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GIS for Cultural Resources: An Introduction

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Seminar Overview

Discuss introductory geographic information system (GIS) concepts and functionality, combining spatial technologies and database management systems in the area of historic preservation. Learn how to use GIS software through hands-on exercises for identification, evaluation, protection, and preservation of cultural resources. From assisting with inventories, to mapping historic districts and battlefields, to mitigating the impact of disasters on historic areas, GIS technology can be used to provide a better basis for planning and decisionmaking for the nation’s heritage.

This seminar is offered in conjunction with Emerging Technologies for Cultural Resources and GIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques.


Deidre McCarthy, GISP, chief, Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems (CRGIS) Facility, National Park Service; facilitates the use of GIS to manage the location, status, and condition of cultural resources

Evaluation Comments

"Exceeded my expectations. The presentation made a complex subject more understandable and will help me use GIS in my work."

"Provided a good overview and enabled participants to gain a working knowledge of GIS ArcView."

"The hands-on and theoretical discussion is a good combination! The instructor bridged the cultural resources and technical divide very well."

"Exercises were key to building confidence."

"[Provided] archaeological applications to GIS. No other course I know offers this."

"Lots of information. I will use the printed materials extensively."

"I have taken GIS classes before. This covered so much more! Plus, focusing on cultural resources-data I will use-helps me relate."


Archaeologists, architectural historians, cultural resource managers, planners, landscape architects, historic preservationists, and historians.

Continuing Education Credits

NPI does not participate in any continuing education programs offered by professional organizations. Self-reporting may be an option for members of organizations that require continuing education credits. 

Related Seminars

Emerging Technologies for Cultural Resources
GIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques

Related Symposium

GIS Symposium for Historical Resources
Mount Vernon, VA
March 22, 2019
Offered by George Washington's Mount Vernon in conjunction with NPI seminars.
Read about past symposia.

Locations and Dates
  • Fredericksburg, VA
    March 6-7, 2019
    in cooperation with
    the National Park Service, 
    Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems and
    the Fredericksburg & Spotsylvania National Military Park,
    The University of Mary Washington,
    Department of Historic Preservation, and
    the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
  • Sacramento, CA
    September 10-11, 2019
    offered in conjunction with 
    Emerging Technologies for Cultural Resources
    GIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques
    in cooperation with
    California State Parks, Cultural Resources Division
    and Office of Historic Preservation,
    and the National Park Service, 
    Cultural Resources Geographic Information Systems 

Seminar Location, Hours, and Hotels

Confirmation of registration is sent out to registered participants one month prior to the seminar date. The confirmation includes the seminar location, hours, and a list of conveniently located hotels. Seminars generally are held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration is recommended at least 6 weeks prior to the seminar to secure a place and to avoid cancellations due to low enrollment.

Cost (see Register for more information)

$550 (6-week advance registration); $600 (regular registration)
Discounted rates are available for multiple seminars taken during the same week.

Customized/On-Site Training

NPI also offers this seminar as customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars can be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or for further information.

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