Field School in Preservation Practices: Using Easements to Protect Historic Properties


Join Historic New England’s preservation experts for an in-depth practicum designed for historic preservation students and professionals. Learn how to develop, use, and monitor preservation easement restrictions to protect historic properties in perpetuity, preserving exterior, interior, and other aspects of the property. Lectures cover the legal and structural requirements of preservation restriction agreements, and explain how Historic New England's Stewardship Easement Program protects nearly 100 privately owned properties across the region, including monitoring procedures for annual inspection of easement-protected properties. Participate in field exercises, including site visits to easement-protected properties, and gain a practical and theoretical understanding of the methodologies employed by Historic New England in this unique and highly regarded program. Friday, October 17, 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday, October 18, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.Locations in the Greater Boston area, to … [Read more...]

Annual Historic Preservation Department Spring Picnic on April 24th

HISP Spring Picnic 2014

HISP majors and friends are cordially invited to attend the annual UMW Historic Preservation Spring Picnic! The event will be held in Jefferson Square outside of Combs Hall on Thursday, April 24th from 5-7pm. Food and drink will be served and scholarships for next year will be announced. There will be a sign-up sheet in the department for those attending. … [Read more...]

Why We Are Here: Connections in Preservation

Why We Are Here Lecture Poster

The Department of Historic Preservation presents a lecture by Tracy Hadden Loh. Born and raised in D.C., Tracy has long been interested in urban infrastructure and federal policy. With a background in urban studies and computational math, Tracy is a research manager at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy and director of the National Transportation Alternatives Clearinghouse. She will present her lecture, Why We Are Here: Connections in Preservation. This presentation will be on Wednesday, April 9 at 5PM in Combs Hall RM 237. Follow this link for more information about Rails-to-Trails. … [Read more...]


Are you a bridge enthusiast? Do you love adventure? Professors Smith and Sanford are leading an adventure that will take you to the most magnificent bridges in Fredericksburg. Not only will it involve conversation about awesome architecture, but it also involves a trip to Carl’s. After, there will be a competition to see who can build the strongest bridge out of Popsicle sticks. And yes, there will be prizes for the winners! We will be meeting at 1pm on March 23. Bridge Poster … [Read more...]