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  • 06 Mar 2017 7:28 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    For More Information: http://www.wm.edu/as/niahd/summerfieldschool/index.php


    College of William and Mary Architectural History Field School

     History 406.01/590.01

    July 3-August 4, 2017 Williamsburg, Virginia

    Carl Lounsbury, Instructor


    The College of William and Mary’s National Institute of American History and Democracy offers a five-week course this summer that is open to all undergraduate and graduate students as well as those with a special interest in early American architecture. This field school introduces students to the methods used in the investigation and recording of historic buildings.  The program is intended to help students distinguish the form, fabrication, and assembly of materials and building elements and understand their chronology. They will learn how to apply field evidence to answer larger questions concerning architectural and social history.

    Following several introductory lectures on building technology and architectural features, students will study structures in Williamsburg and the surrounding Tidewater region. Tentatively, the fourth week will be spent documenting buildings in Alexandria, Virginia in preparation for the 2018 Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference that will be held in that city. In the last week, students will convert their fieldwork into CAD drawings and write site reports.

    This class will meet four or five days a week from 10:00 to 4:30. It will require travel (in a van) and some physical exercise. Students must be enrolled for the course through the College of William and Mary. For more information about the nature of the course, please email Carl Lounsbury at crloun@wm.edu or call (757) 870-7599. Registration information is available at the William and Mary website: http://www.wm.edu/as/niahd/summerfieldschool/index.php
  • 06 Mar 2017 6:51 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)

    For More Information: https://hp.uoregon.edu/pnwfs

    Reflections from PNWFS 2016 at Mount Rainier National Park

    Crew at Mount Tolmie 2016I had the pleasure of spending a night in the fire lookout tower, enjoying the view of Mount Rainier and the surrounding areas from dusk to dawn. As the sun began to set the clouds disappeared allowing for breathtaking views of this remote area. This experience enhanced my enjoyment of the work that week and the importance of preserving the building for the enjoyment of future generations.

    ---Tim, participant at Tolmie Peak Lookout

    Without the field school I would never get a sense for the actual scope of the work that goes into maintaining historic structures. The field school has opened me to a whole new world of study that I previously would be unaware of, and has given me a new passion for historic structures.

    --Andrew, participant at Tolmie Peak Lookout

    I appreciated the diversity of the instructorsall of them experts, but all of them from different backgrounds and having taken different paths to their current careers. Their range of experience and foci impressed upon me the varied nature of preservation, an aspect of the field that I find very exciting.

    --Caity, participant at the Saint Andrews Bridge

    The combination of formal presentation by experts, hands-on work under the guidance of professional craftspeople and preservationists, Socratic discourse in the field, as well as socializing and dining together boarding house style is to be applauded. The Field School is not just helping to preserve places of significance for posterity, but history and cultural resources for interpretation now and in the future, and the knowledge and craft of construction methods largely forgotten.

    --Harley, participant at Longmire Historic District

    Join us for PNWFS 2017 at Nez Perce National Forest

    The 2017 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School will be held at the Fenn Ranger Station in the Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho. Each session will entail hands-on-work, documentation, and various preservation-related activities, including field trips. Evening lectures will focus on the week's special theme, but can and will delve into other areas of preservation.

    The Field School curriculum is designed to attract participants from all walks of life from those with no experience in preservation, practicing cultural resource professionals, and undergraduate and graduate students to novices with little background in the field but who possess a love for heritage and a desire to learn. It is intended for anyone interested in working in a hands-on environment and getting experience working with preservation craftspeople in the spectacular Pacific Northwest.

    Applications will be available in March. Visit https://hp.uoregon.edu/pnwfs for more information and get in touch at pwnfs@uoregon.edu.

    We look forward to seeing you at Fenn!

  • 06 Mar 2017 6:39 PM | Christine R Henry (Administrator)
    HistoriCorps Institute is the education and training arm of HistoriCorps, which works with students, volunteers, and veterans to save places that matter. HistoriCorps Institute provides a program in Heritage Conservation and Construction, and through our preservation projects students have an opportunity to earn a Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction. This allows students to learn the decision making and hands-on skills necessary to successfully complete a preservation construction project on time, on budget, and with the quality deserving of historic places.

    We are currently taking student applications. In order to earn their Certificate, students must complete 5 project sessions (sessions are generally a week long) along with additional course work listed in their syllabi. Students may find information about upcoming projects at www.historicorps.org/preservation-projects, and they may register as a HistoriCorps Institute student, and find more information about the Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction at www.historicorps.org/institute.

    The HistoriCorps website lists all of our upcoming projects, and we will continue to update the site and our 2017 catalog as we finalize additional projects throughout the year.

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