Historic Preservation


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At its narrowest sense, historic preservation is the act of saving an old building. At its broadest dimension, the field seeks to examine the built environment of the past to provide us with a context for creating a more sustainable future. The minor introduces students to basic principles and techniques of historic preservation. It provides historical and academic background to understand major architectural styles and their connection with cultural history from the time of their development. Staunton’s sophisticated and successful historic preservation movement provides a good laboratory setting.

Why study historic preservation at Mary Baldwin University?

Historic preservation is more than saving the buildings where important figures worked and lived or where significant events took place. It is a way of looking at the world, which seeks to include the material culture of all our pasts along with our present activities. Historic preservation allows students to not only read about history’s story, but to interact with it.

For more information on historic preservation at Mary Baldwin, contact Rick Potter.

Historic Staunton Foundation

The Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities

The American Association for State and Local History

The Society of Architectural Historians

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The Historic Preservation Planning Program of the National Park Service

The Preservation Directory

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library



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Assistant Professor of History; BA, College of William & Mary; MA, University of Virginia;...
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