IPTW 2011, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission partnered with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, the Preservation Trades Network, Inc. and other organizations to bring one of the largest gatherings of preservation and traditional trades people and enthusiasts in the world to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The 15th annual International Preservation Trades Workshop (IPTW) was held August 4-6, 2011 on the campus of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, 750 E. King Street in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. IPTW 2011 brought together hundreds of the best preservation and traditional trades crafts people, as well as preservation architects, preservation consultants, building trades contractors and others from the US, Canada, Europe and beyond, who are interested in learning more about preservation and traditional trades techniques, tools, materials and practices. For those who work in the preservation and traditional building trades, this was a gathering of the "tribe". For others, it offered a unique opportunity to see some of the finest crafts people at work and learn more about how historic building preservation is accomplished in construction. With the theme, Hands on Heritage: Trades, Knowledge, Community, IPTW 2011 included a keynote address by Donovan Rypkema, of PlaceEconomics an internationally known preservation consultant, writer and lecturer who addressed the important contribution to a local economy provided by the preservation trades, and also the role of historic preservation in comprehensive sustainable development. A copy of his presentation is available for download . More than 30 presentations and in-depth hands-on demonstrations showcased the talents of some of the world's best preservation and traditional crafts people. Special pre-conference tours will included a trip to the Mercer & Fonthill Museums and the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works. Another tour included a demonstration of a water powered vertical saw mill at the Daniel Boone Homestead, a behind the scene tour of the Ball and Ball Hardware workshops and a tour of the Wharton Escherick home and studio.

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Date City State Askins
August 4-6, 2011 Lancaster Pennsylvania Dominic DeRubis
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