Laying the Foundation for a Preservation Field School

The Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Fort Worden Collaborative, the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission are working to establish an historic preservation field school at Fort Worden State Park, Port Townsend.

These groups will hold a community workshop focused on potential partnerships and programming for this school on Friday, April 17 from 2:30pm to 5:00pm.  A pre-workshop walking tour of Fort Worden featuring hands-on wood restoration techniques and a discussion of cultural landscape preservation will be offered from 1:00 to 2:15pm.   A reception sponsored by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Directors will follow the workshop.  We invite you to participate in all scheduled events.  

1:00 – 2:15 pm      
Fort Worden Walking Tour: Meet in Lobby of Fort Worden Commons
Tim Lawson, Port Townsend School of Woodworking, Thatcher Bailey, Fort Worden Collaborative, and Kate Burke, Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission will lead a walking tour emphasizing the need for skilled wood-workers and craftsmen to engage in rehabilitation of the fine wood-framed structures at Fort Worden and a discussion of cultural landscape preservation.

2:30-5:00 pm
Public Workshop: Fort Worden Commons

2:30 – 2:45 pm 
Jennifer Meisner and Chris Moore, Washington Trust for Historic Preservation will provide an overview of Preservation Field School concept. Tim Lawson, Port Townsend School of Woodworking, will explain his schools current historic preservation curriculum.

2:45 – 3:30pm  
Representatives from the Pacific Northwest Field School will be on hand to discuss their experience in providing hands-on technical training over the years.

3:45 – 4:15pm  
Introduction of National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Sustainability Initiative—Preservation Green Lab .

4:15 – 4:45pm  
Representatives from the newly established Center for Construction Excellence at Renton Technical College will provide a summary of their activities to date and a vision for the future.  

4:45 – 5:00pm  
Jennifer Meisner, Kate Burke, and Thatcher Bailey will lead a conversation about next steps.

5:30 – 7:00pm  

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