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The American Historic Trades Summit
June 12 – 14, 2023
Participants had the opportunity to share knowledge, pool resources, ensure consistent standards, and learn how to advocate for program support. Attendees engaged in informational sessions and networking opportunities that explored the past, present, and future of historic trades training in America. Although the 2023 Summit has concluded, we are keeping this page up so you can view past session topics. Stay tuned for more about plans for future gatherings.
Monday, June 12, 2023
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Registration
Registration Table open for attendees to check-in to the Summit. It will be open throughout the Summit.
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Welcome Reception
Hosted at Hotel Providence
Tuesday, June 13, 2023
7:00 am - 8:00 am | Breakfast
Hosted at Hotel Providence
8:00 am - 9:00 am | Coffee and Networking
Open hour for people to mingle and drink coffee
9:00 am - 9:45 am | Welcome
9:45 am - 10:30 am | About
Introduction to The Campaign and how we help programs start and grow
10:45 am - 12 pm | Networking
An interactive and guided session to meet with attendees and understand the ecosystem of trades training programs
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Lunch
Hosted at the Hotel Providence
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | SESSION 1
Beyond Hands-On Learning
Introduction to the Beyond Hands-On Learning Philosophy of instruction
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm | SESSION 2
Engaging Diverse Audiences in Trades Training
Panel discussion exploring how to design and operate programs to be diverse and inclusive.
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | SESSION 3
Launching a Successful and Sustainable Preservation Trades Training Program
Panel discussion with the Newport Restoration Foundation on launching a successful and sustainable preservation trades training program
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Happy Hour
Hosted at Heritage Restoration Inc. and sponsored by Sutherland Welles.
Wednesday, June 14, 2023
7:00 am - 9:00 am | Breakfast and Coffee
Hosted at Hotel Providence
8:00 am - 9:00 am | Coffee and Networking
Open hour for people to mingle and drink coffee
9:00 am - 10:00 am | SESSION 4A
Crafting Your Narrative – Panel
Panel discussion with communications and development professionals on how to craft an impactful message
10:15 am - 11:00 am | SESSION 4B
Crafting Your Narrative – Workshop
Guided workshop with exercises to craft strong and impactful mission statements and talking points.
11:15 am - 12:00 pm | SESSION 5
Insuring Your Success
Learn how to create a framework of insurance policies and specialized coverage for hands-on traditional trades training programs.
12 pm - 1:30 pm | Keynote Lunch
Kate Dear, CEO of Fêtewell
Hosted at Hotel Providence
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm | SESSION 6
Preservation Priorities Task Force – Panel
Panel discussion about the work of NPPN’s Preservation Priorities Task Force on Preservation Trades and Workforce Development
2:15 pm - 3:15 pm | SESSION 7
A moderated panel with a variety of employers to discuss how to design training programs to meet industry needs and ensure graduates get quality jobs.
3:30 - 5:30 pm | Local Tours
SESSION 1 : Beyond Hands-On Learning
Beyond Hands-On is a method of instruction that includes a philosophy, framework and routines for interactive learning. Developed by TOPOnexus for the National Park Service, this session will introduce this philosophy and how we can apply it to teaching the historic trades.
- The Historic Preservation Training Center
SESSION 2 : Engaging Diverse Audiences in Trades Training
This session will explore how to meaningfully engage diverse audiences in Historic Trades programs. Panelists will share their experiences designing and operating programs to be inclusive, focusing on participants’ experiences and success. We will discuss recommendations and actionable strategies that other programs can emulate.
- Darius Johnson, Northeast Regional Director for the ACE Mentor Program
- Ann Cuss, North America Regional Director for the World Monument Fund
- Natalie Henshaw, Director of The Campaign for Historic Trades
SESSION 3 : Launching a Successful and Sustainable Preservation Trades Training Program
This panel discussion will dive into the partnership between The Campaign for Historic Trades (CHT) and the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF) to create a robust training program. NRF has launched several trades training programs over the past 18 months, but what they envisioned for the Preservation Trades Specialist (PTS) program was beyond their in-house capabilities. This panel will discuss how the PTS program was created leveraging internal assets, partner expertise, and CHT’s curriculum resources to train the next generation of tradespeople.
- Kris Turgeon, Manager of the Historic Trades Initiative for the Newport Restoration Foundation
- J. Scott McDowell, Owner and Operator of Rockwood Joinery Historic Preservation Carpentry
- Benjamin Curran, Curriculum Developer for The Campaign for Historic Trades
SESSION 4A : Crafting Your Narrative - Panel
This moderated panel of communications and development professionals will discuss how strong messaging and outreach can help leverage support and funding for your work.
- Jennifer Robinson, Historic New England’s Preservation Services Manager, Southern New England
- Shauntee Daniels, Executive Director, Baltimore National Heritage Area
- Laura Parrish, Owner and Operator of three historic properties and creator at _thewhalehouse_
SESSION 4B : Crafting Your Narrative - Workshop
Attendees will work through exercises to narrow down their core mission and create strong talking points to support their mission.
Dana Cohen, Director of Communications for Preservation Maryland and The Campaign for Historic Trades
SESSION 5 : Insuring Your Success
In this session, attendees will learn how to create a framework of insurance policies and specialized coverage for organizations and institutions that have or want to development hands-on traditional trades training programs.
Kevin Sullivan of the National Trust Insurance
SESSION 6 : Preservation Priorities Task Force - Panel
A moderated panel discussion about the Preservation Priorities Task Force’s work on Preservation Trades and Workforce Development, sharing Partners’ successful case studies and exploring themes of diversity, equity, and sustaining training programs.
Brent Runyon, Executive Director, Providence Preservation Society
Nina Peppers, Senior Manager for Historic Preservation, Student Conservation Association
Benjamin Haavik, Team Leader of Property Care, Historic New England
Amber Flockton, Facilities and Grounds Technician, Historic New England
Kris Turgeon, Manager of the Historic Trades Initiative, Newport Restoration Foundation
SESSION 7 : Employer Perspectives
This moderated panel will include a variety of employers to discuss how to design training programs to meet industry needs and ensure graduates get quality jobs.
- Melanie Weston, General Manager of Heritage Restoration Inc.
- Julie Butler, Preservation Director for the Durable Restoration Company
- Naomi Doddington, Project Manager and Historic Preservationist, Consigli
- Rob Cagnetta, President and Founder of Heritage Restoration Inc. and Vice President of Sutherland Welles, LTD
Speakers and Panelists
The Campaign for Historic Preservation and Preservation Maryland are proud and thankful to have the following individuals contribute their time and expertise to the inaugural American Historic Trades Summit.
Keynote: Kate Dear
North America Regional Director for the World Monument Fund
Ann joined World Monuments Fund as Regional Director of North America in 2021. Her work encompasses all aspects of cultural heritage for a variety of public, private, and government partnerships with a particular focus on public lands. Ann’s professional role is multifaceted and involves a mix of performing on-site condition assessments, hands on-treatments, and training young emerging historic preservation professionals in the care of historic materials. She coordinates multidisciplinary teams of tradespeople, architects, historians, and stakeholders for a holistic preservation approach. Ann holds a BA and MA in Archaeology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Manager of the Historic Trades Initiative, Newport Restoration Foundation
Kris Turgeon joined NRF in 2021 to develop and launch a series of programs aimed to harness the knowledge of local preservation craftsmen and impart their skills to the next generation. These programs now include carpentry mill internships for trade school students, field work for college preservation majors, job shadowing for career changers, and upskill training for general contractors. Kris has a background in workforce development, non-profit management, and a love of the stories old buildings have to tell. She has served on the board of Old Colony Habitat for Humanity and volunteered for several women focused organizations. Prior to working with NRF, Kris guided the launch of P-TECH in Rhode Island which allows high school students to earn college credit with the guidance of a mentor in their chosen field of study. Kris presented her best practices approach to recruiting and managing corporate mentors for high school students at the 2019 IBM P-TECH International Conference. Kris graduated from Michigan State University. She has spent the last 35+ years in New England, never being more than 1 hour from her happy place by the sea.
Owner and Operator of three historic properties and creator at thewhalehouse.
Laura Parrish is a passionate advocate for historic properties and has a strong commitment to their restoration. As the owner of boutique short-term rentals in Southeastern Massachusetts, Laura has meticulously curated a unique collection of guest accommodations: The Whalehouse, an exquisite c.1855 mansion in New Bedford; The Minnow, a charming vintage sea cottage from the 1940s on Cape Cod; and Old Crowell Farm, a historic farm that holds the distinction of being the oldest in Bourne.
Laura’s dedication extends beyond her own ventures, as she actively serves on the board of organizations dedicated to preserving and revitalizing historic buildings in need of extensive repair. While she is not much of a DIY-er, Laura recognizes the significance of collaborating with skilled tradespeople who possess the specialized expertise required for each unique restoration task.
In her professional life, Laura serves as a Creative Director in the digital advertising industry. Leveraging her extensive marketing experience, she advocates for the restoration and preservation of historic structures, utilizing her social media platform to emphasize their cultural and historical significance.
During her leisure time, Laura relishes moments with her husband and three beloved dogs, engaging in antique shopping and indulging in dreams of future endeavors. As an old home enthusiast and a tireless advocate for preserving our architectural heritage, Laura exemplifies a profound commitment to safeguarding the past while envisioning a vibrant future.
Client Executive, National Trust Insurance Services (NTIS)
Kevin Sullivan is a Client Executive in the National Trust Insurance Services (NTIS) division of Baltimore-based insurance agency Maury, Donnelly & Parr. NTIS is a joint venture between MDP and the National Trust for Historic Preservation which was formed in 2003 to meet the challenging insurance issues facing historic properties across this Country. In short, NTIS is a specialized insurance broker, consultant, and program administrator specifically created for the owners and stewards of historically prominent buildings (and the organizations that operate within). NTIS operates in all 50 States. As part of the NTIS team, Kevin oversees current client service and new client procurement. He is a graduate of Denison University and earned an MBA from the University of Baltimore. He also holds the Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC) designation.
Executive Director, Providence Preservation Society
Brent Runyon is the Executive Director of the Providence Preservation Society, where he has been since fall 2013. Prior to that, he was the Executive Director of Thomasville Landmarks in Georgia for 8 years. He received his Masters in Historic Preservation degree from the University of Georgia. While at UGA, he focused on community planning and affordable housing issues, and worked on several community-based design charrettes. In 2005, he attended a summer service learning program in Ghana, West Africa, where he and five others created a heritage tourism plan to help boost the local economy. In Providence, he has led the organization through a $1.4M capital campaign, two strategic plans, and a major rehabilitation of the 1769 Old Brick School House. Under his leadership, the City has created one new local historic district on the East Side. He firmly believes that historic preservation can be a tool for progress, equity, and justice for all of our neighborhoods.
Facilities and Grounds Technician, Historic New England
Amber joined Historic New England’s Property Care Team in January 2023. Based at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts, she works as a Facilities and Grounds Technician. She previously served in the Massachusetts Historic Preservation Corps, completing carpentry, masonry, landscaping, and window restoration projects with the National Parks of Boston and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation. Amber lives in Massachusetts on the South Shore.
General Manager of Heritage Restoration Inc.
Melanie is a graduate of Clemson University’s Master in Historic Preservation, and has a bachelors degree in history from Mills College. Melanie spent her early career restoring windows, although quickly rose to become responsible for overseeing preservation, maintenance, and capital improvements of structures and landscapes for Historic New England at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts as well as nine other properties in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
Today Melanie is our General Manager, responsible for the oversight, development, and outreach for Heritage, along with teaching education programs, building surveys, estimates, and development/oversight of assigned projects. Her trusted companion Maggie is always close behind.
President and Founder of Heritage Restoration Inc. and Vice President of Sutherland Welles, LTD
Rob is a graduate of the Historic Preservation Program (Architecture minor) at Roger Williams University, apprenticing for several years, later becoming the Director at the Institute for Preservation Training (IPT), a program at Goodwill Industries of RI. Projects included work at several National Park Service sites and hundreds of state historic sites and private homes around New England.
Rob has served on numerous committees over the years, including Preservation Trades Network, Preserve Rhode Island, Providence Preservation Society, the Advisory Committee for the Health Insurance Commissioner of RI, US Green Building Council RI, and the Greater Providence Workforce Development Board. He is an occasional adjunct professor at Roger Williams University.
Today Rob remains the President of Heritage Restoration, Inc, Vice-President of Sutherland Welles, LTD, and serve as the chair of the South Kingstown Zoning Board.
Northeast Regional Director for the ACE Mentor Program
Darius began his career on the Eastern Shore of Maryland as a laborer and finisher for his family business, Johnson’s Concrete, where he found his inspiration to help others find a path in the built environment industry. He currently works for the ACE Mentor Program of America as a Regional Director of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic which engages 10,000 high school students across the United States and Canada to pursue careers in the Architecture, Construction, and Engineering industry.
Prior to ACE, Darius worked across support- and executive-level roles in affordable housing, land conservation, and workforce development. He is a part of Washington College’s Class of 2015 where he received a BA in Business Management, and he is enrolled in Goucher’s Master’s in Historic Preservation program where he was named a Built Environment Scholar and a Community Engagement Scholar. Additionally, he was named a Mildred Colodny Diversity Scholar by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2022.
J. Scott McDowell
Owner and Operator, Rockwood Joinery Historic Preservation Carpentry
McDowell graduated the Preservation Carpentry Program at North Bennet Street School in 1995 and has built up extensive carpentry and woodcrafting expertise in the years since. He worked with a senior craftsman to restore all the historic doors in Memorial Hall and Saunders Theatre at Harvard University, joined the U. S. National Park Service’s Building Conservation Branch as a Preservation Carpenter/Woodcrafter, helped restore the Miriam House at Minuteman National Historical Park, and stabilized the Cooks House and outbuildings at the Oakland Plantation in Cain River National Heritage Area. In 2004, he founded and continues to operate Rockwood Joinery, a private firm performing traditional carpentry, preservation, and exhibit work for museums, historical societies, foundations, and homeowners.
Historic New England’s Preservation Services Manager, Southern New England
Jennifer Robinson joined Historic New England in 2019 as Preservation Services Manager for Southern New England, where she helps to facilitate the organization’s easement program while contributing to preservation-related advocacy and public outreach projects. Prior to this role, Jennifer was a 2018-2019 Research Fellow in Historic Landscapes at the Preservation Society of Newport County (RI), where she explored Newport’s connections to the Picturesque movement in American landscape design. In 2018, she was a research consultant for Preserve Rhode Island and the PSNC’s Aquidneck Stone Walls & Barns Initiative, and she previously worked for several years in museum collections at the Newport Historical Society. Jennifer received a BS in Textiles, Fashion Merchandising, and Design from the University of Rhode Island in 2009 and an MSc in Architectural Conservation from the University of Edinburgh in 2017. She has been a member of the Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland’s Forth & Borders Cases Panel, a volunteer planning review body, since 2016, and is a 2022 Victorian Society Summer School alum. Her special interests include 1960s design history and the architectural preservation of the London Underground.
Executive Director, Baltimore National Heritage Area
Shauntee Daniels was selected as executive director of Baltimore National Heritage Area in Maryland in April 2019. She has been with BNHA since 2008, spearheading multiple heritage tourism projects and initiatives, including coordinating the heritage area’s urban rangers and the multiple tours offered to heritage travelers, running the Neighborhood Placemaking Grants Program, and administering BNHA’s Heritage Neighborhood initiative to promote heritage and cultural resources in local neighborhoods. In addition to her passion for history, Shauntee brings to the heritage area her experience in publications management and corporate operations.
Senior Manager for Historic Preservation, Student Conservation Association
Based in Quincy, Massachusetts, Nina Peppers is the Sr Manager for Historic Preservation at the Student Conservation Association. After starting as a Program Coordinator for the Massachusetts Historic Preservation Corps in 2018, she quickly realized her love for historic preservation and empowering young people through trades training. With the success of this program, she assisted in developing more preservation opportunities at SCA including Maintenance Action Teams, partnered with NPS, and a High School Summer Trades program. She is currently enrolled in the Historic Preservation Certificate Program at Boston Architectural College and spends her free time exploring historic sites wherever she can find them.
Team Leader of Property Care, Historic New England
Benjamin Haavik, Team Leader of Property Care, is responsible for the maintenance and preservation of all Historic New England’s property holdings including the 38 historic house museums and landscapes open to the public. Before joining Historic New England in 2004, Ben started his career at the Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust in Philadelphia, PA after receiving his MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania. Ben was then Deputy Director of the Historic House Trust of New York City where he cared for 24 historic sites throughout the five boroughs of New York City.
Project Manager and Historic Preservationist, Consigli
Naomi Doddington is a Project Manager and Historic Preservationist with Consigli. She holds an Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from Clemson University, where she has taught as an adjunct professor. Since starting at Consigli, Naomi has had the privilege to work on some of our Capital City’s most renowned buildings, including the US Capitol Building’s Olmsted Terrace, the Netherlands Carillon near Arlington National Cemetery, and Meridian Hill Park in the heart of the Columbia Heights/Shaw neighborhoods.
Preservation Director, The Durable Restoration Company
Julie has been with the Durable Restoration Company for 7 years as their preservation director and in the industry for more than a decade working on projects such as the Old Executive Office Building, churches throughout the east coast and more recently the French Ambassador’s Residence. With an undergraduate and graduate degree in historic preservation and an additional field school at the Preservation Institute: Nantucket, Julie brings both a technical mindset and a historians perspective to every project she works on. Her expertise spans many disciplines, such as mortar analysis, detail preservation and material analyses and relationships; especially for structures experiencing extreme weather conditions. As an experienced project manager, her number one priority is a successfully completed project while conforming to Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation and best practices within the field.
Sponsors and Partners
The Campaign for Historic Preservation and Preservation Maryland thank its generous sponsors. This event is made possible due to their support.
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