Out with the New, In with the Old: A Recap of What + Who Made HISTPRES Successful in 2011

2011 was a big year for HISTPRES, a little website we started close to two years ago. The site attracts nearly 1,000 visitors each day, and has posted 990 new opportunities just this past year. More personally, Laura has successfully spent the year forging a career in archaeology and preservation in Tucson, Arizona, and Meagan has continued to be a part of Buffalo’s rising through grassroots preservation. Please take a moment to see what we, together with our readers, have accomplished this year.

National Preservation Conference

We presented at and attended the National Trust for Historic Preservation – National Preservation Conference in Buffalo, NY. Over 100 people attended our session, Preservation Generation: A Survey of Education and Employment Opportunities for Young + Emerging Preservation Professionals, which quickly turned into a great discussion fueled by pertinent questions from the audience.

Q: Where, geographically, and in what sub-fields are the preservation jobs?
A: The Southeast and Northeast, and in museums and interpretation. Preservation Specialist and Architectural Historian positions are also regularly available, but these are the areas with the most competition. Be bold and explore new areas of preservation like managing murals on historic buildings, solutions for sustainability, or working with your local fair-housing organizations.

Q: What about unpaid internships?
A: Before taking one, consider the educational value, and if you determine the experience and subsequent networking opportunities to be compensation enough, go for it. Also, please ensure that the unpaid internship, if in a “for-profit” environment, meets the legal requirements for Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Q: Is a graduate degree necessary to get a preservation job?
A: The path to a fulfilling preservation career does not always require a graduate degree. We regularly post preservation employment opportunities that are open to individuals with various backgrounds related to preservation, including architecture, planning, museum collections management, education, management, and marketing. Look at job openings that you are interested in pursuing to find the most commonly required and preferred qualifications. While some jobs require a graduate degree in historic preservation, many more list a graduate degree as a preferred qualification. If you are interested in these jobs, keep in mind that there are up to 500 people graduating with master’s degrees in historic preservation each year who may also be applying for these jobs.

Our National Preservation Conference presentation is still in raw video and audio form, but we hope to have it available online for everyone soon. Also, we would like to thank Robin Foley, Alyssa Lage, Sara McLaughlin and Rachel Towery specifically for all of their assistance getting the data prepared for the session, as well as Steph McDougal of McDoux Preservation, LLC and Libby Feil of the California State Library for their expert guidance.

11 Most Popular Jobs of 2011

Below is a list of the most viewed opportunities posted this year, so you know where the competition is. In general, museum, architectural history, and CRM jobs are the most popular sub-fields of preservation, and many of our Career Consultation clients have upped the ante in landing one of these highly sought-after positions. Remember, being geographically open and presenting your skills clearly in your resume, while networking and participating locally, is the best game plan for achieving meaningful preservation employment.

  1. NCPE Internships Summer 2011, throughout the USA
  2. Historic Preservation/Restoration Specialist I – North Carolina SHPO
  3. Lead Historic Preservation Specialist – FEMA, Louisiana
  4. Historic Preservation Associate – Higgins Quasebarth & Partners, New York
  5. Cemetery Conservation Intern – City of Savannah, Georgia
  6. Interdisciplinary Historian/Community Planner – NPS, Pennsylvania
  7. Exhibitions Coordinator – Center for Architecture, New York
  8. Properties Coordinator – Historic Charleston Foundation, South Carolina
  9. Preservation Technician – Drayton Hall, South Carolina
  10. Architectural Historian – AECOM, New Jersey
  11. Junior Architectural Historian – HDR, Inc., Virginia

New Website Design + Functions

During the National Preservation Conference, we unveiled the new HISTPRES website, which we are extremely proud to have live. The redesign was completed by BD Development from Buffalo. HISTPRES continues to be funded by Meagan and Laura, without the financial support of any university or organization. We would truly appreciate your support through Featured Posts or Advertising.

The new HISTPRES includes easier navigation, more upfront information, easy submission forms for jobs, events, and blogs, and a streamlined, user-friendly Career Consultation questionnaire. As soon as we launched, we had several emails about including the state abbreviation in the job title, and we were happy to oblige! If you have suggestion to make HISTPRES better, email us anytime at info@histpres.com.

11 Most Popular Blogs of 2011

One of our favorite new features is the HISTPRES blog, which is full of unique perspectives on preservation topics, such as: internships, integrating technology, national and international travel fueled by curious preservationists, shipwreck preservation, and the new frontier of space preservation. These blogs are submitted by readers who want to get their ideas and projects out to their peers and potential employers via HISTPRES.

Thank you to all that blogged in 2011, and we look forward to publishing a full 52 articles in 2012. Email info@histpres.com with your ideas or submit online here. We post new content every Sunday evening, and only ask that your submissions be preservation-related and interesting.

  1. Preservation Generation: A List of Young Preservationists Groups by Meagan Baco, HISTPRES
  2. Historic Preservation Abbreviations You Should Know by Laura Burghardt, HISTPRES
  3. A Preservationist in Search of the American Dream – Part 1 by Lizzie Boyle
  4. National Preservation Picks for Young Preservationists by Meagan Baco, HISTPRES
  5. Creative Cemetery Conservation by Terri Foley, Foley Historic Preservation Consulting
  6. Historic Preservation Overseas by Eleni Glekas
  7. Salvage + Save: Architectural Salvage in Green Restorations by Scott Sidler, Austin Home Restorations, Inc.
  8. Retrospective: The Benefits of Internships by Kaitlin O’Shea, Preservation in Pink
  9. Survey of Design Review Boards in Virginia by Drew Gruber
  10. Who is HISTPRES? by Meagan Baco + Laura Burghardt, HISTPRES
  11. Saving Shipwrecks: An Introduction to Mallows Bay, MD by Caitlin Chamberlain

Peace + preservation, y’all!

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Histpre is a hand-curated website of opportunities, stories, and news for active preservationists; active in their education, profession, and community – all to advance our movement by equipping their readers with the resources and information needed to be successful. Meagan, a preservation advocate in DC, and Laura, an archaeologist in the Southwest, met in grad school, drove across the country a couple of times, and started Histpres together.

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