The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will open its doors to the public for a showcase of preservation research projects conducted this summer. This will be the sixteenth annual event and is held in conjunction with Natchitoches-area National Park Service organizations. The event will be held on Thursday, July 30th from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.
Highlighting the event are seven college students from around the country who have interned at NCPTT this summer. They are Matthew Pailes, who recently received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and is doing research that focuses on thin-section petrography of building stone materials to aid preservationists in replacing stone in historic structures; Christina Ramazani, completing her M.A. at Mississippi State University, has been performing a literature review on surveillance technologies applicable to the protection of archaeological sites; Gibran Lule-Hurtado, from La Moncada, Guanajuato, Mexico, recently received his master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Texas – Austin, has been compiling innovative projects that incorporate engagement, sustainability, and resilience into preservation practice; Maggie O’Neill, a graduate of the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design, has been working with the National Park Service’s Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and NCPTT to develop an eLearning-based landscape preservation maintenance training program; Heather Lockwood, an undergraduate student at Northwestern State University, has been working on an online publication that summarizes a series of webinar presentations given as part of the National Register Landscape Initiative (NRLI); Ryan Ware, attending Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, has been raising awareness about archaeology in the National Park Service via NCPTT’s Facebook page; and Jacklyn Marr, studying at Louisiana Scholars’ College at Northwestern State University, has been compiling and designing an updated product catalog that will represent the research currently online at NCPTT’s website.
In addition to the scholars there will be a representative of the Association for the Preservation of Historic Natchitoches (APHN) to discuss the work done by the Africa House HOPE Crew project at Melrose Plantation and other community leaders talking about local projects.
Preservation In Your Community is co-sponsored by NCPTT, Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA), and Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CARI). The event is free to the public and will be held at the headquarters of NCPTT at Lee H. Nelson Hall, located at 645 University Parkway on the Northwestern State University campus. Light refreshments will be served. For more information on Preservation in Your Community, call (318) 356-7444.