National Conservation Training Center (NCTC) Campus
Robert W. Ogle, Director of Historic Preservation, School of Design Studies at The Boston Architectural College, was one of twelve invited by the National Park Service (NPS) to address challenges related to craft education and training in the field of Historic Preservation. The group convened for the first time on Thursday, August 23 and Friday, August 24 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV to participate in the first-ever Preservation Trades Training Roundtable.
This initiative marks the first time that The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) and the Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), the two federal units overseeing Historic Preservation training and education under the NPS, are working together in this format.
"The biggest gap in the practice of Historic Preservation is the need for greater efforts in training and educating skilled craftspeople," said Ogle.
The goal of the Roundtable, as stated by the NPS, is to "develop a ‘traditional skills' program within the NPS to produce training and technical briefs to support the efforts of the public and private sector," and as part of it, "create diversity-enhancing initiatives to help all American people connect to park and heritage resources that reflect their life, their legacies and their dreams."
"The first two-day session yielded an amazing strategy for reaching our goal," said Ogle.
The group will meet again at the end of September in Charleston, SC where they will construct the tactical elements of their plan.
The complete lists of participants includes Jake Barrow, Program Director of Cornerstones Community Partnerships; Rudy Christian, Founder of Christian & Son, Inc.; Kirk A. Cordell, Executive Director of NCPTT; Andrew Ferrell, Chief of the Architecture and Engineering Program at NCPTT; Molly Jones McCabe, Executive Director of Red Feather Development Group; Michael Kassman, National Safety Coordinator at International Masonry Institute; Tom McGrath, Superintendent, Historic Preservation Training Center; Robert Ogle, Director of Historic Preservation, School of Design Studies at Boston Architectural College; Tom Russack, Senior Project Manager at Rand and ADC; John Sandor, Historical Architect with Technical Preservation Services of the NPS; Randy Skeirik, Historical Architect with NPS Vanishing Treasures Program; and Julian Smith, Executive Director of Willowbank School for Restoration Arts.