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Preservation Skills Training

Learn by Doing

Since 2002, the Kentucky Heritage Council and Pine Mountain Settlement School[External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] have partnered to present an annual series of hands-on training events known as the Pine Mountain School for Practical Historic Preservation, featuring comprehensive hands-on workshops that are intense but fun.  PMSS is a National Historic Landmark founded in 1913 and designed by architect Mary Rockwell Hook.

Care and Repair of Log Structures 2011 workshop at Putney Ranger StationEach workshop is led by dedicated and experienced instructors who take time off from full-time careers to help educate others in the skills needed to properly care for, repair and maintain historic buildings.  Traditional construction methods are taught and practical preservation using modern techniques is emphasized.

Only significant historic buildings on or near the campus are used to demonstrate hands-on techniques.  Participants perform actual work on thse historic school buildings that, while not endangered, are in need of maintenance and repair.  Topics have focused on repair of plaster, wood shingles, steel and wood windows, masonry, log buildings, and rock fences.  Sponsoring partners have included Preservation Trades Network[External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ], Preservation Kentucky Inc.[External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ], and the National Trust for Historic Preservation[External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ], through use of a Kentucky Intervention Fund grant.

Not only do the buildings benefit, but these programs provide participants quality instruction and the opportunity to work on historic landmark sites that feature a variety of materials and construction methods.  Students leave with the knowledge of using Window workshop at Pine Mountain Settlement Schoolboth old and new tools to meet their preservation goals.  To quote one student, an owner of a historic log building, "you have taught me methods to work on my building but more importantly you have given me the confidence that I can do the work."

The PMSS campus is located on 625 acres on the north side of Pine Mountain in Harlan County.  Today, the private, nonprofit educational institution provides instruction in environmental education, Appalachian culture and crafts.  Program participants are housed on site and enjoy meals and other amenities provided by this rural institution.

Since 2004, the Kentucky Heritage Council has also partnered with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) to develop training curricula and offer preservation skills training workshops during the summer at various campuses across the state.  Other partners in recent years have also included The Bluegrass Trust for Historic Preservation, owners of the Pope Villa in Lexington, and the University of Kentucky Department of Historic Preservation, a graduate program located within the College of Architecture.

Several workshops have been filmed by Appalshop Inc.[External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain. ] in Whitesburg.  For copies or information, contact Jen Williamson or call 502-564-7005, ext. 135.

Preservation Skills Education Links

Preservation Trades Network External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Andrea Urbas, PTN Executive Director
122 Manton Avenue, Box #7
Providence, RI  02909

(866) 853-9335

Timber Framers Guild External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
PO Box 295, 9 Mechanic Street
Alstead, NH 03602-0295   
(559) 834-8453

American College of the Building Arts External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
21 Magazine Street
(843) 577-5245
Toll-free: (877) 283-5245

Adventures in Preservation External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
1557 North Street
Boulder, CO  80304
(303) 444-0128
Fax: (775) 320-6837 

Belmont College External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
120 Fox-Shannon Place
St. Clairsville, OH  43950
(740) 695-9500
Toll-free: 800-423-1188

College of the Redwoods External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
7351 Tompkins Hill Road
Eureka, CA  95501-9300
(707) 476-4100

Toll-free: 800-641-0400

Colorado Mountain College External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
Central Services Office
831 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO  81601 
Toll-free: 800-621-8559

North Bennet Street School External Link - You are now leaving the .gov domain.
39 North Bennet Street
Boston, MA  02113
(617) 227-0155


Last Updated 6/30/2017