July 13, 2005

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University will host the panel discussion, "The National Register of Historic Places, Bucknell and Lewisburg," Tuesday, July 19, at 5 p.m. in Bucknell Hall. The discussion, which is part of Bucknell's Getty Campus Heritage Project, is free to the public.

Panelists will be student researchers Ashley Aiken and Meri Horn and guests including Ken Levan, preservation consultant and head of the Lewisburg Historic Architecture Review Board (HARB); Ted Strosser, former state commission member, architect, and HARB member; and David Schuyler, American Studies Professor at Franklin & Marshall and former chair of the State Historic Preservation Board.

According to Mary Brantl, the panel will explore questions such as "What might it mean to put a Bucknell structure (say, the stadium?) on the National Register of Historic Places? What does it mean that a significant portion of the Bucknell campus is already on the Register as part of the Lewisburg Historic District (listed in 2004)?" A consultant on the project, Brantl was a visiting assistant professor of art history at Bucknell from 1999 to 2004.

Other questions to be examined are "Are there differences between listed districts and listed buildings? What is this `list'? What are the implications of listing? What does this all mean for a district? For a campus?"

Since January, six students have been working with Brantl and with Stephen Buonopane, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, on various exercises related to the Getty Campus Heritage Project. These include drafting a mock application to the National Register of Historic Places and researching the implications of such a listing.

"Tuesday's debate/panel discussion will allow two of these students to share their findings in the context of a broader exchange with our guest experts on the Register's significance," said Brantl.

"For those who are part of Lewisburg and/or Bucknell, the 2004 listing of the Lewisburg Historic District on the National Register and the university's 2004 receipt of a Campus Heritage Grant from the Getty assure the pertinence of Tuesday's panel.

"But anyone interested in architectural history, in the National Register of Historic Places, or in preservation efforts in general is sure to find this event both interesting and insightful."


Note to media: Brantl may be reached at 577-1290. For general information on the Getty Campus Heritage Project, see





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