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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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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 County for  a three-day symposium 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 early 1991s, 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

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.

Special Events

Field Session

The half-day field session Thursday afternoon will go behind the scene at the National Museum of the Pacific War to discuss preservation issues with the museum’s curator and see collections not open to the public. More information forthcoming.

National Museum of the Pacific War

National Museum of the Pacific War

Opening Reception

Join us Tuesday night from 6:00 to 8:00 at for an opening reception 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.


 LBJ Ranch: Tour and Barbecue


LBJ Ranch

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.


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

NPS Employees should 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.

Register on Eventbrite through the Friends of NCPTT, at http://preserving_us_military_heritage.eventbrite.com/?s=89454862.


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 the Park Service 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 2, 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)

Airport Shuttles

More information coming soon!

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 conference rate
May 20, 2019                    Presentation papers due
June 4-6, 2019                  Symposium


Symposium Partners

National Park Service logo NCPTT logo Logo of the Friends of NCPTT Logo of the National Museum of the Pacific War



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
201 South Washington Street, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 United States
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1 830-997-0202
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