City-Owned Historic Cemeteries: What Preservation Planners Need to Know


Although historic city-owned cemeteries are often managed by parks departments, preservation planners (“the people who know about historic stuff”) may be called upon to assist with historic designations, conservation questions, and legal issues. Through multiple case studies, this session will help prepare you to proactively engage with other city departments to help protect and appropriately improve historic cemeteries or respond if problems arise (such as the discovery of unmarked human remains).

CE Credits:
Jul 16, 2022 2:45 PM

Steph McDougal

Steph McDougal is the principal consultant and owner at McDoux Preservation LLC in Houston, Texas. She holds a master of technical and scientific communication from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, as well as a master of science in historic preservation from the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Steph and her firm specialize in data-driven, community-driven research, analysis, and planning, as well as robust community engagement. Steph has served as the chair of her local historic commission and on the boards of directors for local and state preservation/history organizations, including Texas Dance Hall Preservation, which she co-founded in 2007. She also previously served on the Texas State Board of Review for the National Register of Historic Places. Originally from Ohio, Steph has also lived in Rhode Island and has traveled extensively and often through New England and the rest of the eastern United States.In 2014, Steph assembled a team of archaeologists, landscape architects, and tree experts to create the award-winning City of Austin Historic Cemeteries Vision Plan. Steph has gone on to work with cemeteries in Texas, Florida, and Tennessee and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public History, focusing on overcoming barriers to equity for city-owned African American cemeteries. Steph is a member of the Association for Gravestone Studies, American Planning Association, National Alliance for Preservation Commissions, and multiple statewide preservation nonprofits.

Friederike Mittner

Friederike Mittner, AICP, is the City Historic Preservation Planner and CLG coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach, Florida, overseeing more than 5,000 cultural resources. Ms. Mittner has worked on the resurvey of the City’s existing historic districts, designation of new districts and sites on both the local and National Register’s, completed Section 106 reviews and coordinated the regulations for building size, scale, and mass within the City's historic neighborhoods. This process included an intensive public outreach component. She was responsible for the application and designation of the City by the White House as a Preserve America Community. Ms. Mittner is also a member of the Palm Beach County Historic Resources Review Board, which is responsible for the cultural resources in unincorporated Palm Beach County. On a broader level, Ms. Mittner is the Immediate Past President of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation and a trainer with the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions. She holds a Master of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Florida with a historic preservation track. She meets the Secretary of the Interior's Professional Qualification Standards in Architectural History.Ms. Mittner has over 20 years of planning, preservation and construction experience. She is also a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), the American Planning Association (APA), National Alliance of Preservation Commissions (NAPC), the National and Florida Trust’s for Historic Preservation. She enjoys working with property owners, architects and developers to achieve viable preservation projects for both commercial and residential uses. She spends as much of her free time as possible up in New Hampshire, also making her very familiar with New England architecture and planning.


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