Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today the award of $217,000 for competitive preservation technology and training grants.
In all, grants from ten applicants were funded, including the Preservation League of New York, which plans to implement a training program for building professionals who wish to rehabilitate/retrofit historic buildings to comply with the New York State Energy Conservation Code. Additionally, researchers at the University of Arizona will develop methods and guidelines to help curators, conservators, and Native American communities identify and treat cultural objects that have been contaminated with heavy metal pesticides.
Jonathan Jarvis, director of the National Park Service, praised the recipients for “bringing the best skills and technology of the present to preserve the treasures of the past.”
The awardees were selected and the assistance agreements will be administered by the National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in Natchitoches, La. The National Center strives to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve prehistoric and historic resources throughout the United States.
The National Park Service awards these grants and agreements under Title IV of the National Historic Preservation Act. NPS received 34 complete applications for funding, which underwent peer review and a national panel review. The final ten awardees are as follows:
- Association for Preservation Technology, to develop selection guidelines on paints and stains for extending the life of exterior historic wood fabric ($25,000)
- Clemson University, to develop Life-Cycle Assessment charts for Preservation and Rehabilitation (LCA-PR) of historic structures ($25,000)
- Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources, to collect data at Hardman Farm in order to validate computer models on building energy performance ($11,000)
- Brown University, to offer workshops that advance the latest archeological survey techniques ($25,000)
- Philadelphia Museum of Art, to host a workshop on Raman Spectroscopy and aid in development of a Raman spectral database for identifying cultural materials and treatments ($12,000)
- Preservation League of New York State, to create a training program for New York State Energy Conservation Code Compliance for historic properties ($25,000)
- University of Arizona, for pXRF guidelines for pesticide residue survey and removal evaluation on textiles ($25,000)
- University of Iowa Office of the State Archaeologist, to develop automated methods to recognize archeological features using Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) Imaging Data ($22,000)
- University of Louisiana at Monroe, to evaluate the stability of earthworks at Poverty Point SHS, Louisiana using dendrogeomorphological investigations ($22,000)
- University of Texas at Austin, to develop and optimize a web tool to survey historic resources in the field ($25,000)
The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training protects America’s historic legacy by equipping professionals in the field of historic preservation with progressive technology-based research and training. Since its founding in 1994, NCPTT has awarded over $7 million in grants for research that fulfills its mission of advancing the use of science and technology in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation.