By Erin Wederbrook Yuskaitis
Has it been a while since your high school history classes? Have you been watching too many historically inaccurate movies or TV shows? Or maybe you’re just looking for some old-fashioned intellectual stimulation? Then look no further than Old North’s Mini-Courses! Each month we will offer a new mini-course on a variety of topics for all the couch-based learners out there. What’s not required: registration, a specific digital platform, hours of your time, quizzes, or grades. What is required: a love of reading, an interest in or curiosity about historical topics, and an open mind.
(If you missed our first mini-course, click over here for your crash course on the American Revolution.)
May is National Preservation Month, a time for us to celebrate our heritage through the built environment and also a time for us to take stock of how we protect our precious historic buildings and places. As a beloved historic site, Old North depends on preservation and restoration to survive centuries of change.
Below, tinker with the nuts and bolts of historic preservation, Old North style.
2. Gain a greater understanding of what preservation work looks like at sites like Old North:
- Discover how replacing 18th century hardware is no easy feat!
- Check out our online exhibit Still Standing: 300 Years of the Clough House for an in-depth look at the history and preservation of an important domestic structure on our property.
- Review the simple timeline about the changing interior of the church in the gallery below.
- Click through the images below to see hand-drawn renderings of the paint scheme transformations throughout our history, according to Penelope Batcheler, author of the 1981 Historic Structures Report.
- Sharpen your obervation skills by analyzing an old photo of Old North’s interior and comparing it to the renderings below.
- Express yourself creatively by downloading and coloring this sheet. How would you paint the interior of Old North? Show us! Share your creations by tagging @oldnorth1723.
- BONUS: Catch episodes 3 and 4 of our web series 99% Sure with TJ Todd, our Education Manager, for more on preservation-related topics!
After you’ve reviewed the articles and resources above, take a moment to reflect on what you’ve learned. Write in the comments section below, answering any of the following questions:
- How is historic preservation important in your town or city? What examples do you see of preservation at work?
- How does the changing interior of Old North Church provide a window into the historical events of the day?
- What was your favorite article or resource and why?