Introduction

The stewardship of cultural landscapes provides the richness and complexity of the human story of our nation.

Examples of cultural landscapes range from a small homestead to a formally designed estate, a country road to a scenic parkway, a school yard to an industrial complex, and a farmstead to a civil war battlefield.

The National Center encourages research and partnerships in the field of historic landscape preservation to improve the technologies available to practitioners as they undertake the complex tasks of documenting, preserving, and interpreting the historic landscapes significant to a wide variety of people and cultures.

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Documenting Vegetation in American Cemetery

by Debbie Smith on 09/16/2014

Measuring a tree

With funding from the Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA), the National Center for Preservation Training and Technology (NCPTT) has initiated a project to create an inventory of the vegetation within the American Cemetery in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Cemeteries are a physical reminder of our society’s past; they are places to learn about who we are ...

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    Historic Landscape Internship

    by Debbie Smith on 10/08/2014

    The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) is pleased to announce a 6-month internship opportunity with the National Park Service in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Job Description:  Assist in the planning and implementation of a multi-day landscape preservation maintenance workshop to be conducted in partnership with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation.  Other duties will include ...

    NameDate
    National Mall Plan Project Part 1 (Podcast Episode 52)
    National Mall Plan
     
    06/06/2014
    Dendrogeomorphological Investigation of Earthwork Stability at Poverty Point SHS, Louisiana (2013-08)
    2013-08
     
    01/03/2014
    Modernizing Living Collections Management in an Historic Landscape (2013-04)
    2013-04
     
    09/19/2013
    Restoration of the Camden House Orchard
    photo1
     
    09/17/2013
    Trees: Storm Preparation and Recovery
    trees_featured
     
    09/09/2013
    Archive of Digital Data for HABS, HAER, and HALS
    Jones Barn, Library of Congress Collection.
     
    06/11/2013
    Breaking Ground: Examining the Vision and Practice of Historic Landscape Restoration (1999-28)
    1999-28
     
    04/08/2013
    TTU Field and Computer Lab Work Procedure for High Definition Documentation of the Arneson Theater, San Antonio Riverwalk, Texas (2007-17)
    2007-17
     
    03/27/2013
    Spatial Models for Parking and Pedestrian Access in Historic Downtowns: A Preservation and Design Perspective (1997-31)
    1997-31
     
    03/27/2013
    Laser Scanning America’s Cultural Landscapes
    Laser Scanning America's Cultural Landscapes
     
    01/23/2013
    Integrating Aerial and Ground-based LiDAR in Appalachian Heritage Planning and Visualization
    Integrating Aerial and Ground-based LiDAR in Appalachian Heritage Planning and Visualization
     
    01/22/2013
    Best Practices for Digital Documentation
     
    01/07/2013
    Cultural Resources in the Wilderness (Podcast 39)
    Historic preservation crew completes work on the Agnes Vaille Shelter historic structure at the Keyhole on Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness. Photographer: Sterling Holdorf, National Park Service.
     
    12/17/2012
    Designing the Lidar Mission for Industrial Heritage: Cooperation Across the Fields
    Dice
     
    12/11/2012
    Historic Landscape of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Part 2 (Podcast 38)
    Cabin built by CCC in burned woods
     
    11/28/2012
    Protecting Gullah Land and Community: A Locative Media Website for Tourism, Community Planning and Education (2012-09)
    2012-09
     
    11/16/2012
    Geophysical and Laser Scan Surveys at the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site (2012-06)
    2012-06
     
    11/16/2012
    Archaeological Survey Technologies, Data, Integration, and Applications Workshop and Seminar, Longfellow House – Washington’s National Headquarters, National Historic Site, Cambridge, MA (2012-05)
    2012-05
     
    11/16/2012
    Historic Landscape of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Part 1 (Podcast 37)
    Screenshot of the texascccparks.org website
     
    10/17/2012
    El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail (Podcast 35)
    Map of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
     
    07/12/2012
    Mourning Glory: Preserving Historic Cemeteries (2011-11)
    caption
     
    12/13/2011
    Earthwork Stability Research at Poverty Point (Podcast 34)
    Ascent up Mound A, Poverty Point State Historic Site (August 2011).
     
    10/03/2011
    Returning the Forest to Forest Lawn: Tree Planting Strategies for Historic Landscapes
     
    08/12/2011
    Claire Turcotte on Campus Heritage Landscapes (Podcast 32)
    Claire 4-11 IMG-20110401-00021-2
     
    08/01/2011
    Preservation Maintenance of Turf Using Resource Sensitive Techniques in Historic Landscapes (2011-03)
    MOWING
     
    04/14/2011
    What’s Out There: An Interactive Catalog of Designed American Cultural Landscapes (2010-01)
    2010-01
     
    12/31/2010
    The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Landscapes (Podcast 21)
    Significant rural landscapes, such as Hanalei, Hawaii, may be seriously threatened by climate change.
     
    06/21/2010
    How the Internet Saved an Historic Tree (Podcast 15)
    tree & church
     
    03/18/2010
    Curriculum Development for Preservation Landscape Maintenance (Podcast 11)
    Charlie Pepper and Bob Mackenzie
     
    10/13/2009
    Replacing Trees in Historic Landscapes (2009-06)
    Replacing Trees in Historic Landscapes
     
    04/06/2009
    Building Dry Stone Retaining Walls (2002-06)
    Building Dry Stone Retaining Walls (2002-06)
     
    03/02/2009
    The Preservation Technology Podcast: Episode 2 – Entry Level Landscape Management and Preservation Training
    The Preservation Technology Podcast
     
    02/06/2009
    Connections: Preserving America’s Landscape Legacy (1996-02)
    Preserving America’s Landscape Legacy (1996-02)
     
    09/22/2008
    Retaining America’s Dry Stone Heritage (2002-05)
    2002-05
     
    09/22/2008
    Preservation Resource Guide for Public Works Managers (1998-01)
    1998-01
     
    09/22/2008
    Landscapes and Lives (1997-27)
    1997-27
     
    09/22/2008
    Walls of Stone: How to Build Drystone Walls and Rock Fences (1996-01)
    1996-01
     
    09/22/2008
    Historic Landscape Resource Manual (2000-18)
    2000-18
     
    09/22/2008
    Stone Wall Repair Workshop: Ellsworth Rock Gardens (2007-08)
    2007-08
     
    12/31/2007
    Cultural Landscape of the Upper Tongue River Valley in Rosebud County, Montana (2007-12)
    2007-12
     
    12/31/2007
    Iron Fence Repair (2007-03)
    Iron Fence Repair (2007-03)
     
    12/31/2007
    Keeping the Boys Busy: The Revival of Incremental, On-Site Design by National Parks (2002-10)
    2002-10
     
    12/31/2002
    Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO) Phase 2 (2001-07)
    Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO) - Document Cover
     
    12/31/2001
    Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO) Phase 1 (2000-15)
    Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO) Phase 1 - Document Cover
     
    12/31/2000
    Teacher’s Heritage Resource Guide – Morgan County Volume 2 (1999-20)
    Teacher's Heritage Resource Guide Morgan County Volume 2 - Document Cover
     
    12/31/1999

    NameDate
    Historic Landscape Internship
     
    10/08/2014
    Documenting Vegetation in American Cemetery
    Measuring a tree
     
    09/16/2014
    National Mall Plan Project Part 1 (Podcast Episode 52)
    National Mall Plan
     
    06/06/2014
    Historic Landscape Internship
    American Cemetery
     
    04/10/2014
    Dendrogeomorphological Investigation of Earthwork Stability at Poverty Point SHS, Louisiana (2013-08)
    2013-08
     
    01/03/2014
    Modernizing Living Collections Management in an Historic Landscape (2013-04)
    2013-04
     
    09/19/2013
    Restoration of the Camden House Orchard
    photo1
     
    09/17/2013
    Trees: Storm Preparation and Recovery
    trees_featured
     
    09/09/2013
    Archive of Digital Data for HABS, HAER, and HALS
    Jones Barn, Library of Congress Collection.
     
    06/11/2013
    Disaster Recovery Resources
    Residential neighborhood in New Orleans one year after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. (photo NCPTT)
     
    06/05/2013
    What’s Out There: Optimized for hand held devices
    Handheld-PreLaunch-sig
     
    05/14/2013
    Webinar: Preparing for the Next Disaster
    9th Ward Damage after Hurricane Katrina
     
    05/03/2013
    History Detectives Camp 2013
    Anonymous_Magnifying_glass
     
    05/03/2013
    NPS Park Cultural Landscapes Program
    nps-cultural-landscapes
     
    05/02/2013
    Breaking Ground: Examining the Vision and Practice of Historic Landscape Restoration (1999-28)
    1999-28
     
    04/08/2013
    NCPTT aids FEMA in Hurricane Sandy Recovery
     
    03/27/2013
    TTU Field and Computer Lab Work Procedure for High Definition Documentation of the Arneson Theater, San Antonio Riverwalk, Texas (2007-17)
    2007-17
     
    03/27/2013
    Spatial Models for Parking and Pedestrian Access in Historic Downtowns: A Preservation and Design Perspective (1997-31)
    1997-31
     
    03/27/2013
    Laser Scanning America’s Cultural Landscapes
    Laser Scanning America's Cultural Landscapes
     
    01/23/2013
    Integrating Aerial and Ground-based LiDAR in Appalachian Heritage Planning and Visualization
    Integrating Aerial and Ground-based LiDAR in Appalachian Heritage Planning and Visualization
     
    01/22/2013
    Louisiana’s Poverty Point State Historic Site to be Nominated as a World Heritage Site
    poverty-point-map1.jpg
     
    01/22/2013
    Best Practices for Digital Documentation
     
    01/07/2013
    2013 Summer Internships
    Applications for the 2013 Summer Internship Program are due February 4.
     
    12/20/2012
    Cultural Resources in the Wilderness (Podcast 39)
    Historic preservation crew completes work on the Agnes Vaille Shelter historic structure at the Keyhole on Longs Peak, Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness. Photographer: Sterling Holdorf, National Park Service.
     
    12/17/2012
    Designing the Lidar Mission for Industrial Heritage: Cooperation Across the Fields
    Dice
     
    12/11/2012
    Historic Landscape of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Part 2 (Podcast 38)
    Cabin built by CCC in burned woods
     
    11/28/2012
    Fountain Fundamentals, an Ever Evolving Conservation Collaboration
    Bloch Building
     
    11/27/2012
    Protecting Gullah Land and Community: A Locative Media Website for Tourism, Community Planning and Education (2012-09)
    2012-09
     
    11/16/2012
    Geophysical and Laser Scan Surveys at the Longfellow House – Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site (2012-06)
    2012-06
     
    11/16/2012
    Archaeological Survey Technologies, Data, Integration, and Applications Workshop and Seminar, Longfellow House – Washington’s National Headquarters, National Historic Site, Cambridge, MA (2012-05)
    2012-05
     
    11/16/2012
    Historic Landscape of the Civilian Conservation Corps, Part 1 (Podcast 37)
    Screenshot of the texascccparks.org website
     
    10/17/2012
    New NPS Cultural Landscapes Program Website
    NPS Cultural Landscape Program website
     
    10/04/2012
    2013 Call for Proposals Released – NCPTT Grants Program
    NCPTT Logo
     
    10/01/2012
    Explore America’s National Heritage Areas
    A Motor Cities CCS student sculpts
     
    09/21/2012
    Cultural Landscapes: Preservation Challenges in the 21st Century
    cultural_savethedate
     
    08/31/2012
    O’Keeffe Imaging Project
    Setting up for RTI image capture of Abiquiu main entrance
     
    07/19/2012
    Development of Online Training
    Capturing a tree inspection on video at Oakland Plantation, Cane River Creole National Historical Park
     
    07/18/2012
    GIS Interns
    NPS Arrowhead Logo
     
    07/18/2012
    El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail (Podcast 35)
    Map of El Camino Real de los Tejas National Historic Trail
     
    07/12/2012
    3D Digital Documentation Summit
    3D Digital Documentation of Mesa Verde by CyArk.
     
    03/01/2012
    Summer Jobs with HABS/HAER/HALS
    ccc
     
    02/02/2012
    Preservation South: A student conference at the University of Georgia
    SKMBT_C45012011215090
     
    01/12/2012
    Mourning Glory: Preserving Historic Cemeteries (2011-11)
    caption
     
    12/13/2011
    Powerful Vistas/Powerful Views: New Perspectives in Historic Landscape Preservation
    Empress-Hotel
     
    10/25/2011
    Earthwork Stability Research at Poverty Point (Podcast 34)
    Ascent up Mound A, Poverty Point State Historic Site (August 2011).
     
    10/03/2011
    Historic Cemetery Preservation Workshop, Lowell MA
    Grave marker in American Cemetery.
     
    09/29/2011
    NCPTT Seeks Grant Proposals from Preservation Innovators
    2012 Preservation Technology and Training Grants
     
    09/01/2011
    Preparing Your Historic Landscape for Storms
    Hurricane Ike damage at Bayou Bend Gardens, 2008.
     
    08/26/2011
    Returning the Forest to Forest Lawn: Tree Planting Strategies for Historic Landscapes
     
    08/12/2011
    Claire Turcotte on Campus Heritage Landscapes (Podcast 32)
    Claire 4-11 IMG-20110401-00021-2
     
    08/01/2011
    Exploring Hodges Gardens: an historic landscape blogging project
    Double Staircase, Hodges Gardens State Park
     
    07/27/2011
    Preservation Maintenance of Turf Using Resource Sensitive Techniques in Historic Landscapes (2011-03)
    MOWING
     
    04/14/2011
    From Country to City: Advocating for Historic Landscapes
    Big Rocks Park, Glen Rose
     
    02/09/2011
    NCPTT Grant Recipient to Present the Massachusetts Heritage Landscape Atlas at the 2011 APA Conference
    NCPTT
     
    01/19/2011
    What’s Out There: An Interactive Catalog of Designed American Cultural Landscapes (2010-01)
    2010-01
     
    12/31/2010
    Online Exhibit: Every Tree Tells a Story
    Olmsted Parks and Parkways, Louisville, KY. Photo © Bob Hower, courtesy the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
     
    12/20/2010
    2010 Annual Report
    2010 Budget Chart
     
    10/20/2010
    Identifying & Growing Skills: Historic Landscapes 2010 Annual Report
     
    10/12/2010
    Reestablishing Vines on Historic Buildings
    Vines reestablished on Fairsted, home of Frederick Law Olmsted
     
    09/27/2010
    Historic Tree Preservation Workshop
    George Washington Memorial House
     
    09/15/2010
    The Impact of Climate Change on Cultural Landscapes (Podcast 21)
    Significant rural landscapes, such as Hanalei, Hawaii, may be seriously threatened by climate change.
     
    06/21/2010
    NCPTT developing iPad and iPhone apps for the preservation field
    A tree assessment in the Landscapes iPhone app
     
    04/20/2010
    How the Internet Saved an Historic Tree (Podcast 15)
    tree & church
     
    03/18/2010
    Enchanted Landscapes: Exploring Cultural Traditions & Values
    Acoma "Sky City'
     
    02/16/2010
    NCPTT 2010 Call for Interns
    Evaluating an historic structure
     
    01/15/2010
    Speedy E-mails Save a Historic Tree in Illinois
    Historic osage-orange tree
     
    01/06/2010
    Practical Knowledge: NCPTT Historic Landscapes Program 2009 Annual Report
    Filming of the video "Replacing Trees in Historic Landscapes"
     
    11/30/2009
    Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation – Call for Proposals
    Alliance Logo
     
    11/17/2009
    Curriculum Development for Preservation Landscape Maintenance (Podcast 11)
    Charlie Pepper and Bob Mackenzie
     
    10/13/2009
    Historic Landscape Preservation Maintenance
    Round table participants (left to right): Charlie Pepper, Bob Mackenzie, Matt Quirey, Paul Bitzel, Gail Griffin, Beate Jensen, Lucy Lawliss, Peggy Cornett, Dorothy Printup, Christian Zimmerman, Kirk Cordell, Iris Gestrum, and Susan Dolan.  Not depicted: Tom McGrath and Debbie Smith
     
    09/28/2009
    Historic Landscape Maintenance
    NCPTT
     
    08/03/2009
    Cemetery Landscape Preservation Workshop
    Charles Pepper
     
    05/27/2009
    Replacing Trees in Historic Landscapes
    Filming at Magnolia Plantation
     
    04/17/2009
    Replacing Trees in Historic Landscapes (2009-06)
    Replacing Trees in Historic Landscapes
     
    04/06/2009
    Charlie Pepper on the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation (Podcast 2)
    NCPTT
     
    03/05/2009
    Building Dry Stone Retaining Walls (2002-06)
    Building Dry Stone Retaining Walls (2002-06)
     
    03/02/2009
    The Preservation Technology Podcast: Episode 2 – Entry Level Landscape Management and Preservation Training
    The Preservation Technology Podcast
     
    02/06/2009
    NCPTT holds its first Cemetery Landscape Preservation Workshop
    Cemetery Landscape Preservation Workshop
     
    11/13/2008
    Connections: Preserving America’s Landscape Legacy (1996-02)
    Preserving America’s Landscape Legacy (1996-02)
     
    09/22/2008
    Retaining America’s Dry Stone Heritage (2002-05)
    2002-05
     
    09/22/2008
    Preservation Resource Guide for Public Works Managers (1998-01)
    1998-01
     
    09/22/2008
    Landscapes and Lives (1997-27)
    1997-27
     
    09/22/2008
    Walls of Stone: How to Build Drystone Walls and Rock Fences (1996-01)
    1996-01
     
    09/22/2008
    Historic Landscape Resource Manual (2000-18)
    2000-18
     
    09/22/2008
    Historic Landscape Preservation Workshop: September 16-17, 2008 Natchitoches, Louisiana Deadline: August 15, 2008 $399
    NCPTT
     
    03/08/2008
    Stone Wall Repair Workshop: Ellsworth Rock Gardens (2007-08)
    2007-08
     
    12/31/2007
    Cultural Landscape of the Upper Tongue River Valley in Rosebud County, Montana (2007-12)
    2007-12
     
    12/31/2007
    Iron Fence Repair (2007-03)
    Iron Fence Repair (2007-03)
     
    12/31/2007
    Keeping the Boys Busy: The Revival of Incremental, On-Site Design by National Parks (2002-10)
    2002-10
     
    12/31/2002
    Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO) Phase 2 (2001-07)
    Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO) - Document Cover
     
    12/31/2001
    Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO) Phase 1 (2000-15)
    Olmsted Research Guide Online (ORGO) Phase 1 - Document Cover
     
    12/31/2000
    Teacher’s Heritage Resource Guide – Morgan County Volume 2 (1999-20)
    Teacher's Heritage Resource Guide Morgan County Volume 2 - Document Cover
     
    12/31/1999

    4 Responses to Historic Landscapes

    1. E. Sidney says:

      Are there 2012-2013 Workshop’s scheduled? Thanks. E.

    2. Debbie Smith says:

      Not yet. Please keep checking the website.

    3. David cohen says:

      I have experience in municipal park landscaping and maintenance and academic training in g.i.s.

    4. Mary Lee Johns says:

      Sir,
      Fifty five years ago the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Headquarters was forced to move to a new site because of the building of the Oahe Dam. The Dam was part of the larger Missouri River flood control management plan. As a result a well loved and cared for community was lost to the world once the reservoir was filled. There is a small group of tribal members who still remember their childhood home and have been trying to save photos, historical memorabilia, stories, and other artifacts for those who never had the opportunity to live in this small little town that meant so much to so many. The individuals who are working on this are reaching an age where they will be gone soon and then there will be no one who lived there to tell this story. Already many of the adults who lived and worked there have already passed. My question is this – would this grant be available to a group such as this if the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe submitted a grant application. The town was Cheyenne Agency, South Dakota. It was the tribal headquarters for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe which is composed of four of the Lakota bands of the Great Sioux Nation. There is a rich history that needs to be captured before it is gone forever. Thank you for your consideration of this request. Mary Lee Johns Tribal Planner for the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribal Planning Office.