StEPs Lab 4 – Building Knowledge: How to Gather Documentation on Historic Structures and Landscapes 

If it’s true that “knowledge is power,” then organizations that own or manage historic structures and landscapes need all the knowledge they can get!


Coffin House (ca 1678), Newbury, Massachusetts, owned and operated by Historic New England

In this StEPs Lab webinar, we address the various reports and documents that organizations will want to compile and keep on the historic structures and landscapes they own or manage.

Hear guest speaker Rachel Leibowitz, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, discuss how to find someone to research and write Historic Structures and other reports, existing studies you may not be aware of, and the types of information that can be gleaned from these documents.

Leibowitz is the Manager of the Preservation Services Division of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. She has served as a historian for Federal Programs at the Texas Historical Commission in Austin, and also has worked in two Chicago architecture firms and in the City of Chicago’s Historic Preservation Division. Leibowitz has taught courses in cultural landscape preservation and landscape history at the University of Texas at Austin and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Paid and unpaid staff, volunteers, and board members from organizations of all sizes will benefit from this recording.
Participants enrolled in AASLH’s StEPs program will benefit from a discussion on how they can meet performance indicators related to the topic.


What are StEPs Labs?

Participation in StEPs Labs offers in-depth information on topics central to the operation of your museum, historic house, site, or related organization. Applying what you learn in a Lab to your organization’s policies and practices means you are making meaningful progress. The more progress you make, the more boxes you can check off in the StEPs workbook. The more boxes you check off, the more Bronze, Silver, and Gold certificates you earn. And that translates into more credibility, more support, and a museum that is a valuable asset to its community for many more years to come.StEPs logo Picture1