The Natchitoches community joined at Lee H. Nelson Hall, located on Northwestern State University‘s campus, on June 12 to celebrate their heritage at the Community Preservation Fair.

NCPTT's Sarah Jackson, Mary Bistodeau and Kim Martin discussing historic windows at the NPS Preservation Community Fair.

NCPTT's Sarah Jackson, Mary Bistodeau and Kim Martin discussing historic windows at the NPS Preservation Community Fair.

The fair featured different presentations such as hands-on demonstrations on wood window repair and proper cleaning techniques for stone grave markers.

NCPTT's Jason Church discusses proper cleaning techniques for stone grave markers at the NPS Preservation Community Fair.

NCPTT's Jason Church discusses proper cleaning techniques for stone grave markers at the NPS Preservation Community Fair.

There was also information on preparing for natural disasters and ways to protect your family and home. Additionally, there were discussions on how trees in historic landscapes enhance historic districts, parks and cemeteries.

NCPTT's  Stephanie Nelson discusses tree maintenance at the NPS Preservation  Community Fair.

NCPTT's Stephanie Nelson discusses tree maintenance at the NPS Preservation Community Fair.

There was also information on Cane River heritage and activities for children.

CRNHA's Jean Carter presented landmarks in time and provided general information about the parks to visitors.

CRNHA's Jean Carter presented landmarks in time and provided general information about the parks to visitors.

The fair was hosted by the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, the Cane River Creole National Historical Park and the Cane River National Heritage Area.

NCPTT's  Andy Ferrell discusses bousillage at the NPS Preservation Community  Fair. At this booth, participants learned bousillage techniques and  uses, and participated in a hands-on bousillage demonstration.

NCPTT's Andy Ferrell discusses bousillage at the NPS Preservation Community Fair. At this booth, participants learned bousillage techniques and uses, and participated in a hands-on bousillage demonstration.

For more information, contact Sarah Jackson at sarah_m_jackson@nps.gov or 318-356-7444. To view more photos from the fair, visit the Flickr set.

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