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Dr. Mark Madison to speak on preservation ethics

Dr. Mark Madison, chief historian for the US Fish and Wildlife Service, will present a talk entitled “Who Cares for the Future? The Ethics of Natural and Cultural Resource Preservation.” The presentation will take place in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education (formerly the Center for Legislative Studies) auditorium on the campus of Shepherd University on Thursday, January 21 at 7:00 PM. A dessert reception will follow the talk, which is free and open to the public.

The event is co-sponsored by Shepherd University’s Historic Preservation and Public History program, Shepherd University’s Institute of Environmental and Physical Sciences, and the George Washington Institute of Living Ethics.

PAWV accepting PreserveWV-Americorps applications

Students looking for internships or for a great first job should consider applying for the Americorps program. Applications can be found here.

Heritage Education

This story about an ancient monument that was “repaired” really drives home to me the importance of reaching out to educate the community about local treasures.

Shepherd students’ work featured

Congratulations to Alex and Susan, two Shepherd HPPH students whose work this summer as interns was recently featured in several local newspapers. You can read one full article here.

Internship time!

One of my favorite things to do is to attend site visits for students out in the field. HPPH has 15 students placed in various locations nationwide this summer. Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Alex and Kady at the Washington County Historical Society in Hagerstown, Maryland. They are working on textile preservation and archives management, among other activities. This morning, I was at the Berkeley County Historical Society in Martinsburg, WV with Neil and Susan. They are also doing archives management and creating a display on World War I and II on the home front. Other internship providers include Antietam Battlefield, the National Conservation Training Center archives, and the Vieux Carré Commission in New Orleans (that site visit will have to be by FaceTime unfortunately!) I’m truly proud of my students out there in the field making a difference in the preservation field while getting hands-on experience.