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2004 US/ICOMOS International Symposium :: Tours

Learning from World Heritage

Lessons in International Preservation & Stewardship of Cultural & Ecological Landscapes of Global Significance

25-27 March 2004
Natchitoches, Louisiana, USA


Scroll down to learn more about the tours and field trips scheduled for Friday morning, March 26.

1. Carolyn Dorman Nature Preserve:  "Briarwood: A Cultural Landscape Conservation Tour"
Participants will step into Briarwood, the heart of Carline Dorman's conservation efforts.  Curators Richard and Jessie Johnson will guide participants through the 154-acre site, sharing its history and highlighting native species of the southeast region of the United States.  Wear comfortable footwear and be prepared to take a picturesque stroll through the surroundings of a preserved cultural landscape.  A picnic lunch will be provided on-site.
2. Natchitoches Historic Landmark District:  "A Walk Through Time"
Participants will begin their tour at Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, a replica of the original French settlement in the region.  Participants will join local historian and preservationist Betty Jones on a stroll through the Natchitoches NHL District.  Tour highlights will include the Chaplin House (ca. 1892), Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile (ca. 1863), the Spiral Staircase at Ducourneau Square (ca. 1830s), the Bishop Martin Museum at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church (ca. 1856), and the Roque House (ca. 1790s).  The tour also will include highlights of the Cane River and its influence on the growth of the region, as well as how the French and Spanish influenced inspired the layout of the National Historic Landmark District.  The tour will conclude at the Old Courthouse Museum (ca. 1896).
3. Grand Ecore and the Red River Campaign:  "Discover the Red River Campaign in Natchitoches"
At the Grand Ecore Visitor Center/J. Bennett Johnston Waterway Project participants will listen to a guest lecture by archaeologist Dr. Tommy Hailey of Northwestern State University on the history of the Red River Campaign, a pivotal point of the Civil War, as well as the related archaeology of the region.  Participants then will receive an interpretive tour of the recently completed Visitor Center.  Participants will view the extant Civil War earthworks at Grand Ecore and take a walking tour of nearby Fort Selden.  Finally, a costumed Civil War interpreter will provide a demonstration that includes a period camp and gun firing.  Lunch will be provided on-site.
4. "In the Heart of Creole Country:" Cane River National Historic Park and Heritage Area and the Community
Participants will travel through the scenic Cane River National Heritage Area to the Oakland Plantation unit of Cane River Creole National Historical Park, considered to be the most complete Creole plantation in the South.  Superintendent Laura Gates will conduct a tour of the national park.  Following the national part tour, Creole cultural authority Terrell Delphin will provide historical commentary as participants travel through the heritage area.  Tour highlights will include stops at the St. Augustine Catholic Church and Cemetery (ca. 1810) and the Badin-Roque House (ca. 1770), one of the few remaining poteaux-en-terre (post-in-ground) structures in the U.S.A.  Lunch will be provided at St. Augustine Catholic Church Hall.
5.  Creole Culture and Cooking: "A Virtual Kitchen"
Join Cane River Creole Chef Lily Delphin in her "Virtual Kitchen" at the NSU Alumni Center.  Participants will listen to a guest presentation on Cane River Creole culture followed by a viewing of "Cane River Common Pot," a video produced by the NSU Creole Heritage Center and the Cane River National Heritage Area Commission.  Participants will assist Chef Lily Delphin in creating (and sampling) a traditional Creole dish.
6. NCPTT Workshop:  "Monument Conservation and The American Cemetery"
What are the latest developments in preservation technology and when are they reaching you?  The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) is a National Park Service office established by Congress to be a catalyst for technologies to assist in preserving our cultural heritage.  In this tour you will learn about NCPTT's new and on-going projects and see our research facilities.  NCPTT staff and partners will present how our efforts affect cultural resources from archaeological sites to historic cemeteries.  We will highlight the community effort to preserve the American Cemetery, leading participants on a tour to learn more about its history, materials, and treatments.  Lunch will be served at the recently rehabilitated Guy House, located on the boundary of the cemetery.