Preservation Skills Training
Learn by Doing
Since 2002, the Kentucky Heritage Council and Pine Mountain Settlement School have partnered to present an annual series of hands-on training events known as the Pine Mountain School for Practical Historic Preservation, featuring comprehensive hands-on workshops that are intense but fun. PMSS is a National Historic Landmark founded in 1913 and designed by architect Mary Rockwell Hook.
Each workshop is led by dedicated and experienced instructors who take time off from full-time careers to help educate others in the skills needed to properly care for, repair and maintain historic buildings. Traditional construction methods are taught and practical preservation using modern techniques is emphasized.
Only significant historic buildings on or near the campus are used to demonstrate hands-on techniques. Participants perform actual work on thse historic school buildings that, while not endangered, are in need of maintenance and repair. Topics have focused on repair of plaster, wood shingles, steel and wood windows, masonry, log buildings, and rock fences. Sponsoring partners have included Preservation Trades Network, Preservation Kentucky Inc., and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, through use of a Kentucky Intervention Fund grant.
Not only do the buildings benefit, but these programs provide participants quality instruction and the opportunity to work on historic landmark sites that feature a variety of materials and construction methods. Students leave with the knowledge of using both old and new tools to meet their preservation goals. To quote one student, an owner of a historic log building, "you have taught me methods to work on my building but more importantly you have given me the confidence that I can do the work."
The PMSS campus is located on 625 acres on the north side of Pine Mountain in Harlan County. Today, the private, nonprofit educational institution provides instruction in environmental education, Appalachian culture and crafts. Program participants are housed on site and enjoy meals and other amenities provided by this rural institution.
Since 2004, the Kentucky Heritage Council has also partnered with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to develop training curricula and offer preservation skills training workshops during the summer at various campuses across the state. Other partners in recent years have also included The Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation, owners of the Pope Villa in Lexington, and the University of Kentucky Department of Historic Preservation, a graduate program located within the College of Architecture.
Several workshops have been filmed by Appalshop Inc. in Whitesburg. For copies or information, contact Patrick Kennedy at email@example.com or 502-564-7005, ext. 138.
||Preservation Skills Education Links
Preservation Trades Network
Andrea Urbas, PTN Executive Director
122 Manton Avenue, Box #7
Providence, RI 02909
Timber Framers Guild
American College of the Building Arts
PO Box 295, 9 Mechanic Street
Alstead, NH 03602-0295
21 Magazine Street
Toll-free: (877) 283-5245
Adventures in Preservation
1557 North Street
Boulder, CO 80304
Fax: (775) 320-6837
120 Fox-Shannon Place
St. Clairsville, OH 43950
College of the Redwoods
7351 Tompkins Hill Road
Eureka, CA 95501-9300
Colorado Mountain College
Central Services Office
831 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
North Bennet Street School
39 North Bennet Street
Boston, MA 02113
Kentucky Historic Preservation Conference
Since 1986 the Kentucky Heritage Council has coordinated a biennial statewide conference to focus attention on historic preservation efforts throughout Kentucky and to provide technical assistance and training to local organizations and community leaders. In recent years the conference has been co-sponsored by Preservation Kentucky Inc. Communities across Kentucky have hosted these meetings, and historic places in each of these communities have served as the meeting backdrop to highlight successes and issues in preservation as well as provide a venue for participants to learn from guest speakers, presenters and each other.
Following is a list of previous conferences and host communities:
September 4-6, 2008
Preserving the Spirit of Home – Bardstown
September 28-30, 2006
The Art of Preservation – Covington
Sept. 28-Oct. 3, 2004
Restore America: Communities at the Crossroads
National Historic Preservation Conference presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Kentucky partners – Louisville
August 1-3, 2002
In Tune with Preservation – Centre College, Danville
May 18-20, 2000
Planning to Preserve – Louisville
September 11-13, 1997
Preserving Community – Bowling Green
September 21-23, 1995
Preserving Real Places – Lexington
September 22-25, 1993
Preserving the Diversity – Bardstown
September 26-28, 1991
Preservation in Profile – Covington
September 21-23, 1989
Partners in Preservation – Louisville
October 2-3, 1987
Preservation in Detail – Lexington
May 9-10, 1986
Preservation in Perspective – Louisville