StEPs Lab 4 – Building Knowledge: How to Gather Documentation on Historic Structures and Landscapes


Recorded: October 22, 2015

If it’s true that “knowledge is power,” then organizations that own or manage historic structures and landscapes need all the knowledge they can get!


Coffin House (ca 1678), Newbury, Massachusetts, owned and operated by Historic New England

In this StEPs Lab webinar, we discuss the various reports and documents that organizations need to compile and maintain on the historic structures and landscapes they own or manage.

Hear guest speaker Rachel Leibowitz, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, discuss how to find someone to research and write Historic Structures and other reports, existing studies you may not be aware of, and the types of information that can be gleaned from these documents.

Leibowitz is the Manager of the Preservation Services Division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. She has served as a historian for Federal Programs at the Texas Historical Commission in Austin, and also has worked in two Chicago architecture firms and in the City of Chicago’s Historic Preservation Division. Leibowitz has taught courses in cultural landscape preservation and landscape history at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

This webinar is for both paid and unpaid staff, volunteers, and board members from organizations of all sizes who are interested in learning more about how to care for their historic structures and landscapes.
Participants enrolled in AASLH’s StEPs program will benefit from a discussion on how they can meet performance indicators related to the topic.


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