Touching History: Preservation in Practice

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 “Touching History: Preservation in Practice,” is a program developed by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP), the National Park Service (NPS), and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew, which connects historic preservation and conservation through a joint project with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The project brings African American young professionals into historic preservation and related career paths, such as architecture, history, conservation, city and regional planning, construction, and engineering and raises awareness of the rich cultural legacy of HBCUs.

Want to hear about how your HBCU or organization can get involved? Keep reading!

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PROJECT GOALS:

  • Bring African American young professionals into preservation-related careers
     
  • Raise awareness of the rich cultural legacy of HBCUs

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  • Explore ways of improving the relationship between the federal government and HBCUs
     
  • Train students in historic preservation theory
     
  • Increase the number of HBCUs that offer degrees in historic preservation and related fields
     
  • Restore and preserve the historically significant buildings on HBCU campuses
     
  • Visit historic sites and participate in authentic experience of historic places and exposure to original source documents and artifacts

DURING THE PROGRAM, STUDENTS WILL DO THE FOLLOWING:

  • Learn preservation theory and Nathaniel Mitchellreceive hands-on training at the Western Center for Historic Preservation in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, or another NPS historic preservation training center
     
  • Work with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew on a historic preservation project
     
  • Network with preservation professionals, elected officials, and other leaders in business

EXPECTED PROJECT OUTCOMES:

  • Connecting student participants to job opportunities
     
  • Creating opportunities for students to interact with organizations, federal agencies, state and local
    governments, elected officials
  • Informing African American students about opportunities in preservation fields
     
  • Raising awareness of the rich cultural legacies of buildings on HBCU campuses
     
  • Encouraging students to reinvent legacies of historic resources on campus through active historic
    preservation work

     
  • Expanding the number of HBCUs participating in Touching History

Get Involved! Call the ACHP at: (202) 517-1480

ADVISORY COUNCIL ON HISTORIC PRESERVATION
401 F Street NW, Suite 308
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-517-0200
Fax: 202-517-6381 
achp@achp.gov