Welcome Back for Fall 2014!

Greetings Preservation Enthusiasts,

This is just a quick reminder that NOVA’s Fall semester begins on Wednesday, August 20 and that we’re offering Prof. Clark’s HIS 180- Historic Archeology, Prof. Gillespie’s HIS 187- Interpreting Material Culture, and Prof. Kincheloe’s HIS 281- History of VIrginia, Part I, as well as the debut of Prof. Sprinkle’s online version of HIS 181- History and Theory of Historic Preservation.

The College no longer allows any students to register for classes once a session has started, so you have until the end of the day tomorrow if you haven’t yet signed up.  Don’t delay, and have a great semester!

John Sprinkle’s Crafting Preservation Criteria

This Spring marked the publication of our own John Sprinkle’s latest book, Crafting Preservation Criteria: The National Register of Historic Places and American Historic Preservation by Routledge.  This work examines the evolution of the criteria used by the federal government to identify historic sites worthy of preserving, and serves as a pretty excellent history of historic preservation in modern America more generally.  I’ve read it already myself and found it fascinating, and heartily recommend it to everyone involved in our program, whether or not they’ve been lucky enough to be enrolled in one of Dr. Sprinkle’s courses.  You can order it from your favorite bookseller, and it’s even available as an e-book.  Happy reading!

Crafting Preservation Criteria

 

Program Courses for Summer and Fall 2014

Here is a quick run down of the Historic Preservation course offerings for the Fall and Summer semesters of 2014. Please note that as of this Fall, the College is no longer allowing late registration for classes, so that means that you must register BEFORE the beginning of the semester in order to be assured of a place!

Fall, 2014

HIS 180- Historical Archaeology, Prof. David Clark, Thursday 7:00-9:45pm LW 0116 (Core Course)
This course is an introduction to both the methods and theories in historical archaeology as practiced in the United States and worldwide. Topics include time and space, field survey, excavation, archival and laboratory research. Some field trips will be held to site excavations.

HIS 181- History and Theory of Historic Preservation, Prof. John Sprinkle, Online with NOVA’s Extended Learning Institute (Core Course)
This will be the debut online course offering for NOVA’s Historic Preservation Program.  The class provides students with a through-going introduction to the history, methodolgies and issues involved in historic preservation at the federal, state, and local levels.  Since we’re still putting the finishing touches on course development for the online version HIS 181, it won’t be available to actually register for until sometime this summer, but we will be offering it this fall.  More details as they become available!

HIS 187 Interpreting Material Culture, Prof. Tracy Gillespie, Tuesday 7:00-9:45pm LR 0274 (Core Course)
Interpreting Material Culture will use hands-on activities, readings, visits to museums and historic sites, and active discussion to shed light on our understanding of the past through the study of material culture.

HIS 281 History of Virginia I, Prof. John Kincheloe, Thursdays 7:00-9:45pm LC 215 (Elective Course)
This Commonwealth of Virginia was built not by politicians or agriculturalists but by the intersection of Green, Red, Black, and White. The landscape that dictated terms of growth, the native population that existed long before our story will begin, the slaves imported from Africa, and the Europeans who wrote the story we will discuss were all four equal players in the creation of the early history of Virginia.  Students will delve into both an understanding of the diverse historical experiences of Virginians, and will take a hands on approach to exploring their own interests in the early history of our Commonwealth.

 HIS 199 Historic Preservation Internship, Prof. Doug Campbell (Core Course)
This course is designed to give you practical experience in the field of historic preservation by allowing you to work as an intern at a historic site, museum, historical society, government agency, or other site relevant to historic preservation. At the end of the semester, you will have produced an internship portfolio documenting the work you have done and the experience you have gained, suitable for use in job applications in the historic preservation field. All sites for the internship must be pre-approved before the internship can begin, so please get in touch with me well before the start of the semester so we can get everything set up and you can hit the ground running.

Summer, 2013

HIS 188- Field Survey Techniques in Archaeology, Prof. David Clark, Tues and Thurs. 5:30-9:10pm LR 0144 (Elective Course)

HIS 199 Historic Preservation Internship, Prof. Doug Campbell (Core Course)

Foodways Workshop at Gunston Hall, May 16-18

There will be a workshop on 18th century foodways hosted by Gunston Hall on May 16-18, 2014.  Among the presenters will be our own Dr. David Clark discussing what archeology can reveal about dietary patterns during the era.   It sounds like a fascinating event which will be well worth the while of anyone interested in historic preservation.  Details can be found at:

http://www.boicehistorieacademie.com/may-2014-program-flier.html

Sailing the Draken Harald Harfagre

For the last four years a project has been underway to investigate ancient Norse sailing traditions by constructing and sailing of the world’s largest Viking ship built in the modern era. Our own John Kincheloe, a history professor at Loudoun campus, spent the summer of 2013 as a crew member on the Draken Harald Harfagre, sailing the coast of Norway. His goal was to develop an understanding of the Viking age and its maritime legacy. In the process, he experienced firsthand the challenges of historically recreating a method of sailing and way of life that has not existed in over 900 years.

John Kincheloe will speak on both the Viking Maritime Legacy and his experience “Taming the Dragon” on January 29th at 5pm in (LW116).

Courses for Spring 2014

As you get ready to register for the Spring semester, please take a look at the courses that NOVA’s Historic Preservation Program will be offering.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the program head at docampbell@nvcc.edu.  Happy registering!

HIS 187 Interpreting Material Culture, Prof. Tracy Gillespie (Core Course)

What could a 19th century photograph of a former slave tell you about her previous life?  Can a stain on the page of an ancient book tell you about its history?  Could an old building give you clues to its past?  These are all examples of material culture — items from the past — that tell us stories of what’s come before.  This course introduces you to ways we can interpret the past through material culture.  Many class sessions will meet at historic sites and museums in Loudoun — exactly where we’ll find material culture!  The class meets on Tuesday nights at the Reston Center.

HIS 193 Prehistorical Archeology, Prof. David Clark (Elective Course)

The study of Native American culture history from earliest times to European-contact. Weekly hands-on artifact studies, ancient technology demonstrations, site field trips, and public interactive preservation programs high-light the course. The class meets on Thursday nights at Signal Hill.

HIS 199 Historic Preservation Internship, Prof. Doug Campbell (Core Course)

This course is designed to give you practical experience in the field of historic preservation by allowing you to work as an intern at a historic site, museum, historical society, government agency, or other site relevant to historic preservation. At the end of the semester, you will have produced an internship portfolio documenting the work you have done and the experience you have gained, suitable for use in job applications in the historic preservation field. All sites for the internship must be pre-approved before the internship can begin, so please get in touch with me well before the start of the semester so we can get everything set up and you can hit the ground running.

HIS 205-Local History Seminar–The Journey Through Hallowed Ground, Prof. Rich Gillespie (Elective Course)

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground federal heritage area is a 180-mile corridor from Gettysburg to Charlottesville, and our historic region sits right in the heart of it. History 205 helps students use local historic sites in the Journey to open doors of understanding, meaning, interest, and service to families, neighbors, friends, business associates, and club and civic group members. Historic Preservation certificate students gain a more soulful feeling and sense of meaning for the historic environment in which they hope ultimately to be active as professionals, and learn new ways to view this historic landscape. NVCC students hoping to get history credits see what they’ve studied in the academic classroom come alive on the historic landscape that surrounds them. Certified Tourism Ambassadors (CTAs) get to see the Journey’s meaning and gain a passion for its historic sites. Teachers get ideas of how our historic landscape can be used to bring their classroom teaching alive.  The class meets on Wednesday nights at the Reston Center.