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The Center for Historic Preservation has awarded this year’s Book Prize to Detroit Remains, by Krysta Ryzewski. Detroit Remains is a collection of six case studies in Detroit, Michigan, ranging from bootlegging, a log cabin, jazz site, and Detroit counterculture. Read more about the book HERE.

Detroit Remains
Brompton

Students investigate historic Brompton as part of their HISP 305 coursework.

Brompton
Fredericksburg City Cemetery Workshop

A student works to conserve a headstone during the fall 2022 Cemetery Preservation Workshop sponsored by the Fredericksburg City Cemetery and the Center for Historic Preservation.

Fredericksburg City Cemetery Workshop
Dr. Christine Henry Honored

Dr. Christine Henry received the 2022 Mary W. Pinschmidt Award during spring commencement. The award recognizes the faculty member who seniors select as the person they will most likely remember as the one who had the greatest impact on their lives.

Dr. Christine Henry Honored
Preservation in Paris!

Student pose for a picture at the Jardin de l’Hotel de Sully in Paris during the summer 2022 trip led by Dr. Smith.

Preservation in Paris!
Archaeology

Students conduct an archaeological survey under the supervision of Dr. Lauren McMillan.

Archaeology
Collections Management

Students work on the collection at the Washington Heritage Museums historic St. James House under the supervision of Dr. Cristina Turdean.

Collections Management
Booker T. Washington Tobacco Barn Project

Professor Spencer, with the assistance of Historic Preservation student Hannah St. Onge, documented and assessed the tobacco barn located at the Booker T. Washington National Monument in preparation for repairs to the structure.

Booker T. Washington Tobacco Barn Project

Since 1981, the Historic Preservation Department at the University of Mary Washington has taught a multi-disciplinary approach to the theories and practice of preservation as it has evolved in the United States culminating in a Bachelor of Arts in Historic Preservation. The Department stresses developing student understanding of the intellectual practices of: history, architectural history, archaeology, museum studies, preservation law, land use planning, and principles of architectural conservation, as well as the ethical and technical understanding of how public policy decisions are made and affect the survival of historic resources. Each student undertakes documentation and directed research on historic buildings, sites and structures in the region, first through classroom exercises and then at the upper level through personal research projects.

The Historic Preservation Department prepares students for work in the fields of preservation, cultural resource management, museum management, as well as further work toward graduate degrees in archaeology, history, architectural history and conservation, urban planning, and museum studies.