Local history and the gardens of yesteryear are topics of summer offerings.

MADISON, NJ–Drew University’s Historic Preservation program is now accepting registrations for its lineup of summer courses on local history and the flora of yesteryear. The courses are open to members of the general public, along with historic site administrators and volunteers; historic home and building owners; and real estate professionals and developers.

The Historic Preservation summer 2013 lineup includes (subject to change):

Growing a Local History Museum
Historical societies, Friends’ groups and boards in communities all over New Jersey have historic sites they would like to share with the public. Growing a Local History Museum will explore the issues and obstacles to making that happen. This one and a half day program starts June 3. Case studies and guest speakers cover topics including the formation of a mission statement, strategic planning, applying for grants, building restoration and adaptive reuse, developing education programs, curatorial and archival responsibilities, marketing and fund-raising. The class includes a field trip to a local history museum and addresses the development of an individual historic site action plan. $250

Historic Plants and Plantings
Gardeners will understand that finding period-appropriate plants for a historic garden or restoration project can be problematic. Nurseries, even mail order suppliers, cannot always supply plants grown during each time period. During this one-day workshop on June 29, Historic Plants and Plantings students will learn a variety of methods for how to establish and grow more plants from seeds, cuttings and division. Students will take home a tray of seeds and flat of cuttings, with many coming from the 1930s original shrubs at the Cross Estate gardens. $115

To register for either course, please call Drew’s Caspersen School of Graduate Studies at 973.408.3185 or email Patricia Tagg, assistant director of graduate admission, at ptagg@drew.edu. More information and a registration form are also available online at www.drew.edu/historicpreservation.