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Virginia’s Civil War Landscape at the Sesquicentennial: Contemporary Battlefield Conservation and Management Strategies

Thursday, May 1, 10:00am5:00pm
Adults $65 (for both days)
Location:
Virginia Historical Society
Halsey Lecture Hall
Part of the program.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources will present an in-depth seminar on the preservation of Civil War battlefield lands on April 30 and May 1, 2014, in Richmond, Virginia. This two-day symposium will include lectures and workshops related to battlefield stewardship and protection. Participants will gain insight into emerging policy initiatives, stakeholder engagement, and management plan development. With expert practitioners leading key talks, ample networking opportunities, and an educational field session, this symposium will provide tools and strategies to foster the conservation of Virginia's Civil War battlefields and cultural landscapes.

Civil War artillery on Henry House Hill at Manassas Battlefield ParkState, federal, and municipal preservation and land planning officials, land trusts, private landholders, landscape designers as well as foundations and organizations related to battlefield conservation and the preservation of cultural and historic resources are invited to attend for professional training and an open exchange of information among peers.  

Training & Discussion Areas:

  • Forging Effective Public-Private Partnerships
  • Identification & Documentation of Battlefield Landscapes
  • Land Use Planning & Zoning
  • Conservation Easement Design & Stewardship
  • Management of Archaeological Resources
  • Education & Interpretation

The symposium will be held in the Halsey Lecture Hall at the Virginia Historical Society. Attendees are also invited to Historic Tredegar on the evening of April 30 for the keynote address by James I. “Bud” Robertson, Jr., Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History, Virginia Tech. The conference will conclude with a planned site visit to the nearby Richmond National Battlefield Park on May 1. 

Registration will open on February 28, 2014, and is limited to 150 registrants. Conference fees are $65 per person and include continental breakfast and a box lunch each day, as well as the evening reception at Historic Tredegar. On-line payment and registration will be processed by the Virginia Historical Society.

Graduate and undergraduate students in fields related to land conservation, historic preservation, archaeology, or planning are encouraged to submit an application for one of twenty-five available full student scholarship registrations. To apply, each student must send a letter of interest along with a current resumé showing his or her active enrollment in a related field of study. Please e-mail a cover letter and resumé in PDF format to jessica.borsits@dhr.virginia.gov. Applications will be accepted as they are received until all open student spaces are filled. 

The symposium is presented by the Virginia Department of Historic Resources and made possible by a planning grant awarded through the American Battlefield Protection Program of the National Park Service. It is also hosted through the generous support of the event speakers, partners, and sponsors, including the Virginia Historical Society and Historic Tredegar. 

Sign up on our e-mail list or connect on Facebook to receive symposium updates, including program and speaker announcements, additions, and registration and travel details. For more information or assistance, contact Jessica Borsits at jessica.borsits@dhr.virginia.gov.

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