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Guiding Principles for Field-Based Historic Preservation

April 30 - May 2, 2019

Salem, MA

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Vanishing Treasures

Vanishing Treasures

Course Description

RegisterThis workshop will present a working knowledge of historic preservation principles which inform the execution of skilled trades work on cultural resources in the field. Upon completion, participants will have a deeper understanding of how treatment decisions are developed, how resources are evaluated and how compliance, laws and the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation are directly connected to the work performed by trades personnel. These fundamental concepts of historic preservation provide a strong foundation for understanding the Why behind the preservation work performed by field personnel.

The course will be split between classroom and field-based sessions and will provide a practical education in the why’s and how’s of historic preservation in the NPS. Morning sessions will cover foundational preservation subject matter in the areas of Secretary of Interior’s Standards, compliance, laws and National Register criteria. Afternoon sessions will apply that subject matter directly in the field working with resources, demonstrating the direct connection between the foundational information and the hands-on work performed by trades personnel on resources.

Course Goals

• Development of a general understanding of the foundational principles associated with National Register criteria, Secretary’s Standards, compliance and cultural resource laws to guide field-based historic preservation work.
• Development of a preservation approach by participants that is based less on personal opinion, and more on an understanding of cultural resource significance and integrity, retention of historic features and materials, and understanding the record we leave behind for future generations to follow.
• Application of foundational principles as tools for making and implementing treatment decisions in the field on cultural resources.


April 30-May 2, 2019


Salem Maritime NHS, Salem, MA

Who Should Attend

This training is geared towards field-based trades personnel who work directly on cultural resources in the performance of preservation work on a daily, and project basis.


3 days


There is no tuition for the workshop. Travel for NPS staff is paid by the benefiting account.

To Register

Register online at the Vanishing Treasures Program.


RegisterErin Gibbs, Training Coordinator
Vanishing Treasures Training Center
Grand Teton National Park

Email: vanishingtreasures@nps.gov or 307-739-3571

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Salem Maritime NHS
160 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970 United States
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National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
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