"It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind."
Branch Rickey (U.S. Baseball player, 1881-1965)
Heritage: Investigate. Protect. Inspire.
Ursuline College's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation prepares tomorrow's leaders to make sustainable and unique contributions to their world by preserving cultural memory and its lessons. Historic Preservation is a commitment as well as a discipline and a profession.
For Ursuline, Historic Preservation is as much about the future as it is about the past.
to view the Historic Preservation brochure (.pdf)Aspiring Historic Preservationists:
- explore the richness and depth of our cultural identity and experience
- mine the remnants of the past to interpret the VALUES and lessons in the cultural landscapes, innovative architecture, and artifacts we create
- develop the skills to identify the most meaningful and sustainable elements of our created environment
- find their VOICE to protect and enhance appreciation of our cultural legacy
- enVISIONthe path to assure that cultural heritage resources enrich quality of life
Ursuline's classroom extends to all of northeastern Ohio with its incredible diversity.
- centuries-old Cleveland with its
- ever-changing downtown and lakefront
- fascinating ethnic neighborhoods
- graceful suburbs
- charming New England-style communities
- traditional Amish culture areas
- lovely, rolling, farm-dotted countryside
Our classrooms have no walls, but our projects do! Ursuline's students enjoy access to resources that include:World class museums and organizations
Cleveland Museum of Art
Cleveland Orchestra with its historic home at Severance Hall
National Historic Landmarks
Lawnfield, James A. Garfield National Historic Site
Stan Hywet Hall and Garden
And scores of National Register properties
National Heritage Areas
Ohio & Erie National Heritage Canal Way
Nationally known public history and preservation institutions
Cleveland Museum of Natural History with its Green City/Blue Lake Institute
Cleveland Restoration Society
Intermuseum Conservation Association
Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage
Western Reserve Historical Society with its Library/Archives and Hale Farm and Village Living History Museum - all Smithsonian Associates
Local specialized architectural firms
Professional conferences and symposiums, including the annual conference of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Heritage Ohio, Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens Historic Preservation Symposium, Ohio Academy of History
Ursuline - where classroom theory meets real life experience.
This is an interdisciplinary degree program where you'll immerse yourself in the community guided by mentors. Courses actively involve you in Historic Preservation as you document buildings and historic sites, then work with community and government leaders to prepare plans for the preservation, redevelopment and adaptive reuse of those sites. You will then write the grant applications needed to fund those planned projects. Finally, you will document each portion of the process to provide a historic record for the community and future generations.