Topic ID #35983 - posted 8/3/2015 9:27 AM

Preservation Field School at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site


Hosted by Lamar Community College's Historic Building Technology Program and HistoriCorps



Built in 1833 as a trade post for the St. Vrain Company, Bent’s Old Fort quickly became the center of the company’s expanding trade empire. It served as a staging area for Colonel Stephen Watts Kearny’s “Army of the West” during the war with Mexico in 1846; however, disaster and disease caused the fort’s abandonment in 1849. The fort was reconstructed in 1976 with the help of archaeological excavations and original sketches, paintings and diaries. The current reconstruction features an 1840’s adobe fur trading post to illustrate where traders, trappers, travelers, and Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes peacefully came together to trade.

Monday, August 31 – Friday, September 4, 2015

Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, La Junta, Colorado
Camping available at Boggsville, Colorado--a National Treasure Site

This Field School is sponsored by the National Park Service and Lamar Community College.  Historic Building Technology Program students receive preferential registration, but the workshop is open to the public and volunteers.  Participants will work under the direction of a HistoriCorps supervisor and National Park Service staff, learning the basic tenets of adobe material–how it is made, applied, and maintained through a variety of tasks including but not limited to the following:
  • Removal of failed adobe plastering
  • Preparing adobe materials
  • Making adobe bricks
  • Vigas and latias repair and replacement
  • Establishing positive drainage and grading



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