Announcing the Second Year of the Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship
BY JESSICA FELDT
The National Park Service, in partnership with Preservation Maryland, is pleased to announce the second year of the Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship to promote innovation and professional growth in the field of historic preservation. The fellowship is a short-term opportunity to pursue a unique self-directed project under the guidance of a mentor. Fellows will receive recognition for a distinguished achievement while creating original preservation training content, performing research, or enhancing leadership and management skills.
About the Fellowship
The Harrison Goodall Preservation Fellowship gives graduate students and enterprising professionals the opportunity to undertake a focused pursuit that makes a meaningful contribution to the field of historic preservation and support the stewardship of historic resources, not only in the National Park Service, but nationwide and at any level (e.g., other federal agencies, state and county parks, non-profit history museums, etc.).
In brief, the fellowship is meant to encourage and help accomplish something exceptional and innovative. Often during the rigors of a preservation graduate program or while in professional employment, there aren’t opportunities to explore issues that can create a difference in the preservation field. The format of the fellowship program is flexible to encourage creativity and allow fellows to continue to study, work, or engage in other activities.
Inspired by a gift from Harrison Goodall and made possible by Preservation Maryland, this NPS partnership is meant to promote innovation in the field of historic preservation by allowing outstanding preservationists to develop and conduct independent projects. Fellows not only make a contribution to the field of preservation but also grow professionally as a result of their interaction with a preservation mentor.
In the words of Harrison Goodall, “Preservation changed my life; I’d like to see it do the same for others.”
MORE 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.
This opportunity is aimed at both emerging and seasoned preservation professionals and graduate 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.
Creativity and divergent thinking are encouraged for fellowship self-directed pursuits. While we invite fellows from a wide range of fields, a project must demonstrate a tangible contribution to the field of historic preservation. Common project categories:
self-study or skill development
education programs/curriculum development
Other preservation-related endeavors may be undertaken with the approval of the fellowship committee. Pursuits related to the preservation of vernacular architecture are encouraged.
Once accepted, fellows will be paired with (or continue working with) a mentor appropriate to their field of study. Fellows will develop a plan with their mentors which establishes a timeline for deliverables, a broad outline of their final deliverables, and expectations for collaboration and communication. Every fellowship will result in a different deliverable which will be due by August of their fellowship year.
Candidates are admitted as fellows for a year (August to August). The program will provide a $5,000 award.
The final selection of projects to be funded will be based on the applicant’s ability to demonstrate:
a meaningful and tangible contribution to the field of historic preservation
a high level of scholarship or understanding of the pursuit
an emphasis on innovation and critical thinking
a contribution to the professional growth of the candidate
the benefit of mentor involvement
the ability to share and/or present the project within the preservation community
How to Apply
PART 1: ONLINE APPLICATION FORM OPEN TO ALL
Fill out the online application form including a short statement of interest generally outlining your proposed project. The selection committee will then contact finalists and invite them to complete a full application. Applications are due on June 14, 2021, 11:59PM GMT/7:59PM EST.
PART 2: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO BE SUBMITTED UPON INVITATION ONLY
ONLINE ESSAY QUESTIONS:
Applicants selected to move on in the selection process will be contacted by June 28, 2021. Invited applicants will need to submit the following information by July 12, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to begin to think about and prepare responses to the following questions as late submissions will not be accepted.
REQUIRED UPLOADED DOCUMENTS
What is your project proposal? What will you do and how will you do it? (1000 words or less)
What are your career plans, accomplishments, and goals? (500 words or less)
How do you plan to complete the fellowship and balance your professional and/or academic demands? (200 words or less)
How does this project contribute to the field of historic preservation and your professional development? (200 words or less)
Resume that includes your current position or enrollment and overall work history
Supervisory support letter (federal employees only)
Provide a timeline or Gantt chart for project execution
OPTIONAL: Add a photo if it helps illustrate your project
Two references (contact information only)
Mentor (contact information)
Part 1 Applications are due online by June 14, 2021, 11:59 PM GMT / 7:59 PM EST
Applicants invited to submit a Part 2 Application will be contacted by June 28, 2021
Part 2 Applications are due online by July 12, 2021, 11:59PM GMT/7:59PM ESTPart 1
Applicants selected for Part 2 will be contacted by July 23, 2021
For questions about the mission of the Goodall Fellowship and NPS’s role in providing this opportunity, and/or about your potential project eligibility, please contact:
Maria Rachal, Training Coordinator
Western Center for Historic Preservation
National Park Service
Nicholas Redding, President & CEO
For questions related to Preservation Maryland and The Campaign for Historic Trades, and/or about the online application process or any technical difficulties, please contact:
JESSICA FELDT · PRESERVATION INITIATIVES MANAGER
Jessica Feldt manages our proactive preservation and grant-giving programs and is here to help you move your project on the path towards preservation.