The Preservation Field School is a signature course at UNCG offered in partnership with Old Salem Museums and Gardens and the State Historic Preservation office. A specialization in Historic Preservation requires an understanding of the historic built environment. This summer field methods course provides an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in current preservation and architectural conservation practice in a format that incorporates lectures, demonstrations, field exercises, and site visits. Students gain experience in assessing and analyzing the conditions of historic buildings. For three weeks beginning in mid-May, the students repoint historic bricks, forge iron, hew logs, patch plaster, and learn to “listen” to what historic buildings can tell us.