The group arrived by bus at the Gild Hall, where they had lunch and heard a brief introduction to the Ardens’ history from Sadie Somerville. Afterward, they spent the afternoon on an informative walking tour with June Kleban, Pat Morrison, and Rodney Jester. Lisa Mullinax greeted them at the Arden Craft Shop Museum to see our collections and watch a video by David Ames.
The National Council for Preservation Education and Delaware State University conference held in Dover offered a special learning opportunity for cultural resource practitioners interested in addressing diversity and intangible heritage values associated with landscapes and the continuity of cultural practices among all cultural groups in the United States.
The goal is to better understand “attributes that give such properties significance, such as their association with historical events, [which] often are intangible in nature.” They planned to have a dialog with representatives from state historic preservation offices, cultural communities, and the National Park Service, who are currently revising National Register qualifications.
The conference and the tour were Sponsored by the National Council for Preservation Education, Delaware State University, the University of Delaware, Roger Williams University, the Delaware State Historic Preservation Office and Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, and the Historic Preservation Education Foundation.