The Preservation Institute: Nantucket (PI:N) digital collection holds materials from PI:N, the signature field school of the University of Florida's Center for World Heritage & Stewardship. Participants in PI:N gain hands-on experience in historic preservation from an international perspective while documenting, researching, and helping conserve the island's remarkable heritage. Guest lecturers from public agencies and private organizations introduce topics impacting international cultural heritage conservation. A special studies course allows participants to pursue individual research in one of three tracks: cultural landscapes, building documentation or materials conservation. The work of the Institute is helping inform a nomination of the island to the World Heritage List.

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Preservation Institute: Nantucket. PI:N was officially established and named at the end of the 1972 season - the first year UF offered coursework for credit. The establishment of the program occurred the same year the World Heritage List and Program were created and just six years after the passing of the 1966 U.S. national Preservation Act. PI:N participants have helped document and preserve more than 60 historic Nantucket sites, many of which are included in the archives of the Historic American Building Survey. 

Selected materials were digitized from the F. Blair Reeves Papers. Not all PI:N material was selected for digitization, and some material was redacted post-digitization. For information on the papers, please review the finding aid.


Banner photograph by Paul Privette, Footstone Photography.