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Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School applications due June 1

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Applications for the University of Oregon's 2017 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School close June 1.   

The field school will be located this year in the stunning Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho, with the focus on the Fenn Ranger Station. Each of the four one-week field school sessions—which take place in August and September—has a specific theme and all entail hands-on projects, documentation, and preservation-related activities including field trips and evening lectures.

students work on wood window preservation
Two Preservation Primer sessions are intended for participants who might not have much background working with cultural resources but who are interested in hands-on opportunities. These weeks will include craft in siding repair and replacement, wood window preservation, and some masonry wall repair.

The field school is intended for anyone interested in gaining hands-on experience from expert preservation craftspeople.

Participants, including graduates of the UO Historic Preservation Program, have used the field school to launch historic preservation careers.

A Director’s Scholarship Award covers the cost for one field school session with up to an additional $100 travel allowance. It is open to all field school participants.

The Elisabeth Walton Potter Oregon Heritage Preservation Scholarship may also cover the field school. This scholarship award usually ranges from $500 to $1,500.  It is only available to Oregon residents.

This year’s field school themed weeks are:
Session 1: Aug 13-18, Preservation Primer
Session 2: Aug 20-25, Materials Intensive
Session 3: Aug 27-Sept 1, Cultural Landscape Inventory
Session 4: Sept 10-15, Preservation Primer

The Preservation Primer sessions are for participants who might not have much background in cultural resources but who are interested in hands-on learning opportunities.

The Materials Intensive week will focus on stone masonry preservation including raking joints, matching mortars, mortar testing, and repointing.

The Cultural Landscape Inventory week entails workshops and field exercises to collect data about the site.

Field School participants can earn two credits for each repeatable one-week session. Tuition costs:

  • Not for credit: $900
  • Two (2) undergraduate credits: $1,100
  • Two (2) graduate credits:  $1,250
  • Additional credit: $200 per director's approval
  • AIA professional development credits are also available.

The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School has been a partnership among multiple agencies for more than 20 years. This summer, the program is hosted by the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forest, US Forest Service, Region 1. The field school’s sustaining sponsors are the University of Oregon, National Park Service, Idaho State Historical Society, Idaho Heritage Trust, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State Historic Preservation Office, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.

For more information, contact field school Director Shannon Sardell at ssardell@uoregon.edu, or the field school office at pnwfs@uoregon.edu or
541-346-2089.

student work on stone masonry preservation
The Materials Intensive week will focus on stone masonry preservation including raking joints, matching mortars, mortar testing, and repointing.

Fenn Ranger Station
The Fenn Ranger Station is in the Nez Perce National Forest in Idaho.

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