Camp NAWIC: An opportunity for young women to learn about the trades

In August, The Campaign for Historic Trades and partner National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center staff spent a day teaching historic trades skills to young women at the National Association of Women in Construction‘s Camp NAWIC Baltimore, hosted at ABC Baltimore. Camp NAWIC is a free, week-long day camp for 7th to 12th grade girls to introduce them to a potential career in the construction industry.

The Campaign demonstrated both masonry repointing and historic window reglazing and spoke to over 20 young women about career opportunities in historic trades and preservation. For the masonry demonstration, campers learned how to mix mortar from sand, lime, and water and repoint damaged masonry joints using traditional tools and techniques. In the window glazing demonstration, campers practiced applying putty and setting plexiglass panes into window sashes.

The Campaign for Historic Trades is a partnership between Preservation Maryland and NPS’ Historic Preservation Training Center–created to strengthen and expand career opportunities in historic trades. If you are a program or school interested in learning more about The Campaign, please reach out to us at info@historictrades.org.