Vocational Preservation Trades

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network and the Heritage Education Program at NCPTT have developed a formal working relationship to create Vocational Preservation Trades curriculum for high school students.

Teacher’s Heritage Resource Guide – Morgan County Volume 2 (1999-20)
Teacher's Heritage Resource Guide Morgan County Volume 2 - Document Cover

In 1996, the Morgan County Landmarks Society sponsored a graduate intern from the University of Georgia to research historic landscapes. Many resources were utilized to collect as much information as possible about heritage plants, garden sculpture, structures, and garden club activities.

Teacher to Ranger to Teacher

Christine Faith conducted a thorough program audit of the Teacher-to-Ranger-to-Teacher program at Big Thicket National Preserve.

Survey for State Historic Preservation Offices Regarding Introductory Preservation Education of Local Public Officials (1996-13)

The purpose of the survey was to determine how the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training might facilitate the education of local public officials.

Scholarships for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions

Applications for the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions, approved by the European Commission within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Programme, are opened up to August 20, 2013.

Role of NPS Intepretation in Heritage Education

Christine Faith of NCPTT will host a Tel-Net course on the role of National Park Service interpretation in Heritage Education on July 16, 2008, at 1 p.m., EDT.

Robotics Camp 2013

  Learn: Soldering, Programming, Electronics, Robot  Assembly, Navigation Using Sensors and More!  Robotics Camp Avoidance.ino – Right click and Save as. Please contact Curtice Desselles for infrared sensor use.   Who: Middle and High School Students(finished 6th grade to 12th grade) Location: National Center for PreservationTechnology and Training, 645 University Parkway Natchitoches, LA 71457 318-356-7444 Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon each day Attire: Casual Attire: Jeans and T-Shirts. Cost: • ...

Refocusing on Heritage Education: A National Survey (2004-28)

In 1996, the Center for Historic Preservation at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, with funding from the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), initiated a survey of state historic preservation offices and selected heritage organizations in each of the fifty states. This systematic inquiry asked “What’s happening in ...

Project team explores forgotten African American History

The newly created Natchitoches Parish African American Cultural Heritage Initiative (NPAACHI) is working to develop sustainable communities in Natchitoches Parish, La., that serve as heritage destinations and improve the quality of life for residents. The National Center for Preservation Technology & Training, which is headquartered in Natchitoches, is sponsoring the initial research and documentation for ...

Preservation Week Report: The High School for the Preservation Arts Project (1998-23)

The overall goal is to develop a model secondary school curriculum dedicated to the training of skilled preservation artisans that will include an academic component and an industry/government sponsored field internship component. Upon graduation the students will have earned both a New York State Regents diploma and the equivalent of a one-year internship in their ...

Preservation Trades with Nancy Finegood (Podcast 6)

Today Andy Ferrell speaks with Nancy Finegood, executive director of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. NCPTT recently published online a guide titled “Introducing Preservation Trades to High School Students” which grew out of via work with Detroit’s Randolph’s Career and Technical Center. Download Episode 6 as an mp3 or subscribe via iTunes.

Preservation Trades High School Curriculum Summit

NCPTT’s Andy Ferrell and Christine Faith recently participated in a Preservation Trades High School Curriculum Summit.

Preservation 101: An Internet Course on Paper Conservation (1999-30)

Preservation 101 is an online course that will help you learn about the basics of preservation in the context of small and moderately-sized library or archival collections. This course was produced as one component of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services awarded to the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC). The grant supported ...

Plantations and Agriculture
Agrarian crop

Agriculture has been an integral part of the development and growth of the United States. Because agriculture was so important, the development of the agrarian unit was also of the utmost importance.

Online American Latino Heritage Travel Itinerary Launched by the National Park Service
Santa Monica National Recreation Area and Spanish Franciscan Fathers, Francisco Atanasio Dominguez and Silvestre Velez de Escalante.

“As a storyteller of our nation’s past, the National Park Service is committed to connecting people with the places and stories of the diverse peoples who have come together to create the heritage of the United States,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Our American Latino Heritage comes alive in this itinerary, the ...

New Heritage Education Coordinator

Christine Faith recently joined NCPTT as the new Heritage Education program coordinator.

NCPTT Hosts School Groups for Heritage Education Lessons

In an ongoing commitment to promote heritage education in historic preservation, the Materials Research Program at NCPTT recently hosted two school groups. On Friday, March 12, thirty-four Avoyelles Public Charter School high school juniors took part in the “Conservation Scientist for a Day” lesson. For this the students studied French colonial and Native American pottery using ...

NCPTT helps Girl Scouts earn Save Outdoor Sculpture patch

NCPTT helps Girl Scouts earn Save Outdoor Sculpture patch   On Friday April 5th 24 Girl Scouts from Natchitoches’ Brownie Troop 462 and Junior Troop 1512 came to NCPTT to start their Save Outdoor Sculpture patch. The Save Outdoor Sculpture (SOS!) program is a nationwide effort to identify, document, and preserve America’s sculptural heritage. This long running ...

National Council for Preservation Education Inaugural Conference

A wellspring of historic preservation knowledge was centered in Natchitoches, Louisiana this summer! The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) held it’s inaugural conference at Lee H. Nelson Hall, the home of NCPTT, from July 14-16. While NCPE regularly conducts meetings as part of the National Preservation Conference, this was the first time they brought ...

Masonry, History, Integrity: Urban Conservation Primer (Podcast 36)

Download this episode as an mp3 or Subscribe via iTunes Today we join NCPTT’s Stacey Urlacher as she speaks with Tom Russack, Masonry Preservation Instructor at the Abyssinian Development Corporation Workforce Development Youthbuild Program in Harlem, New York City, and Project Associate at Rand Engineering and Architecture.  NCPTT awarded Mr. Russack a grant to compile a ...

Louisiana’s Historic Places

Louisiana’s Historic Places is a series of short animated vignettes on Louisiana history created by 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade students attending Galvez Primary School in Prairieville, Louisiana. The 23 Talented and Gifted (TAG) students were guided through the project by teacher Debbie Buco. Students were immersed in a curriculum of Louisiana history in addition ...

Learning from the Dead

Graveyards can be excellent resources for studying art, language, social and family history, cultural landscapes, and even the natural sciences.

Heritage Values: The Past in Contemporary Society

The Southeast Archeological Center and Hamline University used funds provided by NCPTT to host a four-day workshop in November called “Heritage Values: The Past in Contemporary Society.”

Heritage Education Resources

Educators may find the following resources useful in teaching heritage education in the classroom.

Heritage Education in Loranger, Louisiana

The Heritage Education Initiative is an endeavor of the National Park Service to bring the American experience alive to our children, creating an appreciation and understanding of the peoples, places and traditions that have shaped our nation, through innovative methods of teaching and learning.

Heritage Education Curriculum Development

NCPTT NCPTT The NCPTT Heritage Education Program entered into an agreement with educational curriculum consultants and educational technology specialists to enhance the NCPTT Heritage Education curriculum.

Heritage Education Archeology Workshop

NCPTT’s Heritage Education and Archeology and Collections programs are developing a workshop in conjunction with Dr. John Jameson of the NPS Southeast Archeology Center.

Heritage Areas: The Value of Partnership
Petersburg Boat passes Sibley Mill and the chimney of Confederate States Powder Works along the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area

Three evaluations of National Heritage Areas have been submitted to Congress by the National Park Service. The evaluations assessed the impacts, outcomes, and organizational sustainability of the coordinating entities for Augusta Canal, Essex, and Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Areas which were designated by Congress in 1996. Augusta Canal National Heritage Area: The Power of Water Augusta ...

Focus on 2000: A Heritage Education Perspective (1997-08)

“What’s happening in heritage education?” This is the question that this survey begins to answer.

Fifth Graders Learn about the Effects of Acid Rain on Cultural Materials

On April 24th NCPTT’s Materials Conservator Jason Church taught a lesson to two fifth grade classes (total of 56 students) from Northwestern State University Elementary Lab School. The students looked at how acid rain is produced and how pollution affects cultural materials. As part of the lecture Church discussed experimental design and the scientific method. The ...

Faith Studies Montana Heritage Education Programs

Christine Faith, NCPTT Heritage Education Coordinator, visited Alder Gulch and Virginia City, Montana, in March to study heritage education programs in the area and discuss possible collaborations.

Exploring Sustainable Architecture

On Tuesday, June 30th, NCPTT Executive Director Kirk Cordell, Chief of Architecture and Engineering Andy Ferrell, and summer interns Paul Cady, Miriam Tworek-Hofstetter, and I traveled to Lafayette for a day of sustainable architecture with a community preservation focus. Architect Eddie Cazayoux – of EnvironMental Design – first met us at the St. Landry Parish ...

Explore America’s National Heritage Areas
A Motor Cities CCS student sculpts

From “History Lesson” to “Crystal Clear” Call to Action activities are underway in our National Heritage Areas.  Enjoy this sampling of current activities and visit a heritage area near you. Motor Cities NHA launched the “Making Tracks”, a web site featuring the accomplishments of African-Americans in the automotive Industry. Through this website visitors and members of ...

Cooperative Agreements on Teacher Training, Building Stabilization

NCPTT’s Architecture and Engineering program has entered a cooperative agreement with the New Jersey Institute of Technology to implement a teacher and administrator training to show how to replicate the High School for the Preservation Arts in Brooklyn.

Conservation Scientist for a Day 2013
Conservation Scientist for a Day 2013

Conservation Scientist for a Day One day event offered July 30, 2013 to students who have finished the 8th grade or those who participated in the 2013 NCPTT Robot Camp. $10 per person limited to 25 students STUDENTS WILL INVESTIGATE AUTHENIC POTTERY SHARDS AND PARTICIPATE IN HANDS-ON EXPERIMENTS! Instructors: Curtis Desselles, Carol Chin, Jason, Church, Mary Striegel

Conservation Scientist for a Day
Conservation Scientist

What will students learn from the “Conservation Scientist for a Day” program? Students will learn about: The role of the conservation scientist, The Scientific Method, Conservation, Cultural heritage, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) theory, The Metric System, Chemical analysis testing, and Safety in the laboratory setting.

Conservation Scientist for a Day

In an ongoing commitment to promote heritage education in historic preservation, the Materials Conservation Program at NCPTT recently hosted 50 high school juniors from the Avoyelles Public Charter School. For the third year these students took part in the “Conservation Scientist for a Day” lesson.   The students studied archeological sherds of  Native American pottery and French ...

Community Connections (2009-07)
Community Connections (2009-07)

In order to preserve our communities for tomorrow, we must educate students today. Community Connections is an innovative, multi-tiered set of activities that involves students, teachers, families, and schools working together to learn about the places in which they live. The program activities have been successfully tested in classrooms around the country and the teacher ...

Classroom Testing of Model Secondary Level Historic Preservation-Based Lesson Plans (2002-04)
Classroom Testing of Model Secondary Level Historic Preservation-Based Lesson Plans - Document Cover

The concept for a Preservation Arts High school is an outgrowth of the 1993 symposium sponsored by the WMF that identified the need to develop a model program for sustainable urban preservation.

Call for Abstracts: 2012 Preservation Education Conference

The call for abstracts has been extended to April 30, 2012. The School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation at Roger Williams University is hosting the conference Preservation Education: Sharing Best Practices and Finding Common Ground in Bristol, Rhode Island (USA), September 8 to 9, 2012. This conference is designed to bring higher education leaders in historic environment programs together ...

APT-PTN 2012 Annual Conference

This year the Association for Preservation Technology (APT) and the Preservation Trades Network (PTN) are coming together for unprecedented parallel conferences marking a convergence of theory, practice, and interaction with trades practitioners. PTN’s 16th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW) will showcase the work of some of the most skilled traditional tradespeople from the U.S. ...

A Stitch in Time

Have you ever wondered how a sewing machine actually works or why quilts are warmer than blankets? Children from Natchitoches were pondering questions like these as they participated in NCPTT’s first “A Stitch in Time: Heritage for the 21st Century” sewing camp. On July 7-11, NCPTT offered the week long summer camp focusing on sewing heritage. The ...

2010 Annual Report
2010 Budget Chart

The NCPTT 2010 Annual Report outlines research, training, and grant activities undertaken by the Center during FY2010. NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation. Working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer and partnerships.

2008 Preservation in Your Community

The eighth annual Preservation in Your Community event was held July 31 at Lee H. Nelson Hall, Natchitoches, La.


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