Waterford National Historic Landmark District Oral History Project

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This project was undertaken by the Center for Historic Architecture and Design at the University of Delaware, on behalf of the National Park Service’s National Capital Area National Historic Landmarks Program, to record oral histories related to twentieth century historic preservation efforts in Waterford, Virginia. Six informants, all directly associated with the preservation of Waterford's National Historic Landmark district, shared previously unrecorded details and recollections about strategies used to preserve both the village core and its rural surroundings, as well as the significance of their successes. These findings were incorporated into the amended Waterford National Historic Landmark district nomination, produced simultaneously with this oral history project.


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    Elizabeth Brabec interview
    (Center for Historic Architecture and Design, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 2021-02-12) Brabec, Elizabeth
    Elizabeth Brabec is currently a Professor and the Department Head of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her career and research has focused on land conservation and the design and planning of open space. In 1986, she founded Land Ethics, Inc., a landscape planning firm based in Washington, D.C., and managed the firm for nearly two decades. In 1992, she was the lead author for “Linking the Past to the Future: A Landscape Conservation Strategy for Waterford, Virginia” for the National Park Service and the Waterford Foundation, a blueprint document for limited development to preserve Waterford’s rural character. Brabec also authored “Tomorrow’s Park and Open Space Preservation Strategy for Waterford Village” in the academic journal Cultural Resource Management (1993) about her work in Waterford and co-authored Rural by Design: Maintaining Small Town Character (1994) with Randall Arendt, as well as many additional published papers and journal articles on land conservation and open space design and planning. She was previously an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Michigan and Professor and Department Head of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of Michigan. Brabec holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph in Canada and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland.