On July 15-16, 2014, the National Council for Preservation Education (NCPE) will hold a conference on preservation education at the Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) in historic Natchitoches, Louisiana. Please join the NCPE Executive Committee, preservation educators, and students to explore topics of shared interest. The program begins with a welcome reception on the evening of Monday, July 14th, followed by a day of informal papers and panel discussions led by faculty and students. The second full day of the conference will include tours of the NCPTT facility and site visits to nearby Cane River Creole National Heritage Area with NCPTTT staff to discuss the area’s cultural resources and how they comprise a “living laboratory” for their work.
Papers are welcome on all topics germane to preservation education, with a preference given to three areas: the role of technology in preservation education; engaging new or underserved populations in professional preservation practice; and the role of education in the emerging trends in cultural/historic preservation. A 400-word abstract on the paper session is due on Friday May 16, 2014. Selected papers and recorded discussions may be published in NCPE’s publication Preservation Education Research.
In an effort to make this as accessible to as many participants as possible, and thanks to the generosity of our hosts at NCPTT, there is a $60.00 registration fee to attend the conference to cover the cost of several meals during the course of the conference. For planning purposes, the closest airports to NCPTT are Alexandria International Airport in Alexandria, LA or Shreveport Regional Airport, in Shreveport, LA. Each will require a car rental, as there are not public transportation options, but we will help to link participants interested in sharing transportation. Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport is a third option, though there is 4.5 hour driving distance to Natchitoches. NCPTT has also generously compiled a list of nearby accommodations for your reference.
We hope you will join us in historic Natchitoches this summer!