CHCH Hosts Preservation Practical for NPS “PAST” Program

PAST Program Students Learning Preservation Techniques

Students in the PAST Program Learn Invaluable Information Concerning Preservation


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A Call to Action
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What’s Old is New
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In November 2011, Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park hosted at preservation lab practical for NPS Preservation and Skills Training (PAST) students and mentors. There were twenty-four students and mentors who expanded their preservation-based knowledge by attending this skills practical, coming from as far away as Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Cape Canaveral National Seashore, and Valley Forge National Historic Park.  While in a classroom setting at the national military park, instructors covered topics such as carpentry, masonry, bronze restoration, historic window fabrication, and OSHA construction regulations. Once in the field, students applied this knowledge to the restoration of over fifty-seven park monuments and five historic culverts over a two and half day period. This experience yielded the importance of discussing preservation of monuments on a grand scale throughout the NPS. Key figures involved with this experience then developed the second annual monument summit at Gettysburg National Military Park in FY 2012, further expanding the support and communication between preservationists.