The Campaign for Historic Trades and Preservation Maryland visited Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine on August 23, to speak to the National Park Service’s Historic Preservation Training Center Traditional Trades Advancement Program (TTAP) trainees. The Campaign for Historic Trades works to recruit trainees and place them in national parks across the country, growing opportunities for the next generation of historic preservationists.
The 2022 TTAP trainees at Fort McHenry were Ben Lammers and Emma Lucier-Keller. TTAP trainees often come to the program from varying levels of experience in the trades and these trainees were no exception.
Ben Lammers had been looking for an opportunity to learn hands-on preservation skills by a trained professional and saw TTAP as a great way to jump-start his career with the National Park Service.
Emma Lucier-Keller is a Master’s student studying historic preservation and was looking for an opportunity to get more experience in the field. “Coming from a purely academic background…I’ve got the theoretic side of historic preservation, but I’ve never really got the hands-on experience that I’ve been able to get through this program… You don’t have to have a lot of experience. It’s about introducing people and getting people who are enthusiastic about preservation involved in this career field, ” Emma explained.
Both trainees received training from National Park Service’s preservation professionals and went through entry-level safety training. As part of their training for this position, the TTAP trainees received training in historic preservation fundamentals, as well as preservation related professional certifications (such as OSHA-10 safety training and EPA Lead Renovation, Repair, and Painting certification). These certificates were not only crucial for the projects they completed at Fort McHenry but they will also make them desirable to future employers.
They worked 40 hours a week under the supervision of their DPL Mark Wilson, a Preservationist at Fort McHenry National Monument & Historic Shrine and Hampton National Historic Site. The projects at the site included repointing brick work, painting, replacing wood siding of buildings, and glazing and installing windows.
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TTAP provides hands-on, historic preservation trade skills training during an intensive twenty-week learning-while-working experience. Trainees receive project-based opportunities to learn carpentry, woodcrafting, finishing, masonry, metalworking, and window restoration while working, learning, and earning alongside professional NPS staff.