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Immediately following the Lee H. Nelson Hall dedication and public tour on November 7, an exciting day-and-a-half forum called “Charting NCPTT’s Role in Preserving America’s Heritage in the 21st Century” is slated to begin. Approximately 43 invited participants will convene at Nelson Hall on the Northwestern State University campus in Natchitoches, Louisiana. The invitees will review the state of historic preservation and share their recommendations for strategies that NCPTT might employ to better link technology to the preservation of prehistoric, historic and cultural landscape sites.

A diverse range of organizations will be represented at the NCPTT forum – organizations that share a common interest in preserving America’s heritage. Organizations sending representatives include: the National Park Service, other federal agencies, state preservation programs, tribal preservation programs, the National Trust, universities, nonprofits and various major corporations. Invitees from these organizations will participate in a forum with five main topics:

  1. Technology and Historic Preservation in the 21st Century: What’s Needed?,
  2. Who? What? Where? Technology and Research – Where Is It Happening?,
  3. Defining NCPTT’s “Market Niche”: We Can’t Do It All,
  4. A New Way of Doing Business: How Best Can NCPTT Serve Its Mission?
  5. Developing NCPTT’s Business Plan: A Road Map for Preservation Technology in the 21st Century.

Dedication Agenda

Tuesday, November 6
6-7:30 pm Buffet and cocktails at NCPTT
8-9 pm Gala Concert Celebrating America at Magale Recital Hall
Wednesday, November 7
8:30-9 am VIP Tour for Stage Guests
9-10:15 am Dedication Ceremony
10:15-12 pm Open House, Demonstration, Tours

Forum Agenda

Wednesday, November 7
12-1:30 pm Lunch (NSU Ball Room) with an address on Lee H. Nelson
1:30–3 pm Forum: Topic 1
3–3:15 pm Break, coffee and refreshments
3:15–4:45 pm Forum: Topic 2
6-7:30 pm Cocktail Party, hosted by President and Mrs. Webb at their
7:30 pm Dinner on your own
Thursday, Nov. 8
9–10 am Coffee and refreshments
10–11:30 am Forum: Topic 3
11:30–1 pm Lunch (NSU Ball Room)
1–2:30 pm Forum: Topic 4
2:30–2:45 pm Break, coffee and refreshments
2:45–4:15 pm Forum: Topic 5
4:15–4:30 pm Closing remarks

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

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