Spring Open House, April 30 at 6:30 in LC-209

Please mark your calendar for the NOVA Historic Preservation Program’s


Thursday, April 30 at 6:30 pm

NOVA Loudoun Campus, LC 209

Heading up our line-up will be our own Dr. David Clark, talking about the MOCK SKELETAL RECOVERY his students did for his Forensic Archeology course this semester. If you’ve ever wanted to see what really goes into the excavation and interpretation of human remains of the sort portrayed on crime procedural TV dramas, you won’t want to miss this!

In addition, we’ll have our faculty members promoting their exciting line-up of fall courses, which include:

  • Prof. David Clark’s HIS 180- Historical Archeology
  • Prof. Mike Henry’s HIS 183- Survey of Museum Practice
  • Prof. Tara Tetrault’s HIS 186- Collections Management
  • Prof. Doug Campbell’s HIS 199- Historic Preservation Internship

We’ll also give a quick preview of our summer course,

  • Prof. David Clark’s HIS 188- Archeological Fieldwork

Come by and see what the Historic Preservation Program is all about!

1865 Talks–The Mosby Heritage Area in the Civil War

1865: “Great God! Take Care of Us Now!”

with Rich Gillespie

The Fifth in a Series on the Civil War in the Mosby Heritage Area


SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015 at 3 o’clock P.M.; Goose Creek Friends Meeting, Lincoln, Sponsored by the Lincoln Community League

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 8, 2015 at 2 o’clock P.M.; St. James United Church of Christ, Lovettsville, sponsored by the Lovettsville Historical Society

SUNDAY MARCH 22, 2015 at 3 o’clock P.M.; Mt. Zion Church, Mt. Zion Historic Park, Aldie, sponsored by Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and the Mosby Heritage Area Association.

One hundred fifty years ago during the Civil War, Loudoun, Fauquier, and Clarke were nearing the end of Civil War. If 1864 was about frustration on both sides leading to the use of “total war” tactics that would leave the Loudoun Valley of Fauquier and Loudoun a shambles–burning wagons, burning farms, burning crops, and burning hatred—then 1865 was the year when all of those burning changes came to roost. While the War came to an end in April, the results and impacts of those cataclysmic four years would now take effect with a vengeance. Surprisingly, local fighting lasted until after Appomattox, which we’ll examine.

The Mosby Heritage Area Association in the winter of 2015 will offer the fifth installment in a series of Sesquicentennial glimpses of the local experience during the Civil War featuring MHAA Director of Education Richard Gillespie. The program will use area historic sites and landscapes to weave a tapestry of civilian and soldier experience during the final months of the South’s ill-fated bid for independence, including a glimpse at the first months of Freedom for the enslaved. Richly illustrated with photo and anecdote, this glimpse of 1865 shows a Loudoun sliding into devastation after four years of War. Programs will be held at Goose Creek Friends Meeting in Lincoln on Sunday January 25 at 3:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Lincoln Community League), St. James United Church of Christ in Lovettsville on Sunday February 8 at 2:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Lovettsville Historical Society), and at Mt. Zion Church at Mt. Zion Historical Park in Aldie on Sunday March 22 at 3:00 p.m. (sponsored by the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority and Mosby Heritage Area Association as part of their Conversations lecture series. Admission or donation will be charged.

Spring 2015 Class Offerings

Happy New Year Preservationists! This is just a quick reminder about the Spring semester core and elective courses for NOVA’s Historic Preservation Program.  Please remember that now there is no longer any late registration at the College, so once the official beginning of the semester arrives on January 12, you will no longer be able to add classes. Also, registering for classes early helps ensure that classes fill adequately and do not get canceled.  So register early, register often, and have fun– it’s going to be a great semester!

HIS. 183 – A Survey of Museum Practice.

It’s time to step over the velvet rope and peek behind the curtain to see displays, exhibits and museums in a whole new light. Join us on Tuesday nights to explore the world of museums from the inside out. See how the many different skills and abilities that are in the modern museum team together to educate and entertain our audiences. From Docent to Curator, Registrar to Fabricator you’ll discover how Museums work and how they don’t. After this class, you’ll never look at an exhibit the same way again!

HIS 193- Forensic Archeology

Forensics today is an exciting, developing discipline/specialty linked to a fast-growing job market with tremendous public interest spurred by World-Wide News, TV programs, the Internet and other media sources. Modern Forensics has three major applications: Criminal Justice, Archaeology and Mass Disaster. This class is designed to teach the basics of analysis and interpretation of human remains, their condition and their associated trace materials. It is an applied field of Biological Anthropology and is an introduction to the subject…it will not make you a forensic specialist. But the course will forever change the way you look at the world and perhaps provide incentives to pursue a career in one of the ever-increasing forensic specialties.

HIS 205- Local History (“Journey Through Hallowed Ground”)

U.S. Route 15 and Virginia State Route 20 from central Virginia to southern Pennsylvania have provided a buffet of historical food for thought. This 180-mile stretch of road has been identified by The National Park Service’s, National Register of Historic Places, the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, and the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers as “The Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area”. This course examines the region’s historical aura through lecture, discussion, guest speakers, and first-hand “field” experiences. The course will heighten the awareness for historic preservation, utilizing historic sites as a teaching resource, and assist students to become more conscious of the need for historic preservation.

NOVA Historic Preservation Fall Open House

Please mark your calendar for the NOVA Historic Preservation Program’s


Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7pm

NOVA Loudoun Campus, LW 106

Heading up our line-up will be our own Dr. John Sprinkle, talking about his new book, Crafting Preservation Criteria: The National Register of Historic Places and American Historic Preservation, which is already well on its way to being the definitive work in the field.

In addition, we’ll have our splendid faculty members promoting their exciting line-up of spring courses, which include:

Prof. Mike Henry’s HIS 183- Survey of Museum Practice

Prof. David Clark’s HIS 193- Forensic Archaeology

Prof. Rich Gillespie’s HIS 205- Local History, “Journey Through Hallowed Ground”

Prof. Doug Campbell’s HIS 199- Historic Preservation Internship

And if that’s not enough to quicken anyone’s blood, there will be cookies as well!  Come by and see what the Historic Preservation Program is all about!

Upcoming World War I Program at Mount Zion Church

This weekend, John King, the  National Park Service’s First World War Material Culture Expert & Collector, will be presenting on the following, very interesting topic.  Please see the attached flier for more details.

1914: Viewing the Great War from Northern Virginia”

Sunday, November 9  at 3:00pm at historic MOUNT ZION CHURCH

40309 John Singleton Mosby Highway (Route 50), ALDIE, VIRGINIA

1914 lecture

Upcoming Program on Women in Preservation

For your perusal, the following program will be held in October at the American Institute of Architects:

Women in Preservation Special Event:

Architect Barbie: The Debate and Discussion 3 Years Later

A program and networking opportunity with the Co-Creators of Architect Barbie
Kelly Hayes McAlonie, AIA and Despina Stratigakos, Ph.D.
Thursday, October 23, 2014
5:30pm Networking and reception
6:00pm Program
6:45pm Networking
The American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20006
Metro: Farragut West
Registration now open!
WIP information and flyer: www.npi.org/wip.html


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