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Significance of History:

Understanding American Historic Preservation

ANTH 311

Dates: January 4-15, 2021

Credit Hours: 3

Instructor: Dr. Maureen Meyers, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Cost: This is a virtual course with no travel planned at this time. Tuition rates are the traditional costs for UM 3-hour undergraduate course. Non-resident fees will be charged if applicable.

Application Deadline: December 11, 2020 

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  • Explore the highly timely and topical field of historic preservation.
  • Engage with experts in the field of historic preservation, in both public and private settings, at all levels.
  • Discuss how a culture decides what is historic and significant, and therefore worthy of preservation.
  • Learn methods for online research of historic properties.
  • Learn to read and understand National Register of Historic Places listings.
  • Understand and review laws regarding historic sites and structures.

Itinerary subject to change. Please verify specific dates with instructor and confirm that the course has adequate enrollment to make before making travel arrangements.


The dates are January 4th – January 15th. Students will meet virtually during this time.


Students will be meeting virtually for the duration of the course. Students must have access to a computer, internet access, and have a camera and microphone for participation.

This course is open to all majors.

No Prerequisites

This course may be of particular interest to students majoring in: Anthropology, History, Education, Art History, Public Policy Leadership, Southern Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Classics. It may also be of interest to students with minors in: Museum Study and Environmental Studies.

Program cost: There is no course fee, only tuition will be charged.

This is a virtual course.