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About NPI

The mission of the National Preservation Institute (NPI) is to educate those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. NPI was founded in 1980 as a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.

NPI Professional Training Seminars
NPI offers continuing education and professional training for those involved in the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. NPI serves a broad spectrum of individuals and groups from the government and private sectors by providing professional training seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management. Read more.

Customized/On-Site Training
NPI offers customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars may be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. NPI also can develop other preservation-related training seminars. NPI has worked with many organizations to develop and provide customized training and/or related conference services. Read more.

History
NPI was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1980 by James C. Massey and Constance Werner Ramirez. The purpose was to provide training by preservation professionals who were paid to develop a syllabus with appropriate class materials and to teach the same course in various locations. In the late 1960's and throughout the 1970's, some organizations and universities began to offer occasional day- or week-long historic preservation courses. NPI was created to provide a consistent schedule of classes with instructors prepared to teach the subject many times.

Important to NPI's early development was the provision of office space and a meeting room by the National Building Museum, providing instant stature for the fledging organization. NPI has since shifted to an arrangement of working with Cooperating Organizations around the country while maintaining an office in Alexandria, Virginia. NPI has received grants from the National Park Service and other organizations.

Initially, in addition to offering a series of short courses held in a variety of locations, NPI provided technical assistance to a number of historic properties by producing historic structures reports and offering federal tax credit assistance. NPI also acquired historic properties, including a mill in Paterson, New Jersey, and transferred them with preservation easements to easement holders. For a time, NPI authenticated historic wallpapers for Thibaut's heritage wallpaper collections. 

Early members of the board of directors included James Biddle, Margaret J. Drury, Roy Graham, Barclay Jones, Burt Salwen, and Charles W. Sloan. Consultants and administrators have included Barbara B. Ballentine, Peggy Boucher, Jere Gibber, and Frances Lumbard.

Today NPI is one of the oldest preservation training programs in the United States and continues to provide both scheduled and customized professional training seminars in historic preservation and cultural resource management taught by experienced professionals.

offers customized on-site training to meet specific organizational needs. Seminars may be tailored to create single- or multiple-day workshops at a location and time convenient to the sponsor. NPI also can develop other preservation-related training seminars. NPI has worked with many organizations to develop and provide customized training and/or related conference services.

NPI Consultants Directory COMING SOON!
The NPI Consultants Directory offers an interdisciplinary directory of cultural resource management contractors providing historic preservation services. The directory is organized alphabetically and by areas of professional expertise. Areas include archaeology, architecture, landscape preservation, historical research, laws and regulations, National Register nominations, and other categories. Read more.

Donations and Annual Giving Campaigns
Donations make it possible for NPI to provide scholarships for professionals and advocates to attend NPI educational training seminars on the management, preservation, and stewardship of cultural heritage. Individuals can make a donation by credit card, check, or securities. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support NPI every time you shop, at no cost to you. Workplace donations can be made through the Combined Federal Campaign; United Way campaigns; state employee campaigns; municipal, county, and university campaigns; and other independent corporate campaigns. NPI is a member of America’s Most Cost-Effective Charities (AMCEC), an IRS recognized tax-exempt federated group representing charitable organizations that have an operating overhead of five percent or less. Click here to donate to NPI or to read more.

Board and Staff
NPI is managed by a Board of Directors composed of experts in historic preservation, cultural resource management, advocacy, law, archaeology, architecture and landscape architecture, architectural history, historic site management, planning, and education.

  • Serena Bellew
  • Pat Burke, Treasurer
  • Christine R. Henry, Ph.D.
  • Aimee Jorjani
  • Constance Lai, AIA
  • Bruce MacDougal, Secretary
  • Maria Marable-Bunch
  • Donald B. Myer, FAIA, Vice-President
  • Darwina L. Neal, FASLA, President
  • Eric Pourchot
  • Gail C. Rothrock
  • Robert C. Sonderman
  • Charlene Dwin Vaughn, AICP
  • Robert A. Weinstein
  • Esther White, Ph.D.
  • Kim Prothro Williams
     
  • James C. Massey, Assoc. AIA, Emeritus Founder
  • Constance Werner Ramirez, Ph.D., Emeritus Founder
     
  • Jere Gibber, Executive Director
  • Jennifer Barker, Executive Assistant
  • Pam Koger-Jesup, Executive Assistant

Faculty
NPI's seminars are taught by nationally recognized educators, consultants, and practitioners in historic preservation, archaeology, architecture and landscape architecture, conservation, engineering, historical research, laws and regulations, planning, restoration, technology, and cultural resource management. NPI reserves the right to substitute an instructor if necessary and will notify registered participants whenever possible. To learn more about an instructor, visit the Faculty page and click on an instructor's name. Read more.

Cooperating Organizations
NPI actively seeks partners to assist in providing continuing education training seminars across the country. Cooperating organizations work with NPI by providing training space and audiovisual equipment, and/or by promotion through listservs, social media sites, and web listings. In return, staff and students of cooperating organizations receive valuable educational opportunities. Cooperating organizations include universities and historical societies, government agencies, and other nonprofits working in the field. For more information on becoming a cooperating organization, contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or info@npi.org. For a current list, visit the Cooperating Organizations page. Read more.

Grants
In the past, NPI has received grants from:
  • Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
  • The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT), National Park Service
  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  • National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH)

Continuing Education Credits
NPI does not participate in any continuing education programs offered by professional organizations. Self-reporting may be an option for members of organizations that require continuing education credits

Certificates of Attendance
Certificates of attendance indicating completion of training are available from NPI. These are mailed at the end of each semester to participants who attend the entire seminar. Participants may request a certificate during the registration process by checking the box on the registration form. A certificate for a one-day seminar provides 6 training hours, a two-day seminar provides 12 training hours, and a three-day seminar provides 18 training hours.

Photography Credits
Photographs used on the NPI web site are courtesy of:
  • Susan Crook: homepage, classroom scene
  • F.T. Eyre, National Building Museum: Scholarship heading, view of second floor arcade, National Building Museum
  • Gavin Ashworth, Ceramics in America, and the Alexandria Archaeology Museum, City of Alexandria: seminar subject listing, Curation, Conservation and Stewardship, slipware sherds
  • Alexandria Archaeology Museum, City of Alexandria: seminar, Archaeological Curation and Collections Management
  • J.G. Harrington: seminar, Emerging Technologies for Cultural Resources, drone at Crater Lake 
    National Park, OR
  • Deidre McCarthy: seminars, GIS for Cultural Resources: An Introduction and GIS for Cultural Resources: Advanced Techniques
  • Minnesota Department of Transportation: seminar, Historic Bridges: Management, Regulations, and
    Rehabilitation, Stillwater lift bridge, Stillwater, MN
  • Chicora Foundation, Inc.: seminar, Cemetery Landscapes: A Practical Guide to Care and Maintenance
  • Alexandria Archaeology Museum, City of Alexandria: seminar, Conservation Strategies for Archaeologists
  • James C. Massey: seminar, Identification and Evaluation of Arts and Crafts, Ready-cut, and Prefabricated Houses, Aladdin Pomona house, Madison, NJ
  • Jan I. Bernstein: seminar, NAGPRA Essentials, left to right: Christina Cain, collections
    manager, and Jen Shannon, curator of ethnology, University of Colorado Museum of Nature
    History; Elgin Crows Breast, THPO and NAGPRA coordinator, Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara
    Nations (Three Affiliated Tribes)
  • Dan Marriott: seminar, Preservation Planning and Policy Development for Historic Roads
  • Mark Wolfe, FEMA: seminar, Risk Assessment and Resiliency Planning for Cultural Resources, firefighters wrapped a historic property and installed an emergency sprinkler system, Charlton County, GA
  • Jere Gibber: all other photographs

Questions?
Contact NPI at 703.765.0100 or info@npi.org.

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