The fifteenth annual University of Oregon, Pacific Northwest Field School in Historic Preservation will take place at three sites this year that are all centrally located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.
Field School weeks one, two, and four will take place at the Frank Lloyd Wright Gordon House. Week three will focus on wood window repair at the Oregon State Fair ground’s Historic Poultry Building. The final week, week five, will concentrate on the restoration of a CCC structure at Silver Falls State Park.
Each year the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School attracts a range of participants, from practicing cultural resource professionals to undergraduate and graduate students, to novices with little background in the field but who possess a love for heritage and a desire to learn.
The University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation Program developed this Field School to provide participants with the opportunity to experience preservation firsthand. The field school engages many aspects of the practice of preservation.
Students learn a variety of skills, ranging from the repair, restoration, and preservation of historic wood, masonry, and metal components to learning how to “read” the historic fabric of a building. Co-directed by Shannon Bell, Adjunct University of Oregon Historic Preservation Faculty and Don Peting, Emeritus Architecture and Historic Preservation faculty, the program offers participants the opportunity to participate in hands-on preservation work.
The field school is supported by Oregon, Washington, and Idaho State Parks and State Historic Preservation Office and The National Parks Service.