Historic Preservation Program

Preservation Institute Nantucket

Preservation Institute Nantucket (PIN) is one of the nation’s oldest field school for historic preservation. Officially launched in 1972, over 600 participants have attended the program, studying and recording over 100 sites on Nantucket. Today, the six-week program offers participants hands-on experience in heritage management from an international perspective while helping document, research, conserve, and interpret the island’s remarkable heritage.

Faculty and participants explore heritage at three scales: urban and cultural landscape, architecture and interiors, and materials and technologies. Each summer, guest lecturers and instructors from public agencies and private organizations – from on and off the island – introduce topics impacting heritage conservation globally, including: values, policies, threats, interpretation, technology, and entrepreneurship.

Guest lecturers and instructors represent a range of government agencies and private organizations and firms from the United States and abroad:

  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Historic American Building Survey
  • Integrated Conservation Resources
  • National Center for Preservation Technology and Training
  • National Park Service
  • Preservation Trades Network
  • Swedish Royal Institute of Art
  • World Bank
  • World Monuments Fund

In collaboration with the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, PIN also offers one- and three-week courses in 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry.

For more information or to apply to the Preservation Institute Nantucket,  download the summer 2017 application.