Center Projects and Events

The University of Mary Washington Center for Historic Preservation engages UMW Historic Preservation students and the preservation community in a number of ways.  Below are listed some of the Center’s current and past projects, events, and initiatives.


Pope-Leighey House Wood Conservation Workshop (2015)

Students participated in the conservation of the wood siding of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Pope-Leighey House in the spring of 2015 by sensitively removing years of dirt and grime.  The workshop was facilitated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the UMW Center for Historic Preservation.

2014-2015 Preservation Lectures

During the 2014-2015 academic year the UMW Center for Historic Preservation sponsored a number of preservation related lectures.

  • Jess Phelps, Preservation Easements 101
  • Jack Pyburn, Stewardship of a University’s Built Heritage
  • Jeffrey Larry, Lincoln’s Cottage

Center for Historic Preservation Book Prize (2015)

Established by the Center in 1988, the Historic Preservation Book Prize is awarded annually by a jury of preservation academics and professionals to the book with the most potential for positively impacting the discipline of historic preservation in the United States.  The book prize was awarded this year (2015) to Marta Gutman for her book, A City for Children; Women, Architecture, and the Charitable Landscapes of Oakland, 1850-1950.

A Progress Report on the Oval Site (44WM80), Stratford Hall Plantation (Fall 2014)

The UMW Center for Historic Preservation helped fund two students, Jessica Bittner and Robin Ramey, to present at the 2014 Archeological Society of Virginia Conference in Richmond, Virginia.

Historic Structures Inventory and Integrity Assessment of the Blue Ridge Parkway (2014-2015)

The UMW Center for Historic Preservation received $13,670 in funding from the National Park Service to assist in  the processing of data collected as part of a National Historic Landmark nomination for the Blue Ridge Parkway.  During the process two UMW students, Linda Komp and Heather Kennedy, entered survey information from the Virginia portion of the Blue Ridge Parkway into the Virginia Department of Historic Resources VCRIS system.  The project was led by Assistant Professor Michael Spencer.

Stafford County Slave Housing Study (2014-)

University of Mary Washington Historic Preservation Professor Douglas Sanford obtained funding for a study on slave housing in Stafford County, Virginia in the summer of 2014.  This funding was made possible by Stafford County, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and matching funds from the UMW Center for Historic Preservation.