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Historic Preservation Program

2017 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School

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Your application is due June 1st, 2017.

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2017 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School
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General Information

The 2017 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School will be located at the Fenn Ranger Station in the Nez Perce National Forest, Idaho. Each session has a specific theme, but all will entail hands-on-work, documentation, and various preservation related activities—including field trips. Evening lectures will focus on the week's special theme, but can and will delve into other areas of preservation.

The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School curriculum is designed to attract participants from all walks of life including practicing cultural resource professionals, undergraduate and graduate students, and novices with little background in the field but who possess a love for heritage and a desire to learn. The University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program developed this Field School to provide participants with the opportunity to experience preservation firsthand.

The field school is intended for anyone interested in working in a hands-on environment and getting experience working with preservation craftspeople in the spectacular Pacific Northwest. The typical class varies in age, skill, background, and interest, but the common thread is always enjoyable learning. Incoming graduate students in the Historic Preservation MS Program are required to enroll for at least one session as part of their graduation requirements. Many participants have used the field school to launch into historic preservation, and many graduates of the University of Oregon's program got their start at the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School.

Session Dates

*From arrival by 4pm on Sundays to departure after 7pm on Fridays.

Session 1: August 13–18 Preservation Primer
Session 2: August 20–25 Materials Intensive
Session 3: August 27–September 1 Cultural Landscape Inventory
Session 4: September 10–15 Preservation Primer

Session Descriptions

The sessions titled "Preservation Primer" are intended for participants who might not have much background working with cultural resources but are interested in what hands-on opportunities are available. These weeks will include craft in siding repair and replacement, wood window preservation, and some masonry wall repair.

“Materials Intensive" will likely focus on stone masonry preservation and we will talk about raking joints, matching mortars, mortar testing, and repointing. This week might also have some more in-depth discussion about wood materials as well, though we are still developing the curriculum for this week.

The week that focuses on “Cultural Landscape Inventory” will be a series of workshops and field exercises where we will collect data about the site and work with Cultural Landscape Architect on a CLI report of the entire Fenn Ranger Station compound.

All weeks will have plenty of opportunity for learning, especially for those entering the University of Oregon's Historic Preservation Program. Each session will include evening lectures on a wide variety of preservation topics as well as field trips to historic sites. If you are struggling to decide which session you like best, we suggest starting with Preservation Primer.

For more information about the Fenn Ranger Station: National Register of Historic Places nomination

Travel and Accommodations

Location: Fenn Ranger Station


From Missoula, MT, follow US-12 W (Old US-93 W) 9.2 miles to Lolo, MT. In Lolo, take a right turn to stay on US-12 W. Follow US-12 W for 110 miles and then take a left turn onto Selway Road. Follow Selway Road for 4.6 miles. Fenn Ranger Station will be on the left and is visible from the road. 2 hours and 40 minutes.

From Spokane, WA, follow US-195 S 100 miles to Lewiston, ID. Follow US-12 E for 88 miles and then take a right turn onto Selway Road. Follow Selway Road for 4.6 miles. Fenn Ranger Station will be on the left and is visible from the road. 3 hrs 50 minutes.

From Boise, ID, follow ID-55 N for 190 miles to New Meadows, ID. In New Meadows, take a right turn onto US-95 N. Follow US-95 N to Grangeville, ID. Take ID-13 E 26 miles to Kooskia, ID. Follow US-12 E for 21.6 miles and then take a right turn onto Selway Road. Follow Selway Road for 4.6 miles. Fenn Ranger Station will be on the left and is visible from the road. 5 hours and 20 minutes.

Flying: The Missoula International Airport is a 2 hour and 45 minute drive from our site. We will provide transportation to and from the airport. Please try to arrange flights into Missoula before 1pm and flights out of Missoula on Saturdays.

Accommodations: Housing and/or camping arrangements are being finalized.

Meals: Meals are included in the cost of attendance. This includes Sunday morning through Friday evening. We can accommodate most food restrictions and preferences.

Tuition and Credits

Field School participants can earn two (2) graduate or undergraduate level credits from the University of Oregon for each repeatable one-week session. Grading is on a pass/no pass basis.  

  • Not for credit: $900
  • Two (2) undergraduate credits: $1100
  • Two (2) graduate credits:  $1250
  • Additional credit: $200 per director's approval

Tuition includes food, lodging, and transportation during each week-long session. Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel to and from the rendezvous site.

AIA professional development credits are also available.

Director's Scholarship

The Director’s Scholarship Award covers the cost for one field school session ($1250) with up to an additional $100 travel allowance ($1350 total). It is open to all field school participants. Applicants will be asked to upload a concise essay, no more than 600 words, separate from the general statement of interest. The essay should demonstrate how you have benefited from previous educational opportunities, and also present your aspirations in the field of historic preservation. Applications are due June 1, 2017.


The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School has been a collaborative partnership between multiple agencies for more than 20 years. In 2017, we will be hosted by the Clearwater-Nez Perce National Forest, United States Forest Service, Region 1, and our sustaining sponsors are:

  • University of Oregon
  • National Park Service
  • Idaho State Historical Society
  • Idaho Heritage Trust
  • Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
  • Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
  • Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
  • Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation


Historic Preservation Program
School of Architecture & Allied Arts
5233 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5233

Field School Director
Shannon M. Sardell

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