Has it been awhile 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?