To all NCPE members,
I am taking a brief moment to reflect on the activities of the past few days and our extremely successful meeting and events in Savannah. First and foremost, I am honored by the opportunity to serve as your Chair. Thank you.

This year was one of the most successful course of events that I have experienced in my recent memory of the NCPE annual meeting activities. With more than 30 of the current NCPE member schools and programs present at the conference, it was indeed a great opportunity for each of us to reconnect at speaker sessions, affinity sessions, the college receptions, and, of course, our annual meeting.

Thank you for making NCPE the excellent organization that it is. I appreciate your perseverance and passion in making preservation education and research opportunities available to students, faculty, and practitioners and in keeping preservation relevant in contemporary society.

I specifically thank Lauren Bricker for her work as chair and her successful efforts to introduce the student scholarship program, the initiation of a NCPE sponsored conference series, and her efforts to broaden the venue for our collaboration with the National Trust for Historic Preservation in programming for student speakers and other cooperative initiatives.

I further thank Paul Hardin Kapp, Stephen Hartley, and Simeon Warren on their fine efforts with the field workshop series on the traditional craft skills that was begun last year in Indianapolis, fully got its legs this year, and is already on track for a session at the NTHP Conference in Washington, DC (November 2-5, 2015). I thank Trudi Sandmeier for her efforts with the membership committee, Andrea Livi Smith with her excellent work at keeping the NCPE website up to date and moving it to the cutting edge of current technology, Cari Goetcheus and Michael Tomlan for their herculean efforts to keep the NPS internship program the great success that is has been over the years, Steven Hoffman for his excellence as NCPE Secretary in keeping track of what we are doing in all our of assorted business meetings, and Ted Ligibel for his steadfast efforts in coordinating the development of the NCPE Archive at Eastern Michigan University.

I welcome Anne Sullivan from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago to the executive committee and look forward to working closely with her in the coming years. I also anticipate drawing upon the skills and expertise of all of our membership to keep NCPE moving to further positively influence public opinion on preservation and the vitality and sustainability that it contributes to appropriate stewardship of the built environment.

I also welcome the University of Central Arkansas and Lamar Community College as the newest members of NCPE. With their certification, our membership count is now 59 schools and programs. With as many as four new members anticipated next year, NCPE membership will move past the 60 member threshold. I ask that if you know of any potential member schools or programs, please encourage them to inquire about or seek NCPE membership. While I see each level of education as equally important in the furtherance of NCPE goals, I especially encourage the expansion of our building craft education and community-based outreach education efforts.

The current turmoil in the local, state, and national electorate presents numerous challenges as to how various constituencies across the nation perceive preservation and its contribution to social, environmental, and economic sustainability and resilience. Conversely, these challenges present opportunities to find innovative new ways to expand our role in that conversation and implement educational outreach with the general public, community leaders, policy-makers and our elected officials. Therefore, please feel free to contact me with your ideas for initiatives, concerns about the direction of preservation education, and suggestions for ways to expand NCPE’s influence on the national opinion and legislative processes.

In closing, I look forward to an exciting year and building upon the excellence of NCPE and its member schools and programs.

With heartfelt gratitude,
Robert A. Young
Chair, National Council for Preservation Education

NCPE will have a number of events/meetings during and immediately following pastforward 2014 – the annual meeting of the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference.

NCPE Exhibition Booth

NCPE members interested in featuring their program brochures can drop-off them off at table as the exhibition hall is set-up; please return by the close of the exhibition hall to retrieve materials. Please look for an email from Rebecca Sheppard with a sign-up form for students to work at the table.

PER Editorial Board Meeting

Thursday, November 13, 5:00-6:00pm Jen Library, SCAD, Corner of Abercorn and Broughton Streets
For more information, please contact Jeremy Wells or Rebecca Sheppard.

“Student Thinking, Student Perspectives:” Student Paper Competition

Thursday, November 13, 3:00-4:15pm. Savannah Harbor Conference Center
Lab: LTH150.
Recipients of competition (co-sponsored by NCPE and the National Trust for Historic Preservation) will present their papers.

“Collaborations between Building Artisans:” NCPE Affiliate Session

Thursday, November 13, 11:15am-2:45pm. Savannah Technical College
Traditional building artisans are commonly identified with the crafts they practice yet their work is dependent on communication and teamwork with other specialists. Session participants will gain insight into how craftsman interact through a demonstration of stone carving and leaded glass repair entailed in the restoration of a quatrefoil window. Presented by Session Manager: Steven Hartley, Savannah Technical College and Simeon Warren, American College of the Building Arts. Meet at from Lucas Theater; participants will return to the Westin Hotel. This is a free program but registration is required. Please register with Lauren Bricker,, (909) 241-3021 or Steven Hartley,, (912) 398-0645.

Student Reception, Co-Sponsored by NCPE and SCAD

Thursday, November 13, 7:30-9:00pm. Poetter Hall, SCAD, 342 Bull Street.
Congratulate this year’s NCPE/National Trust student speakers and meet other emerging scholars and preservation faculty from NCPE member institutions at the reception. The former armory for Savannah’s Volunteer Guard was designed by Bostonian William Preston and opened in 1892. When the university welcomed its first preservation students in 1979 the armory’s ballroom on the second floor had been reinvented as SCAD’s first library. Today it serves as the May Poetter Gallery and is used for important gatherings. This event is open to faculty and students attending the conference. Please wear your badge or bring your college I.D. and proof of age.

NCPE Annual Meeting

Friday, November 14, 3:30-5:30pm. Savannah Technical College, Learning Enrichment Center, 5717 White Bluff Road.

Meeting will follow conference closing plenary luncheon. Please let Lauren Bricker know if you need a ride to the meeting, (909) 241-3021 or

Tour of Savannah Technical College Studio/Laboratory Facilities

Steve Hartley will lead a tour of Savannah Technical College’s preservation facilities between the Annual Meeting and Fitch dinner.

James Marston Fitch Dinner

Friday, November 14, beginning at 6:30pm. Savannah Technical College, 5717 White Bluff Road, Savannah, Eckburg Auditorium.

The 2014 James Marston Fitch Award will be presented to Professor John C. Waters, University of Georgia.

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.