HISP 100: Introduction to Historic Preservation

Combs 237 – MWF 1:00-1:50 – Honors

Course Description 

HISP 100 is meant as the introductory course to Historic Preservation at UMW. This course focuses on the relation between American historic preservation and the fields of museum studies and preservation law and planning. The course also considers community and government mechanisms for preservation at the local, regional, and national levels. It develops awareness for the “real world” issues facing preservation-in-action: how surveys of historic resources are accomplished; who and what constitute preservation’s allies, opponents, obstacles, and sources; what knowledge and methods are employed by preservationists to achieve their objectives; and, what does preservation mean to the public. 

Course Objectives 

  • To foster an understanding of how preservation works at the local, state, and national levels; answering such questions as “Who does preservation?”; “Why and how is preservation undertaken?”; “What does or does not get preserved, and why?” 
  • To create an awareness of the current and common social, political, and economic issues affecting preservation in the public realm. 
  • Through assignments, to have students interact with the “real world” of preservation, such as physical (cultural) resources, text sources, local government, and people. 
  • To develop an understanding of the goals and methods for museum studies and for preservation law and planning in relation to the broader field of historic preservation. 

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to explore and interpret the built environment through archival, oral, and field observation.
  • Students will experience real-world preservation activity and be able to critically assess its effectiveness.
  • Students will engage preservation theory from varied perspectives.
  • Students will learn to work alone and in groups to develop ideas, resolve conflict, and foster consensus. 

Required Texts 

Norman Tyler, Ted J. Ligibel, Ilene R. Tyler. Historic Preservation: An Introduction to its History, Principles, and Practice. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2009. 

Max Page and Randall Mason, editors. Giving Historic Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States. New York: Routledge, 2004. 

Graded Course Requirements Due DatePercentage
Course ParticipationAll Semester15%
Assignment 1: Block SurveyWednesday February 2715%
Midterm ExamFriday March 1520%
Assignment 2: Oral HistoryFriday March 2215%
Assignment 3: Architectural Review BoardFriday April 1915%
Final ExamMonday April 2920%

Course Schedule

WEEK 1
M 01/14Course Introduction
W 01/16What is Historic Preservation? 
Reading: Tyler, Chapter 1 
Video: NAHB, 
https://youtu.be/verufC5Q-uk 
F 01/18The History of Historic Preservation 
Reading: Page & Mason, Introduction (p. 3-16) 
Video: TED talk, https://youtu.be/DbS-vL7VZdo
WEEK 2
M 01/21NO CLASS: MLK Day
W 01/23Preservation Fundamentals
Reading: Tyler, Chapter 2
F 01/25Preservation, A Balancing Act
Reading: Mason “Values-Centered Preservation” 
In-Class Group Activity
WEEK 3
M 01/28Federal Preservation: Legislative History 
Reading: Tyler, Chapter 4
W 01/30Federal Preservation: The Players
Reading: Stipe, Chapter 2
F 02/01Federal Preservation: Section 106
Reading: Hardesty and Little, Chapter 2
[skim]National Register Bulletin 15
Videos on the National Register: https://youtu.be/D8zZ2Yu8whk
https://youtu.be/xUoOg0bWNC4
https://youtu.be/IOVM68rjXis
https://youtu.be/mo_o-Je3RgU 
In-Class Group Activity
WEEK 4
M 02/04Historic Significance
Reading: Tyler, Chapter 5;
Mason “Fixing Historic Preservation”
W 02/06Guest Lecturer: Jenifer Eggleston, NPS
NHPA and the Parks
F 02/08Methods and Tools I 
Reading: Tyler, Chapter 3
In-Class Group Activity
WEEK 5
M 02/11Methods and Tools II 
Reading: Page & Mason, Chapter 7;
Kamen, Chapters 3 & 4
W 02/13State Historic Preservation I
Reading: Stipe, Chapter 3
F 02/15State Historic Preservation II
Reading: Bluestone, Chapter 10;
review web site www.ncshpo.org 
In-Class Group Activity
WEEK 6
M 02/18Guest Lecturer: Jessica Ugarte, VDHR
W 02/20CLASS CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW
F 02/22State Historic Preservation (conclusion)
WEEK 7
M 02/25Oral History and Material Culture
Reading: Sommer & Quinlan Chapters 1 & 7
Optional Reading: Starr, Chapter 2

W 02/27The Politics of Museums
Reading: West, Chapter 2 and Howard, Chapter 17
Tyson and Dungey
Video: Episode 1 “Ask A Slave” video series https://youtu.be/X1IYH_MbJqA
F 03/01Guest Lecturer: Scott Harris, Director UMW Museums
Preservation and Campus Museums.
WEEK 8
M 03/04NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK
W 03/06NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK
F 03/08NO CLASS: SPRING BREAK
WEEK 9
M 03/11Intro to Archaeology
Reading: King Chapters 1 and 2 
W 03/13Archaeology and Preservation
Reading: Stipe, Chapter 8 
F 03/15Midterm Exam
WEEK 10
M 03/18Cultural Landscapes
Reading: Melnick, Chapter 1
W 03/20Cities & Nature
Reading: Spirn, “City and Nature” p. 139-144
In-Class Group Activity
F 03/22Cemeteries
Reading: TBA
Assignment 2 Due
WEEK 11
M 03/25Local Historic Preservation 
Reading: Stipe, Chapter 4
W 03/27Local Historic Preservation (cont.)
Reading: Page & Mason, Chapter 9; Hayden, Chapter 3
F 03/29Local Historic Preservation (cont.)
WEEK 12
M 04/01Guest Lecture: Danae Peckler
Preservation Advocacy
W 04/03Historic Districts
Reading: Tyler, Chapter 6
F 04/05Historic District Case Study: LeDroit Park 
Reading: Hamer, Chapter 4
Podcast: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/episode-51-the-arsenal-of-exclusion/
WEEK 13
M 04/08No class during scheduled time
Attend Architectural Review Board (ARB) meeting
7:00- 10:00pm (estimated)
W 04/10Discussion: Issues of ARB Meeting
In-Class Group Activity
F 04/12Preservation Economics
Reading: Tyler, Chapter 8
Video: TED talk by Frank Hagaman
https://youtu.be/4daY-rmysr0
WEEK 14
M 04/15Preservation Economics (cont.)
Reading: Page & Mason, Chapter 6 
W 04/17Intangible Heritage
Reading: Page & Mason, Chapter 8
F 04/19Preservation and Sustainability
Reading: Tyler, Chapter 10
Optional Reading: Young and Elefante, Chapter 1
In-Class Group Activity
Assignment 3 Due
WEEK 15
M 04/22Field Trip: Downtown Fredericksburg Development
GROUP 1
Reading: TBA – will be a current news article
W 04/24Field Trip: Downtown Fredericksburg Development
GROUP 2
Reading: TBA – will be a current news article
F 04/26Exam Review/Course Conclusion
WEEK 16
M 04/29Final Exam – Noon