New York, New York – The Society for the Preservation of Historic Cements (SPHC) is pleased to present the 2011 conference to be held in New York City on March 31 and April 1st, 2011. This two-day event is a mixture of paper presentations, tours, and demonstrations given by industry professionals for educating and advocating the wide range of distinct cementitious materials used historically in the United States and around the world. The conference schedule and registration can be found at http://www.historiccements.org/conference.html.The Society for the Preservation of Historic Cements is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to education, research, documentation, and training in the history and use of historic cements, and advocates preservation of significant examples of the materials and their application.
The two-day conference will take place at the Museum of Natural History, sites in Central Park, and on Governor’s Island. Nationally recognized experts and scholars will present current research and understanding of these critical materials, while the various venues will display recent restoration projects.
“SPHC conferences are a multi-dimensional experience,” said Michael Edison, SPHC Board Member. “Not only do you have the chance to listen to scholarly presentations but also visit completed and on-going restoration projects, where you have the opportunity to touch and work with some of the most significant historic cement materials of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.”
The Society for the Preservation of Historic Cements, Inc. was founded in 2007, as a venue for education and advocacy for cementations materials. “Over the course of architectural history, mortars, concretes and other cementitious materials have been made from a wide range of ingredients, both natural and man-made. Each of these tells a story about local cultures, industries and crafts; and good preservation practice suggests that we use the same type of material when we are undertaking repair or restoration on historic sites,” said SPHC President, Jeffrey Chusid of Cornell University.
AIA continuing education credits are available for conference attendees. The 2011 American Historic Cement Conference is co-sponsored by the Association for Preservation Technology-Northeast Chapter, and the Historic Preservation Training Center of the National Park Service. Conference benefactors include Rosendale Natural Cement Products, and Ryan-Biggs Associates.
The Society for the Preservation of Historic Cements, Inc. (www.historiccements.org) is a non-profit organization dedicated to education, research, documentation, and training in the history and use of historic cements, and advocates preservation of significant examples of the materials and their application.