The Preservation Trades Network is seeking demonstrators to participate in IPTW 2023. “Silver Edition” is the theme for the 25th International Preservation Trades Workshop, to be held at the Historic Preservation Training Center building at 6129 Butterfly Lane, Frederick, Maryland from Thursday, September 7th through Saturday, September 9th, 2023. Additionally there may be a pre-conference workshop and/or community day workshop during the week of the event. Evening activities will be held in downtown Frederick, Maryland, including an opening night reception on Wednesday, September 6th; PTN Pub Crawl on Thursday, September 7th, and Banquet/Auction on Saturday, September 9th. In addition to the outstanding tradespeople from around the globe, we will be showcasing local artisans and helping them connect to a wider network of preservation professionals.
Being a demonstrator or presenter at an International Preservation Trades Workshop is a great way to share your skills and knowledge and increase your visibility as a leader in the preservation trades. Demonstrators should have a strong background in the traditional building trades and the ability to convey their techniques and skills in a way that contributes to the understanding and practice of their specific trade. Demonstrations should highlight the diversity, vitality and relevance of the traditional trades, with emphasis on historic preservation and/or restoration of cultural resources. The IPTW is an interdisciplinary event designed to attract participants of many backgrounds, ages and skill levels including tradespeople, allied disciplines, students and interested members of the public.
Setup will be on Wednesday, September 6th, and demonstrations will be held on Thursday, September 7th through Saturday, September 9th. This year we will have up to 25 demonstrators with approximately 10 tracks covering masonry, plaster, windows and doors, joinery, carpentry and timber framing, roofing, metal work, decorative finishes, design, and business. You will need to demonstrate at least twice and will have the option to specify your preference if desired, although we cannot guarantee a particular slot until the demonstrator schedule is finalized.
The IPTW will be following all federal, state, local, and other necessary health and safety protocols in order to provide the safest event for all present. It is the responsibility of all demonstrators and attendees to follow the stated safety protocols of IPTW while at the conference. IPTW may also be supplemented or supplanted by a virtual version of the conference, depending on current CDC guidelines and other related factors at the time of the conference. In the event that it is not possible to safely hold an in-person event, demonstrators will be notified as soon as possible and a virtual event will be planned, to be enjoyed by attendees unable to be physically present at the conference.
All demonstrations must break down and be clear of the venue prior to the Saturday evening dinner and auction. Full details will be provided in the course of your acceptance. All demonstrator applications are due by Monday, March 20th, 2023, and should be submitted through the application form:
Alternatively, all application information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Selected sessions will be notified by March 27th.