HPCP Faculty participate in Lowcountry Archeaology Planning Workshop

This past weekend, program director Grant Gilmore and professor James Ward participated in The Lowcountry Archaeology Planning Workshop, organized by Jim Newhard Director of the CofC Archaeology program. About 20 practitioners from the Lowcountry gathered together to discuss current research, potential collaborative efforts and funding issues and possible solutions to these funding issues.

Other participants included representatives from Warren Lasch, SCIA, the College’s Archaeology and Anthropology departments, Brockington and Associates cultural resource management firm, Dorchester Historic Site, and Andrew Agha from Charlestowne Landing.

Discussion centered around common themes in research and education, challenges, and opportunities for local archaeological projects and interpretation. The workshop is hopefully just the beginning of a continuing dialogue to promote and further archaeology in the Lowcountry.





Upcoming Event: Simons Medal of Excellence Lecture and Reception

Please join us for Simons Medal of Excellence Award to Richard Jenrette, of Classical American Homes Preservation Trust.
The evening will include a Lecture in honor of Mr. Jenrette by Prof. Thomas Gordon Smith of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture,
“Houses Restored by Richard Jenrette including Milford and the Roper House in South Carolina”

The event is free and open to the public and will take place Thursday, November 6, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
in the Simons Center Recital Hall
A Reception will follow in the Hill Exhibition Gallery, Cato Center.

We are looking forward to seeing all of you there!

Robert Behre of the Charleston Post and Courier met with Professor Ralph Muldrow earlier this week at historic Millford Plantation to take photographs for an article on honoree Richard Jenrette. Here’s a fun shot of Prof. Muldrow admiring the spiral staircase at Millford.


Building Pathology class site visit to Unitarian Church.

On Thursday the Building Pathology fall class got a behind the scenes tour of the Unitarian Church on Archdale Street, courtesy of former student, furniture restoration guru, and tour guide extraordinaire Paul Garbarini. The late eighteenth century church received a Gothic Revival facelift in 1852 by noted South Carolina architect Francis D. Lee. 15 Students heard about recent remediation and repairs, as well as historic repairs after the Earthquake of 1886 and Hurricane Hugo in 1989. We also got to tour the bell tower and attic, where we were able to look at the hand hewn rafters and the framing supporting the beautiful plaster spider vaulting in the nave and side aisles. Thanks again to Paul for sharing the building with us!

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Monday night lecture: ‘Challenges in Preserving an Historic City – the case study of the Old City of Acre (northern Israel)’

With the generous support of the Quattlebaum Artist-in Residence Endowment, the HPCP Program in the Department of Art History presents the second lecture in our series by international practitioners of architectural preservation and conservation.
Director, International Conservation Center, Citté di Roma, Acre, Israel
‘Challenges in Preserving an Historic City – the case study of the Old City of Acre (northern Israel)’

Monday, October 20, 2014 @ 7:00 PM
Simons Center Room 309
Reception to Follow
Free & Open to the Public

HPCP Majors will be especially interested in the lecture if they have interest in studying abroad and doing some real hands-on preservation/conservation work? HPCP has got just the program for you. The lecture will be a chance to learn about preservation in Acre Israel and the proposed study abroad program being set up with the International Conservation Center, Citté di Roma. The proposed study abroad opportunity between the College of Charleston and the Israel Antiquities Authority would take place at the UNESCO World Heritage site in Acre, Israel. Acre is a renowned historic city for its exemplary Crusader (1104-1291) and Ottoman (1517-1918) period architecture. Students may have an opportunity for a whole semester abroad!

Upcoming lecture, Challenges in Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Israel, Tuesday Oct. 21

Dr. Stiefel has invited everyone to an interesting upcoming lecture about cultural heritage in Israel. It’s not often that we have a chance to hear a speaker highlighting cultural issues and preservation outside of the United States, so please come out for this free program:
Challenges in Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Israel
Tuesday, October 21 | 7:30 – 8:45 pm
1645 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd.

Presentation given by Shelley-Anne Peleg, site director for the the Israel Antiquities Authority’s Saving the Stones Program in Acre.

This program is presented by the Charleston Jewish Federation’s Israel Engagement Initiative and the Historic Preservation and Community Planning program at the College of Charleston.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Lori Hoch Stiefel at 843-614-6497 or lorihs@jewishcharleston.org

A brand new blog about C of C’s preservation program!

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Welcome all, we’re excited to launch a blog all about the Historic Preservation and Community Planning program at the College of Charleston. The blog will be a place to learn more about the program and historic preservation activities in the community, to keep up with interesting projects the faculty and students are involved in, and to find out more about upcoming events.

Please see the “Events Calendar” page above for scheduled club meetings, lectures, and other events.

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