IPTW 2017 - "Makin' It By Hand"

The Preservation Trades Network Presents the 21st Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop, September 8-10 2017, Detroit, Michigan

Now Accepting Applications: PTN Board of Directors

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Please note, applications to the Board of Directors are due no later than July 25, 2017. A vote will be held to elect new board members at the annual membership meeting held in conjunction with the IPTW, September 8-10 in Detroit, Michigan.
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Gravestone Preservation Workshop

This 2-day workshop will provide basic information and skills for people who are interested in preserving historic gravestones and cemetery monuments. Each day will have an entirely different focus, and the content will not repeat. Participants are welcome to attend either or both days. The event is raising funds for the Christopher P Robinson International Preservation Trades Exchange Scholarship which will support preservationists who want to travel overseas to expand their skills and knowledge. 

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New Scholarship in Honor of Chris Robinson

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The Preservation Trades Network (PTN) in partnership with the Family and Friends of Chris Robinson are pleased to announce the establishment of Christopher P. Robinson Memorial International Preservation Trades Exchange Scholarship. The National Park Service and Preservation Community mourned the sudden and untimely death of Chris Robinson on October 11, 2016. Many of us are still deeply shocked and saddened by his loss.

Chris’s passion for historic preservation began at the National Park Service-Williamsport Preservation Training Center, today’s Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC). After several years preserving historic structures in western parks, he returned to HPTC in 1997 to serve as the Masonry Section Chief, then Deputy Superintendent and as finally the Center’s Superintendent in 2013.

During his years at HPTC, Chris was introduced to the larger preservation community and the Preservation Trades Network. In 1997, HPTC hosted the first International Preservation Trades Workshops (IPTW) which focused on the sharing and expansion of knowledge and skill in the traditional trades. Chris attended many IPTW events. He collaborated with its members and encouraged staff participation. He then hosted IPTW again in 2007 and 2013. Chris also participated in the Quinque Foundation Exchange program in Scotland, where he learned more and shared his knowledge about building conservation and traditional trades. One of Chris’s proudest accomplishments was reinstituting a youth program so the practice of the crafts would continue.

One of Chris’s proudest accomplishments was reinstituting a youth program so the practice of the crafts would continue.

These accomplishments do not fully capture the essence of Chris’s contributions to historic preservation. He thrived on challenge and possessed the confidence and perspective to take on most anything. Chris served as a subject matter expert on matters concerning the stewardship and preservation of cultural resources. Yet he was as skilled a leader as he was a craftsman. He took as keen an interest in the people he mentored as he did the places he preserved. His influence made average people, good, and good people, great.

To ensure this legacy lives on, the Robinson Family and Friends recommended the establishment of the Christopher P. Robinson Memorial International Preservation Trades Exchange Scholarship. The Preservation Trades Network (PTN.org) is honored to host this fund in memory of Chris, who supported the PTN’s mission of promoting Traditional Trades for over 20 years.

Fund Purpose

This fund will establish a scholarship for the tuition and travel expenses for craftspeople to participate in international cross-cultural exchanges designed to increase the awareness of traditional trade skills, preservation knowledge, conservation techniques, and understanding of traditional building materials and their relations to the built environment.

A partnership between the Preservation Trades Network and Historic Environment Scotland will serve as a starting point for this fund, providing growth by participating in their Building Conservation program at the HES Engine Shed in Stirling.

For the purpose of this scholarship, traditional trades is loosely defined as the construction skills needed to preserve historic structures, such as brick and stone masonry, timber framing, log building, traditional roofing, wood joinery, plasterwork, painting, blacksmithing and similar trades.

Scholarship Process

The fund will be administered by PTN and recipients will be selected by PTN’s Education and Scholarship committee and members of the Robinson Family, based on a set of rating criteria. The application period will be open in January and February for programs to be completed in that calendar year.

Recipients will submit an application to include:

  1. Name:
  2. Current Employment or Education Program.
  3. International Program of Interest. (Ex. Building Conservation Summer School at the Engine Shed)
  4. Estimated budget for participation using government per diem rates . (tuition, air fare, lodging, meals, ground transportation, etc)
  5. Is your participation dependent upon receiving this scholarship?
  6. Please provide a written response to the following questions:
  • What is your current experience with traditional trades and historic preservation?
  • Please describe in your own words how you plan to utilize the new knowledge and skills you will gain from this experience to advance yourself, others and the care of historic structures?

Fund Disbursement Procedures

  • Tuition will be paid directly by PTN
  • 75% of travel funds will be paid by check to the scholarship recipient before the start of the program.
  • Remaining 25% of travel funds will be paid after the recipient submits a summary of their experience either in words and photos or video recording, to be shared on the PTN website.

Fund Income Generation

The CPR Fund will be administered by PTN and funds will be generated to replenish and increase the size of the fund as a goal. Fundraising will be conducted through:

  • direct donations submitted through PTN’s website;
  • a percentage of the Annual IPTW Benefit Auction will go to the fund;
  • benefit workshop hosted by PTN;
  • the Annual IPTW Chris P. Robinson Trades Olympics registration fees and additional fund collection.

CPR Trade Olympics

 The Trade Olympics will be a series of fun, competitive events designed to challenge the teams’ trade skills.  Four-person teams will compete over the course of the three-day IPTW in a series of challenges that test their skills across a variety of traditional trades with an emphasis on quality of workmanship. Teams will pay an entrance fee and friendly monetary encouragement of the teams by spectators will be allowed as all proceeds will go to benefit the Fund.

Donation InformationChris Robinson

Donations can be made via check to:

Preservation Trades Network
1858 State Rt. 66
Ghent, NY 12075

Attention "Chris Robinson Memorial Fund" in the memo line.

Online Donation can be made at http://ptn.org/donate. Please select "Other" under scholarship or Donation Type and put “Chris Robinson Memorial Fund" in the blank.

 

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IPTW 2017 - Call for Demonstrators

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Have knowledge or expertise you want to share? PTN is now accpeting applications for demonstrators at its 21st Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop to be held September 8-10, 2017, at the Detroit Boat Club, Detroit, MI. Participating in an IPTW is a great way to connect with the preservation trades. PTN is the premier international network for the preservation trades and our IPTW event continues to bring together the best in the industry! Just as important, your partnership allows PTN to continue its tradition of excellence and expand our mission.

To sign-up or find out more, check out our website at http://ptn.org/iptw/demonstrator-form

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PTN's Guide to Understanding Repairs to Historic Homes Damaged by Floods

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Originally developed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, PTN's "Brief Guide to Understanding Repairs to Historic Homes Damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Other Related Floods" is relevant in 2016 as floods ravage Louisiana and surrounding states. Download it here.

In July of 2006, PTN/WMF held the first of a series of community based workshop in partnership with the Holy Cross Neighborhood Association to restore flood-damaged buildings in the historic Holy Cross Neighborhood of New Orleans’s Ninth Ward, for reoccupation and to provide property owners with practical, hands-on knowledge for restoring their homes. The workshop took place June 19-25th at the Greater Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church. PTN members worked with the congregation and volunteers from the World Monuments Fund and the Nathan Cummings Foundation to make structural repairs and replace flood damaged wooden flooring.

In addition to the workshops, PTN and WMF have helped address the critical need for a continuing base of hands-on technical and practical assistance using a Mobile Preservation Unit and other community outreach efforts to meet with more than 75 individual home owners to provide specific practical repair recommendations. PTN has also developed “Brief Guide to Understanding Repairs to Historic Homes Damaged by Hurricane Katrina and Other Related Floods” written to address some of the most common questions including:

Does the work on my house require a permit from the Landmarks Commission?
What will it cost me to save my historic building?
What do I remove and how do I remove it?
How do I handle flood damage and mold?
How do I stabilize and repair piers and foundations?
How do I repair roofs and gutters, windows and doors?
Where can I find more information and assistance?

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HPEF Partners in Training Call for Proposals

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The Historic Preservation Education Foundation (HPEF) is currently accepting proposals for the Fall 2016 round of its Partners in Training program. HPEF established Partners in Training in 2014 to provide training opportunities on technical topics associated with preservation technology. Partners in Training seeks to replicate the success HPEF has enjoyed working with other institutions and organizations in the past.

HPEF is inviting educational institutions and nonprofit organizations based in the United States to submit training proposals that address specialized topics associated with the technical aspects of preservation projects. For grant recipients, HPEF’s contribution may include administrative as well as initial financial support. Administrative support can include participation in event planning, registration functions, and, as appropriate, assistance in online or print publication of materials prepared for the project. Initial financial support includes seed money to fund preparatory tasks. Grant recipients will assume all other responsibilities including marketing; coordination of onsite aspects associated with the venue; project budget; and staffing.

The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2016. Grant recipients will be announced on/around December 10, 2016.

Download the announcement and call for proposals. Additional information can also be found on the HPEF website: www.hpef.us or by writing submissions@hpef.us.

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20 NPS-funded Scholarships Available to Attend IPTW 2016

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Scholarships to Attend IPTW 2016 Available

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PTN is pleased to begin accepting applications for the first annual Misia Leonard Scholarships.  The scholarships are open to five students, apprentices, and beginning professionals. Each scholarship recipient will have their costs associated with attending the IPTW in Berryville, VA paid up to $1000.  This includes their conference fee, lodging and travel costs. Applicants need to send an application letter to PTN by June 30th, 2016. Eligibility and application details can be found on our website at http://ptn.org/iptw-2016/scholarships

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Call for Demonstrators, Exhibitors, Sponsors at IPTW 2016

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Have knowledge or expertise you want to share? Looking for targeted marketing opportunities? Looking for a way to build your company's brand while supporting a good cause? Then you're in luck!

PTN is now accpeting applications for demonstrators, exhibitors, and sponsors at its 20th Annual International Preservation Trades Workshop to be held September 9-11, 2016, at historic Claremont Farm in Berryville, Virginia. Participating in an IPTW is a great way to connect with the preservation trades. PTN is the premier international network for the preservation trades and our IPTW event continues to bring together the best in the industry! Just as important, your partnership allows PTN to continue its tradition of excellence and expand our mission.

To sign-up or find out more, check out our website at http://ptn.org/iptw-2016

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