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Preserving U.S. Military Heritage

World War II to the Cold War

June 4 - June 6, 2019

Fredericksburg, TX

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NOTE: If you are registering via a .mil network, you will not be able to complete payment. Paypal processing is blocked on .mil networks. In that case, we recommend using a mobile phone browser, 4G LTE, or civilian wifi to register.

Please join the National Center for Preservation Register Now with the Friends of NCPTT (3rd Party Registration)and Training (NCPTT)  and the National Museum of the Pacific War in beautiful Texas Hill Country for  a three-day symposium, June 4-6, 2019 in Fredericksburg, Texas, discussing the preservation of United States military heritage from World War II to the Cold War.

Millions fought for the freedom of our country and for human rights around the world during World War II and the Cold War that followed. Like no American war fought before or since, the entire industrial, economic, and scientific capabilities of the United States were employed in winning World War II. The sites, structures, machines, tools, and objects, and more resulting from time help us to remember the people, places, and cultures that endured.

The symposium will bring together conservators, architects, engineers, landscape architects, museum and site managers, and other cultural resource professionals to discuss state-of-the-science efforts to document, conserve, treat and adaptively reuse sites and features from our military heritage from 1939 to 1991, such as:

  • Military bases and training facilities
  • War machines: planes, tanks, and guns
  • Military materials: concrete, metals, plastics, composites
  • Home front sites: factories and shipyards
  • Camps: Relocation and Prisoner-of-war
  • Nuclear Age sites: testing grounds and development sites
  • Cold War sites: bunkers, silos, andmissiles
  • Remembrances: monuments and memorials
  • Archives: posters, photographs, letters, documents

The symposium is organized by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, the Friends of NCPTT, Nimitz Foundation, and the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Register for the symposium here.

Call for Presentations and Posters – closed

NCPTT will accept presentation and poster abstracts until February 18, 2019.  Presenters are required to write a paper to be included in a symposium proceedings.  Click here for more information.


Paper Presentations will take place at the Fredericksburg Inn and Suites Conference Center.

Keynote Speaker: Nancy Reynolds Bartlit

Silent Voices of World War II: When the Land of Enchantment met the Land of the Rising Sun

Headshot of Nancy Bartlit

Nancy Bartlit

WWII historian, author, lecturer, and publisher, earned a BA in History from Smith College and a MA in International Communications from the University of New Mexico after she completed university studies on Japanese industry, technology, and language, including visits to Japanese research labs.  She taught English in Sendai, Japan, thirteen years after WWII ended.  In 2005, she co-authored Silent Voices of World War II.  A past chair of the Los Alamos governing body and former president of the local Historical Society, Bartlit promoted a national park on the Manhattan Project, working with the Atomic Heritage Foundation and elected officials.

The Ongoing Battle of Ewa Plain, Hawaii: Resurrection of a Lost Battlefield, Ben Resnick, GAI Consultants

USS Indianapolis Discovered! Now What? – Analysis of a Wrecksite, Blair Atcheson and Dr. Richardson Hulver, Naval History and Heritage Command, Underwater Archaeology Branch

Using 3D Laser and Sonar Scanning to Monitor Oil Spill Impacts on Deepwater World War II Shipwrecks in the Gulf of Mexico, Melanie Damour, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

The MARAD Collection – Conserving Salvaged Military Objects, Josephina Maldonado, EverGreene Architectural Arts

Preserving the Historic Military Landscape at Camp Adair: A U.S. Army World War II Combat Training Camp in the Willamette Valley, Northwestern Oregon, Rick Minor and Kathryn A. Toepel, Heritage Research Associates, Inc.

Camp Laguna, Arizona, William J. Heidner, U.S. Army Center of Military History, U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground

Rehabilitating the WWII Black Officers’ Club, Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, Dr. Steven D. Smith, South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology; Stephanie L. Nutt, USAG Fort Leonard Wood; and Adam Smith, US Army Corps of Engineers, ERDC- CERL

Preserving Second World War Internment History: A Texas Perspective, Dr. Lila Rakoczy, Military Sites and Oral History Program, Texas Historical Commission

Rohwer Reconstructed:  Interpreting Place through Experience, Angelia Michelle Payne, Center for Advanced Spatial Technology, University of Arkansas

Preserving What Remains: Fort Sheridan WWII POW Branch Camps in the Cook County Forest Preserves in Illinois, Paula L. Bryant, Illinois State Archeological Survey

National Museum of the Pacific War

National Museum of the Pacific War

Opening Reception & Poster Session

Join us Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at for an opening reception and poster session at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Since 1967, the Museum has expanded to occupy a six-acre campus and gained a reputation as one of the premier military museums in the nation. Over the years the Museum was upgraded and enlarged, and the campus grew to accommodate the Memorial Courtyard, the Plaza of Presidents and the Japanese Garden of Peace. Learn more about the museum, your fellow participants, and your hosts at the opening reception.


Cultural Landscapes of the Manhattan Project: Preserving the The Pajarito Site, Los Alamos National Laboratory, New Mexico, Julie McGilvray, Guadalupe Mountains National Park and Robert Melnick, University of Oregon

Preserving World War II-era Atomic Weapons Research and Development Sites within Los Alamos National Laboratory for the Newly-created Manhattan Project National Historical Park, Jeremy C. Brunette, Los Alamos National Laboratory

Conducting an Assessment of Wooden Parabolic Arch Trusses in a World War II Blimp Hangar, Ron Anthony, Doug Porter, Anthony & Associates, Inc., Porter & Associates

High Flying Science – The Story behind the Bomber in the Lake, Susan R. Edwards, Jeffrey R. Wedding, Desert Research Institute

Plastics in Early Aircraft: Enclosing the Cockpit, Odile Madden, Getty Conservation Institute’s Modern and Contemporary Art Research Initiative

No Lone Zone: Two Preservation Paths in Preserving ICBM Facilities, Eric Leonard, Minuteman Missile National Historic Site and Christina Bird, Wyoming State Parks

Nike: Bringing a Site Up To Speed, Allan Blank, Golden Gate National Recreation Area

The Mole Hole:  Effort to Help Save a Cold War Concrete Resource, Travis Ratermann, Arkansas Historic Preservation Program

Bringing a Cold War Relic Back from the Brink, Kim Daileander andEmily Eig, EHT Traceries

Preserving Public Memory: Caring for Mementos left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Janet Folkerts, National Mall and Memorial Parks

Conservation of a Vietnam-era Aluminum Swift Boat for The National Museum of The United States Navy, Paul Mardikian, Terra Mare Conservation, LLC

The Positive Impact of the United States Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum on the Surrounding Civilian Community, James Bartlinski, Denise Wald, U.S. Army Airborne and Special Operations Museum


Cattle grazing at LBJ Ranch

LBJ Ranch: Tour and Barbecue –  SOLD OUT

Join us Wednesday evening at the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park for a barbeque buffet and a special guided tour of the ranch. See Johnson’s ranch house known as the Texas White House and Airforce One-half.  Transportation provided from the conference hotel.  Seating is limited for this ticketed special event. Tickets are available when you register for the conference.


Preserving the Hardware of War: Challenges Faced in the Adaptive Exhibition and Storage of the US Army’s Technological Artifacts, Raymond Barnett, US Army Center of Military History, Museum Support Center-Anniston

Outdoor Display Aircraft: Considering Costs and Benefits, Daniel L. Phoenix, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB

A Veritable Arsenal: Museum Collection Management at Springfield Armory National Historic Site, Alexander MacKenzie, Springfield Armory National Historic Site

Conservation of the Iwo Jima Monument Parris Island for the United States Marine Corps, Claudia Chemello, Terra Mare Conservation, LLC

Changing Landscapes: Challenges of Interpreting and Preserving Cold War Military Resources at the Former Olathe Naval Air Station, Johnson County, Kansas, Caitlyn M. Ewers, Assistant Cultural Resources Specialist and Brandy M. Harris, Senior Cultural Resources Specialist and Architectural Historian, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc.

Changes and Challenges in the Archives at the National Museum of the Pacific War 1963-‐2019,Chris McDougal, National Museum of the Pacific War

A flag, pilots helmet, and several other related items included in the small display

Display at the National Museum of the Pacific War

Field Session

The Thursday afternoon field session will be at the  National Museum of the Pacific War. We will get a behind  the scenes look at the museum’s collection and engage in discussions about the conservation of textiles, such as leather bomber jackets, silk maps, and flags; and paper, including photographs (still and motion), documents, and books.  We will also discuss preservation of large macro-artifacts displayed outside the museum.  These include metal objects ranging from artillery pieces and large naval guns to various ship structures.  There will also be time to explore the museum on your own.


Pre-order your proceedings now and get a discount! Published by the Friends of NCPTT,  the softcover bound book will include papers with color images submitted by symposium speakers. The usual cost for the proceedings is $60 per copy. By pre-ordering you can save  30%  – just $40 per copy.

RegistrationRegister Now with the Friends of NCPTT (3rd Party Registration)

$325       Regular
$225       NPS employee
$199       Speaker
$125       Student
$125       One-day

Special Events
$ 45       LBJ Ranch BBQ   SOLD OUT
$   –        Opening Reception (free with registration)
$   –        Field Session (free with registration)

NOTE: If you are registering via a .mil network, you will not be able to complete payment. Paypal processing is blocked on .mil networks. In that case, we recommend using a mobile phone browser, 4G LTE, or civilian wifi to register.

NPS Employees, please contact Debbie Smith before registering at debbie_smith@nps.gov or 318-356-7444.

Student registrants need to send current copy of their student id to debbie_smith@nps.gov.


Book you room now.  Conference rate expires soon! 

Discover a tranquil oasis in the heart of Texas Hill Country at Fredericksburg Inn & Suites, located on five beautiful acres alongside Barons Creek in Fredericksburg, Texas.  Architectural Digest just choose Fredericksburg as the “prettiest town” in Texas!  The hotel is only a block and a half from the National Museum of the Pacific War.

To reserve a room, call 830-997-0202 and ask for the Friends of NCPTT to receive the special conference rate of $94/night, breakfast included. Room Rates are quoted exclusive of state and local taxes, currently 13%.

The special conference rate will not be honored for online reservations. Deadline for booking the special conference rate is May 15, 2019.

Please note, second floor rooms are accessible by stairs only.

Rocket launching into space

Titan 2 launch


San Antonio International Airport (70 miles)
Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (84 miles)

Important Dates

February 18, 2019            Presentation and poster abstracts due
March 1, 2019                    Accepted presentations and posters notified
May 2, 2019                       Deadline to book your hotel at special symposium rate
May 20, 2019                    Presentation papers due
May 28, 2019                     Presentations due
June 4-6, 2019                  Symposium


Symposium Sponsors

D/2 Biological Solution
Sparks Engineering, Inc.
BEECK Mineral Paints
Lord Aeck Sargent
Council on America’s Military Past



Symposium Partners

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Since workshops and conferences fill quickly, please sign up as early as possible. If you need to withdraw from an event, you must contact the organizer in writing via email at mary_striegel@nps.gov or fax (318) 356-9119.

Cancellations more than 30 days prior to an event will be fully refunded less a $30 administrative fee. No refunds will be available for cancellations within 30 days of the event, but funds may be credited towards a future NCPTT event. If the Friends of NCPTT must cancel an event, you may choose a full refund of the registration fee or a credit for a future Friends of NCPTT event.

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Fredericksburg Inn & Suites
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