The content on this webpage includes information for students, teachers, and
looking to pursue a higher education degree in historic preservation.
The deadline for submission student essays
has been extended to 15 MAY 2014!
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia is pleased to announce its first Statewide Historic Preservation Essay Competition for West Virginiaís 8th grade students. This yearís competition and scholarships are sponsored by CONSOL Energy. The theme is Endangered Historic Properties in Your Community.
All 8th grade students are invited to submit an essay with photos identifying a historic endangered property in their community or county. Properties must be at least 50 years of age or older (age requirement to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places). Properties can include houses, commercial buildings, downtown buildings, churches, courthouses, schools, farms, barns, cemeteries, bridges, monuments, and landscapes. For full guidelines and a competition entry form in PDF format, click HERE. (Same thing in MS Word format HERE.)
First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive a scholarship from CONSOL Energy and be invited to present a brief PowerPoint presentation during the annual Historic Preservation Awards Banquet in September 2014 (date to be announced) in Huntington, WV. Only three winners will be chosen for the entire state. Cash prizes are $600 for first place, $300 for second place, and $100 for third place. Each winner, his/her parent/guardian, and a local decision-maker will receive free dinner and entry to the awards banquet.
Submissions are due via mail or email to
Preservation Alliance of West Virginia by March 14, 2014.
For questions, contact Danielle LaPresta, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-345-6005.
Historic Preservation Related Degree
and College Programs in West Virginia
Earn Bachelorís and Masterís degrees in historic preservation related fields at colleges and universities in West Virginia. Learn more about program opportunities below.
Shepherd University History Bachelorís Degree with Concentrations in Historic Preservation or Public History
Shepherd University offers a BA in history with a concentration in historic preservation and public history. Shepherd features small classes, a combination of lecture and hands-on activities, and experienced faculty, all in a historic and beautiful setting. Minutes away from 5 national parks, Shepherd University is also less than 90 minutes away from Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD.
For more information or questions, contact Keith Alexander email@example.com (Historic Preservation) or Julia Sandy-Bailey firstname.lastname@example.org (Public History).
For information about the Shepherd University History Department, visit http://www.shepherd.edu/historyweb/.
Learn more about historic preservation and public history at Shepherd by visiting the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HPatSU.
Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) at West Virginia University
The Landscape Architecture Program of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design at West Virginia University has launched a Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA) degree program. For students entering landscape architecture study for the first time, the entry-level degree is the first professional degree. This may be a BSLA or a BLA undergraduate degree or a MLA graduate degree from an accredited program. Demand for professional landscape architects is increasing due to emerging environmental markets and projected shortages of graduates from accredited landscape architecture programs. The MLA focuses on environmental and community design and planning, in addition to providing the primary skills and methods of landscape architecture. The curriculum is flexible for students who may want to develop specialized knowledge in areas such as historic preservation/heritage planning, environmental restoration, community design, or environmental resource analysis methods.
Program Emphasis: Graduates of the program will be prepared for competitive entry-level positions in private firms and public agencies. In the course of their graduate education, students may pursue one of several options, ranging from a general professional background to a focus on historic preservation/heritage planning, environmental restoration, community design, or environmental and natural resource analysis.
The MLA is considered to be the terminal degree within the profession. Accordingly, graduates will be eligible to apply for academic positions
For more information, see: http://larc.wvu.edu/grad_program
or contact Charlie Yuill at Charlie.Yuill@mail.wvu.edu 304-293-4832
West Virginia University Public History Masterís Degree
The Public History program at West Virginia University (WVU) is noted for its strengths in historic preservation and cultural resources management combined with expertise in museum studies and historical interpretation under the supervision of Melissa Bingmann as program director.
In addition to the MA in Public History, the department also encourages its Ph.D. students to develop skills in the field, and accepts a concentration in public history as a minor field for comprehensive exams. Other department faculty who work with the public history program include Ken Fones-Wolf, who has worked as an archivist and editor.
Annual hands-on field school opportunities are available through the WVU Division of Design & Merchandising annual Historic Preservation Field School. Each yearís field school is located at a different historical site with a different theme. The field school is open to WVU and outside students.
For more information about the program, visit http://history.wvu.edu/graduate/public-history-and-crm-program.
For degree requirements, visit http://history.wvu.edu/graduate/master-of-arts-requirements.
For more information and questions, contact Dr. Melissa Bingmann at Melissa.Bingmann@mail.wvu.edu.
West Virginia University Cultural Resource Management Certificate
The Cultural Resource Management Program is a unit of the Eberly College of Arts & Sciences School of Applied Social Sciences offering a graduate certificate in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). The program is interdisciplinary in nature and is committed to the research and service missions of the University, and strives to make significant contributions in history, recreation, tourism, public administration, design, geography, and art history. Students may earn their CRM certificate while pursuing other degrees.
For more information, visit http://history.wvu.edu/graduate/public-history-and-crm-program/crm.
For more information and questions, contact Jenny Boulware at Jenny.Boulware@mail.wvu.edu.
West Virginia University Division of Design & Merchandising
Students working toward a Masterís degree in Design can focus on historic preservation as part of their coursework. http://www.graduatedesign.wvu.edu/r/download/143135
Undergraduate students in the design program can minor in historic preservation through the History Department.
More information about degrees and contact information for these programs is located at http://www.design.wvu.edu.