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The National Park Service (NPS) announced today the award of $386,000 in grants to develop or adapt techniques that preserve historical sites and cultural heritage. The Preservation Technology and Training grants will fund projects that use modern methods to enhance historic preservation.

Using a 2017 PTT grant, researchers from the US Air Force Space and Missile Museum will study new coatings to protect this Titan missile. (Photo by Chad Shores).

“Several of this year’s grant projects incorporate podcasts, websites, and social media to better document cultural landscapes and improve sharing of research,” said Acting NPS Director Michael T. Reynolds. “It’s exciting to see the innovative research, training, and publications that spring from these grants.”

Since 1994, the NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training has awarded more than $10 million in grants to fund science and technology-based historic preservation projects.

Using a Preservation Technology & Training grant, the Montana History Foundation will hold workshops about incorporating technology into cemetery preservation, such as using ground-penetrating radar to detect unmarked graves.



Examples from this year include:

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will study iconic New Mexico viewsheds portrayed in the works of 20th-century artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. In addition, the Georgia O’Keefe Museum will document the study findings in a database for the public to use to better understand the artist’s landscape.

The Cultural Landscape Foundation will create critical new features in the “What’s Out There” database, one of the nation’s most comprehensive online resources on historic designed landscapes, which will allow users to export search results for a variety of research uses.

The University of Arkansas will develop an automated system capable of employing more realistic 3-D shapes to improve the way deteriorated historic masonry structures are modeled.

3D modeling shows potential impacts of a 30 cm sea level rise at Point Reyes, California. (Image by Sonoma State University).

A full list of this year’s grant recipients is below.

Colorado Mesa University, Colorado, Using Forensic Methods to Study Historic Rifle Data, $30,741

Drexel University, Pennsylvania, Probabilistic Heat, Air, and Moisture Performance of Historic Wood Framed Facades to Characterize the Impacts of Environmental Change including Degradation of Components, $40,000

Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, New Mexico, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Viewshed Project: Database Construction, $30,000

Gulf Archeology Research Institute, Florida, Rapid Midden Assessment – Site Condition Delineation in Crystal Bay, Florida, $38,500

Louisiana State University and A&M College, Louisiana, Using Synchrotron Radiation Based Techniques for the Detailed Chemical-Geometric Characterization of Archeological Pottery and Ceramics, $39,993

Montana History Foundation, Montana, Integrating technology for Montana’s Historic Cemeteries and Sacred Sites, $25,380

Sonoma State University, California, Modeling Environmental Change Effects to Coastal Historic Landscapes and Cultural Resources, Point Reyes, $39,740

Southern Methodist University, Texas, Testing and Treatment of Microbial Impacts on Generic Archeological Collections, $40,000

The Cultural Landscape Foundation, District of Columbia, Enhanced Usability of The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s online What’s Out There database, $14,000

US Air Force Space and Missile Museum Foundation, Florida, Preserving Aerospace Heritage on Outdoor Display: Examining the Performance of Protective Coatings on Painted Aluminum for Preventative Maintenance, $27,700

University of Arkansas, Arkansas, Structural Deterioration Modeling Using the Discrete Element Method, $40,000

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington, Protective Treatments for Western Red Cedar Shingle and Shake Roofs (Year 2), $19,722

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
645 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457

Email: ncptt[at]
Phone: (318) 356-7444
Fax: (318) 356-9119