New MHP Students Participate in Orientation
New Master of Historic Preservation students for the Fall 2017 semester spent a week together before classes being introduced to the MHP program at UGA as well as being exposed to current practices in preservation. Beginning on Monday, August 7th, and concluding on Friday, August 11th, new students joined the MHP faculty in a variety of tours and meetings as part of their orientation. Tours included the CED facilities, local cemeteries, and a style walk around campus all led by MHP faculty. Students also had the opportunity to meet with Tom Jones from IT and Melissa Tufts from Owens Library.
The orientation also included a day long field trip to Macon, GA, where students had the opportunity to meet with Historic Macon and its Executive Director, MHP alum Ethiel Garlington. The trip to Macon also included a visit to the Hay House, one of only 2 National Historic Landmarks in Macon, and the Spring House where they learned about ongoing restoration projects. During a group lunch, the students met with NewTown Macon staff to understand initiatives promoting downtown development and investment through historic properties. The day concluded with a tour of current downtown development projects utilizing historic tax credits including a tour of Capricorn Recording Studios where Southern rock bands such as The Allman Brothers Band recorded albums in the 1970s.
For Macon native and first-year MHP student Sherrie Raleigh, the opportunity to visit the Spring House was her favorite part of orientation. Because it is privately owned, she had never seen it before and she thought that “it was wonderful to actually visit it and see the marvel of engineering and architecture behind it.” First-year MHP student Lauren Patterson also enjoyed the trip to Macon. She thought it was insightful to see firsthand all the ways that preservation is being pursued in Macon. For Lauren, “it was especially inspiring to see how many younger people (mid-30s) were involved with both Historic Macon and NewTown.”
In addition to all the tours and meetings, students also had the opportunity to schedule advising appointments. The week concluded Friday evening with a reception for the students at the Founders Garden hosted by the Student Historic Preservation Organization.