Weitzman News

Posted February 1, 2016
  • Bill Menors Cabin, Grand Teton National Park, Photo: National Park Service

Architectural Conservation Laboratory to Develop Training Curriculum for National Park Service

The Architectural Conservation Laboratory (ACL) at PennDesign has received funding to support the Vanishing Treasures Program, a national leader in the preservation of traditionally-built architecture, in meeting its future education and training goals.

Vanishing Treasures helps parks, associated communities, and partner organizations to develop and implement proactive historic preservation programs founded in science, technology, and applied research through the delivery of expert technical assistance and training. The program’s core activities ensure the survival of an outstanding collection of significant and unique heritage resources and the traditional knowledge and skills needed to build and maintain those resources.

Under the partnership, Professor of Architecture Frank Matero and his team will review current education and training programs, projects, and past studies related to technical heritage preservation/conservation both in the United States and abroad, and undertake a needs-based survey and assessment of all parks and regional offices within the VT Program. They will then make recommendations for education and training needs (such as field- and web-based courses, workshops, and internships) and develop model curricula that are expected to be implemented beginning in 2016.

The Vanishing Treasures project is just the latest partnership between the ACL and the National Park Service facilitated by Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit Network. While the ACL previously worked on projects that involved national parks such as Mesa Verde, Grand Teton, Tumacacori and Independence, the curriculum development grant is potentially the most far-reaching, as its geographical scope extends to the entire trans Mississippi west, including Alaska and Hawaii.