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The Preservation Trades Network (PTN) is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization founded to provide education, networking and outreach for the traditional building trades. PTN was established on the principle that conservation of the built environment is fundamentally dependent on the work of skilled people in all of the traditional building trades who preserve, maintain and restore historic buildings, and build architectural heritage for the future. 


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Award Winner 

Will Beemer

2021 Askins Achievement Award Recipient

"Will was instrumental and influential in developing, organizing, and implementing the Apprentice Training Program within the Timber Framers Guild and was responsible for putting together the detailed and thorough curriculum required by the US Dept of Labor to allow the program to qualify for government certification."

Since 1978, Will Beemer was an instructor and co-owner with his wife Michelle, of Heartwood School for the Homebuilding Crafts in Washington, Mass. He served Co- Executive Director of the Timber Framers Guild for 11 years.    Learn More

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Upcoming Events

International Preservation Trades Workshop - Silver Edition
September 7 - 9, 2023
Historic Preservation Training Center:
Hargett Farm, Frederick, Maryland


Twenty-five years ago, the first "Gathering of the Trades" demonstrated that sharing, learning, and talking with tools in hand filled a void in the mainstream preservation movement some doubted even existed. Our mission is to empower the traditional building trades through network, good works, community, fellowship and education. Trades education has always been anc continues to be our central focus and the driving force behind the International Preservation Trades Workshop. This year IPTW returns to where it all began -- the National Park Service's Historic Preservation Training Center in Frederick, Maryland. Read more about the first IPTW held here in 1997.

Pre-conference workshops, sessions, and registration details to be announced shortly. Stay tuned and we'll see you in Maryland!


Please read the PTN's Health and Safety Protocols before registering.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

Looking for a way to build your company's brand while supporting a good cause? Looking for targeted marketing opportunities? Become an event sponsor and we'll make sure your message gets heard!


Have knowledge or expertise you want to share? Show us how it's done by becoming an demonstrator! 

Students and Apprentices

Are you a student, apprentice, or just getting started in your trade? PTN wants to make sure we see you at the event. Learn about our waived student registration costs and scholarship to attend. 


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