Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, August 13-September 15, 2017

06 Mar 2017 5:51 PM | Christine R Henry

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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 for more information and get in touch at

We look forward to seeing you at Fenn!

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