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Summer 2005 Forum Journal: Building Trades Education in the 21st Century

Table of Content Trades Education in the 21st Century by David Mertz Why the Trades Matter for Preservation: A Half-Century of Promoting Traditional Building Skills for Preservation by Lisa Sasser Trades Education and the Matrix: Academic, Vocational, and Experiential by Bryan...

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Repointing the Overlook Wall at Fort Wadsworth

By Ken Follett Fort Wadsworth , located at the Staten Island foot of the Verrazano Bridge in New York, is a part of the National Park Service’s (NPS) Gateway National Recreation Area, a site composed of several fortification units. Running north and south between Fort Tompkins and Battery...

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Filling in Lyndhurst’s Working History: Stove Grill Replacement with Plastic Casting

By Emma Gencarelli Every summer, Lyndhurst—National Trust Historic Site in Tarrytown, New York—hosts a handful of Preservation interns from different academic programs, locations, and backgrounds. This year I was fortunate to be one of them. The interns’ projects vary from year to year. The...

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Jefferson-Chalmers Block Build: Preservation Education as Community Building

By Jennifer Reinhardt Our mission at the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN) is to advocate for Michigan’s historic places, supporting their contributions to our economic vitality, sense of place, and connection to the past. Education is a core component of that mission. From...

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Why the Trades Matter for Preservation

In 1853 when Ann Pamela Cunningham called on the ladies of America to save the home of George Washington as it fell into ruin along the banks of the Potomac River, she probably didn’t pause to consider whether there would be carpenters, masons, plasterers, painters, and roofers with the...


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Trades Education and the Matrix

What is trades education? How does trades education compare with what we normally view as education within the American culture? According to the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary, the definitions for “education” are very much based on our traditional institutions of...


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Lessons for Introducing Young People to the Traditional Building and Preservation Arts

Integrating building trades into all levels of education is one of the goals of the Preservation Trades Network’s International Trades Education Initiative (ITEI). From elementary school on up, it is important for youth to have opportunities to study the built heritage and the people and...


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Thoughts on Developing and Promoting Preservation Building Trades Training

The conservation of the built environment brings together educators with administrators, artists with engineers, architects with artisans, and historians with conservation scientists — creating an unusual mix of disciplines, orchestrated to preserve a place of significance. Much like...