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Summer Institute

Summer Institute

Each summer, the Center hosts its Summer Institute to provide training opportunities to those interested in the various fields of historic preservation. This summer marks the third annual Summer Institute which offers the following training programs.

Engineering the Past for the Future: A Practical Approach to Engineering for Older and Historic Buildings
June 6-16, Natchitoches, LA

These two weeklong workshops cover the issues and technical challenges encountered in older and historic buildings and emphasize the subtle shifts in perspective and problem-solving methods that are necessary when working with them. Topics include Historic Materials and Building Pathology (June 6-10) and Diagnostics Methodology & Treatment Strategies (June 12-16). Participants will explore the circa 1800 Yucca House and Africa House, both located at Melrose Plantation. Field work will be enhanced by lab time and case study work. Space is limited to 25 participants.

For more information contact Andrew Ferrell.

Prospection in Depth: Developing Advanced GPS, GIS and Geophysical Skills through Plantation Archeology
June 6-23, Natchitoches, LA

This series of three weeklong workshops provides intensive hands-on instruction in GIS, GPS, and geophysical prospection techniques with the unique opportunity to ground truth studentsÕ remote sensing data at an 18th century plantation. The class is open to archeologists from all career tracks and experience levels, as well as resource managers and other professionals with experience in field archeology. Space is limited to 25 participants with five spots reserved for competitive student scholarships.

For more information contact David Morgan.

Advanced Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop
July 10-14, Natchitoches, LA

This hands-on learning experience will allow the participants to work from start to finish on a complex and multi-stage monument repair. Topics include stone monument cleaning, adhesive repair, color matched fills, historic lime stucco, lime mortar brick masonry and lime wash. Participants must have previously participated in a NCPTT Cemetery Monument Conservation Workshop to qualify for the advanced workshop. Space is limited to 20 participants.

For more information contact Jason Church.

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

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