Inspired by Authenticity at Drayton Hall: Intern Kendy Altizer
"After graduating from college with a dual degree in History and Anthropology, I spent a number of years working in Cultural Resource Management in a variety of capacities in several different states. My focus was prehistoric archaeology and I spent many a happy day out on survey in remote areas of the United States documenting prehistoric and historic resources. I eventually began spending more and more time in the office writing reports and learning the business side of Cultural Resource Management. While I enjoyed the consulting aspect of archaeology, I found myself wanting a different challenge but I wasn’t really sure what that challenge might entail..."
First Year Students initiated at the beginning of the fall semester a thorough investigation of the Blacklock House, a National Historic Landmark on Bull Street that now houses the College of Charleston’s Office of Alumni Relations. Well-known for its ornamental plaster work, the Blacklock Houses remains largely undocumented despite significant restoration campaigns in the 1970s. During the Fall semester MSHP students will, working in teams, complete architectural documentation drawings of the house before they begin an analysis of historic paint and wallpaper finishes.
Faculty and staff of the MSHP Program played active roles in planning and hosting the annual meeting of the Association for Preservation Technology International which convened in Charleston September 30 to October 3, meeting for the first time in more than a decade with the Preservation Trades Network, a national organization of skilled people in all of the traditional building trades who preserve, maintain and restore historic buildings.
Chuck Gresham visits the MSHP Conservation Lab to demonstrate both visual and microscopic wood identification and wood technologies. Gresham, a faculty member at Clemson’s Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science at Hobcaw Barony, spends half of the day in the lab and the other half on site, leading students through the process of wood identification.
Two internationally-recognized scholars will serve as 2012 Experts-in-Residence. Dr. Susan Buck, an independent scholar and historic paint consultant, and Ed Chappell, director of the architectural research department at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will direct workshops and field studies designed to sharpen student analytical skills. Buck has recently completed analysis of the decorative painting in an eighteenth-century theater in the Forbidden City in Beijing and previously completed ground-breaking studies of historic houses in Virginia and South Carolina. Chappell has led Colonial Williamsburg Foundation's architectural research efforts for a quarter century, a period during which new meticulous scholarship guided the restorations of important buildings like the Courthouse of 1770 and reconstruction of Shields Tavern and R. Charlton’s Coffee House.
A CRAIC 308 PV™ spectrophotometer is the newest addition to the architectural conservation lab at the Clemson/College of Charleston Graduate Program in Historic Preservation in Charleston. Attached to the top of the labs new Nikon 80-I, the spectrophotometer can capture images and collect a range of spectra from microscopic samples as small as 1 micron. CRAIC ColorPro Chromaticity software will allow the spectral data to be expressed in CIE L*A*B* for precise analysis of colors in architectural paint cross section samples.
Congratulations to our graduates who completed and defended their theses and obtained a Master of Science in Historic Preservation! Students participated in the College of Charleston Graduate Commencement on Friday night, May 11th. The ceremony was followed by an awards reception at 12 Bull Street, where the Ann Pamela Cunningham and Best Thesis Awards were announced. Faculty and staff enjoyed meeting and mingling with the families of the MSHP students that they had grown to know and advise for two memorable years. On Saturday the 12th, faculty, staff, students and family traveled over the rivers to Fenwick Hall to celebrate once more plantation-style. Students enjoyed showing their families the site that they frequently visited and thoroughly documented while studying in Charleston. Guests enjoyed the Lowcountry weather, barbecue, good music, and exploring the grounds of Fenwick Hall.
Ann Pamela Cunningham Award - Brittany Lavelle
Best Thesis Award - Jamie Wiedman - presented by Robert Gurley from Preservation Society of Charleston
Party at Fenwick Hall
Master of Science in Historic Preservation, Class of 2012
Graduate students in the historic preservation program will spend much of the month of June documenting Molana Abbey in County Cork, Ireland. Working with archaeologists from University College, Cork in Ireland and Mercer University in the US, the team of historic preservation students will produce architectural documentation drawings and a conditions assessment report that will support stabilization and repairs to be carried out by the Irish Ancient Monuments Commission. Starting June 16, 2012, students will spend two weeks completing a map of the site as well as plans and elevation drawings of the ruin in an effort to figure out how the abbey changed over the course of its one thousand year history. “Molana Abbey is in need of repair and the drawings we produce will help guide the work of the masons and conservators who will follow us,” said Carter L. Hudgins, director of the MSHP program. “This was a unique opportunity for us. It’s not often that students have a chance to work with sites with this much time depth and assume responsibility for documentation that will shape repairs that will assure the abbey survives for another thousand years.” Part of the attraction of this project lies in the abbey’s ownership for a brief period in the late 16th century by English polymath Thomas Hariot, one of Sir Walter Raleigh’s protégés and the “science officer” of the second failed effort to establish an English colony on Roanoke Island in what is now North Carolina. The changes Hariot made to the abbey fit into a broader study of how the English colonization Ireland in the 16th and 17th centuries acted as a kind of dress rehearsal for the seventeenth-century colonization of Virginia and New England. Molana Abbey is located on Ballynatray Estate on the banks of the Blackwater River and is linked to the beginnings of Christianity in Ireland. Founded in 501AD, the abbey became an important early center of religious learning. The earliest surviving portions of the abbey are said to date to the 11th century.
Deidre McCarthy, historian and technical services specialist with the Heritage Documentation Program of the National Park Service, will conduct a three-day GIS workshop for First-Year MSHP students April 30-May 2, 2012. This workshop will review geographic information system (GIS) concepts combining spatial technologies and database management systems in the area of historic preservation. Participants will learn how to use GIS applications for identification, evaluation, protection, and preservation of cultural resources. Students will review how GIS can provide a better basis for planning and decision-making for the nation's heritage by assisting with inventories, mapping historic districts and battlefields, and mitigating the impact of disasters on historic areas.