Partners in Training Grant Recipients

Since 2014 HPEF’s Partners in Training initiative has awarded funding to nineteen projects that further historic preservation training and education. The average grant has been approximately $7,000. Below is a selected list of past Partners in Training recipient projects.




HPEF provided Partners in Training support for a series of programs organized by the U.S. National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (US/ICOMOS) that raised awareness of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. This United Nations initiative calls for greater preparedness and support for the protection of cultural heritage sites from disaster. At events between March 9 and 11, US cultural heritage agencies and disaster management experts discussed building disaster risk management capacity and institutional mechanisms  for monitoring and collecting information on the impacts of disaster on cultural and religious heritage sites.

Approaching Water: A Symposium on Strategies for Adapting Historic Buildings to Coastal Flooding

In June 2016 the Galveston Historical Foundation hosted a two-day symposium in Galveston, Texas called Approaching Water. Co-sponsored by HPEF, the event featured four speakers discussing different flood adaptation methods for historic structures including structural reinforcement, flood-proofing, structural elevation and amphibious architecture. Presentations were followed by site visits and exercises that demonstrated how these techniques were applied. Participants represented diverse fields such as home restoration, disaster risk consulting, meteorology/ hydrology, architecture, and the energy industry.

Training Enjarradores

Cornerstones Community Partnerships undertook an adobe mud plaster training project in the summer and fall of 2016 at the historic 1898 La Sala de San Jose Dance Hall, in Galisteo, NM. Thirty-seven community members, youth interns, community college preservation students, and other volunteers received hands-on training in traditional techniques such as identifying and sourcing plaster components, preparing and mixing mud plaster, and applying final coat plaster. This work, co-sponsored by HPEF, built on earlier adobe repair, stabilization, and base coat plaster application phases at La Sala. 

ABCs and 123s of Schoolhouse Preservation Workshops

In June and September 2016, the Montana Preservation Alliance hosted two workshops focused on the preservation of historic schoolhouses. Partly funded by HPEF, these events were held onsite at one- and two-room schoolhouses built between the mid-1800s and the early 1900s. The structures provided case studies of common treatment challenges for historic wood and stone schoolhouses, many of which survive throughout the region. Workshop instructors guided participants in assessing existing conditions, discussing lath and plaster repair, wood window repair and replacement, lead paint abatement, and flooring and heating issues.  




OSCAR, the Online Sustainable Conservation Assistance Resource an online energy-efficiency and sustainability decision-making tool

The Association for Preservation Technology's Technical Committee on Sustainable Preservation has developed the web-based decision-making tool, OSCAR, for people who are seeking to make the best choices about energy-efficient and other sustainability improvements for historic buildings. It integrate new and existing research, technologies and processes for sustainable design and heritage conservation into an accessible and comprehensive online resource. APT used Partners in Training support for initial development of OSCAR and for forthcoming improvements to the site design and user experience. 

Historic Ithaca Traditional Millwork Conference

HPEF awarded a Partners in Training grant to the local preservation organization, Historic Ithaca, to support a conference on traditional millwork that promoted better understanding of millwork design and improved craftspersons’ skills and knowledge. The event included presentations, workbench demonstrations, question and answer sessions, vendor displays, and tool exhibits. It was held in February 2015 in Ithaca, New York, and was attended by millwork shop owners and craftspersons, building contractors, architects, furniture makers, and dedicated amateurs.



Lamar Community College Adobe Preservation Workshop

From mid-July to mid-August and from October to December 2014, Lamar Community College (LCC), NPS, and HistoriCorps conducted an Adobe Preservation Workshop, in part with PiT funding from HPEF. Seven LCC students and one local volunteer participated in the program at Bent’s Old Fort NHL that included training in adobe repair, log replacement, carpentry, masonry, and the development of interpretive displays. The workshops resulted in the repair of 8,000 square feet of deteriorated adobe plaster and the production of 300 adobe bricks.



The Calvert Vaux Institute, Boston Architectural College, and New York State Parks is establishing a historic preservation training course beginning in the summer of 2017. The eight week course will focus on HABS-level documentation practices and include both an online learning component and a multiple-week fieldwork residency at Hoyt House (a Calvert Vaux-designed house in Staatsburg, New York, owned by New York State Parks) and around the Hudson Valley region.

In October 2017, the University of New Mexico's School of Architecture and Planning will host a workshop entitled, New Technologies for Historic Preservation of Earthen Structures in the State of New Mexico. The three-day event, held in conjunction with the conference, Historic+Cultural Heritage in Iberia America, will focus attention on new, non-invasive techniques and technologies for documenting earthen architecture.

HPEF continued its longstanding support for the Association for Preservation Technology International’s Building Technology Heritage Library. A Partners in Training grant enabled the digitization of approximately 1,200 items from the Southeastern Architectural Archive trade catalog collection at Tulane University.

Columbia University’s Historic Preservation Program received a Partners in Training grant to support publication of the 12th International Congress on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone proceedings. The Congress, co-sponsored by HPEF, was held in October 2012; the two volume proceedings consist of 130 papers.

With HPEF support through the Partners in Training initiative, the National Council for Preservation Education is organizing a conference titled “Learning from the Reservation: Using the Traditional Cultural Place Perspective for Better Decision Making in a Diverse Cultural Landscape.” The event was held at Delaware State University on April 23-25, 2015.

Two separate Partners in Training grants to the Preservation Education Institute/Historic Windsor are helping make possible a Planning for Preservation Skills Training Program at Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site and a Timber Frame Evaluation and Repair Workshop at Canterbury Shaker Village.