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Christine Henry - University of Mary Washington. Fredericksburg, VA, US

Christine Henry Christine Henry

Assistant Professor | University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA, UNITED STATES

Professor Henry is an expert on historic preservation, currently focusing on the history of Fredericksburg, VA.



Christine Henry worked for four years as a project coordinator on cultural resource surveys with the Washington DC Regional Office (WASO) of the National Park Service while working on her doctorate in Urban Planning at the University of Maryland. Prior to returning to school, Dr. Henry worked for over a decade as the Federal Preservation Officer at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in addition to working with museums around the country to manage their collections and programming projects. Trained as both an architect and as a preservationist, Dr. Henry focuses her research on placemaking, the intersection of the built environment and community identity. She is particularly interested in issues of social justice and diversifying the communities who participate in preservation.

Areas of Expertise (5)

Vernacular Architecture

Historic Preservation

Architectural History

Urban Planning


Education (4)

University of Maryland: Ph.D., Urban and Regional Planning and Design 2010

University of Maryland: M.H.P., Historic Preservation 2010

The Catholic University of America: M.Arch., Architecture 1997

The College of William & Mary: B.A., Art History, minor in Geology 1992

Media Appearances (3)

WATCH NOW: Fredericksburg and Mary Washington place temporary marker honoring Freedom Riders

The Free Lance-Star  print


“This is what work looks like,” said Frye, describing the joint effort between the city; University of Mary Washington professors Erin Devlin and Christine Henry; and Chris Williams, assistant director of UMW’s James Farmer Multicultural Center, that resulted in the approval of the new state historic marker. “If we could just clap a lot for Fredericksburg today.”

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UMW, City of Fredericksburg partner in effort to more accurately tell the local Civil Rights story

The Free Lance-Star  print


Students and professors at the University of Mary Washington will assist Fredericksburg officials in efforts to more fully tell the story of the local civil rights movement.

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UMW, City working to place historical marker at downtown site of Freedom Riders first stop

The Free Lance-Star  print


On May 4, 1961, the original 13 Freedom Riders departed Washington on Greyhound and Trailways buses. Williams, Devlin and Henry, in partnership with the City of Fredericksburg, have started the process of applying for the marker from the state Department of Historical Resources.

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Articles (1)

How the University of Maryland Architecture Library Avoided Closure and Emerged as a Professional Library

Art Documentation

Cindy Frank, Christine Henry

2016 In June 2014, the dean of libraries at the University of Maryland announced the libraries’ plan to close the architecture branch library over the summer due to permanent budget cuts that had been handed down from the state of Maryland. After many e-mail messages, a petition, phone calls, and letters, the dean of libraries gave the School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation a reprieve of one semester to come up with some creative alternatives to closing. This article explores the process from announced closing to task force report and final decision.

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