Winter/Spring Historic Preservation Classes and Workshops

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New Jersey, United States
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Historic Preservation, Urban Design and Planning, Public History, Local History

Register now for a class in historic preservation in the Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities (Rutgers-Camden) continuing education program. Take a single class or workshop or work toward a certificate! Anyone with an interest in historic preservation is welcome. Classes begin this month!

This program is provided in partnership with the New Jersey Historic Trust.


Documenting Historic Buildings

This five-session course 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.

Instructor: Bruce Laverty
Dates: Saturdays, Jan. 20–Feb. 17, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Location: various locations
Cost: $125
Credits: 1 CEUs; 10 AIA LU credits


 Materials and Techniques of Historic Restoration and Rehabilitation

This ten-week 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.

Instructor: Bob Russell
Dates: Tuesdays, Jan. 30–Apr. 10, 2018 (no class Mar.13)
Time: 6:30p.m.–8:30p.m.
Location: West ABC, Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden
Cost: $250
Credits: 2 CEUs; 20 AIA LU credits


Preservation Planning

This ten-week 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. 

Instructor: Dorothy P. Guzzo and others
Dates: Wednesdays, Jan. 31–Apr. 18, 2018 (no class on Feb. 14 and Mar. 14)
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Location: West ABC, Campus Center, Rutgers–Camden
Cost: $250
Credits: 2 CEUs; 20 AIA LU credits; 20 AICP CM credits, 4 AICP Law credits

 Upcoming Workshops
March 10, 2018: Preservation in Practice: A Workshop for Historic Commissions and Planners
April 7, 2018: Brick, Stone, and Mortar: Their History, Uses, and Repair
May 4, 2018: Landscapes of Conflict: Battlefield Preservation
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Contact Info: 

Tamara Gaskell
Public Historian in Residence
Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
429 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102