NCPTT intern Sarah Hunter documenting the condition of iron samples.

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will open its doors to the public for a showcase of preservation research projects conducted this summer.  This will be the fourteenth annual event and is held in conjunction with Natchitoches-area National Park Service organizations.  The event will be held on Thursday, August 8th from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Highlighting the event are five college students from around the country who have interned at NCPTT this summer.  They are Paul Cady from the University of Georgia who will demonstrate how to date old photographs; Sara Hunter from the University of Texas at Austin who is researching the treatment of iron corrosion in salt environments; Ben Donnan of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville who has designed a database for Death Valley National Park that will be used for  archeological resource management; Stephanie Byrd from the University of Southern California who has developed a lesson plan to incorporate Preservapedia into graduate level coursework; and Miriam Tworek-Hofstetter of the University of Texas at Austin who has researched climate change effects on historic building materials.

In addition to the scholars there will be displays of the recently completed summer camps hosted by NCPTT.  Camp participants will discuss the History Detective camp that allowed local students the opportunity to search for preserved objects in historic Natchitoches; the Conservation Scientist for a Day event that promoted heritage education in historic preservation to middle and high school students; and the Robotics camp that was recently featured on the Alexandria Town Talk’s website.

Preservation In Your Community is co-sponsored by NCPTT, Cane River National Heritage Area (CRNHA), and Cane River Creole National Historical Park (CARI).  The event is free to the public and will be held at the headquarters of NCPTT at Lee H. Nelson Hall, located at 645 University Parkway on the Northwestern State University campus.  Light refreshments will be served.  For more information on Preservation in Your Community, call (318) 356-7444.


NCPTT, an office of the National Park Service, advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation.  Working in the fields of archeology, architecture, landscape architecture and materials conservation, the Center accomplishes its mission through training, education, research, technology transfer and partnerships. NCPTT is located in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

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