In fall 2018 at Grand Teton National Park near Moose, Wyoming, the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) completed a range of projects around the Bar BC Dude Ranch site through HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience). After shifting from the original one-track plan of roofing the ranch's Corse Cabin, the team repaired a historic horse corral, patched the rutted ranch road, and constructed a large gate while improving wayfinding at the site's entrance. Corpsmembers also graded the ground on the Bar BC main cabin, designed and built multiple lumber racks, and cracked an incredible amount of puns. This versatile, energetic crew made some vital changes to one of Grand Teton's biggest work sites.
The Tuskegee University Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, in partnership with the National Trust, National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Preservation Trades Network, and Alabama Historical Commission, is hosting a two-day historic preservation workshop on Friday, August 24 to Saturday, August 25. The development workshop is intended to teach students, university officials, community members, and preservationists valuable skills, including: photogrammetry (photography and drone technology); documentation workflow; window restoration; brick repointing; and laser scanning.
Participants working on the school’s historic buildings—many of which were designed by Robert R. Taylor, the first accredited African American architect, and constructed by students almost a century ago—have an opportunity to directly connect to and continue the legacy of Tuskegee University’s architects and builders, while acquiring advanced preservation trade skills that will make them competitive in their professional career paths. Funded in part by the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the Historic Preservation Workshop highlights the nationally-significant contributions of Tuskegee University, the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campus to be designated a National Historic Site.
The National Trust’s HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience), in partnership with the National Park Service, The Corps Network, and the Citizens Conservation Corps, spent two summers repairing an Overlook wall at Fort Wadsworth at Gateway National Recreation Area.
Under the leadership of Ken Follett, the HOPE Crew project taught a team of young participants, recruited at the Citizens Conservation Corps, about preservation philosophy, building technology, stonemasonry, and project management skills, as they worked together to save the site’s 2,000-foot stone wall that provides an unrivaled view of New York Harbor.
Although the Overlook wall is constructed of an assortment of natural stones, cut granite blocks, and paving stones, it is 76 years old and must be entirely repointed to be preserved and enjoyed by future generations. Preserving Fort Wadsworth, the fort with the longest continuous military history in the United States, gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn from its story.
On July 25, the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HOPE Crew unveiled a weeks-long project to help rehabilitate Eastern State Penitentiary with participants from the City of Philadelphia's PowerCorpsPHL.
"Eastern State Penitentiary is an enormous historic preservation project. The building suffered from years of deterioration between the time it closed as a prison in 1971 and when it reopened for tours in 1994," said Sara Jane (Sally) Elk, president and CEO of Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, Inc. "We are grateful to the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HOPE Crew and PowerCorpsPHL for helping us launch a masonry preservation training program that provides hands-on experience while advancing our preservation goals and, in turn, our mission to interpret the legacy of American criminal justice reform."
Learn more about the project here.
Today the National Trust for Historic Preservation's HOPE Crew piloted a new program to bring future African American professionals into historic preservation and related careers paths by partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Funded in part by the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, in partnership with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Park Service, the new program’s first project consists of a HOPE Crew team of six Morgan State University architecture students training and working to rehabilitate the oldest museum building in the United States—the Peale Center for Baltimore History and Architecture in Maryland.
“Through this program, we hope to bring more African American young professionals into historic preservation; American craftsmanship; and related fields, such as architecture, landscape design, and urban, regional, and community planning,” said Milford Wayne Donaldson, chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. “The preservation community should reflect the diversity of our nation as we work together to capture the true stories—from slaves and abolitionists, to soldiers, and entrepreneurs—that should be preserved in historic places and historic parks.”
You can read the full announcement here.
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