Other federal agency partnerships are broadening preservation awareness in other related professions, including architecture. In 2018, the ACHP, in partnership with NPS and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, launched Preservation in Practice to connect historic preservation and conservation through a joint project with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The project brings African American young professionals into historic preservation and related career paths, such as architecture, history, conservation, city and regional planning, construction, and engineering, and raises awareness of the rich cultural legacy of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Federal agencies also have a vested interest in ensuring their own staff have the skills they need to address federal historic preservation requirements and to act as good stewards of the historic properties in agency care. Agencies are reporting increased interest in tailored preservation training to improve the knowledge and capability of their own staff in this area. HIGHLIGHTS ›› NPS’s Kalaupapa National Historical Park (Hawaii) hosted students from the University of Hawaii, Hilo, coordinated by the National Trust’s HOPE Crew program to participate in a preservation workshop with the goal of cleaning all grave markers on the Kalaupapa peninsula. ›› FWS partnered with the NPS’s Historic Preservation Training Center to develop a training workshop for staff to help improve management by allowing field station staff to better understand both compliance and how to execute practical restoration and repair projects. • The first workshop was in the fall of 2017 at the Jab’s Farm Unit of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge (Minnesota) and focused on masonry and roofing to stabilize structures used for storage for a visitor comfort station. • The second preservation skills workshop has been delayed since 2019 and is currently on hold due to COVID-19. ›› The NPS Western Center for Historic Preservation (WCPT); the White Grass Dude Ranch in Jackson, Wyoming; and Grand Teton National Park hosted students from Morgan State and Tuskegee Universities, as part of Preservation in Practice. Students studied the theory of preservation and participated in hands-on preservation work at historic sites in the park, such as the Bar BC Dude Ranch, for two weeks through the WCPT during their participation in “Guiding Principles for Historic Preservation.” ›› In July 2017, BLM Arizona state office participated in the Natural Resource Conservation Workshop for Arizona Youth. This camp is an opportunity for middle- and high school-age students to experience natural science professions in a hands-on outdoor environment. The event hosted 33 students from a variety of backgrounds. A BLM archaeologist provided students with introductory information about the science of archaeology and an explanation of the importance of BLM resource management. Students participated in various archaeological site documentation activities including site mapping, site and artifact photography, and artifact sketch drawing, which provided students with a hands-on learning experience. The activities gave the students a greater understanding of the importance of artifact provenience, site history, and site documentation methods.
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