NPS ...Links to the Past

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Professional experience and expertise is successfully shared through opportunities to attend training programs (i.e., workshops and conferences) and through online training in the form of distance learning programs.

Geographic Positioning Systems (GPS) Field Schools
Cultural Resources Geographic Information Services trains professionals and nonprofessionals alike to use GPS/GIS in its field schools. Training is held for both federal and state agencies and parks, as well as for cultural resource partners such as local preservation organizations, tribes, and international agencies.

Historic Preservation Internship Training Program
The Historic Preservation Internship Training Program gives undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to undertake short-term research and administrative projects with the National Park Service either during the summer or the school year.

Museum Management Training Calendar
Provides a calendar of museum, cultural resources management and archival training opportunities, seminars and symposia.

Technical Preservation Services for Historic Buildings
TPS hosts national conferences and workshops on the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic buildings in conjunction with a variety of organizations and other federal agencies. TPS also helps home owners, preservation professionals, organizations, and government agencies preserve and protect this nation's heritage by providing readily available materials--guidance pamphlets and books, videos, and web products.


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Professional experience and expertise is successfully shared through opportunities to attend training programs (i.e., workshops and conferences) and through online training in the form of distance learning programs.

All Wet & How to Prevent It
Water, water everywhere! Without argument, it's essential to us. But in terms of the places where we live or work, unwanted moisture means erosion, corrosion and rot! This mini-web class can help anyone who cares for, or about, a historic house to better understand and deal with the three most common sources of the "wet stuff". We'll show you how they invade historic materials; what goes wrong when moisture is not adequately managed; and how to turn the corner on present and future problems by providing some simple, common sense tips. Then, after you've read everything, take a short quiz to see if you're still "All Wet!"

Caring for Your Historic Building -- Online Education
These guides cover all aspects of caring for historic buildings--from choosing appropriate treatments to actually doing the work in ways that meet historic preservation standards. Both the popular classics and brand new web offerings are easily accessible.

Electronic Rehab
This popular web class should be useful for anyone interested in learning more about the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation, but was designed especially for historic building owners; new members of design review and historic preservation commissions; architects, contractors, and developers; maintenance personnel and others involved in the care of historic buildings; and students in historic preservation courses. Features two quizzes.

Interpretation for Archeologists: A Guide to Increasing Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
This guide encourages archeologists to learn methods and philosophies of interpretation for engaging the publicís hearts and minds with archeological resources. Guided activities, fun facts, and case studies guide users to realize the role of interpretation in facilitating meaningful relationships with the resources. Users of this guide will gain knowledge, skills, and abilities for encouraging people to care about archeology and to develop an ethic of stewardship as a result.

Managing Archeological Collections
This source of technical assistance and distance learning concerns the long-term management and care of archeological collections, including objects, records, non-cultural materials, reports, and digital data. Ten sections cover a wide range of issues, concerns, and best practices for archeologists, curators, CRM managers, and many others. Each section contains a review quiz to test your knowledge, an extensive bibliography, and a page of useful links to related materials.

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