Fitch Fellows Ned Kaufman (2009) and Shawn Evans (2010-2011) will both be participating in the upcoming conference of the National Council for Preservation Education. Ned will deliver the meeting’s keynote speech; Shawn will participate in the first day’s presentation and discussion of papers. Details below!



Learning from the Reservation: Using the Traditional Cultural Place Perspective for Better Decision Making in a Diverse Cultural Landscape

April 23-25, 2015, Delaware State University, Dover, Delaware, USA

With homage to the perspective of the sovereign nations who deal with the impact of the dominant American culture on their land and community, the National Council for Preservation Education and Delaware State University are pleased to announce 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.

In 1990, the National Park Service released the National Register Bulletin 38, “Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties,” whose goal was to better understand “attributes that give such properties significance, such as their association with historical events, [which] often are intangible in nature.” In the 25 years since this bulletin was written, the Traditional Cultural Property or TCP perspective remains rarely used, especially outside of Native American contexts. The purpose of this conference is to bring together practitioners to discuss the challenges and share solutions in using the TCP perspective in as broad a context as possible within an open and supportive environment, and have a dialog with representatives from state historic preservation offices, cultural communities, and the National Park Service, who are currently revising National Register Bulletin 38.

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.

Conference schedule

Thursday evening, April 23: Opening keynote speaker Ned Kaufman, consultant, professor and visionary

Friday, April 24: Concurrent paper sessions and discussion

Lessons Learned




Friday lunch keynote speaker Paul Loether, NR and NHL Program Manager, National Park Service

Friday evening keynote speaker Tom King, CRM consultant, blogger, and Bulletin 38 co-author

Saturday, April 25: Traditional cultural places in Delaware field sessions (transportation and lunch provided; ends at 5pm). In the morning, we will address the connection of fabric and function to National Register listings with a visit to Union Wesley United Methodist Episcopal Church Complex near Clarksville in Sussex County, which contains one of two surviving African American camp meeting grounds in the state and incorporates the oldest and best surviving post-Civil War School for African American children. In the afternoon, we will then explore the Ardens Historic District, located in northern New Castle County, a utopian enclave of three communities founded in 1900, 1922 and 1950. The property was nominated to the National Register based on community values that continue to be practiced since its founding, including direct democracy, the role of the arts, Georgist Economic Theory, and land planning.


Registration information and fees*

By April 1
Regular: $150.00
Student: $50.00 (Proof of student status required)

After April 1
Regular: $200.00
Student: $75.00 (Proof of student status required)

Register online at

*EventBrite, our registration processing agent, adds 2.5% of the ticket price plus $0.99 per ticket, plus a 3% payment processing fee.

Travel details

Conference location: The conference will take place on the campus of Delaware State University in Dover, Delaware.

Air travel: We encourage all attendees to choose the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) as their destination with Baltimore Washington International Aiport (BWI) as an alternate.

Transportation to/from the conference location: If you will not be renting a car or driving your own vehicle, and assuming that there is sufficient interest, we will schedule a shuttle bus to/from the Philadelphia airport and to/from the Wilmington Train Station. (There is a fee for these services, which will depend on the number of people participating and the needed frequency of the service.) Indicate your interest in one of these services and arrival/departure flight/train times when you register online. We will try to accommodate as many people as possible. (This option is only available for attendees arriving/departing the Philadelphia airport and Wilmington Train Station.) Taxis (1 hour transit) and public transportation (3.5 hours transit) are also available.

Lodging and area information: We have arranged for special group rates at the Hampton Inn (1568 N. Dupont Highway, Dover, DE), which is located within walking distance of the conference venue. Call 302-736-3500 or visit the following URL to make a reservation: For information on activities in the area, go to

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