Topic ID #35984 - posted 8/3/2015 9:27 AM

Preservation Field School at Canyon de Chelly National Monument



Canyon de Chelly National Monument is located within the Navajo Nation Reservation.  Pueblo and Hopi tribes inhabited the canyon prior to the Navajo Nation, making it an important cultural and archaeological site.  It was designated as a National Monument in 1931, and the Navajo Nation and the National Park Service administer the park jointly.  Participants will restore a log barn that was built by traders in the region.  This restoration project is the first planned for the National Park to pursue historic district designation.

  • Session 1 :  September 28 – October 2
  • Session 2 :  October 5 – 9
  • Session 3 :  October 13 – 16
  • Session 4 :  October 19 – 23
Canyon de Chelly National Monument
Chinle, Arizona
Navajo National Reservation

Campgrounds are provided at the Cottonwood Campgrounds near the project site.  Participants are responsible for supplying personal camping equipment, appropriate work clothing, and transportation to and from the site.  HistoriCorps will provide meals during work days, personal protective equipment, tools, and supervision.

This Field School is sponsored by the National Park Service and Lamar Community College.  Historic Building Technology Program students receive preferential registration, but it is open to the public and volunteers.  Participants will work under the direction of HistoriCorps' field crew, learning preservation stewardship, craft skills, and tool use and safety.  Field School participants will learn how to:
  • Remove destructive vegetation and positively grade around the building
  • Remove and replace rotted logs
  • Replace broken and missing collar ties on roof rafters
  • Remove interior wall board
  • Remove concrete flooring and restore earthen floor


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