AMST 205: Historic Preservation

In this course students will study the history and theory of historic preservation, specifically of cultural landscapes, and gain practical experience in site assessment and historical analysis using a local Middletown site. How do we determine historic significance? Who are the stewards of historic spaces? What are effective strategies for preservation planning and policymaking? How do historic artifacts and documents inform our understanding of a historic site? Throughout the semester students will participate in a mapping survey of gravemarkers in the Washington Street burying ground. During the second half of the semester students will apply what they have learned in an individual research project.