In 2016, the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training released $505,100 in grants to fund research, training, and online and social media projects that promote innovative uses of technology in the preservation of America’s important cultural and historical resources.
“These projects bring the best skills and technology of the present to preserve the treasures of the past for future generations,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “As we celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, we continue to adapt and improve preservation methods so that these historic places are around for another 100 years.”
The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training administers the grants as part of its efforts to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve historic and cultural resources throughout the United States. Since 1994, the center has awarded more than $9.7 million in grants to fund science and technology-based projects for historic preservation.
This year’s grant projects incorporate modern technology and techniques to help prepare for disaster management and responding to climate change. Clemson University will create an Infrastructure Risk Index that allows preservation professionals to make risk-aware decisions regarding the preservation and rehabilitation of heritage structures. The National Trust for Historic Preservation will compare various flood protection methods to develop recommendations for different types of historic buildings. Media projects include Anacostia Trails Heritage and Preservation Maryland’s development of fifty podcasts on “Using Technology to Protect the Past” in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.
A full list of this year’s grant recipients is below.
Clemson University, S.C., Foresight for Disaster Management: Infrastructure Risk Index Analysis (Research), $40,000
Cultural Heritage Imaging, Calif., Applying Scientific Rigor to Photogrammetric 3D Documentation, $40,000
iCATIS, the Forgotten People, and Purpose Focused, Colo., Navajo National “Train the Trainers” Traditional Hogan Retrofits and Manual Development, $40,000
National Trust for Historic Preservation, D.C., A Comparative Study of Flood Approaches to Develop Recommendations for Different Types of Historic Buildings on Varying Types of Sites, $34,700
Texas Military Department, Texas, Look to the Skies: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use for Monitoring of Traditional Cultural Areas and Resources in Disaster Recovery and Response, $39,900
Timber Framers Guild, Mass., Using Timber Grading to Capitalize on Hidden Capacity in Existing Timber Structures, $36,000
University of Arizona, Ariz., Corn and Tobacco Residue: Development of Protocol for Sampling and Analysis, $34,700
Washington State Parks, Wash., Evaluation of Protective Treatments for Western Red Cedar Shingle and Shake Roofs, $29,400
Dartmouth College, N.H., 3D Analysis of Visualization of Tideline Changes to Cellulosic Structures, $40,000
University of Kentucky, Ky., Geographic Information System Processing of Remotely-sensed Data for Analyzing Land Cover Change in Cultural Landscapes, $15,400
The Lamar Institute, Ga., Get the Lead Out Workshop: Elemental Analysis of 18th and Early 19th Century Ammunition in Eastern North America, $32,000
East Carolina University, N.C., Maritime Cultural Landscapes at Risk: Data Collection training and Techniques, $39,000
University of South Carolina, S.C., Developing Pattern Recognition Software to Reconstruct Prehistoric Native American Potter Designs, $39,000
Preservation Technology and Training Grants $460,100
DOCOMOMO US, N.Y., Explore Modern: a scholarly researched online database with user-sourced information, $15,000
Anacostia Trails Heritage and Preservation Maryland, Md., Preservation at 50: Using Technology to Protect the Past Podcast Series, $15,000
Caddo Nation of Oklahoma, Okla., Laser Profilometry of Decorative Elements on Caddo Ceramics: A Case Study from the U.S. Forest Service Collections, $15,000
Media Grants $45,000
Grant Awards Total $505,100