PSU College of Graduate Studies Offers Historic Preservation Certificate

August 21st, 2007 by Adam

As New England and the rest of America grows and changes, its rural heritage faces increasing pressure. Major economic, cultural and demographic shifts threaten historic structures and sites. Many view preserving and protecting these buildings and sites as enhancing our quality of life, adding variety and texture to the cultural landscape in which we live and work. Plymouth State University’s College of Graduate Studies recognizes the importance of this issue and is now offering a four-course graduate certificate in Historic Preservation. The certificate can be pursued alone or as part of the Master of Education in Heritage Studies program.

Program coordinator Dr. Stacey Yap believes the University is filling an urgent need by offering the historic preservation certificate.

“New Hampshire doesn’t have an historic preservation base; this is a beginning to help our state address these cultural, economic and historic needs,” said Yap. “The state of New Hampshire needs trained preservationists and they’ve communicated that to us. The N.H. Preservation Alliance and the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources have discussed this need with us and helped us develop the curriculum. The curriculum also follows nationally standardized guidelines, like those from the National Council of Preservation Education.”

Students enrolled in PSU’s interdisciplinary Master of Education in Heritage Studies program explore the relationships between history, literature, geography, culture and the environment.

Interim Provost Dr. Julie Bernier supports the additional certificate as it addresses a regional need.

“Plymouth State University strives to serve the region; historic preservation is an important issue,” Bernier said. “Creating this graduate certificate program will help preserve the rich cultural and historical resources of our state.”

PSU’s College of Graduate Studies faculty involve practitioners from the N.H. Division of Historical Resources, the N.H. Preservation Alliances and the office of the Grafton County Attorney. Dr. Yap also says the Master of Education in Heritage Studies and the Historic Preservation certificate programs incorporate PSU’s Lamson Library archival and artifact collection.

“We are providing students with more opportunities to help meet the needs of our region, building skills in stewardship and leadership in community preservation organizations,” Yap said.

Jim Garvin of the N.H. Division of Historical Resources agrees, saying, “We have an unparalleled richness of historical resources spread across our state from the seacoast to the Canadian border, and these resources cry out for well-trained stewardship. At the same time, as one of the fastest-growing states east of the Mississippi, New Hampshire is facing immense pressures of change and development. We desperately need a citizenry who understands our past and is trained to be a good keeper of this legacy. The New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources is committed to working with Plymouth State University to enrich and strengthen Plymouth’s new historic preservation certificate program.

For additional information about the Master of Education in Heritage Studies and the Historic Preservation graduate certificate contact Dr. Stacey Yap at (603) 535-2333 or visit plymouth.edu/graduate.

For more information about this release, contact Bruce Lyndes, PSU Media Relations Mgr., (603) 535-2775 or blyndes@plymouth.eu

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