The Georgia Trust Historic Preservation Institute offers preservation courses throughout the year.

Historic Preservation Leadership Course

Thursdays, January 26-February 9, 2023
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Note: If you are registered for this course, there will be a different link to join each session. An email with information to join the third and final session was sent to registered attendees on Wednesday, February 8. If you are registered and have not received the link, please reach out to Ben Sutton at in advance of the February 9 session. 

In this course, learn about the history of Georgia and its rich architectural heritage. Session topics include an overview of Georgia history, historic architectural styles, historic architects of Atlanta, preservation law, and economic incentives for historic preservation.

Continuing education credits are available. Although designed for architects, planners and real estate professionals, this course is open to the public. Anyone interested in learning these important aspects of historic preservation is invited to sign up.

Fee: $100 for members of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation or GIRE; $125 for non-members

Continuing Education Credits: The course is certified for 6 hours of Real Estate Continuing Education and 6 AIA Continuing Education Learning Units. Realtors must attend all sessions to receive credit.

Registration is SOLD OUT

Preserving Georgia’s African American Resources 

African American Cemeteries and Burial Grounds Workshop

Thursday, February 23, 2023
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost $15

Topics and Speakers:

Identifying and Preserving Cemeteries

Dr. Joe Joseph & Dr. Matt Matternes – NewSouth Associates 

Directors of the Cemetery Studies Program for New South Associates will discuss types of burial grounds, monuments, markers, and personal items associated with these burial grounds, techniques for identifying grave locations, and the legal status of burial grounds in Georgia as well as the African American Burial Grounds Preservation Bill. 

Preserving Landscapes, Plantings, and Monuments 

Ashley Shares & Abra Lee – Oakland Cemetery  

The Director of Preservation and Director of Horticulture with Oakland Cemetery Foundation will cover specific preservation techniques for monuments and plantings often associated with African American landscapes. A recently completed restoration of Oakland’s African American Burial Grounds will also be highlighted.  

Grassroots Advocacy for Cemeteries 

Elon Osby – Board Member, Buckhead Heritage  

Atlanta native and active member of the community, Elon Osby fought to preserve Mt. Olive Cemetery in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta when it was threatened by development. Learn a firsthand account of how saving a cemetery helped highlight the history of a Black settlement from the early 20th Century.  

Cost $15

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African American Burial Grounds at Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta. Courtesy of Historic Oakland Foundation

Fundraising 101

Save the Date: March 22, 2023

This class has been developed by The Georgia Trust to assist preservation nonprofit organizations and Places in Peril sites. The class will focus on the fundamentals of fundraising and also address fundraising during the pandemic. Topics will include special events, donor relations, grant writing, capital campaigns, planned giving and membership. Learn new ideas and strategies to help your organization succeed.

Check back in February for details to register for this class. 

How to Nominate a Place in Peril: Recognizing Georgia’s Threatened Historic Sites

Recorded Webinar

Do you know of a threatened or endangered historic site that needs attention? Attend this free webinar to learn more about The Trust’s Places in Peril program. Led by staff at The Georgia Trust, this webinar covers how the program works and walk you through the steps to make a nomination, highlighting past examples and success stories.

This webinar originally took place on May 12, 2020, however you can view a recording on YouTube using the button below. (The webinar starts at the 5:00 minute mark of the recording)

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