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Aside from its role as a trainer and convener of preservation professionals, NCPTT inspires general audiences with the message that everyone has a role to play in protecting cultural heritage.

Public Preservation Events at Lee H. Nelson Hall

Edouard Ferrell discovers that heritage preservation can be dirty work while learning how to make the mud-based building material bousillage during NCPTT’s Preservation Fair.

The National Center hosts regular activities for the public at its headquarters in Natchitoches, La. In June, it held a half-day preservation fair for the local community. Staff members guided participants in demonstrations and hands-on activities related to historic window preservation, grave marker cleaning, tree care and replacement, and bousillage creation and repair. In August, NCPTT partnered with the Cane River Creole National Historical Park and the Cane River National Heritage Area to host the annual Preservation in Your Community (PIYC) Program. Interns from the partnering organizations presented posters about their preservation research in a relaxed, come-and-go atmosphere. Now in its tenth year, the event has attracted increasingly larger audiences from the community and State of Louisiana.

Community Connections Heritage Education Activity Book Funded by a grant from NCPTT, Community Connections is an innovative, multi-tiered set of activities that involves students, teachers, families and schools working together to learn about the places in which they live. These activities secure a deeper understanding and appreciation of heritage that can be integrated into several areas of the curriculum to offer unique and varied after-school and camp program ideas.

Preservation is Elementary Heritage connections were made at NCPTT in March as school field trips collectively brought nearly 80 students to Lee H. Nelson Hall. The National Center hosted fifth graders to study the effects of acid rain on cultural heritage made of stone. Students from Natchitoches Magnet School learned about the way in which our environment affects cultural heritage. Also in March, NCPTT held a five-hour workshop focusing on the use of science to study, understand and conserve cultural heritage for 34 students from Avoyelles Public Charter School.

Students from Avoyelles Public Charter School examine archeological pottery under a stereo microscope while visiting NCPTT in March.

High Tech and Higher Education Staff from the National Center lectured in a variety of higher education settings during FY-2010, including Grambling State University and Northwestern State University (NSU). NCPTT also hosted a two-hour course with the NSU College of Education on using heritage education to teach across the curriculum.

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