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Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP)

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) chairman Aimee Jorjani announced the formation of the ACHP Traditional Trades Training Task Force, which will work to promote the development of a robust workforce in the skilled preservation trades.

“The skilled craft worker is the one who will maintain, conserve, and restore our historic places,” said Chairman Jorjani, who will serve as task force chairman. “Now is the time to acknowledge and identify the need to train the craft worker through a widely recognized standard. These front-line workers who do the maintenance and preservation work are as integral to historic preservation as architects, building owners, policy makers, preservation commissions, and consultants. This specialized field requires both an environment of lifelong learning and skills-based training outside of modern-day construction techniques and advanced degrees.”

The task force’s goal is to build a preservation ethic in construction trades and highlight the worth of the skilled craft worker. To that end, the task force will consider key issues regarding preservation trades credentialing, apprenticeships, and curriculum development. By exploring current opportunities and future possibilities, the group will seek to develop recommendations for federal action that could be embodied in a formal ACHP policy statement.

Joining Chairman Jorjani as vice chairmen of the task force will be Moss Rudley, Superintendent of the National Park Service Historic Preservation Training Center (HPTC), and Nicholas Redding, Executive Director of Preservation Maryland. Members of the task force include representatives of the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Department of Education, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and other individuals with historic preservation, education, and architecture expertise.

An independent federal agency, the ACHP promotes the economic, educational, environmental, sustainability, and cultural values of historic preservation and advises the President and Congress on national historic preservation policy. It also influences federal activities, programs, and policies that affect historic and cultural properties. See www.achp.gov for more information.

Lynne Richmond, lrichmond@achp.gov


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