Historic preservation experts and enthusiasts from across the United States and around the world will gather in Leadville, Colorado this summer for two events held by the Preservation Trades Network (PTN) in partnership with the Colorado Mountain College Historic Preservation program. The college’s expanding preservation program, which was started two years ago, will host the 13th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW) and the third biannual International Trades Education Symposium (ITES) Aug. 25-29. The host partners for IPTW-ITES 2009 include the University of Colorado-Denver College of Architecture and Planning and the Colorado Historical Society State Historical Fund.
The Preservation Trades Network (PTN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization founded to provide education, networking and outreach for the traditional building trades. The International Preservation Trades Workshop is the only annual event in North American which brings the foremost practitioners of the traditional trades together in a single venue dedicated to sharing the skills and knowledge of all of the trades employed in conservation of the built environment. Since 1997, IPTWs have been held in Maryland, New York, Alabama, West Virginia, Ohio, Louisiana and Vermont. Previous International Trades Education Symposia have taken place in St. Clairsville, Ohio in 2005, and Tällberg, Sweden in 2007.
“This is huge,” said Robert Ogle, director of CMC’s historic preservation program. “This is an international forum where the best preservation artisans assemble. The education symposium is where the top historic preservation scholars from around the world convene.”
“Holding IPTW-ITES 2009 in historic Leadville and the spectacular natural setting of the Rocky Mountains and will provide a unique opportunity for tradespeople, educators, preservationists, students and others from the US and abroad to exchange experiences and explore the workshop and conference of Finding Common Ground in the application of the skilled trades to conservation of the built environment,” said Lisa Sasser, President of PTN
A broad range of tradespeople from the United Stated and abroad, including stone carvers, log builders, timber framers, plasterers, painters, carpenters, blacksmiths and more, will demonstrate their trades. Workshops, symposium sessions and demonstrations of preservation techniques will take place throughout and near Leadville: at the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, and at the college’s Timberline Campus and historic Hayden Ranch. Pre-conference workshops on cemetery preservation, masonry cleaning and log structures restoration will also be held.
The Hayden Ranch, which is in listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is an intact example of a high country ranch and agricultural operation, which operated from 1872 to 1947. Colorado Mountain College purchased the ranch for use as a laboratory, woodworking shop and classroom space for students in the preservation trades program.
For more information visit: www.IPTW.org