Historic Preservation Fundamentals Virtual Course – Knowledge Page & Course Materials


Welcome to Historic Preservation Fundamentals. This six-week course introduces the essential concepts of historic property stewardship. Through a series of independent study and interactive virtual classroom conversations, you will learn why we preserve historic properties; what factors and qualities determine which historic properties should be preserved; and how to make decisions to help preserve historic sites. This page contains all the links you will need to access the course materials and learning activities.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Understand that places can have meaning and convey history and associated stories.
  • Identify criteria used when determining historic property significance.
  • Consider a property’s ability to convey its significance.
  • Recognize and describe important historic characteristics and features of a historic property.
  • Describe and identify four standards for the treatment of historic properties.
  • Refer to documents that provide information and guide work on historic properties.
  • Use professional historic preservation terminology relevant to historic property stewardship.

Course Schedule

This course includes weekly individual and small group activities culminating with a 1-1/2 to 2 hour whole-class, virtual, live classroom where you will have the opportunity to discuss what you have learned, share your input, and ask questions. Each week, ahead of the virtual classroom, you will need about 4 hours for independent and small group learning activities.

Classroom Resources

The chart below lists your course materials along with associated links to access them. Although this course requires a lot of independent learning, it also involves many group activities and conversations. SPOILER ALERT! Pace yourself to only complete independent learning as scheduled …please don’t jump ahead!

Course Material (Linked) Description
Syllabus Download, print, and become familiar with the course Syllabus. It includes important information regarding the course structure, schedule, learning objectives, assignments, and expectations.
Student Workbook Download and print the Student Workbook. It will be used for independent study, buddy group activities, and virtual classroom discussions. Bring the Student Workbook to each virtual classroom for note-taking, organizing information, and contributing to the discussions.
Independent Learning Activities

Independent Learning Activities are in the Common Learning Portal – Historic Preservation Fundamentals Learning Series.  They include online descriptions, videos, links to online resources, real-world examples, and case studies. These learning activities introduce essential historic preservation concepts that are vital for having engaging conversations with others in the class.
Wapama Videos

The Wapama video series provides evocative examples of historic preservation challenges, decision making, and application. Every week, a video segment of the Wapama story will be made available to watch; there will be a follow-up group discussion about the video segment during each virtual classroom.
Case Stories

You will be assigned a group of “Buddies” during the Orientation session. Your Buddy Group will be assigned a case story property that you will research and use throughout the course to apply historic preservation concepts and techniques. Worksheets that you will be using for the case stories are in your Student Workbook. Download the ‘research guide’ for some guidance on where to begin your research on historic properties.
Virtual Classroom There are six virtual classroom sessions. They will be scheduled as recurring on the same day of each week. You will receive your recurring virtual class meeting link in Orientation.

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