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Undergraduate Programs

Belmont Technical College

Building Preservation Technology

120 Fox-Shannon Place
St. Clairsville, OH 43950

David R. Mertz

(740) 695-9500

AAS in Building Preservation Technology

From what I have heard, this is a good hands on program. They learn the basics of how to restore a building, as well as some of the basics of preservation and conservation. For anyone in Ohio, this might be a good choice if you want to get your feet wet. I have met one person that went there, who later went to Roger Williams and she enjoyed it quite a bit.
Bucks County Community College

Historic Preservation Program
Newtown, PA 18940 

(215) 968-8286

HP Certificate

I worked with a guy whose wife taught in this program (or something to that effect). From the word I have, which came from the SHPO in PA, this is another good program, although it is a bit more philosophy than the Belmont program.
College of Charleston

Department of Art History
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

(843) 953-4981


My friend Rachel went to this program and she liked it quite a bit. This is a bit more Art History and interior design focused, which was great for her, because she likes restoring old furniture. I have also talked with Dr. Muldrow and he seems like a great guy. I have heard different things about the CofC school itself. The program is not that old, but should be interesting.

College of the Redwoods

7351 Thompkins Hill Rd
Eureka, CA 95501-9300

(707) 445-6900

HP Certificate

Mary Washington College

Department of Historic Preservation

Fredericksburg, VA 22401


The program is a bit more focused on public history sorts of programs (archives, museums, etc.) than Roger Williams. I know they do work with folklore and vernacular architecture, two of my new interests. It is vying with RWU for oldest program status. I have heard a good deal of people that enjoyed the program.
Roger Williams University

Center for Historic Preservation

One Old Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809

(401) 254-3501


Roger Williams was my alma mater and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Kevin Jordan is (was) running the ship - but I think its down to Philip Marshall (2009). It is a bit more focused on hands on and planning issues. They have great professors and a great student body. Its pricey, but its within a school of architecture which sets it apart. They recently went through some changes, which I dont know much about though. They are also affiliated with the school of art. If you are a historian, this may be of less interest than Mary Washington, but if you are more architecturally focused, this might be for you.
S.E. Missouri State University

HP Program, Department of History

One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701 

(573) 651-2831


I met the director of this program once, which is about all I know about the program. I have heard ok things about it, but nothing too concrete. Let me know if you heard good things.

From an e-mail (lost your name...)

This program is very strong on historical research methods, public policy, and preservation law. You can choose an emphasis in museum studies, site administration, or archives. The program works closely with the city and state in creating a rich learning environment with plenty of opportunities for field experience. A wonderful field school takes place every summer in Ste. Genevieve, MO, an enclave of an amazing amount of surviving French Colonial buildings. The school is rather small for a public university and has a feel more in keeping with a small college. Class sizes are small and the professors are very accessible and supportive.

Ursuline College

Historic Preservation Program 

2550 Lander Rd.
Pepper Pike, Ohio 44124

(440) 646-8145

This school is brand new with its HP program. I haven't a clue about it. In fact its NCPE membership is pending, so give them or NCPE a call first to find out more.