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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

Driving: 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

Instructors & Staff

Shannon SardellShannon Sardell, AIA, Director of the Field School, University of Oregon

Shannon is the field school’s director, an adjunct Historic Preservation professor at the University of Oregon, and a consultant in historic architecture. She maintains a consulting practice that focuses on historic architecture with research interests that include preservation technologies and box construction in the Pacific Northwest. Shannon, a graduate from both the University of Oregon’s Architecture and Historic Preservation programs, currently teaches field recordation, condition assessment, HABS/HAER, and preservation technology for the University of Oregon’s Historic Preservation program.

Donald PetingDonald Peting, AIA, Emeritus Associate Professor of Architecture, University of Oregon

Don has taught architectural design, structures, building, and preservation technology at Oregon since 1963. When he was director of the Historic Preservation program he helped establish the Field School and became its first Director in 1995. Don continues to serve on Oregon’s State Advisory Committee for Historic Preservation. He is an historical architect and maintains a consulting practice that focuses on 19th and early 20th century architecture and his research interests include traditional building technologies, wind and water powered mills, and the seismic retrofitting of historic structures. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome since his Rome Prize in 1978. In 2005, the National Council for Preservation Education honored his educational career with their James Marston Fitch lifetime achievement award.

Sterling HoldorfSterling Holdorf, National Park Service, Channel Islands National Park

Sterling is a Preservation Specialist and currently supervises a preservation crew that strives to preserve the unique collection of historic structures at Channel Islands National Park, Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and Cabrillo National Monument. Sterling began his NPS career at Rocky Mountain National Park where he had the opportunity to work on preserving many of the park’s historic structures. He obtained a certificate in Historic Preservation from Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania and is a 2002 graduate of the Preservation and Skills Training program (PAST) administered by the National Park Service. He currently serves as a mentor in the PAST program.

Donald "Duck" HouckDonald “Duck” Houk, National Park Service, Channel Islands National Park

Duck started out in New England, progressing from new construction to restoration of older structures. Moving back to the area of his youth, he joined the trail crew at Olympic National Park. In 2006 he became the park’s Backcountry Carpenter, at which point he started a preservation program to address the needs of the more than 30 structures in the backcountry of Olympic that are listed or eligible for the National Register. Duck joined the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School as a student in 2007. In 2011 he was named Olympic’s “Most Inspirational Friend” and he moved on to become a Network Preservationist at Channel Islands.

Scott Swensen, National Park Service, Ebey’s Landing National Historic Reserve

Laurie MatthewsLaurie Matthews, MIG, Seattle

Laurie is an award-winning cultural landscape preservation planner and designer with a diverse range of research, analysis, planning, design and consensus-building experience. She has applied Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties to dozens of historic landscapes throughout the U.S. including such iconic places as Yosemite National Park, Mendocino Woodlands, Dorris Ranch in Oregon, San Francisco’s Civic Center Historic District, and Hearst Castle. Prior to joining MIG, Laurie coordinated the Cultural Landscape Inventory Program for the National Park Service Olmsted Center for Landscape Preservation. She is President Elect of the Oregon ASLA. Laurie holds a BFA from Lewis and Clark College, and BLA and MLA degrees from the University of Oregon.

Suzana RadivojevicDr. Suzana Radivojevic, Wood Scientist, University of Oregon

Suzana is a wood scientist and owner of Ligno Logic LLC, a consulting practice focusing on technical research of wood-based materials and applications. She is an adjunct instructor at the University of Oregon Historic Preservation Program. Her areas of interest include preservation and conservation treatments of wood in cultural resources, wood deterioration, tree-ring dating and wood species identification. She holds a Ph.D. in Wood Science from the University of Toronto, and a B.Sc.F.E. from the University of Belgrade in Serbia.

Fred WaltersFred Walters, Historical Architect

Fred Walters is an award winning historical architect and architectural conservator in Cambridge, Idaho. He holds architecture licenses in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Nevada. His work includes building condition assessment and evaluation of over 240 buildings, as well as design and construction services for a wide variety of preservation projects. Walters has been an adjunct professor at the University of Oregon, teaching courses in Preservation Technology and Condition Assessments. He has been an active member of the field school since 1999.

Chris Gustafson, Vintage Window Restoration

Chris is owner and operator of Vintage Window Restoration LLC located in Albany, Oregon. His trade specializes in historic wood window restoration, preservation, re-productions, and accessory items i.e. storm sash and screens. All of his work complies to the Secretary of Interior Standards and operates machinery from 1890's to the 1940's. Education and training in the preservation trades is his passion. He offers multiple window workshops annually and supervises summer internships for historic preservation students.

Charlotte Helmer, Graduate Administrative Fellow, University of Oregon


Historic Preservation Program
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Field School Director
Shannon M. Sardell

For more information

This program receives federal funds for the identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, or handicap in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Chief, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, 1849 C Street, NW, MS-2740, Washington, D.C. 20240.

This publication has been funded in part with federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior.