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The Road to Historic Preservation
How to Become an Historic Preservationist
By Julie DiNisio
_ For history and related majors, finding employment upon graduation can be challenging, and getting a job that has an important impact on society and culture even more difficult. At first sight, history is an area of study solely concerned with the past, but historic preservationists have the inspiring task of literally preserving history and cultural heritage for future generations.
Historic preservationists deal with large scale, immobile objects, such as buildings and land which they work to protect from demolition. They evaluate sites and determine if they would be worth renovating and restoring. Students in a graduate program have the unique opportunity to work in the field and gain experience.
A graduate degree in historic preservation is well-suited to history, art history, urban planning, and architecture majors. There are many programs across the United States, but these universities have the best and most developed: Harvard, Cornell, Rutgers, MIT, University of Pennsylvania, and UCLA.
In some of these institutions, historic preservation falls under another names, like urban or regional planning. Interested candidates should carefully scrutinize and research the programs as a Master’s in historic preservation can give typical history majors an edge in the job market.
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