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Basics of Historic Preservation

  • 1.  Basics of Historic Preservation

    Posted 07-19-2017 17:02
    Hi everyone,

    After doing a bit of searching and not finding what I need, its time to ask a question. What resource(s) do you use or can point me toward that explain the basics of historic preservation? I'm not looking for a book. It needs to be basic and not too involved, something that busy people can ingest and digest fairly quickly and isn't too technical. And ideally it would include archaeology and how the two are intertwined, but that might be an even bigger stretch on the request. Is there a Layperson's Guide to Historic Preservation? 

    Danielle Bachant-Bell
    Lord and Bach Heritage Preservation Consulting
    605 W. Allen St.
    Bloomington, IN 47403
    812-336-6141 H/ 812-360-6544 C
    lordandbach@gmail.com

    Vice Chair, Monroe County Historic Preservation Board of Review 

    Monroe County Representative, Indiana Barn Foundation 
    Find us at www.facebook.com/MonroeCountyBarns and www.facebook.com/IndianaBarns

    Museum Committee chair and Volunteer Coordinator, Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Museum & Historic Site
    Find us at www.facebook.com/HinkleGartonFarmstead
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    "A lot of people go into restoration projects assuming they know what it should look like without checking records. Passion for accuracy is what makes for a good restoration." --Lucinda Brockway, program director for cultural resources, The Trustees of the Reservations



  • 2.  RE: Basics of Historic Preservation

    Posted 07-20-2017 11:08

    What we need is some killer infographics.  Something that shows the process of a HDC, how preservationists don't want to take your rights away, etc. A good graphic designer that can translate our processes into a clean obvious one pager.

     

    Great idea.

     

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  • 3.  RE: Basics of Historic Preservation

    Posted 07-21-2017 08:28
    ​Danielle:   One possibility would be William J. Murtagh's Keeping Time:  The History and Theory of Preservation in America, which is intended to introduce laypeople and students to the historic preservation field in the United States.   When I taught an Introduction to Historic Preservation course at Ball State University, I used it successfully as a text.   It was written by the first Keeper of the National Register, one of the founding professionals for the modern preservation field.

    Best regards,

    Jim Glass

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    James A. Glass, Ph.D.
    Principal
    Historic Preservation & Heritage Consulting LLC
    Indianapolis, IN
    (317) 356-7980
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  • 4.  RE: Basics of Historic Preservation

    Posted 07-21-2017 12:39
    I love the infographic idea - that would be fantastic.

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    Adrienne Burke
    Riverside Avondale Preservation
    Jacksonville FL
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  • 5.  RE: Basics of Historic Preservation

    Posted 07-23-2017 13:12
    Aaron,
    That is a great idea too. My question comes out of a particular need to explain and educate to a specific group what I might call HP 101. They've never heard much of historic preservation, no nothing of the concepts and practices, but will be involved in a partnership of sorts (farming at a non-profit-owned historic farmstead) and thus need some basic education. But I know it needs to be in writing and not too long nor technical.

    Danielle Bachant-Bell
    Lord and Bach Heritage Preservation Consulting
    605 W. Allen St.
    Bloomington, IN 47403
    812-336-6141 H/ 812-360-6544 C
    lordandbach@gmail.com

    Vice Chair, Monroe County Historic Preservation Board of Review 

    Monroe County Representative, Indiana Barn Foundation 
    Find us at www.facebook.com/MonroeCountyBarns and www.facebook.com/IndianaBarns

    Museum Committee chair and Volunteer Coordinator, Hinkle-Garton Farmstead Museum & Historic Site
    Find us at www.facebook.com/HinkleGartonFarmstead
    ______________________
    "A lot of people go into restoration projects assuming they know what it should look like without checking records. Passion for accuracy is what makes for a good restoration." --Lucinda Brockway, program director for cultural resources, The Trustees of the Reservations






  • 6.  RE: Basics of Historic Preservation

    Posted 07-24-2017 13:34

    After responding to hundreds of calls for assistance, Restore Oregon created a "Preservation Toolkit" last year to provide that basic intro/overview to preservation principles and help lay people navigate the steps of preserving a historic building.  Some info is specific to Oregon, but much is broadly applicable.  We even included a basic project ProForma.  Feel free to borrow from it, just give credit to RO.  https://restoreoregon.org/preservation-toolkit/

     

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  • 7.  RE: Basics of Historic Preservation

    Ambassador
    Posted 07-26-2017 10:34
    This looks like a great resource, Peggy! Thanks for sharing!

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    Barbara Howard
    Stonebridge Learning, LLC
    Minneapolis MN
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  • 8.  RE: Basics of Historic Preservation

    Posted 07-21-2017 15:01
    For someone who may like a brief visual introduction to the breadth, richness and complexity of the Historic Preservation field of professions, the novice may enjoy perusing the National Park Service pages on the mission and work we do Preserving Places.   The link is:
    Preserving Places that Matter (U.S. National Park Service)

    If the desire is for more in depth information and guidance of a technical nature, our external technical assistance programs, including SOI Standards, and Preservation Briefs would be helpful.
    Technical Preservation Services, National Park Service

    We also have an internal Cultural Resource Management web training resource that is visually oriented to an exploration of the field. It is a recent development of our NPS careers training program.  With this good question, I'm wondering if it may be a useful model for others as well...

    And expanding on the concept of Building Pathology introduced to me by Theo Prudon in his course of that name I would add these thoughts:  We learn about our bodies throughout our lifetime in them and so have a framework of preparation when consulting with our  general physician and specialists.  Though we are also equally in the built environment, the connection is not so visceral, and we generally have little awareness of its effect on us.  Unless we study in related fields, we have no exposure on how to look at and understand it and thus may not value preservation principles for taking care of it.  The value of historic preservation has been oversimplified if it is only nostalgia or economics.  However, more and more scientific research is finding in addition to the natural environment, there is a much greater influence from our built environment than has previously been acknowledged .

    So having a simple well organized framework for understanding environmental components and their effects on us, along with the many ways we protect and preserve places that matter, and why, is a great first step. Also important is an appreciation of the vast knowledge and experience of professional practitioners in all the related preservation specialties: Anthropology, Archaeology, History, Architecture, Law, Planning, Economics, Finance, Non Profit Management, Public Policy & Administration, Materials Investigation, Analysis & Conservation, Materials Science, Preservation Engineering, Preservation Trades, Cultural Resource Management, and more.

















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    Deborah Rehn, AIA, PMP
    National Park Service
    Atlanta GA
    (404)507-5716
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  • 9.  RE: Basics of Historic Preservation

    Ambassador
    Posted 07-24-2017 11:21
    Danielle, while there is a ton of information online for beginning (and long-standing) preservation advocates (the National Trust's "Tips and Tools," for example), there seems to be a dearth for those who are somewhat thrust into the role of steward (or steward partner).

    I love Aaron's infographic idea and wish I was artistic enough to do something along those lines. Jim's reference to Murtagh's book is also spot-on and Deborah's references to the NPS websites are great, especially the "What is Preservation?" section on the Places that Matter site (accessed through the NPS & HP portal). Keep in mind that NPS information is usually quite in-depth.

    I've found the best resources for the general public (those who don't necessarily know they are interested in preservation) are usually the National Trust's, resources created locally (HPCs and preservation orgs), or something tied into tourism efforts. It would be great if Indiana Landmarks had something for you to use! I've also seen a few interesting TEDx talks over the years, though many are geared toward urban preservation instead of rural (many are available free online by searching TEDx and a topic). Another free online resource that seems to be getting some legs is the Local Preservation School, though again it is geared more toward the beginning advocate and is urban-centered.

    Best of luck in your quest! Please share whatever you might find, as I'm always looking for new resources to direct people to! Since I left the world of SHPO-dom a year ago I've been trying to develop some more publicly accessible learning resources. Feel free to message me privately to chat more.

    Barbara

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    Barbara Howard
    Stonebridge Learning, LLC
    Minneapolis MN
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