National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Announces $386,000 in Grants

Man pulling a ground penetrating radar near a monument while other view the results on a computer
Using a Preservation Technology & Training grant, the Montana History Foundation will hold workshops about incorporating technology into cemetery preservation, such as using ground-penetrating radar to detect unmarked graves.

Image courtesy of Montana History Foundation

News Release Date: August 8, 2017

Contact: Victoria Stauffenberg, 202-208-6843

WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) announced today the award of $386,000 in grants to develop or adapt techniques that preserve historical sites and cultural heritage. The Preservation Technology and Training grants will fund projects that use modern methods to enhance historic preservation.

"Several of this year’s grant projects incorporate podcasts, websites, and social media to better document cultural landscapes and improve sharing of research,” said Acting NPS Director Michael T. Reynolds. “It's exciting to see the innovative research, training, and publications that spring from these grants.”

Since 1994, the NPS National Center for Preservation Technology and Training has awarded more than $10 million in grants to fund science and technology-based historic preservation projects.

Examples from this year include:
  • The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will study iconic New Mexico viewsheds portrayed in the works of 20th-century artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. In addition, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum will document the study findings in a database for the public to use to better understand the artist’s landscape.
  • The Cultural Landscape Foundation will create critical new features in the “What's Out There” database, one of the nation's most comprehensive online resources on historic designed landscapes, which will allow users to export search results for a variety of research uses.
  • The University of Arkansas will develop an automated system capable of employing more realistic 3-D shapes to improve the way deteriorated historic masonry structures are modeled.
A full list of this year's grant recipients is below. For more information about the NPS Center for Preservation Technology and Training, including these grants, please visit
 State Grantee
Project Title
 Arkansas University of Arkansas
Structural Deterioration Modeling Using the Discrete Element Method
 California Sonoma State University
Modeling Environmental Change Effects to Coastal Historic Landscapes and Cultural Resources, Point Reyes
 Colorado Colorado Mesa University
Using Forensic Methods to Study Historic Rifle Data
 District of Columbia The Cultural Landscape Foundation
Enhanced Usability of The Cultural Landscape Foundation's online What's Out There database
 Florida Gulf Archeology Research Institute
Rapid Midden Assessment - Site Condition Delineation in Crystal Bay, Florida
 Florida US Air Force Space and Missile Museum Foundation
Preserving Aerospace Heritage on Outdoor Display: Examining the Performance of Protective Coatings on Painted Aluminum for Preventative Maintenance
 Louisiana Louisiana State University and A&M College
Using Synchrotron Radiation Based Techniques for the Detailed Chemical-Geometric Characterization of Archeological Pottery and Ceramics
 Montana Montana History Foundation
Integrating technology for Montana's Historic Cemeteries and Sacred Sites
 New Mexico Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum Viewshed Project: Database Construction
 Pennsylvania Drexel University
Probabilistic Heat, Air, and Moisture Performance of Historic Wood Framed Facades to Characterize the Impacts of Environmental Change including Degradation of Components
 Texas Southern Methodist University
Testing and Treatment of Microbial Impacts on Generic Archeological Collections
 Washington Washington State Parks and Recreation
Protective Treatments for Western Red Cedar Shingle and Shake Roofs (Year 2)
 Total  $386,000
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Last updated: August 9, 2017

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