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Astoria Preservation Field School: The Craft of Historic Buildings

Clatsop Community College announces its new summer Historic Preservation Field School to be held from June 16 to 19, 2014 in Astoria, Oregon.  The Field School will consist of a series of hands-on workshops, visits to regional sites of historic significance, walking tours of historic Astoria, a boat tour of Astoria’s Columbia River waterfront, and other opportunities to investigate local history and preservation activities. Presented through the college’s award-winning Historic Preservation and Restoration Program, the summer Field School offers attendees the twofold opportunity of developing unique historic preservation skills while soaking up the atmosphere of the oldest American settlement west of the Rocky Mountains.

Situated near the mouth of the majestic Columbia River and just a few miles from where the Lewis and Clark Expedition spent the winter of 1805-1806, Astoria is Oregon’s gateway to the Pacific.  The area is also rich in natural and scenic beauty.  Hundreds of Victorian homes dot the steep hillsides and a revitalized downtown takes visitors back to another era.

This four-day hands-on Field School introduces participants to the basic concepts of historic preservation.  Students will earn two college credits and engage in the crafts of historic buildings, including woodworking, blacksmithing, stained glass design and repair, and repair and weatherization of historic windows.  The planned schedule of workshops and activities includes:

  • Monday 16 June — an introduction to historic preservation, understanding and using woodworking tools, a trolley tour along Astoria’s waterfront, and a walking tour of historic neighborhoods in Astoria.
  • Tuesday 17 June — stained glass workshop and an evening tour of the Norman Yeon house and site (a northwest regional style house located in the dunes of the Clatsop Plains).
  • Wednesday 18 June – blacksmithing workshop and an evening tour of historic sites along the Washington side of the Columbia River.
  • Thursday 19 June – historic window repair, glass cutting, and weatherization workshops and an evening boat tour on the Columbia River along Astoria’s historic waterfront.

Participants will experience an engaging combination of hands-on Field School activities with customized tours of local historic resources.  Workshops and tours will be conducted by experienced and highly-qualified working artisans, historians and preservationists.  Tuition, fees and supplies for the Field School total $575.  Space is limited so early registration is encouraged.  Registration opens in May 2014 at or call 503-338-7670. Information on housing options, restaurants and other local activities and events is available through the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce at