Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship
To promote professional growth and innovation in the field of historic preservation, this fellowship is a one-year opportunity to pursue preservation leadership development. Fellows will demonstrate these skills through a capstone project completed under the guidance of a mentor and the fellowship committee.
About the Fellowship
In the words of Harrison Goodall, “Preservation changed my life; I’d like to see it do the same for others.”
Inspired by a gift from Harrison Goodall and made possible by Preservation Maryland, this NPS program aims to develop students and enterprising professionals into the preservation leaders of tomorrow. Fellows grow professionally through coaching from the fellowship committee and a preservation mentor.
The Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship gives Fellows the opportunity to focus on their professional development within historic preservation, gain access to networking and resources, and learn leadership competencies. In addition to these growth opportunities, fellows undertake capstone projects that, through mentorship and coaching, will make a meaningful contribution to the broader field of historic preservation and support the stewardship of historic resources not only in the National Park Service (NPS) but nationwide and at any level (e.g., other federal agencies, state and county parks, nonprofit history museums, etc.). The format of the fellowship program is flexible to encourage creativity and allow fellows to continue to study, work or engage in other activities.
The fellowship awards $10,000 to support an innovative project in the field of historic preservation. The capstone project must impact more than just one historic place; it must have the potential to be applied elsewhere and impact how we do preservation. If you can improve the way we steward our historic places, we want to see your ideas!
About Harrison Goodall
Dr. Harrison Goodall came into historic preservation in the early 1970s as a curious building science professor with a class of students in tow. To say the least, neither the field nor Harrison Goodall have been the same ever since. Goodall has completed over 1,600 architectural conservation consultations in the United States and beyond. He has completed over 135 historic preservation projects (mostly with volunteers) in 55 national parks and 48 national forests and he has taught over 100 historic preservation courses, impacting hundreds of students and volunteers along the way. Dr. Goodall has been the principal of Conservation Services since 1980. While no old building is beyond Goodall’s interest and attention, he has a penchant for vernacular historic structures, particularly in his home of Whidbey Island, WA. In addition to his illustrious career as a preservationist, Goodall also developed and marketed Conserv Epoxy, a wood conservation epoxy, and taught at Montclair State University for 34 years. He has received numerous awards from local, state, and federal organizations that have benefited from his prolific career.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What types of capstone projects will you consider?
Under the guidance of the fellowship committee, Fellows are coached to take their capstone project and expand it into something that impacts the broader field of preservation. Creativity and divergent thinking are encouraged for this fellowship capstone project. Example project categories include:
- Preservation trade tool, material, or method
- Technological development such as an app, program, or devise to document, diagnose or investigate historic properties
- Web-based resource or toolkit to support community-based preservation efforts
- Research methodology for documenting and understanding historic properties in a novel way
- Pedagogical approach for teaching about historic places or a method for interpreting historic sites
- Approach to solve a common but unsolved preservation issue
- Housing policy or urban planning strategy that benefits historic buildings
We encourage you to read through the previous Fellows’ work and presentations to get a sense of which projects the selection committee considers.
Who can apply?
This opportunity is aimed at both emerging and seasoned preservation professionals and students enrolled at least part-time in a preservation-related degree program (historic preservation, museum studies, history, archeology, urban planning, architecture, preservation trades, etc.). Applications will be accepted from federal and non-federal applicants who want to invest in their professional growth.
What is expected of me if selected?
Once accepted into the Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship, fellows have one year (August to August) to develop their preservation leadership skills through their work with a mentor and the committee on a final capstone project. Fellows and mentors must present their progress to the committee quarterly so the committee members can help support the fellow and project development. In addition to the capstone project, the committee will provide a custom set of opportunities for professional development relevant to the selected fellow which could include up to two weeks of in-person and/or virtual workshops.
Upon completion of a final presentation and capstone submission, program participants will be given the title of Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellow. The fellow’s capstone and presentation will be shared on The Campaign for Historic Trades website. Additionally, the committee expects fellows to have a plan to share their work with the broader preservation community.
How do I apply?
Tell us about yourself, your idea, and how you would make it happen. 2023 applications close on April 3, 2023.
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