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Heritage Preservation, Cultural Resource Stewardship, and Related Fields

Teaching Cultural Heritage Preservation: Historic Preservation, Cultural Resource Stewardship, and Related Fields was developed to encourage colleges and universities to create undergraduate courses focusing on the preservation of minority cultural heritage or to incorporate parts of this material into appropriate existing courses. While applicable at any institution of higher education, this course outline is intended for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Asian American Studies programs, and Tribal Colleges.

The course is organized around three units: 1) Place and Culture; 2) Power and Politics; and 3) Process and Profession. Each unit consists of Learning Objectives, Learning Activities, and Learning Resources. The course is designed to be compatible with a number of disciplines including history, cultural studies, American studies, architecture, and community planning, as well as others.

Copies are available in pdf format:

Front Matter

Unit One

Unit Two

Unit Three

Back Matter



Resources on Diversity

Request a free hard copy of the outline by contacting Brian D. Joyner.

Visit our webpages on Places & Cultures where you will find links to National Park Service historic parks and to other historic places that reflect multicultural heritage in America.

Our series on diversity in the National Park Service, Reflections on the American Landscape, are useful tools for the classroom. More free publications are available in hard copy or pdf format.



We appreciate your feedback. Please tell us your comments, criticisms, and general ideas about this course outline.

  • How do you use this course outline?
  • Is this course outline culturally appropriate for your teaching needs?
  • What are your recommendations for improving it?
  • What additional web or printed materials would be helpful to supplement the course outline?

Send your comments to Brian D. Joyner by email: or send a letter to her attention:

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