Posted Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

The Morris County Heritage Commission and the Morris County Department of Planning and Development are sponsoring a workshop Sept. 30 to help anyone involved in historic preservation determine and understand the period of significance at historic sites.

The workshop, at the County Cultural Center, 300 Mendham Rd., in Morris Township, will run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., with networking and refreshments at 5:30 p.m.

“Anyone who is responsible for the preservation, conservation or management of a historic site should attend the workshop,” said Peg Shultz, Heritage Commission archivist. “This includes professional historians, historical society staff members or volunteers, church or organization historians, historic site managers, grant writers and even private home owners engaged in preservation or restoration.”

Shultz said the workshop will cover such topics as determining the period of significance of a site, identifying its architectural style and the relationship of the landscape to the site.

The speakers for the workshop will be preservation consultant and architectural historian Janet Foster of Madison and Ann Granbery, a landscape architect based in New Vernon.

Foster was academic advisor for Drew University’s preservation program, and is currently Associate Director for Urban Planning and Historic Preservation at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.

Granbery’s projects include the Macculloch Hall Historical Museum Wildflower Garden in Morristown, and Caroline Foster’s Cottage Garden at Fosterfields in Morris Township.

The workshop is free, and advance registration is required by Sept. 24. A registration form, available on the Heritage Commission Web site, can be returned by e-mail at [email protected] or by mailing it to the Morris County Heritage Commission, PO Box 900, Morristown, NJ 07963-0900.

Additional information may be obtained by calling 973-829-8117 or 973-829-8120.