Progress in Preservation: National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training Announces $427,000 in Grants

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WASHINGTON – The present meets the past to benefit the future.  The National Park Service announced today the award of $427,000 in Preservation Technology and Training grants to fund innovative research, training, and publications that develop new technologies or adapt existing technologies to preserve cultural resources. 

These projects bring the best skills and technology of the present to preserve the treasures of the past for future generations,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.  “With the Centennial of the National Park Service approaching in 2016, we continue to adapt and improve preservation methods so that these historic places are around for our Bicentennial.”

The National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training strives to create new technologies and training opportunities to preserve prehistoric and historic resources throughout the United States.  Since 1994, the center has awarded more than $9.2 million in grants to fund science and technology-based projects in historic preservation.

Grant projects incorporate modern technology and techniques in documentation and conservation that extend beyond the grant project.   The Pennsylvania State University will study energy and indoor environmental quality to help building owners better understand how these measures are impacted by the adjustment of windows, insulation, and mechanical systems.  Research on new surveillance systems by the State University of New York will help better protect archaeological sites from looting and vandalism.

This year’s grant recipients are:




Project Title



National Park Service, Southern Arizona Office (Vanishing Treasures), Phoenix

A Quantitative Assessment of Architectural Material Losses using Terrestrial Laser Scanning



California Department of Parks and Recreation, Sacramento

Development of a Mobile Computer Application for Recording and Submittal of Historical Resources Data



National Park Service, Southeast Archaeological Center, Tallahassee

Revisiting Acryloid B-72/Paraloid B-72 and Barrier Numbering:  Solutions for Archaeological Museum Collections



Idaho State University, Pocatello

Digital 3D Preservation and Documentation for Historic Cultural Landscape and Museum Collections, Grant Teton National Park



Purdue University, West Lafayette

Enhancing Historic Landscape Visualization



North Dakota State University, Fargo

Multi-Functional High Performance “Green” Nanocomposite Coating for Metals



Mesilla Valley Preservation, Inc., Mesilla

Field Kit and Methodology for Detecting, Measuring, and Remediating Salt Attack (Salt Weathering) in Adobe and Earthen Structures



Cornell University, Ithaca

Rapid-Deployment Geophysical Reconnaissance Team for the Assessment of Threatened Cultural Resources in the American Arctic – Yukon Charley Rivers National Preserve, Bering Land Bridge Natural Preserve, Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve, Barrow at the Birnirk National Historic Landmark



The Research Foundation of the State University of New York, Syracuse

Novel Electronic Technology for Real-time Detection of Trespass at Archaeological Sites



University of Oregon, Eugene

A Preliminary Manual of Policy and Management Responses to Climate Change Impacts on Cultural Landscapes, Phase 2



The Pennsylvania State University, University Park

Probabilistic Modeling of Energy Use and Air Quality in Historic Buildings



University of Texas, Austin

Using Eularian Video Magnification to Study the Effect of Fluctuations in Relative Humidity on Cultural Heritage Materials





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