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The Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PI:N) digital collection holds materials from PI:N, the signature field school of the University of Florida's Center for World Heritage & Stewardship. Participants in the Preservation Institute: Nantucket gain hands-on experience in historic preservation from an international perspective while documenting, researching, and helping conserve the island's remarkable heritage. Guest lecturers from public agencies and private organizations introduce topics impacting international cultural heritage conservation. A special studies course allows participants to pursue individual research in one of three tracks: cultural landscapes, building documentation or materials conservation. The work of the Institute is helping inform a nomination of the island to the World Heritage List.
The year 2012 marks the 40th anniversary of Preservation Institute: Nantucket. PI:N was officially established and named at the end of the 1972 season - the first year the University of Florida offered coursework for credit. The establishment of the program occurred the same year the World Heritage List and Program were created and just six years after the passing of the 1966 U.S. national Preservation Act. Since its inception, more than 570 participants representing more than 100 institutions have attended PI:N. They have helped document and preserve more than 60 historic Nantucket sites, many of which are included in the archives of the Historic American Building Survey. PI:N continues to play a critical role in education the next generation of preservationists.
For more information and events related to celebrating 40 years of PI:N, visit www.dcp.ufl.edu/historic-preservation.