Historic Preservation Program records
Scope and Contents
The Historic Preservation Program records focuses on the inner workings of the program including outreach programs and projects, course instruction and final projects by program alumni. Formally established in 1979, some of the earliest program files can be found in the professional papers of Marshall McLennan and Andrew Nazarro the two faculty members who helped teach those first courses. This collection is one of the best representations of an experiential learning graduate program on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.
The collection documents the administration and history of the program as it was first offered in 1980 as a 36 credit-hour Master of Science degree program with Marshall McLennan as its program director. Materials in the collection are organized into four series: Administration and History; Civic Engagement; Course Instruction and Audio/Visual Materials.
Included in the Administration and History series are materials related to enrollment, recruitment, program review and restructuring, partnerships and funding opportunities. Of particular note are the files related to Anniversary Celebrations, Publicity and Outreach, Research Materials and Publications, and Memorabilia. The sub-series Faculty and Lecturers includes files on tenure track faculty and part-time lecturers (adjunct faculty) who have taught in the program. more compelete faculty files related to teaching, service and scholarship are not included in the collection, but have been separated into their own collections, in particular this includes the professional files of Marshall McLennan, Andrew Nazarro, Norm Tyler and Ted Ligibel.
The Civic Engagement series includes materials related to community projects mostly related to community surveys. Some of these community surveys were done within the context of a course assignment and when possible the course number has been listed. This series is a natural compliment to the Course Instruction series which has been primarily organized by course number. e.g. GEO 530 - Introduction to Historic Preservation. Included in this series is the sub-series Final Projects. To complete the program all students must complete an individual preservation project which has ranged from completing a Historic American Building Survey (HABS) or a National Register Nomination to topical papers or case studies. A kin to a Master's thesis these final projects have been arranged by title.
The Audio/Visual Materials series is organized by format and includes photographs from field school, teaching slides and films, and some taped interviews.
Given that most of the work completed by student, adjunct faculty and tenure track faculty in the program is original research, much of what is in the collection is not only important to understanding the Historic Preservation program at Eastern Michigan University but also the Preservation efforts in the state of Michigan.
- 1979 - 2015
- McLennan, Marshall S. (Other, Person)
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With support from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, geography professors Andrew Nazarro and Marshall McLennan initiated the Program’s first classes in the Fall of 1979. The Program is a Charter Member of the National Council for Preservation Education, becoming a member in 1980, the year the organization was founded. Under Dr. McLennan’s direction, students carried out numerous local architectural surveys in the 1980s, focused mainly on rural vernacular architecture of the region, which was supported by matching grants from the Michigan Historical Center. A concentration in Heritage Interpretation was introduced in the Fall of 1981. Two years later as university administrators considered demolishing Welch Hall and replacing it with a parking lot, Historic Preservation students and faculty prepared a rehabilitation plan and fought for the preservation of the building. The University rehabilitated Welch Hall in 1988-89 with the help of state funding. Through the efforts of the Program, it is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of a historic district that includes several other buildings on campus.
The Program underwent phenomenal enrollment growth in the late 1980s and attained the American Association of State and Local History’s Certificate of Commendation in 1989. In 1991 when former program director Ted J. Ligibel was added to the preservation faculty a new concentration in Preservation Planning was established. During a second period of growth, Professor Dan Bonenberger joined the faculty in 2008 and Professor Nancy Villa Bryk, was added to the faculty in 2011. Dr. Matt Cook joined the faculty in Fall 2016. Adjuncts include prominent restoration architects and planners, the Michigan State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO), experienced buildings restorers and conservators, and directors of preservation organizations and agencies.
The Program has evolved over the years responding to the changing nature of the preservation movement and its applied nature had remained paramount. The hallmark of the Program has been its continued commitment to providing needed services to communities. The Program has assisted over fifty Michigan and Ohio communities with surveys of their historic resources; national and state register nominations; materials conservation, preservation and interpretive plans; and numerous other preservation-based activities.
[borrowed from this Historic Preservation Program History Page: http://www.emich.edu/geo/preservation/history.php]
120.6 Linear Feet (18 record center cartons, 2 oversize boxes, 98 archive boxes, 2 halfsize archive boxes, 30 slide boxes, 15 oversize folders and 6 objects.)
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The Historic Preservation Program records document the graduate program in the Department of Geography and Geology whose course offerings focus on a variety of areas in the field of Historic Preservation. The collection documents the administration and history of the program as it was first offered in 1980 as a 36 credit-hour Master of Science degree program with Marshall McLennan as its program director to present day with not only the Master of Science degree program but also a graduate certificate program and undergraduate minor. Materials in the collection are organized into four series: Administration and History; Civic Engagement; Course Instruction and Audio/Visual Materials. Records date from 1979 to 2014. Of particular note is the original research compiled in the student's final papers and other course work found both in the Civic Engagement and Course Instruction series.
Some of the more recent final projects (ca. 2012-present) include digital copies of their final projects.
- Building Technology
- Building materials
- Buildings -- Remodeling for other use.
- Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement
- Eastern Michigan University
- Eastern Michigan University. Department of Geography-Geology
- Graduate School studies
- Historic American Buildings Survey
- Historic Preservation Organizations
- Historic preservation.
- International Historic Preservation
- Landmarks Preservation Council
- National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States
- Preservation Partnership
- Student papers
- Universities and colleges -- Faculty.
- Historic Preservation Program records
- Elizabeth Searls, Courtney Bishop, and Alexis Braun Marks, CA
- 2013 January 5
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