The National Center develops and conducts seminars and workshops nationwide on topics ranging from energy efficiency in historic buildings to the preservation of historic landscapes. The staff of NCPTT also speak at conferences, lecture school groups and give other presentations, disseminating the National Center’s research and sharing its knowledge of preservation topics. The following is a list of training programs and presentations offered in FY2011:


Envelope Performance Testing Monitoring & Modeling, Oct. 10–6, 2010, Denver, CO: This hands-on workshop, sponsored through a cooperative agreement with the Association for Preservation Technology, focused on tools and approaches to quantify energy consumption in historic structures.

Urban Ecology Round Table, Nov. 3, 2010, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA: The National Center hosted a roundtable discussion on urban ecology and the development of an Urban Ecology Network. The network will be a virtual resource where those involved in revitalizing existing and historic communities in a sustainable, livable, and affordable way can share best and worst practices with like-minded folks from across the globe.

Preservation of Historic Trees, Nov. 20 – Dec. 2, 2010, Fredericksburg, VA: This hands-on workshop, held in partnership with the Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation and the George Washington Birthplace National Monument, addressed tree biology, documentation, maintenance, and replacement strategies.

Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop, April 1–2, 2011, St. Augustine, FL: This training event was held in partnership with the University of Florida, Flagler College, Tolomato Cemetery Association, St. Augustine Basilica, and the Florida Public Archeology Network. Lectures focused on documentation, planning, condition assessment, and proper cleaning techniques. A hands-on portion addressed cleaning, resetting and repointing markers, epoxy repairs, and applying limewash.

Preservation Re-engineering: Finding Green Environmental Management in Vernacular Historic Buildings in a Hot and Humid Climate, April 7, 2011, New Orleans, LA; This workshop, sponsored through NCPTT’s Grant program, focused on solutions for implementing 21st century low-energy environmental systems in 19th century buildings.

Cemetery Monument Conservation Basics, April 16, 2011, Chireno, TX: Held in partnership with the Texas Historic Commission and a Save America’s Treasures Grant through Stephen F. Austin State University, workshop topics included documentation, planning, condition assessment, and cleaning techniques for cemetery monuments.

LEED Exam Preparation Workshop, May 10–12, 2011, Washington, DC: This workshop, held in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers, prepared participants to take the LEED Green Associates examination while focusing on the preservation related aspects of LEED certification.

Ornamental Iron Workshop, May 18, 2011, Savannah, GA: : This hands-on workshop was held in partnership with the City of Savannah and addressed corrosion control, finishing techniques, simple repairs, riveting, forging work, and small part casting.
Preservation and Treatment of Park Cultural Resources, Sept. 19–23, 2011, Natchitoches, LA: Sponsored by the Stephen T. Mather Training Center in collaboration with NCPTT and Cane River Creole National Historical Park. Training included aspects of park cultural landscape preservation and treatment.

A participant repairs a grave marker with during a workshop held in St. Augustine, FL.

A participant repairs a grave marker during a workshop held in St. Augustine, FL.

Staff Presentations

Preserving Historic Cemetery Landscapes, Oct. 4, 2010, Shreveport, LA: Debbie Smith gave a presentation on cemetery landscape preservation to the Shreveport Garden Study Club.

Cultural Resources Advisory Group Meeting, Oct. 5–6, 2010, Denver, CO: Kirk Cordell presented NCPTT program and research activities to a national meeting of NPS cultural resource managers.

Why We Preserve Cemeteries, Oct. 21, 2010, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA: Jason Church gave a presentation at the Louisiana Folk Life Center’s, “The Graveyard: Cemetery and Gravestone Preservation in Louisiana.”

Preservation of African American Cemeteries, Oct. 29, 2010, Austin, TX: Church presented at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Using Cemeteries in Heritage Education, Nov. 8, 2010, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA: Church gave a lecture to education majors from Northwestern State University on how to incorporate historic sites into lesson plans.

Cemetery Etiquette & Respecting Different Cultures, Nov. 19, 2010, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA: Church taught seventh graders from Natchitoches Magnet School how varying cultures view cemeteries differently.

Cemetery Care and Cleaning, Nov. 6, 2010, Fort Polk, LA: Church presented at Fort Polk Heritage Days.

Sustainable Preservation Listening Sessions, Jan. 12, 2010, Washington, DC: Andy Ferrell and Kirk Cordell presented on NCPTT’s sustainability initiative and led discussion of NPS Cultural Resource Program efforts at two open meetings.

Washington Preservation Roundtable, Jan. 12, 2010, Washington, DC: Kirk Cordell presented NCPTT’s work to a monthly meeting of Washington area preservation professionals.

LSU Guest Lecture, Feb. 8, 2011, Baton Rouge, LA: Andrew Ferrell and Ed FitzGerald gave a guest lecture to architecture students at Louisiana State University on the work of NCPTT, sustainable preservation, historic buildings, and Preservapedia.

“Polymer Issues in Conservation and Preservation of Cultural Heritage,” Feb. 28, 2011, New Orleans, LA: Mary Striegel presented a paper at the 38th Annual Waterborne Symposium.

Cultural Resource Response to an Oil Spill, March 17, 2011, New Orleans, LA: Kirk Cordell led a five-paper session at the George Wright Society Biennial Conference, which included presentations by Carol Chin and Mary Striegel.

Conservation Scientist for a Day, April 6, 2011, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA: Materials Conservation staff taught Juniors from the Avoylles Parish Charter School how to use science to study, understand, and conserve cultural heritage.

Cemetery Iconography, April 10, 2011, Shreveport, LA: Church gave a presentation to the Shreveport Genealogical Society.

New Orleans Cities of the Dead, May 12, 2011, New Orleans, LA: Striegel presented a paper at the annual American Institute of Architects (AIA) Conference.

“Comparative Study of Commercially Available Rust Converters,” June 3, 2011, Philadelphia, PA: Church presented a paper at the annual conference of the American Institute for Conservation.

Breda Town, Aug. 19, 2011, Natchitoches, LA: Curtis Desselles presented research on the history, culture and cemetery of Breda Town, an historic African American community, at the 2011 Lower Mississippi Delta Symposium.

Understanding Gravestone Iconography, Sept. 14, 2011, Shreveport, LA: Presentation to Louisiana State University at Shreveport students and local community members.

“Use of Laser Profilometry to Evaluate Cleaning Methods for Marble Cemetery Monuments,” Sept. 7, 2011, London, UK: Church presented a paper at the LACONA IX – Ninth Conference on Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks.

NCPTT Program, Sept. 30, 2011, NCPTT, Natchitoches, LA: NCPTT staff gave historic preservation students from the University of Texas San Antonio a tour of NCPTTs labs and presented on projects at the National Center.

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