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Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School
University of Oregon Historic Preservation Program


The Pacific Northwest Field School is open to everyone! Our curriculum is designed to include all those interested in archaeology, architecture, cultural resource management, history, interior architecture, landscape architecture, public history, and hands-on building maintenance as it addresses historic preservation.  The Field School is intended for anyone who is seeking hands-on experience working with preservation craftspeople in the spectacular Pacific Northwest.  Students are at the project site each day, where their lessons are interspersed with discussions, tours, projects, and nightly lectures from preservation professionals. This program is open to novice and practicing cultural resource professionals. Undergraduate and graduate credit is also available. 


The Field School takes place in late summer at different historic sites in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho each year. Participants can choose one or more sessions during the month-long Field School. 

In 2018, the Field School will venture to the foothills of Washington’s North Cascades to investigate the town of Concrete, WA, which features many buildings of its namesake material!

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Participants can earn two credits from the University of Oregon for each repeatable one-week session or register for no credit at a discounted rate. All participants receive a formal certificate of achievement. Tuition includes food, lodging, and transportation during each session. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to the field school location. Scholarships are available.

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Architectural History/Architectural Restoration Field School

May 20 June 2, 2018 

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest announces its 2018 Architectural
History / Architectural Restoration Field School. The intensive two week program will be held from May 20
June 2.

The program provides an overview of the philosophy, process, and techniques for museum-quality architectural restoration and conservation. Students, professionals, and instructors from any background and discipline may qualify. The program is limited to 10 participants each year. Components include: the history of Thomas Jefferson and his villa retreat; architectural investigation, documentation, and restoration techniques. The program includes visits to other restoration projects and talks from restoration experts. A key part of the program is investigating and documenting an historic structure and producing an historic structures investigation report. This program provides an excellent understanding of the nexus of historic architecture, architectural history, and public history.

Application deadline: April 16.

More information and a typical schedule can be found on the Poplar Forest web site under the Architectural Restoration section.

Contact: Travis McDonald (434) 534-8123, Scholarships are available
The program typically qualifies for independent college credit 

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