Preservation Field School Success
By Shannon Bell
The 2012 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School in southeastern Oregon closed on September 14, 2012 and was a great success! Over forty people participated, including retirees from Seattle and undergraduate students from Oregon State University and Rhode Island. Working at the Frenchglen Hotel and the Sod House Ranch Office, Oregon State Park Rangers from Bates, Beverly Beach, Sumpter Dredge, Silver Falls, and Thompson’s Mills collaborated with participants on many hands-on projects including rehabilitating historic wood windows, replacing historic siding, and roof repair. Participants gained experience while learning and working with Preservation Crews from Channel Islands National Park and Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.
Three, one-week sessions were offered during August and September on topics ranging from Archaeology to Preservation Technology and Sustainability. Beyond daily hands-on projects, evening lectures and a field trip gave further historic context to the surrounding area.
Through the partnerships with the National Park Service; Oregon and Washington State Parks and Recreation Departments; and Oregon, Idaho and Washington State Historic Preservation Offices, the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School was able to assist two separate sites in remote regions of southeastern Oregon. Through this program Oregon State Parks and U.S. Fish and Wildlife were able to preserve pieces of Oregon history while teaching hands-on skills.
Shannon Bell is Director of the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, an adjunct Historic Preservation professor at the University of Oregon, and a consultant in historic architecture.