Exhibit to celebrate 15 years of FindIt program
The College of Environment and Design at the University of Georgia will host an exhibit celebrating 15 years of the FindIt cultural resource survey partnership.
The retrospective exhibit and reception will be held at the Jackson Street Building Nov. 1 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. A sampling of documented buildings, sites and landscapes will be on display from Nov. 1 until Dec. 15 in the barrel vaulted hall at the Jackson Street Building.
FindIt is a statewide cultural resource survey program sponsored by Georgia's statewide electrical cooperative—the Georgia Transmission Corp. in partnership with the Historic Preservation Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
Housed at the Center for Community Design and Preservation at the environment and design college, FindIt is was created to document historic resources throughout Georgia.
FindIt began in 2002 to provide data to the HPD by teaching students at the college to identify and document cultural resources. Students are trained to identify historic structures and perform fieldwork, including architectural identification, mapping and data analysis. The program serves as one component of GTC's environmental review requirement, as a federally funded utility, and provides support to the university through the funding of staff positions and graduate assistantships. This partnership creates a unique student learning experience; students are
exposed to Georgia counties and cities at the resource level, often in locations traditional classwork does not take them.
The FindIt program is student-based and has provided more than 60 assistantships and 130 hourly positions since 2002.
Cultural resource survey is the first step in the preservation planning process. In 15 years of work, the program has identified and added more than 15,000 resources to Georgia's Natural, Archaeological and Historic inventory; the state's interactive web-based historic resource clearinghouse.
A corresponding reception will be held during the exhibit.