HP 304 Contemporary Preservation Planning and Policy Seminar

 Spring 2013 - Syllabus

Tuesdays from 1:00 – 3:45, Wheeler House Room 101

Prof. Thomas Visser
Contact: Thomas.Visser@uvm.edu


Course description

This seminar explores contemporary preservation policy and planning issues through readings and seminars. Course goals include addressing such questions as: What is the history of preservation in the United States and elsewhere in the world? How has preservation theory evolved and where is it headed? Why preserve? What are some of the most common and most difficult contemporary preservation challenges and issues? What preservation policy and planning strategies are effective and appropriate? How are preservation policy and planning goals addressed by professionals in the field? How can we be effective preservation leaders?


Students are expected to attend all classes unless excused by in advance. Use of cellphones, texting, e-mail, and web surfing should not be done during classes. All students are expected to do individual work and each will be graded separately. Written assignments should be submitted at the beginning of class. All written assignments should be done on a computer and be double-spaced. Multiple page submissions should be bound together. It is expected that all assignments will be submitted on time. Late work will automatically be penalized unless arrangements are made with the professor in advance. Extensions are only granted for serious reasons beyond the control of the student.

It is expected that all work will be produced in a professional manner and will be thoroughly proof-read and checked for spelling and grammatical errors. The Chicago Manual of Style is the preferred style guide for citations in the historic preservation field. It is available for consultation in the reference section of the UVM Library or is available for purchase locally. All writing must be authored directly by each student and all sources of information and ideas that are not common knowledge must be identified through attributions in the text or citations using notes. Plagiarism is not tolerated. For guidance on this see and Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It at http://www.indiana.edu/~wts/pamphlets/plagiarism.shtml Please also review the University of Vermont's Code of Academic Integrity at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf

Course readings

The assigned readings for this seminar are excerpts from a variety of books and articles selected to provide an overview of the history and theory of the preservation movement in the United States while supplementing the policy and planning topics that will be discussed in class. All students are expected to complete the readings before class and to be prepared to discuss them in class. Also the online syllabus provides web links to the speakers' organizations.

The core readings are James Marston Fitch, Historic Preservation, and Robert Stipe, A Richer Heritage. Historic Preservation in the Twenty-First Century. These are supplemented by excerpts from works by Charles Hosmer, James Glass and Dolores Hayden and various articles. Several copies these supplemental readings are on reserve in the Historic Preservation Library in Room 103, Wheeler House. These should remain in Wheeler House. The Stipe book is the core text and since it is still in print, it should be purchased independently, as well as may the Grantsmanship Center's booklet. The Hayden books are also still in print and may be purchased independently if desired. The Hosmer and Glass readings are out of print.

The syllabus also lists links to web sites and articles for review, which should be browsed before class, and resources, which are sources of additional information on the topics.

Class schedule (Subject to availability of invited guests)

1. January 15 - Course Introduction - History, Theory, and Practice of Historic Preservation Planning & Policy

2. January 22 - History, Theory, and Practice of Historic Preservation Planning & Policy

Readings: James Marston Fitch, Historic Preservation, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Robert E. Stipe, A Richer Heritage, Prologue; and Chapter 1: "Some Preservation Fundamentals;" and Chapter 2, "The Federal Preservation Program; Chapter 11: "Historic Preservation in a Global Context. An International Perspective."
Daniel Bluestone, "Academics in Tennis Shoes: Historic Preservation and the Academy," The Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Vol. 58, No. 3, Architectural History 1999/2000 (Sep., 1999), pp. 300-307. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/991522 (For off-campus or on-campus wireless access to JSTOR, you may first need to establish a VPN connection with UVM. VPN software for Windows and Mac computers, which must be installed first, is available to UVM affiliates at https://www.uvm.edu/software/)


International Resources:


3. January 29 - History, Theory, and Practice of Historic Preservation Planning & Policy

Due: Assignment 1a. Research project proposal

Readings: Robert E. Stipe, A Richer Heritage. Chapter 7: "The Natural Environment," Chapter 9: "Private Sector Involvement in Historic Preservation," and Chapter 10: "Nonprofits in the American Preservation Movement."
James Marston Fitch, Historic Preservation, Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

4. February 5 - Managing Nonprofit Preservation Organizations

Guest: Judy Hayward, Executive Director, Historic Windsor, Windsor, Vermont

Readings: James Marston Fitch, Historic Preservation, Chapter 14

Recommended: Charles B. Hosmer, The Presence of the Past. Chapter 5: "New England, the Home of Militant Private Preservation Organizations. Chapter 7; "National Preservation Organizations Working Locally."

Charles B. Hosmer, Preservation Comes of Age. Chapter 4: "Preservation Organizations." Chapter 10: "The Formation of the National Trust for Historic Preservation."

5. February 12 - Cultural Resource Management: Archaeological Resources

Guests: Brennan Gauthier and Jen Russell, archaeologists, Vermont Agency of Transportation

1b. Travel scholarship grant application deadline

Readings: Robert E. Stipe, A Richer Heritage. Chapter 8: "Uncertain Destiny. The Changing Role of Archeology in Historic Preservation;" Chapter 13: "Native Americans and Historic Preservation;" and Chapter 14: "Folklife, Intangible Heritage, and the Promise and Perils of Cultural Cooperation."

On-line instruction materials: Making Archaeology Teaching Relevant in the XXI Century (MATRIX)

Review: National Trust Advocacy Center

6. February 19 - Preservation Planning & Community Development

Due: 2a. Public meeting proposal


7. February 26 - Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

Recommended readings: Christine Graham, Where the Heart Is. An Allegory of Philanthropy. Shaftsbury, Vermont: CPG Enterprises, Inc.
Norton J. Kiritz, Program Planning & Proposal Writing, Los Angeles, CA: The Grantsmanship Center.
Anthony Mancuso, How to Form a Nonprofit Corporation. Chapter 1. "Overview of Nonprofit Corporations."

March 5 - Spring Break

8. March 12 - Preservation Planning and Policy: Contemporary Issues

1c. Travel grant scholarship completion reports deadline for Spring Break travel*

Readings: Richard Moe, "Are There Too Many House Museums?" Forum Journal, Fall 2012, 55.
Donovan Rypkema, "Economics and Historic Preservation," Forum Journal, Fall 2012, 46.

Review: National Trust Main Street Center, Church Street Marketplace, Vermont Downtown Program

9. March 19 - Impacts of Race and Diversity on Historic Preservation

Readings: Robert E. Stipe, A Richer Heritage. Chapter 12: "The Social and Ethnic Dimensions of Historic Preservation."
Toni Lee, Cultural Diversity in Historic Preservation: Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going," Forum Journal,
Fall 2012, 20.

Review: National Park Service Cultural Diversity Program and Diversity in Historic Preservation, NTHP

Mapping America

Recommended: Ned Kaufman, Place, Race, and Story: Essays in the Past and Future of Historic Preservation (Routledge, 2009)

10. March 26 - Whole Place Preservation Planning

Readings: James Marston Fitch, Historic Preservation, Chapter 13, 15, 16, 17
Carl Elefante, FAIA, "The Greenest Building is... One That Is Already Built,"
Forum Journal, Fall 2012, 62.


11. April 2 - Preservation Planning and Preserving the Recent Past

Guest: Devin Colman, State Architectural Historian, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation

Readings: Robert E. Stipe, A Richer Heritage. Chapter 3, "The States: The Backbone of Preservation;" and Chapter 4, "Local Government Programs: Preservation Where It Counts.
Carol Shull, "The Future of the National Register," Forum Journal, Fall 2012, 5.


12. April 9 - History, Theory, and Practice of Historic Preservation - Future Trends - Career Opportunities in Historic Preservation

Due: 2b. Public meeting report

Readings: Robert E. Stipe, A Richer Heritage. Chapter 15: "Where Do We Go From Here?"
James Marston Fitch, Historic Preservation. Chapter 18: "Training for Professional Preservation: Preservationist, Conservationist, Craftsperson;" and Chapter 21, "Preservation in Tomorrow's World."

Recommended for discussion:

Due: Public meeting assignment

13. April 16 - Federal and State Transportation Preservation Planning Perspectives

Guests: MaryAnn Naber, Federal Preservation Officer (FPO), Federal Highway Administration, Washington, DC;
Scott Newman, Historic Preservation Officer, Vermont Agency of Transportation, Montpelier, VT

Readings: Robert E. Stipe, A Richer Heritage. Chapter 5: "Preservation Law and Public Policy;" Chapter 6: "Preserving Important Landscapes."
Constance E. Beaumont, "The Critical Need for a Sensitive–and Sensible–National Transportation Policy," Forum Journal,
Fall 2012, 14.

Review: FHWA Historic Preservation and Archeology Program

14. April 23 - Class Research Presentations & Discussions

Due: Research Presentation

15. April 30 - Class Research Presentations & Discussions

Due: Research Presentation

Due: Final written field research report


Assignments will be due by the start of class on the following dates. Late submittals and missed classes will be penalized unless arrangements are made ahead and are due to circumstances beyond a student’s control.

Assignment 1 - Preservation Policy and Planning Field Research Project: Select a preservation policy or preservation planning initiative to research. This could be a planning project or a preservation program for a community, neighborhood or site. Research the history of the project or program, then study the actually place and/or interview people involved with the project or program. Alternatively, one could attend a professional conference or workshop where preservation policy or planning research is presented and interview people involved with the project or program.

Assignment 2 - Preservation Policy and Planning Public Meetings. Each student should attend at least one local public meeting or hearing where preservation plans, reviews or issues will be addressed. This could be a meeting of a local design review board, a historic preservation review board, a planning commission, a development review board, a state advisory council meeting or a state environmental district (Act 250) hearing. As public meetings are sometimes postponed or cancelled with little notice, the meeting should be attended at least two weeks before the assignment due date.

Burlington Planning and Zoning Review Boards meeting schedules

City of South Burlington, VT

Sample news report and related article

Required Texts (available at UVM Bookstore)

  • Fitch, James Marston. Historic Preservation. Curatorial Management of the Built World. Charlottesville, VA: University of Virginia Press, 1990. Originally published in 1982.
  • Stipe, Robert E., A Richer Heritage. Historic Preservation in the Twenty First Century. Chapel Hill, North Carolina: the University of North Carolina Press, 2003.
  • Other Readings on Reserve

  • Forum Journal, Vol. 27, No.1, Fall 2012
  • Glass, James. The Beginnings of a New National Historic Preservation Program. 1957-1969. Foreword by Charles B. Hosmer, Jr. Nashville, TN: American Association for State and Local History, 1990.
  • Hosmer, Charles B., Jr. Presence of the Past. A History of the Preservation Movement in the United States Before Williamsburg. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1965.
  • Hosmer, Charles B., Jr. Preservation Comes of Age: From Williamsburg to the National Trust (1926-1949). Vols. 1 and 2. Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia for the Preservation Press, 1981.
  • Recommended Additional Readings and Resources:


    Assignment grades will be calculated as follows:

    1a. Research proposal (5%)

    2a. Public meeting proposal (5%)

    1b. Travel grant application (0%)

    1c. Travel grant completion reports (0%)

    2b. Public meeting report (20%)

    1d. Research presentation (20%)

    1e. Research report (40%)

    Seminar preparation and participation (10%)

    © T Visser, UVM Historic Preservation Program, January 25, 2013