• Odd Fellows Window Restoration

    September 8, 2021

    A majority-women crew organized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation completed work on restoring the historic clerestory windows of the Odd Fellows building in downtown Astoria, Oregon. This team was the first all-female-led project and first majority-female HOPE (hands-on preservation experience) Crew cohort in the program’s seven-year history and part of the campaign for Where Women Made History. The project was led by Oakland-based glass conservator Ariana Makau, President and Founder of Nzilani Glass Conservation and the first woman to receive a master’s degree in Stained Glass Conservation from the Royal College of Art in London.

    As the Odd Fellows project proves, involving more women in the process of preservation–from business owners to glass conservators–is not only good for the past. It’s good for the future.

  • HOPE Found in the Field, New Orleans, Louisiana

    April 21, 2021

    Over 60 years after the McDonogh 19 School, located in the Lower 9th Ward of New Orleans, was integrated on November 14, 1960, HOPE Crew brought a new hands-on learning experience to this historic civil rights site.   

    In early April 2021, a socially distanced crew with members from two Louisiana youth serving programs learned carpentry and other skills as they worked to restore existing stairways and recreate a third stairway. As a result, a new generation of diverse youth learned under-taught skills, helping to preserve historic materials, and aid in giving this site new life.  

  • HOPE Crew Teaches Gravestone Restoration at Houston's Olivewood Cemetery

    January 29, 2020

    More than two dozen HOPE Crew volunteers recently completed gravestone repairs at the historic Olivewood Cemetery, the first incorporated African American Cemetery in Houston, Texas.

    During the two-day cemetery conservation workshop in January, Rusty Brenner of Texas Cemetery Restoration led hands-on training in gravestone assessment, cleaning, alignment, resetting, and repair. Twenty-seven volunteers from Lonestar College and the surrounding community participated in the workshop at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Olivewood Cemetery is part of the Slave Route Project, an international registry of locations involved in the transatlantic slave trade. Support for this HOPE Crew workshop was provided by the Fund II Foundation, D/2, and the Descendants of Olivewood.

  • HOPE Crew Returns to Tuskegee University for Community Window Restoration Workshop

    January 29, 2020

    Tuskegee University students and faculty were joined by members of the community for a HOPE Crew window restoration workshop on campus in early January. Nineteen participants worked under the instruction of master craftsman James Turner of Turner Restoration, learning to safely assess, deconstruct, repair, reassemble, and reinstall historic windows on campus during the three-day workshop supported by the Fund II Foundation.

    "Working on these historic windows honors the legacy of Tuskegee students who helped build these structures on campus over one hundred years ago. It's also in keeping with the educational philosophy of Tuskegee co-founder Dr. Booker T. Washington of 'learning to do by doing,'" observes HOPE Crew manager Molly Baker. This workshop was the third HOPE Crew project at Tuskegee University, and upperclassmen who participated in previous window restoration projects returned as student mentors.

    HOPE Crew will return to Tuskegee University in July 2020 for a week-long window restoration project as part of a summer training program for HBCU students offered in partnership with the National Park Service and the Advisory Council for Historic Preservation.

    Tuskegee University students and faculty, along with community members, take part in a HOPE Crew window restoration workshop.

    James Turner taught Tuskegee University students and faculty, along with community members, about historic window restoration.

  • Video: Tuskegee University Students Experience "Touching History"

    September 26, 2019

    HOPE Crew successfully completed a second year of Touching History: Preservation in Practice, a six-week summer program geared towards HBCU students working towards architecture degrees and related career path. Touching History is a joint effort of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the National Park Service, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew. The program was created to raise awareness about the importance of historic preservation and conservation while engaging a new generation of preservation professionals in completing urgent preservation work at America’s HBCU campuses.

    In addition to a second year working with Morgan State University students from Baltimore, 2019 included the first Touching History practicum with students from Tuskegee University in Alabama. As one component of this six-week program, the six Tuskegee students had an opportunity to perform window restoration work on the Willcox E building on the Tuskegee University campus. The students worked under the expert direction of Jim Turner of Turner Restoration LLC, a Detroit-based firm Turner founded in 2001 to specialize in repairing historic steel and wood windows.

    Through this partnership program, Tuskegee students also had the opportunity to participate in a historic preservation training at the Western Center for Historic Preservation in Grand Teton National Park to learn about the National Park Services’ guiding principles for field-based historic preservation and a training program at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

    Here's a short video, developed by Tuskegee University, that highlights the student’s HOPE Crew experience.

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