Annual Field Study: Charleston

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This February the MHP program took their annual field study trip. This year the group went to Charleston and visited various historic sites, nonprofits and toured the city. Sites this year were the Aiken-Rhett house, the Nathaniel Russell House, the Old Slave Mart Museum, the Charles Pinckney National Historic Site and Drayton Hall.
The Aiken-Rhett house, a house museum showcasing urban life in antebellum Charleston, is undergoing a multi-year preservation initiative. The house, built in 1818 and owned by the Historic Charleston Foundation (HCF), is being managed as a preservation laboratory. Painstaking work is being done to better understand the deterioration of various types of building fabric.
The HCF is also managing the Nathaniel Russell House. This restored National Historic Landmark is a major draw for tourists in Charleston. Students toured the site and learned about the past and ongoing restoration efforts.
The group also visited the Preservation Society of Charleston and the Historic Charleston Foundation. Each organization gave a presentation to students covering duties, current projects and a general sense of what working at each respective program is like.
Students also got the chance to meet with local alumni living in/around Charleston. For a brief happy hour, the group was introduced to Katie Rushing and Ashton Mullins who talked about their work and future plans with the group.
The current plan for next year’s field study is to visit Savannah, GA. If any alumni have ideas for the itinerary or are currently living in Savannah and wishes to meet up with the group, please email James Reap at