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Historic Preservation Field School

Bucks County Community College

August 2 - August 16, 2014

Nantucket, MA

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Bucks County Community College - 2014 Historic Preservation Field School

Experience sand between your toes this summer with the Bucks County Community College Historic Preservation program on the Historic Island of Nantucket.  They will be offering two one-week hands on classes in August, 2014 at the PI: N – Preservation Institute Nantucket facilities,  a World Heritage Research and Stewardship center owned by the University of Florida.  Classes will be limited to 10 students per class.


Register via the BCC Historic Preservation Field School website.

Week One

August 2, 2014- August 9, 2014 – HIST207 HABS Workshop – Historic American Building Survey Workshop

  • Course Format 3-credits
  • One full week, Saturday afternoon to Saturday morning
  • Classroom lecture, field exploration, studio and research activities

One week intensive classes at the Preservation Institute on Nantucket MA where a team of students will hand draw a rending of a landmark Nantucket Beach Shake for their course project. “Preservation through Documentation” is the descriptive phrase associated with the Historic American Building Survey. A program of the National Park Service, HABS utilizes the most accepted and archival documentation standards for historical buildings. This workshop will introduce the student to the most recognized method, measured drawings. Field measuring techniques and then the creation of measured drawings through basic drafting skills are taught. This hands-on class provides basic skills that can be utilized anywhere to create permanent documentation of a structure. Scaled measured drawings will be produced.

Week Two

August 9, 2014 – August 16, 2014 – HIST 210 Preservation Field Studies

  • Course Format: 3-credits
  • One full week, Saturday afternoon to Saturday morning
  • Classroom lecture, field exploration, guest lectures and research activities

A one week intensive class at the Preservation Institute on Nantucket MA where students will explore preservation philosophies and methodologies of the built structures of the historic whaling island listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The passing of the 1966 Historic Preservation Act provided supportive legislature for communities to begin the process of identifying their historic heritage and take measures to preserve and protect it. Several areas of the country initiated preservation actions before this comprehensive legislation. Among those areas characterized by particularly unique resources whose residents took early preservation actions are Bucks County, Pennsylvania and Nantucket, Massachusetts.

As a well-defined island with an international reputation, Nantucket’s path to preservation was very aggressive and comprehensive compared to other areas, due in part to substantial private initiatives coupled with a vision of preservation for profit. Preservation regulations over the last 50 years have molded the character, and perhaps the economy, of this island. The result is a massive concentration of 18th and 19th century buildings, streetscapes and view sheds, as well as a 20th century iconic image that is evident throughout the island.

Primary focus will be on observing and studying the Nantucket approach, as well as exploring the process of preservation and enhancement of a particular structure on the island. Students will compare and contrast the preservation successes and failures of Bucks County and Nantucket Island


Located in the center of Nantucket Town, Sherburne Hall is an 1846 Greek Revival-style Odd Fellows Hall restored in 1987 for PI: N. In addition to the beautiful vaulted studio space with its original press metal ceiling, the facility also houses offices, materials, conservation laboratory, classroom, exhibition foyer, studio drafting tables, library and kitchen. A wireless DSL environment provides email and internet access.Participants are housed in a University of Florida owned dormitory located a twenty-minute walk from the academic studio. Wireless DSL is also provided in the dormitories. Housing costs for the week are included in the fee.


Classes will be taught by BCCC professors Kathryn Auerbach, and Pat Fisher-Olsen who will lead discussions with students, guest lecturers, and local preservationists. Kathryn Auerbach and program coordinator Pat Fisher-Olsen are recipients of Charles E. Petersen Prize for measured drawings.


Student’s tuition and fees are based on student residency. In county and in state students pay the same rate for tuition and college fees. Out of state students will pay out of state rates for tuition and college fees.

HIST 207 HABSs Workshop

  • In county/state $1,850.00
  • Out of state $2,615.00

HIST 210 Preservation Field Studies

  • In county/state $1,925.00
  • Out of state $2,685.00

Student transportation and other personal expenses are not included and will be the responsibility of students. Students will be responsible for their meals except for the Welcome Breakfast and Celebration BBQ Dinner. There are kitchen facilities in the dormitories as well as local eateries close by.


BCCC Historic Preservation Students can apply for one of the $250.00 scholarship for the BCCC Preservation Field School 2014. Four scholarships, two per class will be awarded. See website for application form and directions

Field School Application

Students will apply to participate in the BCCC Summer Preservation Institute on Nantucket, with priority admission for qualified Bucks County Community College students. Qualified students in other Historic Preservation institutions will be admitted on a space-available basis. Students wishing to take both classes must fill out separate applications for each one.


Applications are due on or before May 1, 2014. Apply early to ensure seat in the desired class.

Contact Information

Patricia Fisher-Olsen
Bucks County Community College Historic Preservation Program, PENN Hall 301
275 Swamp Road
Newtown, PA 18940-4106
215-968-8286 / fisherol@bucks.edu

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Preservation Institute Nantucket
Sherburne Hall, 11 Centre Street, Nantucket, MA 02554 United States
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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119