NCPTT gets National Park Service signage

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Wood Products Signs installation crew members Taylor Hefftner and Seth Nienhueser adjusted the sign installed by crane Thursday at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training on University Parkway as crew member Michael Ebert documented the project. The company based in the Gunnison Valley in western Colorado built the sign, trucked it to Louisiana and placed it onsite last week. 

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training on University Parkway has new signage that clearly indicates the Center’s association with the National Park Service.  The sign was built by Wood Products Signs based in Colorado and trucked to the site where it was crane-installed Thursday.  From left are NCPTT Executive Director Kirk Cordell, Lauren Lainez, visual information specialist for the National Park Service;  NCPTT Deputy Director Andy Ferrell and the installation crew from Wood Products Signs Taylor Hefftner, Emily Hefftner, Michael Ebert and Seth Nienhueser.   


NATCHITOCHES –  New signage went up last week at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, the office of the National Park Service that applies science and technology to historic preservation.  Located on the campus of Northwestern State University, NCPTT conducts research and training to help preserve and/or conserve the nation’s archaeological sites, architecture, landscape architecture and historic materials.


We are proud of the great partnership we've enjoyed with NSU since 1994.  We are very proud of being part of the National Park Service and we want people to know it,” said Kirk Cordell, executive director of the Center, which is a valuable national resource for preservationists, historians, educators, researchers and others invested in the conservation of scenic and/or historic sites and artifacts.   Projects include training in the care of historic cemeteries, asbestos awareness training for historic buildings and objects, preserving historic properties and workshops in 3D imaging of historic sites, photogrammetry, 3D laser scanning, archaeological prospection, preserving historic masonry and more.


The new sign, which weighs between 21-22,000 pounds was built off-site by Wood Products Signs, a small company located in the Gunnison Valley in western Colorado, and trucked by a company crew to Natchitoches for installation Thursday. Lauren Lainez, a visual information specialist for NPS based in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia, designed and oversaw the project. All travelled to Natchitoches for the first time for installation.


NCPTT personnel hope the signage will increase the public’s awareness that the Center is part of the National Park Service and the role it plays in the preservation of the nation’s monuments and historic sites. The sign project arose when people travelling to the Center for training had trouble finding the building.  Even locally, the public is often unaware that NCPTT is part of the National Park Service.  The new sign matches those found at other National Parks such as Grand Canyon National Park, Yellowstone and the local Cane River Creole National Historical Park.


NCPTT labs include the National Park Service’s richest store of scientific equipment designed specifically to study environmental impacts on cultural materials.  The center funds research projects and training events at other National Park sites, for federal agencies, state and tribal historical preservation offices, universities and local, state and national non-profits.


NCPTT is housed in one of Northwestern State’s oldest surviving structures, formerly known as the Old Women’s Gymnasium built in 1923 that was renamed Lee H. Nelson Hall in honor of the distinguished National Park Service architect and preservation pioneer.  The Center is prominently located at 645 University Parkway in Natchitoches.


For more information on the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, visit


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