Introduction to Historic Preservation
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.
Instructor: Margaret Newman
Margaret Newman is an independent preservation consultant who specializes in the creation of planning documents and National Register Nominations. She earned her masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania in historic preservation, began her career as grant officer for the New Jersey Historic Trust, and later worked as a preservation specialist at a Princeton architecture firm. Ms. Newman is a member of the Board of Directors of Preservation New Jersey as well as the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Historic Preservation Board, the state’s advisory committee for historic preservation policy. She serves on her local historical society board and preservation commission.