25th Anniversary Celebration & Preservation Forum

MAHP Anniversary

Planning for the Goucher M.A.H.P. 25th Anniversary Forum Preserving Place in a Rapidly Changing World and Celebration is proceeding. We will keep this webpage updated with any new information as it becomes available.


July 2020 – August 2021 | Goucher College

Twenty-five years ago, Goucher College established a Master of Arts in Historic Preservation, the college’s first distance education program and the first distance education preservation program in the country. During the 2020-2021 academic year, the M.A.H.P. program will celebrate a quarter century of being a pioneer in the field of historic preservation education.

In recognition of this milestone, Goucher is planning a year-long series of virtual and in-person events to bring together the preservation community, M.A.H.P. alumnae/i, current students, past and present faculty, and friends. It will culminate in a weekend of events on the Goucher campus during the 2021 summer residency, anchored by a Preservation Forum that focuses on preserving place in a rapidly changing world. The 25th anniversary celebration will kick-off during the summer of 2020 with remote alumni-sponsored events scheduled during the virtual residency, including:  Lunch and Learn, Happy Hour, and a presentation during the M.A.H.P. Assembly on August 1, 2020. Other events will be announced throughout the year.

Call for Proposals

Goucher’s M.A.H.P. program has undergone changes in its 25 years, yet it continues to endure. Echoing that theme, the Preservation Forum will explore how to preserve place when place is changing. We are seeking session proposals from alumni, current students, and past and present faculty from the MAHP program, as well as from our preservation colleagues in the field.

Place is rapidly disappearing across the American landscape. Climate change is not the only cause for loss of place. Suburbanization and sprawl erode the rural landscape. Turnover continues in historic neighborhoods as older residents leave and newer ones arrive. Local businesses are replaced with chain and “Big Box” stores. As social interactions shift from face-to-face to online and virtual communities, marginalized communities lose places to gather. Papers/Presentations should examine place in the context of traditional and emerging theories, policies, and practices in historic preservation and adjacent disciplines.

Call for Proposals

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For more information, contact Melanie Lytle.