Welcome to the 2010 Preservation and Technology Board meeting. We are excited by the opportunity to share NCPTT’s accomplishments over the last year, and to seek your counsel on the continuing direction of our research and training programs.
Every year seems busy, but the last was particularly hectic and fruitful as we grew NCPTT’s work in line with the strategic direction set over the last decade. The year brought both new opportunities and the achievement of some of our long-term goals.
NCPTT’s Sustainability and Preservation initiative, created under the leadership of board chair emeritus Bob Silman and the Friends of NCPTT, enabled the National Center to be at the forefront of this movement within the preservation community. Our partnership with the National Trust resulted in a daylong “green preservation” gathering at their annual meeting, and spawned a working group that continues to push the issue across multiple programs and agencies. The blue ribbon Second Century Commission identified NCPTT as a program that is key to the future success of the National Park Service. The National Center also contributed a paper on “The Future of Preservation Technology” to the commission’s work.
NCPTT’s National Cemetery Summit brought together experts from around the country, and became the most financially successful training event in our history. It was the crowning event in a multi-year series of cemetery conservation training programs that has built a new constituency for our research.
NCPTT developed new audiences in other areas as well. Its leadership in social media brought remarkable recognition from content managers far beyond the preservation world and continues to prove the viability of interactive web tools for reaching much larger audiences. The National Center also convened historic landscape architects from the National Park Service and other nonprofit historic sites to begin work on a preservation curriculum for landscape architecture. Additionally, NCPTT began developing new tools and instruments that promise to revolutionize nondestructive evaluation in the field, and to generate income toward the National Center’s research. Finally, an intensive project for the Department of Defense freed up funds and gave us a rare opportunity to improve our laboratories.
It was an exciting and challenging year at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training. The caliber of the talent embodied in our staff continues to impress. And as always, we deeply appreciate the expertise and help of the PTT Board and the Friends of NCPTT as we forge new tools for the conservation of our nation’s heritage.
April 12, 2010