National Park Service Providing Preservation Technology and Training Grants across the Country

The NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training offers training opportunities, grants, and traditional trades workshops to encourage preservation of our nation's history.

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News Release Date: July 20, 2016

Contact: Jeremy Barnum, 202-208-6843

WASHINGTON –The National Park Service announced today $324,700 in grants to fund research, training, and online and social media projects that promote innovative uses of technology in the preservation of America's important cultural and historical resources.

"These projects bring the best skills and technology of the present to preserve the treasures of the past for future generations," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "As we celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service, we continue to adapt and improve preservation methods so that these historic places are around for another 100 years."

The National Park Service's National Center for Preservation Technology and Training administers the grants as part of its efforts to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve historic and cultural resources throughout the United States. Since 1994, the center has awarded more than $9.7 million in grants to fund science and technology-based projects for historic preservation.

This year's grant projects incorporate modern technology and techniques to help prepare for disaster management and responding to climate change. Clemson University will create an Infrastructure Risk Index that allows preservation professionals to make risk-aware decisions regarding the preservation and rehabilitation of heritage structures.The National Trust for Historic Preservation will compare various flood protection methods to develop recommendations for different types of historic buildings. Media projects include Anacostia Trails Heritage and Preservation Maryland's development of fifty podcasts on "Using Technology to Protect the Past" in celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act.

A full list of this year's grant recipients is below.



Project Title


Clemson University


Foresight for Disaster Management: Infrastructure Risk Index Analysis (Research)


Cultural Heritage Imaging


Applying Scientific Rigor to Photogrammetric 3D Documentation


iCATIS, the Forgotten People, and Purpose Focused


Navajo National "Train the Trainers" Traditional Hogan Retrofits and Manual Development


National Trust for Historic Preservation


A Comparative Study of Flood Approaches to Develop Recommendations for Different Types of Historic Buildings on Varying Types of Sites.


Texas Military Department


Look to the Skies: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Use for Monitoring of Traditional Cultural Areas and Resources in Disaster Recovery and Response


Timber Framers Guild


Using Timber Grading to Capitalize on Hidden Capacity in Existing Timber Structures


University of Arizona


Corn and Tobacco Residue: Development of Protocol for Sampling and Analysis


Washington State Parks


Evaluation of Protective Treatments for Western Red Cedar Shingle and Shake Roofs


Preservation Technology and Training Grants




Explore Modern:a scholarly researched online database with user-sourced information


Anacostia Trails Heritage and Preservation Maryland


Preservation at 50: Using Technology to Protect the Past Podcast Series


Media Grants


Grant Awards Total


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Last updated: July 20, 2016

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