The deadline for applications for the 2017 Field School is April 7.
Poplar Forest is pleased to offer its continuing Architectural History and Restoration Field School, begun in 1990.
The restoration staff have designed the program to take advantage of the unique opportunities offered during the course of this model project. Multi-disciplinary approaches are emphasized and hands-on training is offered where possible. Selected field trips place this particular project in a broader conservation and restoration perspective. The program provides an awareness and a knowledge of the rich complexity of details and issues found in the architectural restoration of historic properties.
10 to 12 participants under the direction of the Director of Architectural Restoration receive training and education during an intensive 14 day program. Participants are accepted into the program from a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, and experience. Participants are selected on the basis of a demonstrated interest in the restoration process. Past participants include undergraduate and graduate students, historians, architects, architectural historians, craftsmen, contractors and others.
The program’s focus will be an understanding of the process of planning and implementing a museum-quality restoration project. Training and education consists of lectures, observation, architectural investigation, documentation, conservation techniques, and field trips to observe behind-the-scenes restoration work at other Jefferson sites and relevant projects in the region.
History of Poplar Forest and Thomas Jefferson
Theory and Practice of Museum Quality
Restoration Theory Field Trips
Date: May 14 – May 27, 2017
Cost: $400 tuition
Food/Lodging: Field school students are responsible for their own food and lodging. Townhouse rooms with shared bath and kitchen facilities are available at Lynchburg College for approximately $36/day.
Credit: Pre-arranged independent college course credit is the responsibility of students and their respective colleges.
To Apply: Cover letter stating why you would like to participate, resume and letter of recommendation.
Travis C. McDonald
Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest
P.O. Box 419
Forest, VA 24551
434.525.1806, ext. 123
Deadline: April 7, 2017
Need-based scholarships may be available. Submit separate statement outlining financial need.
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