The demand for craftspeople to appropriately preserve America’s aging building stock is increasing even as the supply of people with the hands-on tools skills and materials knowledge is decreasing. The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) partnered to explore how a model developed in Michigan for introducing preservation trades education can be promoted and replicated across the United States. Experts from a wide range of preservation trades organizations and educational institutions convened in the spring of 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. The goal of the summit was to bring together preservation education leaders from across the country who have experience in implementing preservation trades programs to share and document their knowledge and ideas. They reviewed the successful grassroots approach used at Detroit’s Randolph Career and Technical Center (CTC) to introduce students to the preservation trades.
As a result of this meeting, MHPN developed this guide to show how preservation trades’ advocates could replicate the Michigan model in their communities.