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Public education can be an important part of a historic preservation project or a means for an organization to offer opportunities to the public to expand their knowledge on particular topics.  It may involve individual lectures, lectures series, classes, brochures, heritage tourism projects, or websites.  Interpretation of historic sites is often key to these goals.


Historic preservation commission or other organizations may find it useful to host a preservation seminar or informational lecture on basics of historic preservation or particular preservation topics like the National Register of Historic Places.  Classes may be held on specific topics, drawing on a variety of professionals.  These lectures can be helpful to further explain the goals of historic preservation and eliminate some misunderstanding.  


Public education may focus on a particular architectural history topic, community heritage subject, or historic site.  Through research, a program can be developed on multiple topics that further a community's understanding on historic architecture around them and the significance of their history.


Brochures can be a quick way to convey information about a particular topic.  A basic brochure or series of brochures can outline historic preservation goals and information on particular programs or guidelines.  A brochure also can teach the public about historic architecture in a particular neighborhood through a walking or driving tour brochure, including information on each site, neighborhood history, and architectural style guide.  


SPARK Consulting provides consultation on the development of public education programs, as well as speaking on selected topics and designing brochures.  For more information, contact SPARK Consulting.

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