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National Council for Preservation Education Offers "Learning from the Reservation" Conference

Monday, March 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman
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Learning from the Reservation: Using the Traditional Cultural Place Perspective for Better Decision Making in a Diverse Cultural Landscape

With homage to the perspective of the sovereign nations who deal with the impact of the dominant American culture on their land and community, the National Council for Preservation Education and Delaware State University are pleased to announce a special learning opportunity for cultural resource practitioners interested in addressing diversity and intangible heritage values associated with landscapes and the continuity of cultural practices among all cultural groups in the United States.

In 1990, the National Park Service released the National Register Bulletin 38, "Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties,” whose goal was to better understand "attributes that give such properties significance, such as their association with historical events, [which] often are intangible in nature.” In the 25 years since this bulletin was written, the Traditional Cultural Property or TCP perspective remains rarely used, especially outside of Native American contexts. The purpose of this conference is to bring together practitioners to discuss the challenges and share solutions in using the TCP perspective in as broad a context as possible within an open and supportive environment, and have a dialog with representatives from state historic preservation offices, cultural communities, and the National Park Service, who are currently revising National Register Bulletin 38.

Sponsored by the National Council for Preservation Education, Delaware State University, the University of Delaware, Roger Williams University, the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office and Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation.

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