource! … [Read more...]

HISP Department Lending Library

The Center for Historic Preservation is updating the HISP department lending library. Instead of using the outdated system on the even more outdated computer, the lending system will now be housed on a brand new iMac! Returning students can look forward to a much more pleasant lending system, and a much more organized storage closet. Danny Messplay will be conducting the re-organization throughout the summer. … [Read more...]

Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg Website

The Historic Preservation Planning Laboratory of Spring 2010 designed and implemented a website! The Historic Buildings of Fredericksburg database was created in order to provide a central depository of information about buildings in Fredericksburg that had previously been scattered, and make it available to the public at large. The database was created for the Center for Historic Preservation at the University of Mary Washington in the Spring of 2010 by a preservation planning course taught by Smith. The grunt work was done by the students: Chelsea Corcoran, Bill Pieper, Sarah Moore, Megan Hall, Bridget Travers, and Helen Dinndorf. Please check it out, and enjoy! … [Read more...]

2010 Book Prize Winner Announced!

The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation has awarded the 2010 Historic Preservation Book Prize to “The California Missions: History, Art and Preservation” by Edna E. Kimbo and Julia G. Costello, with Tevvy Ball. “The California Missions: History, Art and Preservation” offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to California’s missions. The work, published in 2009 by Getty Publications under the imprint of the Getty Conservation Institute, weaves together multiple narratives and integrates history, architecture, archaeology, art history, iconography and conservation. “This book exemplifies multifaceted preservation, going beyond history by setting the missions in a modern context and looking at physical exploration and conservation,” said Andréa Livi Smith, jury chair and director of UMW’s Center for Historic Preservation. “More importantly, the volume engages the changing role, challenges, conundrums and philosophies of preservation. It connects … [Read more...]