NOVA Historic Preservation Spring Open House, April 22!

Are you fascinated by museums but have always wanted to find out more about how they operate behind the scenes? Every time you see a building that was built hundreds of years ago, do you love to imagine what life must have been like for the people who first lived there?    Do you like digging in the dirt for nifty old things?  Do you simply have a passion for the past that goes far beyond reading books and writing papers?

Then come and find out what NOVA’s Historic Preservation Program is all about!

  • Get the jump on the registration rush as program faculty will talk about our upcoming internship opportunities and course offerings in preservation, museum studies and archaeology for the Summer and Fall 2013 semesters.
  • Find out how to turn your love of the past into an actual job as Lori Kimball, the Director of Education at historic Oatlands Plantation and a NOVA Historic Preservation Program graduate, discusses how her experience in the program helped her get a foot in the door as a museum professional.
  • Shamelessly mooch off of our fabulous munchies!

When: 6:45pm on Monday, April 22

Where: NOVA’s Loudoun Campus, LC-313

Any questions or comments?  Contact Program Head Dr. Doug Campbell

Historical Interpretation Internship at Aldie Mill

Here’s another opportunity to get some experience in the field of historic preservation with our own faculty member Tracy Gillespie at Aldie Mill.  Please see below for more details:


Summer/Fall 2013




  • Do you like American history?
  • Enjoy talking with visitors to the area?
  • Want to learn the historic trade of milling?


Then this internship is for YOU!

What’s the commitment?       

Two Saturdays per month, 12:00-5:00. 

            Learn the milling process and the history of Aldie Mill

            Have fun and meet interesting people!



CONTACT SITE MANAGER Tracy J. Gillespie, 703-327-9777 or

Spaces filled on a first-come, first-served basis.



Aldie Mill Historic Park is a property of The Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority.

Historic Preservation Summer Employment Opportunity

Here’s an interesting opportunity for jobs in the preservation field, sponsored by the  National Park Service:


The Heritage Documentation Programs (Historic American Buildings
Survey/Historic American Engineering Record/Historic  American
Landscapes Survey), a division of the National Park Service, seeks
applications from qualified students for summer employment documenting
historic sites and structures of architectural, engineering and
landscape significance throughout the country. Duties involve on-site
field work and the preparation of measured and interpretive drawings
and written historical reports for the HABS/HAER/HALS Collection at
the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress.Projects last twelve weeks, beginning in May/June. Salaries range from
approximately $6,000 to approximately $11,000 for the summer,
depending on job responsibility, locality of the project, and level of
experience. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Applications Due: 15 March 2013

Application information can be found on our web site: examples of HDP documentation on the Library of Congress web site: the HDP Summer 2013 Recruitment Poster from our web site:  (340KB.PDF)

For additional information regarding the HABS/HAER/HALS Summer 2013
Documentation Program, please contact:Judy Davis
Summer Program Administrator
Heritage Documentation Programs Division
National Park Service (2270)
1201 Eye Street, NW, 7th Floor
Washington, DC  20005
Tel: (202) 354-2135
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Mount Vernon Archaeological Field School

This summer, George Washington’s Mount Vernon will be offering an archaeological field school class in conjunction with the University of Maryland’s Historic Preservation graduate program.   This is a very exciting opportunity for anyone passionate about archaeology, and the archaeologists at Mount Vernon have specifically invited preservation students from NOVA to apply.  The text of the announcement for the program is as follows:

“George Washington’s Mount Vernon, located near Washington, DC, is the historic site dedicated to interpreting the life of the first president within the context of his home and plantation. Under the management of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association (MVLA), the property is preserved and restored to reflect the 18th‐century home of the Washington family and the enslaved community. In 2013, the Historic Preservation and Collections Department will embark on a multi‐year project to explore the evolution of the homelot and the multiple generations of outbuildings flanking the Mansion’s west front beginning with an interdisciplinary study of the kitchen. The inaugural year of the Mount Vernon / University of Maryland (UMD) Field School in Historic Preservation will investigate the archaeological, architectural, and interpretive histories of the Washington family’s kitchen to create an integrated approach to its study, documentation, and public presentation while offering a unique educational opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students.

This course will instruct students in historic preservation method and theory. Students will learn archaeological and architectural field methodology, laboratory procedures, and current themes in historical archaeology and historical preservation. Via readings, discussions, and field trips, students will delve into three prominent themes of historic house museums – the evolution of the plantation landscape, African American history, and public interpretation – while conducting fieldwork at George Washington’s original Mansion House Farm. They will gain hands‐on, practical experience as they work closely with Mount Vernon’s preservation professionals. Additionally, students will interpret the work to the Estate’s many visitors.

Details. The field school will take place from May 28th through July 3rd. Faculty includes UMD Professor Donald Linebaugh and MVLA staff Eleanor Breen, Luke Pecoraro, and Esther White.  Students earn 6 course credits by attending 6 weeks of classes, 40 hours per week. Check with your institution about transferring credit. Mount Vernon does not offer housing on the property, but staff will work with students to find local accommodations if necessary. Be advised that most of our time will be outdoors doing strenuous work in hot, humid conditions.


  • Undergraduate or graduate with good academic standing who is attending college full time.
  • Interest in historical archaeology, historic preservation, museums, and American history.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work as part of a team.

Application. Applicants should submit a resume, names of two references and cover letter, including a statement detailing interest in this program by April 1, 2013.”