The goal of this project was to disseminate advanced information on historic preservation documentation and assessment utilizing the most “cutting edge” technology available. This information was demonstrated in a practical, real-life venue. This project provided a hands-on-learning experience for professionals, students, and advocates in the field of historic preservation.

The Shenandoah-Dives Mill was the “classroom” for our preservation workshop which covered all aspects of Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) documentation and Historic Structure Assessment including understanding the different levels of HAER documentation, creating measured drawings, photographic standards, historic research, principals of stabilization and preservation, and developing a Historic Structure Assessment.

The workshop provided demonstrations of new laser mapping technology and the use of x-rays in determining condition of the structure. The workshop also included seminars on the development of the milling process specific to the Shenandoah-Dives Mill, defining the history of the hard rock milling process within a regional and national context. Understanding this technology was crucial to the HAER documentation of the engineered mill process. The NPS HAER Team was nearing completion of their documentation during the week of the workshop. This provided an opportunity for discussion of the various problems and solutions, which were encountered during the project.

This workshop was an integral part of the initial step toward the overall objective of stabilizing and preserving the Shenandoah-Dives Mill as it brought the project consultants together in an educational forum. Shenandoah-Dives Mill Complex, Silverton, Colorado. The National Park Service performed a Level 3 HAER documentation of the Mill during the summer of 2005. Lunch on-site at the mill.

This workshop was made possible through Grant MT-2210-05-NC-04 from the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT).

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