August 13, 2018

Expanding HOPE Crew to Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Funded in part by the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience) just completed a pilot project to bring more African American young professionals into historic preservation and raise awareness of the cultural legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Students at Morgan State University spent a large part of their summer at sites like Grand Teton National Park, Philadelphia's Eastern State Penitentiary, and Baltimore, Maryland's Peale Center, learning about preservation planning, practice, theory, and on-the-ground work. Students not only connected their history to places still in existence today, but shaped the future of those same historic places.

This HOPE Crew project is a part of an initiative entitled: Touching History: Preservation in Practice. The initiative is a collaboration between the National Trust’s HOPE Crew, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, Morgan State University, and the National Park Service’s Western Center for Historic Preservation.

By: Shannon Lawrence

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