FORT CLATSOP — The National Park Service and Clatsop Community College have entered into a multi-year agreement to collaborate in the study and documentation of several culturally-significant sites that are related to the mission of the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in Oregon and Washington, according to a press release this week.

The project will include historical research, reports documenting cultural significance and integrity, and recommendations for site protection. Clatsop Community College students will gain experience in the protection of historic sites through research and documentation. The resulting reports and recommendations will be used by the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in future study, interpretation and management of the cultural resources of the park, which includes several sites in Pacific and Clatsop counties.

“Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is thrilled to be partnering with Clatsop Community College to further the education mission of both of our institutions,” Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Superintendent Scott Tucker said. “To be able to provide local students the opportunity to have hands on experience in their national park is just one way the NPS hopes to inspire the next generation of park employees, supporters and stewards.”

CCC is well situated to participate in this work. Through the college’s award-winning Historic Preservation and Restoration Program, students learn construction and restoration skills in hands-on experiences where they work to preserve structures across our region. They combine this with classes on researching and documenting historic structures, a complicated process that is critical for many preservation projects.

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