EVENTS: Architectural History/Architectural Restoration Field School. Forest, VA, 17-30 May 2020

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest announces its 2020 Architectural History / Architectural Restoration Field School. The intensive two week program will be held from May 17 – May 30.

The program provides an overview of the philosophy, process, and techniques for museum-quality architectural restoration and conservation. Students, professionals, and instructors from any background and discipline may qualify. The program is limited to 10 participants each year. Components include: the history of Thomas Jefferson and his villa retreat; architectural investigation, documentation, and restoration techniques. The program includes visits to other restoration projects and talks from restoration experts. A key part of the program is investigating and documenting an historic structure and producing an historic structures investigation report. This program provides an excellent understanding of the nexus of historic architecture, architectural history, and public history.

Application deadline: 13 April 2020

More information, a typical schedule, and the application form can be found here.

For more information, please contact: Travis McDonald (434) 534-8123,

Scholarships are available. The program typically qualifies for independent college credit.


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