Goucher offering new adult courses


February 28, 1993|By JoAnne C. Broadwater | JoAnne C. Broadwater,Contributing Writer

When architectural historian Mark Edwards looks around his classroom at Goucher College, he sees not just students of historic preservation, but also future advocates.

"I hope they . . . choose to get involved in local preservation," said Mr. Edwards, who not only teaches an introductory historic preservation course but also serves as chief programs administrator for the Maryland Historical Trust.

"One of the real messages in my class is that preservation is most effective when it's the result of local people who have taken the initiative to retain and enhance what is important in their community," he said.

Mr. Edwards is one of nine part-time faculty members in a new adult education program in historic preservation offered through the college's Center for Continuing Studies. The program, started in the fall, is the first continuing education program in the nation to focus on historic preservation, according to organizers.

It includes 10 courses that offer skills training for volunteers as well as paid preservationists. Students might be do-it-yourselfers, hobbyists, members of historic district commissions or workers at historic sites. They might also be Realtors, remodelers, archaeologists or interior designers.

The curriculum emphasizes practical information rather than theory:

What is the cost of preservation? How do you pay for it? What techniques are used to determine the importance of a building? How do you restore, maintain and manage a historic site? What are the laws of preservation? How can they effectively be used?

"Often when folks get involved in preservation issues they aren't armed with the background and training to really be effective," said Mr. Edwards, who served on the advisory committee that developed the program. "We can provide people with the kinds of tools they need to become better citizens by being better spokespeople for preservation."

Each course meets one evening a week for seven weeks. There are three seven-week sessions in the spring and two in the fall. Students may take any number of the noncredit courses; those who complete all 10 will earn a certificate in historic preservation. The program may be completed in one academic year and is intended primarily for adults who have an undergraduate degree. The series will be repeated next fall.

Tom Greene, one of about 20 students in the program, is a structural engineer who lives in a 65-year-old house in North Baltimore. He describes himself as "an old-house buff" who would someday like to restore buildings in Baltimore.

Fellow student Cynthia Mendez, who is in her 40s, works part-time as a secretary at the Maryland Historical Society. She would like to use what she learns in class to help her do historic research on the small New Hampshire community that was a boyhood home to her father, John Allard, who died last summer.

The second of three sessions offered during the spring semester will begin Tuesday, with courses taught by some of the area's top professionals in historic preservation. The courses:

* Mr. Edwards teaches the introductory course, which provides an overview of historic preservation in the United States.

* Linnell Bowen, director of development for the Historic Annapolis Foundation, explored creative ways to pay for preservation in her fund-raising class, taught earlier this year.

* Philip Deters, an assistant attorney general for Maryland, reviewed local preservation law and the functioning of historic district commissions in an earlier course.

* Nellie Longsworth, a lobbyist and president of Preservation Action-- a national organization that works for historic preservation and neighborhood conservation -- will teach students how to organize, lobby and win preservation battles.

* Charles Lyle, director of the Maryland Historical Society, will teach: "Managing Preservation Organizations and Historic Properties."

* A course in "Maintaining Historic Properties" will be taught by Martin Azola, president of Azola & Associates, a consulting and construction management firm.

* The principles of preservation will be applied to community development and planning in a course taught by architect Richard Wagner, a partner in the Baltimore firm of David H.

Gleason Associates.

Dr. Wagner will also teach a course next fall in the economics of developing historic properties.

* Also in the fall, students will learn to use written records to determine the historic significance of a property. "Documenting Historic Properties" was taught last fall by Ronald Andrews, administrator of the Evaluation and Registration Unit for the Maryland Historical Trust.

* A course in regional architecture will be taught in the fall by Paula Reed, vice president of Preservation Associates Inc., a private consulting firm in Hagerstown.


The cost of each class in Goucher College's adult-education program in historic preservation is $295. Partial scholarships will be available for each course beginning in the fall.


For more information call, the Center for Continuing Studies,

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