Center for Heritage and Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Center for Heritage and Society, University of Massachusetts Amherst The UMass Amherst Center for Heritage & Society is a multidisciplinary initiative focused on new approaches to heritage conservation and communication arou

The Center for Heritage and Society at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is focused on developing an understanding of heritage in contemporary society. Beyond a concern for preservation of historical structures and artifacts, the Center elaborates on the role of tangible and intangible heritage in placemaking and creating resilient communities and societies. In a world of migration and displacement, where over 60 million people were separated from their homes as of the end of 2015, it is critical for us to understand the role that heritage plays in the respect for diversity in a multi-cultural world. The Center for Heritage and Society (CHS) offers multidisciplinary research opportunities and provides undergraduate and gradate students with training and experience in heritage planning and management. The Center brings together and builds upon the University's converging strengths in archaeology, cultural resource management, history, environmental science, landscape architecture and regional planning, European studies, Native American Indian Studies, Afro-American Studies, Classics, legal studies, and public policy.

Mission: The UMass Amherst Center for Heritage and Society (CHS) is a multidisciplinary initiative to craft new approaches to heritage conservation and communication around the world. CHS offers research opportunities for scholars working in heritage related fields such as archaeology, history, environmental science, landscape architecture and regional planning, European studies, Native American Indian Studies, Afro-American Studies, Classics, legal studies, and public policy. Additionally, the Center provides undergraduate and graduate students with training and experience in heritage planning and management.

Marking the 80 year anniversary of the start of the Auschwitz concentration camp : Letters from Auschwitz: online exhibi...
06/17/2020
Heritage & Society on Twitter

Marking the 80 year anniversary of the start of the Auschwitz concentration camp : Letters from Auschwitz: online exhibition shows letters from one of the first prisoners sent to the infamous Nazi camp – The First News https://t.co/apsSlaB8KU

“Marking the 80 year anniversary of the start of the Auschwitz concentration camp : Letters from Auschwitz: online exhibition shows letters from one of the first prisoners sent to the infamous Nazi camp – The First News https://t.co/apsSlaB8KU”

Short video on climate services for farmers to combat climate change impacts to productive crops by the FAO. What is mis...
06/16/2020
Heritage & Society on Twitter

Short video on climate services for farmers to combat climate change impacts to productive crops by the FAO. What is missing? Traditional/indigenous knowledge... https://t.co/06CnSWJt4a

“Short video on climate services for farmers to combat climate change impacts to productive crops by the FAO. What is missing? Traditional/indigenous knowledge... https://t.co/06CnSWJt4a”

Be sure to read the entire thread of the tweet: this is a “doorway” into the hidden history of slavery in Massachusetts ...
06/11/2020
Heritage & Society on Twitter

Be sure to read the entire thread of the tweet: this is a “doorway” into the hidden history of slavery in Massachusetts before the Revolution...... https://t.co/TTsHyz4at1

“Be sure to read the entire thread of the tweet: this is a “doorway” into the hidden history of slavery in Massachusetts before the Revolution...... https://t.co/TTsHyz4at1”

A decision in the US Second Circuit supports a sovereign nation’s right to determine provenance and work towards repatri...
06/10/2020
Heritage & Society on Twitter

A decision in the US Second Circuit supports a sovereign nation’s right to determine provenance and work towards repatriation, negating FSIA challenge. https://t.co/hDPGyOgQgs

“A decision in the US Second Circuit supports a sovereign nation’s right to determine provenance and work towards repatriation, negating FSIA challenge. https://t.co/hDPGyOgQgs”

05/21/2020

New Post!!! Garten Ordnung, 1597, Johannes Peschel

darinnen ordentliche Warhaftige Beschreibung, wie man aus rechtem grund der Geometria einen nützlichen und zierlichen Garten … anrichten sol, etc.

The first published German garden book was written by Johannes Peschel and printed in 1597. With a focus on order in the garden, Garten Ordnung (Garden Arrangement: a description of how to create a useful and elegant garden with the correct geometry) reflects a late-Renaissance ideal of gardens and their relationship to the house. Included are plans for structured gardens composed of parterres, and the geometric complexity that is created in large and small gardens.

Available online through Google Books at https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Joannes_PESCHELIUS_Garten_Ordnung_darinnen_ordentl?id=2nnqCvAWcuEC

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New article on indigenous/traditional knowledge and its importance to climate change adaptation: What we can learn from ...
04/22/2020
Heritage & Society on Twitter

New article on indigenous/traditional knowledge and its importance to climate change adaptation: What we can learn from the Zuni tribe's long history of adaptation to "land perpetually threatened by drought." #ClimateHeritage @FERNnews @ClimateHeritage https://t.co/hJfyG0LHWE

“New article on indigenous/traditional knowledge and its importance to climate change adaptation: What we can learn from the Zuni tribe's long history of adaptation to "land perpetually threatened by drought." #ClimateHeritage @FERNnews @ClimateHeritage https://t.co/hJfyG0LHWE”

“Lost” heritage can still tell us things about our past - in this case a wall left blank of painting because of the Blac...
04/16/2020
Heritage & Society on Twitter

“Lost” heritage can still tell us things about our past - in this case a wall left blank of painting because of the Black Death (see part 3 of the thread). What signs will Covid-19 leave for the future? https://t.co/ewLja2SOoF

““Lost” heritage can still tell us things about our past - in this case a wall left blank of painting because of the Black Death (see part 3 of the thread). What signs will Covid-19 leave for the future? https://t.co/ewLja2SOoF”

Heritage buildings and parks are the key to a sustainable urban environment in Karachi, and an example of the global eff...
02/23/2020
Architects must lower the carbon footprint in ‘whatever they do’ | The Third PoleThe Third Pole

Heritage buildings and parks are the key to a sustainable urban environment in Karachi, and an example of the global effort to use heritage to reduce carbon emissions worldwide

Architects must lower the carbon footprint in ‘whatever they do’ The winner of the 2020 Jane Drew Prize, Pakistani architect Yasmeen Lari spoke to thethirdpole.net on the architectural needs of Pakistan, and how she is “atoning for past sins” Yasmeen Lari is one of Pakistan’s most feted ar...

04/07/2019

A time to reflect, 30 years after a major publication for the landscape planning profession, on the impact writing about new thoughts and ideas can have. And of course the tremendous impact on the public that planning and design imaging can have. As a model for "scenario testing," the images from "Dealing With Change in the Connecticut River Valley" had tremendous impact. The original book went through seven reprints (by the Lincoln Land Institute and The Environmental Law Foundation, before it was rewritten into the book "Rural by Design" and published by the American Planning Association (now Routledge). That is a long time for a planning project and the core of a landscape planning approach to be in print.

Authors:
Robert Yaro, former Executive Director of the Center for Rural Massachusetts; now Professor of Practice at PennDesign, University of Pennsylvania; and President Emeritus of the Regional Plan Association.
Randall Arendt, former Assistant Director of the Center for Rural Massachusetts; currently author and consultant.
Harry Dodson, President of Dodson Associates; now Dodson Flinker, Ashfield, MA
Elizabeth Brabec, President of Land Ethics, Inc.; currently Professor of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning and Director of the Center for Heritage & Society.

A retrospective of the impact and legacy of the book "Dealing with Change in the Connecticut River Valley," 30 years aft...
04/07/2019

A retrospective of the impact and legacy of the book "Dealing with Change in the Connecticut River Valley," 30 years after its initial publication.

A retrospective of the impact and legacy of the book "Dealing with Change in the Connecticut River Valley," 30 years after its initial publication.

A symposium held at the University of Massachusetts campus on April 30th and May 1st, 2017.  Co-sponsored by the World U...
05/04/2017

A symposium held at the University of Massachusetts campus on April 30th and May 1st, 2017. Co-sponsored by the World Universities Network. For more information and to download the book of abstracts, go to http://blogs.umass.edu/infochs/conference/

An indepth and successful symposium and workshop co-sponsored by the World Universities Network on "The Role of Heritage...
05/04/2017

An indepth and successful symposium and workshop co-sponsored by the World Universities Network on "The Role of Heritage During Migration and Displacement," held April 30th and May 1st at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more information and the book of abstracts go to http://blogs.umass.edu/infochs/conference/

04/08/2017
Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg, Austria

Heritage Sites: A photo gallery of the medieval castle of Hohensalzburg, Salzburg, Austria http://ow.ly/rNIv30aGLQK #culturallandscapes

A photo gallery of the medieval Hohensalzburg Castle, Salzburg, Austria. Begun in 1077AD, it is one of the largest medieval castles in Europe.

France has committed $30 million USD towards protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime, the first step in the cr...
12/05/2016
France pays £24m into new fund to protect cultural heritage sites

France has committed $30 million USD towards protecting cultural heritage sites during wartime, the first step in the creation of an international fund aimed at preventing destruction like that carried out by ISIS

New programme aims to safeguard historical sites in war zones from destruction like that carried out by Isis

11/21/2016
Call to prayer in the Old Medina, Marrakesh

Soundscape of a UNESCO World Heritage Area - a key part of the cultural landscape

The sounds of the call to prayer in the Old Medina, Marrakesh, are a vital part of this UNESCO world heritage area. We rely on many cues to tell us where we ...

US/ICOMOS
11/21/2016

US/ICOMOS

The UN Climate Climate Change conference COP22 is a wrap! Kudos to the US historic preservationists that made the trip to Marrakech, Morocco, to bring the message to the world that climate change is a heritage issue and that heritage is a climate change issues. US innovation was proudly on display thanks to Adam Markham, Elizabeth Brabec, Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation, Andrew Potts and Victoria Herrmann of The Arctic Institute. Big thanks also to another heritage dynamo, the Newport Restoration Foundation, for their collaboration to help bring these innovations to a wider audience both in the US and around the world. #MakingUSLookGood

Presenting today on the role of heritage in reducing the trauma of displacement and increasing resilience, at #COP22 Mar...
11/16/2016

Presenting today on the role of heritage in reducing the trauma of displacement and increasing resilience, at #COP22 Marrakesh event sponsored by the international Organization of National Trusts, and introduced by the British Ambassador Betts.

At the Global Landscapes Forum at #COP22 where I have joined world experts and leaders to discuss landscape solutions to...
11/16/2016

At the Global Landscapes Forum at #COP22 where I have joined world experts and leaders to discuss landscape solutions to climate change. Re-greening heritage landscapes around the Sahara have the potential to revitalize communities and combat the effects of climate change. http://www.landscapes.org/glf-marrakesh/agenda/ #NatureCulture #heritage4climate #ThinkLandscape

Starting tomorrow, members of CHS and US/ICOMOS will be reporting LIVE from the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Hono...
08/31/2016

Starting tomorrow, members of CHS and US/ICOMOS will be reporting LIVE from the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu! Be sure to follow as we use the hashtag #NatureCulture to highlight big issues and innovative solutions in the fields of natural and cultural conservation.

This past week, President Obama quadrupled Hawaii's Papahānaumokuākea National Monument, making it the largest marine re...
08/31/2016
The contribution of very large marine protected areas to marine...

This past week, President Obama quadrupled Hawaii's Papahānaumokuākea National Monument, making it the largest marine reserve in the world. But when it comes to marine protected areas, does bigger necessarily mean better? Some things to consider: http://www.usicomos.org/the-contribution-of-very-large-marine-protected-areas-to-marine-conservation-giant-leaps-or-smoke-and-mirrors/

“When it comes to marine protected areas, one might expect conservation groups to say bigger is better” (7). This statement warrants extra...

"Preservation of tribal cultural heritage is a good reason why President Obama should proclaim the Greater Grand Canyon ...
08/15/2016
President Obama Should Proclaim the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage...

"Preservation of tribal cultural heritage is a good reason why President Obama should proclaim the Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monument, but it is not the only reason..."
http://voices.nationalgeographic.com/2016/08/15/president-obama-should-proclaim-the-greater-grand-canyon-heritage-national-monument/

By Dean B. Suagee The Antiquities Act of 1906 authorizes the President to proclaim national monuments to protect historic landmarks, historic and...

August 19th is World Humanity Day- A day to thank aid workers and mobilize toward a more humane world #ShareHumanity htt...
08/15/2016
World Humanitarian Day 2016 | OCHA

August 19th is World Humanity Day- A day to thank aid workers and mobilize toward a more humane world #ShareHumanity http://www.unocha.org/whd2016

OCHA(Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs) is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together...

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Elizabeth Brabec Director, CHS [email protected] The UMass Amherst Center for Heritage and Society defines "heritage" as the full range of our inherited traditions, monuments, objects, and culture. Most important, it is the range of contemporary activities, meanings, and behaviors that we draw from them. Heritage includes, but is much more than preserving, excavating, displaying, or restoring a collection of old things. It is both tangible and intangible, in the sense that ideas and memories--of landscapes, songs, plants, recipes, language, dances, and many other elements of who we are and how we identify ourselves--are as important as historical buildings and archaeological sites.

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