UMW Student Coordinates Historic Community Event

Emily Taggart Frickner coordinated the Vintage Route 1 Tour on Saturday, September 7

A University of Mary Washington student has taken her historic preservation studies far beyond the classroom with a historic Route 1 tour that kicked off Saturday, Sept. 7 at Riverfront Park in Fredericksburg. … [Read more...]

UMW Announces 2012 Historic Preservation Book Prize

"Saving Wright" by Jeffrey Chusid is the winner of the 2012 Historic Preservation Book Prize

The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation has awarded the 2012 Historic Preservation Book Prize to “Saving Wright: The Freeman House and The Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity” by Jeffrey M. Chusid. The book is “a comprehensive and compelling case study detailing the history and preservation of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Freeman House,” said Michael Spencer, jury chair and assistant professor and chair of historic preservation at UMW. The center awards the Historic Preservation Book Prize annually to a book that a jury deems has made the most significant contribution to the intellectual vitality of historic preservation in America. Chusid is an architect and an associate professor in the historic preservation planning program at Cornell University. His architectural and materials conservation projects have taken him around the world, including to China and Fiji, and he has presented numerous exhibitions in New York. “Saving Wright: The Freeman … [Read more...]

Historic Preservation Students Blend Humanities and Sciences

NS Mt Vernon 9

When Audra Medve first visited Mount Vernon as a child, she was struck by the timelessness of George Washington’s home, so much so that she returned dozens of times. She never could have imagined she would be an intern at the estate decades later as a senior in the historic preservation program at the university named for Washington’s mother. Medve enrolled at the University of Mary Washington after the Navy transferred her husband to the Washington, D.C. area in 2008. “There are very few undergraduate degrees in historic preservation available in the United States, and when I decided to return to school I realized I lived within 30 miles of a truly wonderful program,” Medve said. Medve’s internship is one of a dozen this spring through UMW’s historic preservation department, regarded as among the best in the nation. Each year, internships range from local preservation organizations like the Historic Fredericksburg Foundation and the Fredericksburg Area Museum, to … [Read more...]