The field of historic preservation includes a wide variety of facets that relate to the identification, evaluation, and treatment of cultural resources, and assorted components of these activities. VCHP prides itself on having a staff with the experience to address all of these various activities and provide guidance and expertise to our clients in order to successfully reach their project goals. VCHP conducts projects to survey, identify, and record all types of historic properties—historic buildings and structures, archaeological and ethnographic resources, and traditional cultural properties—in order to evaluate their significance for the National Register of Historic Places. We also have the experience to follow-up on this evaluation by preparing National Register nomination forms.
A critical aspect to identifying and evaluating historic properties is the preparation of a carefully crafted historic context, which relates the historical background, themes and types of properties significant to a particular historic era. VCHP has written numerous historic contexts for a variety of resources and historical periods. Our staff has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to produce a meaningful and useful historic context that is thorough enough to properly evaluate the historic properties within the project area, and yet stay within our client's budget and time schedule.
VCHP also has the expertise and experience to document historic buildings, structures, and cultural landscapes using standards developed by the National Park Service through their HABS, HAER, and HALS programs.
Finally, VCHP has the experience and skills to offer our clients "creative mitigation" strategies that not only meet the regulatory requirements, but provide an added value of public history to the project results. Most often, these products consist of "popular" brochures and reports or professionally designed posters and displays, but VCHP has also directed the production of videos to highlight a project's contribution to history. All of these products are designed to inform the general public and provide for them an appreciation of the history associated with the resource.