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CPI Workshop Onsite at Ludlow Massacre Memorial Site and Trinidad Miners Museum

Colorado Preservation, Inc. is thrilled to offer preservation workshops again. Upcoming in 2022, CPI will now partner with A&M Renovations on April 1 to host a technical workshop on “Reconstructing by Deconstructing” at the Ludlow Massacre Memorial Site and Trinidad Miners Museum.

Using archeological monitoring and forensic investigation on your preservation project to better reconstruct, not just a building, but how it was built, how it was used, and how its occupants lived their lives. This is a unique opportunity to see an active historic preservation project. This onsite training is not to be missed!

Colorado Preservation’s Upcoming Training Workshop:

Reconstructing by Deconstrucing

Friday | April 1 | 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Ludlow Massacre Memorial Site and Trinidad Miners Museum
$50 member | $65 nonmember

Oftentimes, the secrets underlying how a historic building was constructed, utilized, and possibly modified over time lie hidden away, either beneath the surrounding dirt or behind the building’s finishes. A variety of non-destructive means can be used to probe these secrets, but such approaches are often expensive, provide limited information, and are useful only if you already know exactly where to look with questions. Because preservation projects often involve excavation, selective demolition, or both, they provide a unique opportunity to investigate a structure’s physical history in a manner more extensive and invasive than would typically be possible. In this workshop, we will use the recent restoration of the Death Pit at the Ludlow Massacre Memorial Site—including the remarkable discovery of a concrete cross that was found to have been formed into the hidden, back side of one of the Death Pit’s underground walls—as a case study to address the following topics:

 – Investigate your building’s history before you break ground.
 – Archeological monitoring: When it is required, what it involves, and what it can reveal.
 – Forensic investigation: Reconstructing how a structure was built or modified by peeling back the layers.
 – What to do with what you learn? Documenting your findings, modifying your preservation approach (or not), and interpreting the results.

You can add this workshop to your Saving Places Conference registration directly by heading to or you can register for the workshop directly below.

Two more workshops are being planned for 2022 – stay tuned!

Meet Your Workshop Speakers:

Skylar Bauer
National Park Service

Skylar Bauer is the archeologist for the National Park Service’s Heritage Partnerships Program based out of the regional office in Lakewood, Colorado. She provides technical assistance to the National Historic Landmark, National Heritage Area, and Japanese American Confinements Sites programs.  She received her M.A. in Anthropology from Western Michigan University and B.A. in Anthropology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Robert Butero
Region IV Director, United Mine Workers of America

Robert Butero was born and raised in Las Animas County. He began his career as an underground coal miner, working in C.F.&I.’s Allen Mine, before being named a Health and Safety Inspector by the United Mine Workers of America International Union. Since 1997, Bob has served as the U.M.W.A’s Region IV Director, overseeing the Union’s obligations and functions in the Western United States.

Andy Carlson
A&M Renovations, LLC

Andy Carlson began his career by earning a Ph.D. in philosophy at Penn State. In 2001, he helped a friend fix up an old house in Denver, and thus entered into his preservation career, setting up his own contracting business that specialized in the restoration of historic homes. In 2009, Andy joined Wattle & Daub Contractors, a historic preservation specialist, where he served for nine years as Carpenter, Project Manager, and Director of Operations. In 2018, Andy formed A&M Renovations with partner Mike Sherwood. The company has worked on numerous SHF-funded projects, including those at the Amache Relocation Center in Grenada, the North London Mill Office in Alma, and the Tabor Opera House in Leadville.

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