Preservation Is Our Mission

As the leading research, technology and training center within the National Park Service, we help preservationists find better tools, materials, and approaches to conserving buildings, landscapes, sites, and collections. We conduct research and testing in our own laboratories. Our staff provides cutting edge training and supports research and training projects at universities and nonprofits around the U.S. We push the envelope of current preservation practices by exploring advances in science and technology in other fields, applying them to issues in cultural resources management. Discover a community where you can preserve America’s material culture.

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About

Find out how NCPTT advances the application of science and technology to historic preservation

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Programs

NCPTT conducts research and collaborates with partners on projects in several overlapping disciplinary areas.

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News

Keep up with the advances in science, technology, and training

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Events

Join us for training, technology transfer, and partnerships

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Grants

The National Center provides direct and competitive grants to promote research and training opportunities in preservation technology.

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Publications

The National Center delivers the latest materials about preservation science to professional audiences and the public.

Last updated: October 21, 2021