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.