Yerxes ObservatoryVariety & Diversity

Preservation enables people to appreciate many places and objects. This enhances our quality of life based on everything from aesthetics to our identities.

Having a variety of sites and artifacts enriches our lives. Furthermore, since regions have unique histories & identities, studying preservation embraces diversity in such a globalized age.

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Preservation is linked with heritage.  The places & things we select to preserve & retell shape our identities locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.

By studying preservation one learns about the ramifications, responsibilities, and benefits of being a custodian of history.

Grand Traverse LighthouseSustainability

The greenest building is the one that already exists.

By restoring a building, one avoids expending the energy it takes to bulldoze the site and ship the waste materials to a landfill, as well as all the energy required in manufacturing, transporting, and building a new structure.  Existing buildings can be restored and used for their original purpose, or for a new one.

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The National Council for Preservation Education

Call for Faculty and Student Papers

ncpttOn 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!

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Welcome to the National Council for Preservation Education. We serve four primary purposes:

We assess historic preservation programs in the United States for academic vitality and comprehensiveness. Over fifty institutions meet our membership standards.
We post information about undergraduate historic preservation programs, graduate historic preservation programs, and certificate historic preservation programs in the United States for prospective students to learn more about their academic options.
We publish an annual scholarly journal. Preservation Education and Research (PER) is comprised of preservation related research papers and book reviews submitted by February 15 of any year for blind review. The latest PER is available for $60, and older volumes are available for everyone to download.
We post information about jobs, internships, scholarships, and grants in fields relating to historic preservation.


NCPE’s Objectives

  • Encouraging and assisting in the development and improvement of historic preservation education programs and endeavors in the United States and elsewhere;
  • Coordinating efforts related to preservation education with public and private organizations and interested individuals;
  • Facilitating the collection, exchange and dissemination of information and ideas concerning preservation education;
  • Creating public awareness of endeavors in preservation education.