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Heritage Preservation Society

The Heritage Preservation Society (HPS) was founded through the Masters of Heritage Preservation (MHP) program at Georgia State University in the fall of 2009 in order to foster the preservation movement in the City of Atlanta and to advance the education and careers of those interested in the fields of heritage preservation. Through social networking and education forums, we bring the MHP GSU community together to experience a new aspect of the MHP program. Students, alumni, and faculty of the GSU MHP program as well as preservation professionals are encouraged to join and become involved in HPS.

Our first year was a great success with events such as a brown bag lunch lecture at The Georgia Trust, a volunteer workday at Oakland Cemetery with The Georgia Trust, a tour of Oakland Cemetery led by Kevin Kuharic and happy hour at Six Feet Under, and a behind the scenes tour of the Fox Theatre and Georgian Terrace, and an exclusive tour of homes in Marietta with Maryellen Higginbotham.

If you are interested in getting involved or supporting the Heritage Preservation Society, please complete a membership application form. If you have any questions, please email us at We hope to see you all at an upcoming HPS event!

Past Events

Tour of Harmony Grove Cemetery with Buckhead Heritage Society
September 19, 2010
Southwest corner of West Paces Ferry and Chatham Roads in Atlanta, GA

Join Erica Danylchak, Executive Director of Buckhead Heritage and graduate of the GSU HP program, and others as we explore the late 19th century Harmony Grove Cemetery. Over the past several years, Buckhead Heritage has undertaken an extensive restoration of the cemetery as well as collected information about the origins of the cemetery and who is buried there. Join us as we learn about this process as well as others currently being undertaken by Buckhead Heritage.

Beltline Hike with Brandi Morrison, principal of Morrison Design, LLC
Date: Sunday, October 10th at 2:00pm
Meet at Ansley Mall in the parking lot in front of Publix, 1544 Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta, GA

A graduate of the GSU HP program, Brandi will lead the group on a hike through the newly completed Northeast portion of the Beltline, focusing on historic resources along the route.

Textile Historian Lecture with Mark Thoman, owner-principal of Stuart|Jackson, LLC
Date: Wednesday, November 10 at 6:30pm
Boneheads at Peachtree Battle Shopping Center, 2349 Peachtree Road in Atlanta, GA

A graduate of the GSU HP program, Mark specializes in the protection and re-creation of historic floors. Mark will “bring the mill to life” with a fascinating lecture on the history of textiles.

2011-2012 Officers

Co-Presidents: Elizabeth Decker and Sarah Kurtz
Treasurer: Jessie Eden
Secretary: Mollie Bogle
Academic Advisor: Richard Laub

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