MEd in Heritage Studies, Historic Preservation Concentration
In April, Plymouth State University hosted Preserving Community Character, a two-day New Hampshire Preservation Alliance conference which addressed the growing need for historical preservation in the state. Bringing together local, regional, and national attendees, topics included the role of preservation in environmental sustainability and land conservation, preservation promotion, and awareness.
According to the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources Web site,
“The legislature of New Hampshire has determined that the historical, archeological, architectural, engineering, and cultural heritage of New Hampshire is among the most important environmental assets of the state…[it is] in the public interest of this state to engage in a comprehensive program of historic preservation…”
In response to such calls to action and in keeping with Plymouth State University’s commitment to servicing regional needs, PSU’s College of Graduate Studies developed a series of courses leading to a professional certificate in historic preservation.
The historic preservation certificate may be pursued on its own or as part of the master of education in heritage studies. Courses emphasize the cultural environment of rural areas, including architectural forms and landscapes. The program instills a fundamental understanding of preservation issues and challenges, providing basic skills for those who are interested in pursuing a career in historic preservation. Additionally, training in leadership and stewardship is provided for those who work for community preservation organizations or government agencies and commissions.