Preserving the Built Environment in National and State Parks

Call for Papers and Posters

DEADLINE for Paper & Poster Abstracts: Closed

June 21-23, 2016
Santa Fe, New Mexico

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), the Friends of NCPTT, the National Park Service (NPS), the NPS Intermountain Regional Office, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Living New Deal will host a three-day symposium covering the preservation of NPS designed buildings and landscapes. The event coincides with the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

The symposium focuses on issues related to the preservation of park built features. NPS built environments span a hundred years of development from the early rustic period when railroad transported tourists to large western parks; through a period of major construction and land conservation during the Great Depression completed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and Works Progress Administration (WPA); into the post-WWII era and the NPS Mission 66 campaign and up through contemporary development. The NPS also played a major role in the improvement and development of state parks nationwide, through their administration and supervision of CCC and WPA crews working in these parks.

For more information on the symposium click here.

Oral Presentations

Talks will be 30 minutes in duration, including questions. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstract should contain: presenter’s full contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, fax, email), and a 100-word biography for the author and each co-author. We recommend no more than two presenters per paper. Oral presentation abstract deadline is January 15, 2016 (Closed). Email notification of accepted presentations will be sent on February 15, 2016.

Presentations will be recorded and resulting videos posted on NCPTT’s website.

Written Papers

Authors Guidelines ButtionPresenters will be required to prepare a short paper, ten pages maximum, for inclusion in a symposium publication. Click here for author guidelines. Deadline for paper submission is May 23, 2016.

 

Poster presentations

Posters should be approximately 36 x 40 inches, landscape. Please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words (excluding figures and references). Abstract should contain: main presenter’s full contact information (name, title, organization, address, phone, fax, email). The poster abstract deadline is February 15, 2016. Email notification of accepted posters will be sent on March 15, 2016.

Suggested paper and poster topics include but are not limited to:

Historical Perspective on NPS Park Design

  • NPS Railroad era, New Deal, Mission 66, Contemporary
  • Role of NPS in state and regional park design and development.

Preservation issues

  • Material properties, performance and behavior
  • Mechanisms of deterioration
  • Treatments
  • Cyclical maintenance
  • Climate change

Documentation

  • Crowd-sourcing
  • HALS
  • 3-D digital

Use of Technology

  • High tech
  • Traditional trades

Adaptive reuse

  • Repurposing
  • Sustainability

Interpretation of NPS designed features

Submissions should be sent to:

NCPTT
Attn: Debbie Smith
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457
debbie_smith@nps.gov

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]nps.gov
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119