Pacific Northwest Field School - General Information
Students learning to repair historic wood sash windows (left) and replacing a copper roof (right). Fort Columbia and Cape Disappointment State Park, 2008 Pacific Northwest Field School.
Each year the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School attracts a range of participants, from practicing cultural resource professionals to undergraduate and graduate students, to 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. Incoming graduate students are required to enroll for at least one session as part of their graduation requirements.
The field school is intended for anyone interested in working in a hands-on environment, to learn about preservation by doing it, and interested in seeing a spectacular part of the United States. The typical class varies in age, skill-background, and interest, but the common thread is always fun and learning. 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 Field School.
The field school is normally held during mid-August to mid-September, in repeatable one-week sessions. Each of the repeatable one-week sessions will have a different focus and present opportunities to learn different skills, though certain themes run throughout the entire program. Sessions will balance seminars, tours of the local area, and hands-on experience in a range of preservation techniques.
Field School participants can earn two graduate or undergraduate level credits from the University of Oregon for each repeatable one-week session, grading is on a pass/no pass basis. Tuition costs are included in the field school fee, though participants will pay the same fee regardless of whether they wish to receive college credit. Please send an academic transcript and letter of recommendation with your application if you wish to receive credit.
Learning to Square a Log (Left) and Reviewing Historic Photo of Gilbert's Cabin (Right)
North Cascades National Park, 2006 Field School
Financial assistance is available through two scholarships. Scholarship funds will only be disbursed to those participants who are taking the session(s) for academic credit.
The Pilgrim's Progress Preservation Services Student Scholarship Fund covers the expense of one Field School week. Preference will be given, but is not limited to, individuals who are working with a not-for-profit organization who without funding assistance would not be able to attend the Field School. This award covers tuition for one week of field school.
The Director's Student Scholarship is available, but not limited to, individuals planning a career in the preservation field, who without this funding assistance may not be able to attend the Field School. The recipient must be taking the Field School session(s) for academic credit. The award covers tuition for one field school week and additional travel expenses.
Please direct any inquires regarding the scholarships to the firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meadow Cabin East (Left), Gorge Power House (Center) and Diablo Dam (Right)
North Cascades National Park, 2006 Field School.
Sessions will be led by one or more professionals specializing in the techniques and materials involved. Faculty come from across the Northwest and participate, as well as teach, in the Field School. Past faculty at The Pacific Northwest Field School have come from the U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Department of Parks & Recreation, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington State Office of Archaeology & Historic Preservation, and the professional community.
The following is a preliminary list of the primary instructors for the Field School:
Shannon Bell is a Director of the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, 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 and her research interests include, preservation technologies and box construction in the Pacific Northwest. Shannon, a graduate from both the University of Oregon's Architecture and Historic Preservation program, currently teaches a field recordation, condition assessment, and HABS sequence for the University of Oregon’s historic preservation program.
Donald Peting, Emeritus Architecture and HP faculty, is the founder of the Preservation Field School. He is occasionally teaching part time in such areas as architectural design, preservation technology, and historic structures. 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, early powered mills, and seismic retro-fitting of historic structures. He has been a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome since 1978. In 2005, the National Council for Preservation Education honored his educational career with their James Marston Fitch lifetime achievement award.
John Platz has been actively involved with the Pacific Northwest Field School since its inception in 1995, initially as the leader of the Heritage Structures Team of the U.S. Forest Service of the Mount Hood National Forest, a preservation team he formed over 20 years ago. His skill at the use of traditional carpentry, particularly in timber framing, log construction, and 19th century building technology, was responsible for the early success of the Field School. Over ten years ago, he established Pilgrims Progress Preservation Services, a highly regarded professional practice doing significant preservation work throughout the west. In addition to teaching in the field school each summer, he has been involved in a number of HP courses during the school year, most recently the construction of a French Canadian trapper’s cabin at Kanaka Village at Fort Vancouver. He is a highly respected teacher, craftsperson and mentor of many of preservationist in the Pacific Northwest.
Amy McCauley is the owner of Oculus Fine Carpentry, Inc., a window and door specialty business. She has been working in construction for the past 13 years in the Portland-Metro area, six of them devoted to developing Oculus. Her emphasis is in working with traditional tools and techniques; some of her notable projects include the Pioneer Courthouse, A.T. Smith House, Delaney-Edwards House, Virgil Crum House and the Gardener’s House at Shore Acres State Park.
Other past faculty at the Field School have come from the U.S. National Park Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, and the professional community.
Lifting a beam in Gilbert's Cabin (Left) and Meadow Cabin East Crew (Right)
North Cascades National Park, 2006 Field School
The Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School would not be possible without the continued support of federal, state, and local agencies. Collaborating sponsors for the 2006 Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School include:
• National Park Service
• Gordon House
• Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation
• Idaho State Historical Society
• Oregon Garden
• Oregon Parks & Recreation Department
• Oregon State Historic Preservation Office
• Oregon State University
• Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission
• Washington State Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and the State Historic Preservation Office joined up to form the first partnership and they continue to be important sponsors in the Field School. The Columbia Cascade Support Office of the National Park Service became the second sponsor and is providing funding as well as faculty members and technical assistance for the rehab projects. The University of Oregon continues to assist with funding, field school faculty, on-site coordination, and academic credit for participants.
Historic Preservation Program
School of Architecture & Allied Arts
5233 Univeristy of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-5233
Field School Assisant/GAF
Field School Director
Shannon M. S. Bell, Adjunct Faculty
Field School Co-Founder
Don Peting, Professor Emeritus