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The demand for craftspeople to appropriately preserve America’s aging building stock is increasing even as the supply of people with the hands-on tools skills and materials knowledge is decreasing. The Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) and the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) partnered to explore how a model developed in Michigan for introducing preservation trades education can be promoted and replicated across the United States. Experts from a wide range of preservation trades organizations and educational institutions convened in the spring of 2008 in Detroit, Michigan. The goal of the summit was to bring together preservation education leaders from across the country who have experience in implementing preservation trades programs to share and document their knowledge and ideas. They reviewed the successful grassroots approach used at Detroit’s Randolph Career and Technical Center (CTC) to introduce students to the preservation trades.

As a result of this meeting, MHPN developed this guide to show how preservation trades’ advocates could replicate the Michigan model in their communities.

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4 Responses to Introducing Preservation Trades to High School Students (2008-08)

  1. […] of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network. NCPTT recently published online a guide titled "Introducing Preservation Trades to High School Students" which grew out of via work with Detroit's Randolph's Career and Technical Center. Kevin Ammons: […]

  2. david garner says:

    okay, sounds good … but it is not working in leadville, CO or any other part of CO as no community college is taking the lead in such a program.

  3. Willyem Boles says:

    I’m working on a preservation thesis which proposes the development of a High School that focuses on historic preservation as well as a Vocational Preservation trade school. I’m working on developing the program for the school’s infrastructure and I need some assistance with determining what that translates into in terms of square footage, equipment and the appropriate trades to be emphasized in Baltimore, MD. If someone can offer some direction or assistance with this it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank You

  4. Andy Ferrell says:


    NCPTT has been involved in a few preservation high school efforts.

    Most recently, NCPTT worked with a larger NPS effort to establish the Stephen T. Mather Building Arts & Craftsmanship High School in New York City (http://www.matherhsnyc.org/). I believe that Steven Spaulding has been leading up this effort for the NPS. His email address is stephen_spaulding@nps.gov

    I’ve included some of our grant products below.
    You might find these informative…

    NCPTT | Introducing Preservation Trades to High School Students …
    Introducing Preservation Trades to High School Students (2008-08). By NCPTT On December 29, 2008 · 2 Comments · In Architecture & Engineering, Product …

    NCPTT | Preservation Week Report: The High School for the …
    Dec 31, 1998 … The High School for the Preservation Arts (HSPA) project is a multi-year undertaking of the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)/Center for …

    https://ncptt.nps.gov/blog/high-school-preservation-trades-training/ – this is a video that describes the curriculum that was developed in conjunction with the World Monuments Fund and the New Jersey Institute of Technology. It is now being used in the Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design (http://www.whsad.org/)

    I hope this is helpful. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.

    Andy Ferrell
    Chief, Architecture & Engineering

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