Center for Historic Preservation

Established in 1980, the Center for Historic Preservation is a research and public outreach organization affiliated with the Department of Historic Preservation. The Center has two main missions that govern its activities:

  1. The Center supports the undergraduate academic major in Historic Preservation by sponsoring lectures, workshops, symposia and conferences; by organizing fieldwork and international study opportunities for students and faculty; and by sustaining activities that expand opportunities for students to participate in preservation-related research. To this end, the Center participates actively in local, regional and international preservation organizations.
  2. The Center supports Historic Preservation activities by offering public programs, by undertaking cooperative research, by providing professional services and technical assistance to organizations, property owners, and local governments and agencies.

The Center facilitates the Department of Historic Preservation’s newsletter. Annually the Center awards the nationally competitive Historic Preservation Book Prize.


Center Spring 2023 Activities:

March 16, 2023 @ 5pm Combs #139:  Lecture, Change is Required: Perspectives on the Post-Pandemic Museum, by  Marsha Semmel.

March 17, 2023:  Tour of Bloomsbury, Orange Co., VA.

March 23, 2023 @ 12:30pm Combs #011:  VCRIS Workshop with Blake McDonald, Richmond Manager for Architectural Survey & the Cost Share Grant Program with the Department of Historic Resources (DHR).

March 23, 2023 @ 5pm: Interactive Career Forum, panel with Elyse Adams, HISP ’16 from Dovetail, Alberic Karin-Plun HISP ’22 from Albermarle County, Kate Schwartz, City of Fredericksburg and Dr. Rebecca Toy,Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park.

March 31-April 1, 2023:  Mortar Re-pointing Workshop at the Mary Washington House, presented by Dominion Traditional Masonry, The UMW Center for Historic Preservation, and Washington Heritage Museums.

April 10-April 21, 2023: Archaeology Lectures, times and titles TBA

April 28-30, 2023: Cemetery Workshop presented by conservator Robert Mosko