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Historic Preservation Fundamentals Learning Series

Second course back online!

The second course in the Historic Preservation Fundamentals Learning Series is back online. Scroll below to find the Historic Property Integrity course. The other courses are being updated and will be back online soon. If you have any questions please contact cari_kreshak@nps.gov.

Overview

Are you interested in learning more about historic preservation in national parks? Come join our Historic Preservation Fundamentals Learning Series. You’ll learn about the significance, integrity, character, treatments, and documentation involved in working with historic properties. Please complete all of the learning activities below in order and earn badges along the way.

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Section 1: Significance, Integrity, and Character-Defining Features

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In this section you can learn about what makes a place historically important, how to recognize qualities and characteristics that express a property’s history, and determine elements that should be saved.

  1. Historic Property Significance
  2. Historic Property Integrity
  3. Relate Character Defining Features to Historic Property Significance and Integrity
  4. Explore the National Register of Historic Places

Earn the Section 1 Badge

When you complete Section 1, you will receive the following badge:

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Section 2: Historic Property Treatment

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In this section you can learn about the techniques, skills and approaches for working on historic properties.

  1. Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for the Treatment of Historic Properties
  2. Identify Specific Historic Property Treatments

Earn the Section 2 Badge

When you complete Section 2, you will receive the following badge:

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Section 3: Applying and Documenting Treatment Actions

A thin metal chisel is held in a fist. The tip of the chisel is inserted into the mortar between rows of bricks.

In this learning activity, you will learn how to use relevant, site-specific, resource documents to obtain background information on property history, significance, integrity, and treatment objective. Coming soon!

  1. Recognizing Historic Resources vs. Non-Historic Resources
  2. Identify Period Trade Practice
  3. Working with “In-Kind” Material
  4. Identify the Review Process for Historical Preservation

Earn the Section 3 Badge

When you complete Section 3, you will receive the following badge:

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How can I be a Historic Preservation Fundamentals Rockstar?

If you complete all of the learning activities for each section, you will earn the following badge:

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