Preservation Academy


Preservation Virginia and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources are offering a series of virtual, educational workshops on the fundamentals of historic preservation. The Virginia Preservation Academy will feature live lectures from preservation professionals of varying backgrounds, with direct interaction between participants and panelists.  

The Preservation Academy is geared toward a diverse audience of preservation professionals, volunteers, architectural review board members, stewards of historic places, local government staff, community leaders, owners of historic properties, and anyone interested in historic preservation.  

Future years’  will include workshops on using rehabilitation tax credits, participating in environmental and Section 106 reviews, writing grants, recording and preserving cemeteries, establishing revolving funds, applying for historic highway markers; and applying for  preservation easements. In upcoming years, the Preservation Academy will also hold introductory workshops on historic architecture and archaeology in Virginia; training modules for architectural review board members; and training on hands-on historic building restoration.   


The 2022 Academy will consist of 4, 90-minute workshops, to be held March-April. Recordings of the workshops will serve as the foundation for a library of preservation training videos, which will be available to the public on the Virginia Department of Historic Resources’ and Preservation Virginia’s websites.

AICP Certification Maintenance Credits

Planners who attend the Virginia Preservation Academy are eligible to receive Certification Maintenance (CM) credits of 1.5 credits per webinar. Information on how to receive credits will be available after participants have registered.  

Virginia Preservation Discussion Group 

To assist participants of the Virginia Preservation Academy, a Virginia-based preservation email discussion group will also be launched along with the Virginia Preservation Academy. The discussion group will encourage collaboration, and improve communication among individuals and organizations involved in historic preservation in Virginia, and will act as a platform to more fully examine questions generated during the workshops. Separate groups on specific subjects, such as historic schools, will also be able to be created in the discussion group. 

Costs to Attend

$10.00 per class for Preservation Virginia Members

$25.00 per class for non-members

Mar 9, 2022

6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

The first installment in this year’s Preservation Academy Series, this workshop will focus on the differences between federal, state and local-level historic districts, differences between urban and rural historic districts, benefits historic districts provide, regulations and requirements for owning property in a historic district, and myths about living in a historic district. Speakers include Dr. …

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Mar 16, 2022

6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

This workshop will focus on the history, purpose and the benefits of listing a property to a national or state historic register; as well as the differences between state and national registers, equity and inclusion in register listings, and myths surrounding state and national registers. Speakers include Dr. Elizabeth Moore, State Archaeologist, Virginia Department of …

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Preservation Academy Workshop 3- Researching a Historic Site and Submitting Register Nominations

Mar 30, 2022

6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

This workshop will be an introduction to various online and physical, primary and secondary research sources, including census records, property records, wills, probate records, maps, photographs and genealogical sources, and underutilized and atypical research sources which can help research historic sites in underrepresented communities. Speakers include Maral Kalbian, Architectural Historian, Maral Kalbian, LLC; Dr. Angelita …

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Preservation Academy Workshop 4- Hiring Preservation Consultants

Apr 6, 2022

6:00 pm — 7:30 pm

The final installment in this year’s Preservation Academy series focuses on the various types of preservation consultants, including archaeological firms, architectural historians, environmental companies, planning and design firms, cultural research companies and other preservation-related consultants. The webinar will also discuss how to find and hire consultants, and tips on finding funding for consultants. Speakers include …

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