was the first state in the nation to produce a statewide architectural
heritage education curriculum. Known as Louisiana Studies in
Historic Preservation, its goal is to provide the state’s
children with a sense of appreciation, pride, and stewardship
for Louisiana’s historic buildings. In doing so, it also
assists teachers in meeting the Department of Education’s
Social Studies Standards (see links at left).
ten units (see links at top of page) are statewide in scope.
The Age of Mechanization
African American Life
The 20th Century
Caring for Our Heritage
units deal with building types found throughout Louisiana as
well as those limited to specific areas within the state. Thus,
the curriculum has elements that teachers in each city, town,
and parish can use. In addition, the materials can be adapted
for students of any age.
outline (see link at left) showing how the material can be woven
into the Social Studies curriculum is provided. It aligns the
architectural chronology with the chronology of the state’s
history and culture. Because architectural styles and building
types often remain popular for long periods of time, there is
Each unit contains
- A short background narrative including “Fun Facts”
to capture students’ interest.
- An EZ Content Blueprint which presents the material in a
- A lesson plan (including a short bibliography)
- Activities designed by a classroom teacher
A guide to
field trip planning (see link at left) is also provided.
word on styles:
Victorian styles reached Louisiana only in small numbers. These
less popular styles are not discussed in this web site. In addition,
styles popular after the 1930s are not included because scholars
consider it too soon to fairly evaluate and interpret these
styles and the events with which they are associated.
Studies in Historic Preservation was first created in
1989/1990 through a partnership between the state Department
of Education and the Division of Historic Preservation,
division of the Department of Culture, Recreation and
Office of Cultural Development. Later, the partnership
to include the Educational Technology Program at Northwestern
State University’s College of Education.