HP 206 Researching Historic Structures and Sites

Course Goals and Outcomes

HP 206 Researching Historic Structures and Sites is designed to provide an introduction to the research methods and documentation techniques used to identify and to record historic structures and heritage sites using archival and physical evidence.

Drawing on local resources, the course introduces techniques for heritage site research and documentation, including the development of building descriptions, historical narratives, and skills in digital photography, GIS, CAD measured drawings, and publishing on the web. The reading assignments are intended to provide a broad introduction to the field of historic preservation and historic site research methods.

Another goal of this course is to help students develop skills in working on collaborative research projects. Each student conducts independent research, but the combined results of the class's research project are shared with the public as a public service through a web site developed in this course. Click here for examples of project web sites produced by previous HP 206 classes.

HP 206 Researching Historic Structures and Sites is required for historic preservation graduate students, but it is also open to UVM undergraduate students by instructor's permission if seats are available.

For more information on this course or to request a registration override, contact the instructor at the UVM Historic Preservation Program at historic.preservation@uvm.edu.