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.

Liberty Bell Postage StampsHeritage & History

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

Register for the NCPE Summer Conference in Natchitoches, LA

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.

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.

Presentation Sessions

Session 1. Bridging the Gap Between Theory and Practice
Moderator: Lauren Bricker

Frances Gale, University of Texas at Austin
The University Campus as Learning Laboratory

Rebecca J. Sheppard and Catherine Morrissey, University of Delaware
From Theses to Capstone Experiences: Engaging Students in Community-Based Preservation

Session 2.  Reimagining Fieldwork in the Curriculum
Moderator: Mary Striegel

Carter Hudgins and Amalia Leifeste, Clemson University/College of Charleston
The Documentation Course: Beyond Drawing

Carolina Manrique and Robert Warden, Texas A&M University
Technology, Preservation Education, and Managing Change in the Alamo

Session 3. Bringing Preservation Education Into the Digital World
Moderator: Kirk Cordell

David Ames and Molly Iker, University of Delaware
Application of Digital Photography and flickr in a Graduate Preservation Program

Andrea Livi Smith and Tasha Horton, University of Mary Washington
The Use of Infographics in Preservation Planning

Session 4. Crafting Preservation Education Abroad
Moderator: Michael Tomlan

Jeffrey M. Chusid, Cornell University
All Preservation is Local, Except…: Reflections on Conducting Preservation Coursework Abroad

Robert W. Ogle and William C. S. Remsen, Boston Architectural College
Preservation Education Challenge: Establishing Heritage Curricula and Professional Practice in Emerging South Asia Democracies, Pakistan–A Case Study

Session 5. Creating New Strategies for Documenting Places and Their History
Moderator: Cari Goetcheus

Dustin Fuqua, Cane River Creole National Historical Park
An Unlikely Paper Trail: Identifying the Sites and Inhabitants of the Tenant Quarters Community at Magnolia Plantation

John H. Stubbs, Tulane University
Documenting Preservation History Through Education: The New Orleans Preservation Timeline Project

We hope you will join us in historic Natchitoches this summer!

Learn more HERE

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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.