The Historic Preservation department is proud to present the board game "Plunked". The students of the Preservation Planning Lab have been working hard all semester and invite you to join them on Wednesday, April 25th to try out their new game. The event will be held in Combs 004 at 5pm with refreshments. … [Read more...]

Study Abroad in Paris

Still need your experiential learning to graduate? Are you an out-of-state student who doesn't want to pay extra tuition for studying abroad? Have you ever wanted to go to Paris? Now is your chance! In July Professor Smith will be teaching a Historic Preservation class in France. This six credit course will be taught in English, although it will be optional to take a French class during your stay, and it will count as an elective towards your degree. For more information stop by and see Professor Smith in Combs 134 or email her at She would love to answer any questions or concerns you might have. … [Read more...]

Preservation Students Head to Buffalo

This past October the Center for Historic Preservation assisted in sending four historic preservation students, in addition to UMW professor Dr. Andrea Livi Smith to Buffalo, New York for the annual National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference. The students (Senior Cameron Henry, Juniors Susanna Parmelee and Sarah Sanders, and Sophomore Danielle Payne) and Dr. Smith were in attendance at the conference from Wednesday, October, 18 until Saturday, October, 22. Themed “Alternating Currents,” this year’s conference discussed many new and hot topics in the world of preservation including: issues of adaptive reuse, salvaging, budgeting, and many other similar topics. The conference attendees received the opportunity to attend either three or four different educational sessions each day to learn more about issues such as these. For a more detailed recount of events at the conference, please read their stories below:   A Little About Buffalo From Hisp Club to New … [Read more...]

Dr. Heather Huyck Visits UMW

On Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, the Center for Historic Preservation, in cooperation with the Department of Women and Gender Studies, co-sponsored a lecture featuring Dr. Heather Huyck, a public historian with more than 30 years of experience in the field. Dr. Huyck’s 5:00pm lecture in Combs Hall was titled, “Hard Hats & High Heels: Women Working in Historic Preservation”. Dr. Huyck gave a brief history of her personal experience entering the field of historic preservation and public history, including the challenges she faced as a career-seeking woman in the 1970’s; during a time when social and economic equality for American women did not exist. Dr. Huyck attributes her success to her persevering nature and desire to fulfill her own dreams. “Do what you love, and the rest will work itself out.” Hyuck explained to her audience. From here, Dr. Huyck began delving into her research interests and some of the work she had accomplished while employed at the National Park … [Read more...]