Participants in the NCPE conference enjoyed learning about life on the plantation from former resident, Alvin Shields.

Participants in the NCPE conference enjoyed learning about life on the plantation from former resident, Alvin Shields.

A wellspring of historic preservation knowledge was centered in Natchitoches, Louisiana this summer! The National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) held it’s inaugural conference at Lee H. Nelson Hall, the home of NCPTT, from July 14-16. While NCPE regularly conducts meetings as part of the National Preservation Conference, this was the first time they brought educators together to share presentations on far-reaching topics from use of a university campus as a learning laboratory to the use of infographics as a preservation planning tool. The conference brought together nationally recognized experts from around the country for a two-and-a-half day event.

The conference included a reception at the Samuel Guy House, tours of the National Center, and site visits to Oakland and Magnolia Plantations in addition to the presentations and discussions. The structure of the conference allowed for plenty of time for discussions and interactions between the participants. Each session included two 20 minute presentations followed by a 45 minute discussion. A total of five sessions and ten papers made up the heart of the conference. Twenty-five participants enjoyed the familiarity of the small meeting.

Presentations were videotaped and will be available on NCPTT’s website in the Fall, 2015.

For more information about NCPE, click here.

NCPTT was the perfect venue for presentations and panel discussions.

NCPTT was the perfect venue for presentations and panel discussions.

 

 

 

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