On July 15-16, 2014, the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) and the Friends of NCPTT held a conference on preservation education at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana.

NCPE has over fifty member institutions located across the United States. These academic programs in historic preservation and allied fields have educated thousands of students, many of whom have developed professional careers as professional historic preservation leaders working for local, state, federal government agencies, non-governmental organizations and in the private sector in the US and elsewhere in the world.

For this meeting; the NCPE Executive Committee, preservation educators, National Park Employees, and students came together to explore topics of shared interest. The two day program began on July 14, 2014 with a welcome reception, followed by a day of informal papers and panel discussions led by faculty and students.

The second full day of the conference will included tours of the NCPTT facility and site visits to nearby Cane River Creole National Heritage Area with NCPTT staff to discuss the area’s cultural resources and how they comprise a “living laboratory” for their work.

 The Full Conference Schedule can be downloaded here.

Presentation Sessions

NCPE visit to Oakland Plantation

NCPE visit to Oakland Plantation

Session 1. Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice
Moderator: Lauren Bricker

Frances Gale, University of Texas at Austin
The University Campus as Learning Laboratory

Rebecca J. Sheppard and Catherine Morrissey, University of Delaware
From Theses to Capstone Experiences: Engaging Students in Community-Based Preservation

Session 2.  Reimagining Fieldwork in the Curriculum
Moderator: Mary Striegel

Carter Hudgins and Amalia Leifeste, Clemson University/College of Charleston
The Documentation Course: Beyond Drawing

Carolina Manrique and Robert Warden, Texas A&M University
Technology, Preservation Education, and Managing Change in the Alamo

Session 3. Bringing Preservation Education Into the Digital World
Moderator: Kirk Cordell

David Ames and Molly Iker, University of Delaware
Application of Digital Photography and flickr in a Graduate Preservation Program

Andrea Livi Smith and Tasha Horton, University of Mary Washington
The Use of Infographics in Preservation Planning

Session 4. Crafting Preservation Education Abroad
Moderator: Michael Tomlan

Jeffrey M. Chusid, Cornell University
All Preservation is Local, Except…: Reflections on Conducting Preservation Coursework Abroad

Robert W. Ogle and William C. S. Remsen, Boston Architectural College
Preservation Education Challenge: Establishing Heritage Curricula and Professional Practice in Emerging South Asia Democracies, Pakistan–A Case Study

Session 5. Creating New Strategies for Documenting Places and Their History
Moderator: Cary Goetcheus

Dustin Fuqua, Cane River Creole National Historical Park
An Unlikely Paper Trail: Identifying the Sites and Inhabitants of the Tenant Quarters Community at Magnolia Plantation

John H. Stubbs, Tulane University
Documenting Preservation History Through Education: The New Orleans Preservation Timeline Project

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

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