NCPTT Call for Papers and Posters: Natchitoches in the Red River Valley: A Confluence of Cultures

The National Center for Preservation Technology and Training (NCPTT) will host the 42nd annual Alliance for Historic Landscape Preservation (AHLP) meeting in Natchitoches on May 19-21, 2022.

The AHLP Program Committee invites proposals for papers and summaries of works in progress that will promote lively and thoughtful discussions regarding cultural landscape conservation and preservation. In particular, submissions that address the role and significance of transnational immigration, cultural exchange and adaptation (especially from French, Caddo Indian, Spanish, African and American cultures), landscapes of segregation, enslavement and the establishment of free communities, topics regarding political and religious landscapes, and examples of best practices regarding the conservation and preservation of historic and cultural landscapes are all actively encouraged.

These themes will be reinforced by organized visits to locations such as the Natchitoches Texas and Pacific train depot, one of the few surviving examples of architectural segregation in the city; the Melrose Plantation, founded by a free person of color and transformed into an early 20th century artist colony; the Magnolia Plantation where we will experience a bousillage demonstration; and downtown Natchitoches to tour the national historic landmark district including stops at the Kaffie-Frederick General Mercantile and the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

We also encourage a wide range of proposals concerning topics associated with the conference theme, such as, but not limited to:

Natchitoches in the Red River Valley: Confluence of Cultures.
The significance of rivers and roads as networks of exchange.
“Last Landscapes” – the role of cemeteries, churchyards and burial grounds as places of mourning and grief, but also as celebrations of life and renewal.
Landscape conservation and preservation – current issues, best practices & innovative policies.
Topics concerning race, ethnicity, racial equality, social justice, civil rights, and the landscape.
Issues regarding landscapes of production and consumption.
Global climate change and the implications on landscape conservation and preservation.

While presentations that address these topics are especially welcome, this should not discourage those wishing to address any issue relating to the theory and practice of landscape preservation and conservation. Proposals are invited within three (3) categories of presentations, however because of time constraints, you may submit one proposal only regarding the first two categories.

Papers: 25-30 minute papers addressing issues in landscape preservation theory, practice, or education.
Summaries of Works-in-Progress: 10-15 minute discussions of on-going projects.
Posters: Graphic presentations of projects using appropriate illustrative techniques. (one panel 30″ by 40″ is recommended).


Please submit an abstract of 500 words or less outlining the topic of the paper, its context within theory, practice, or education, its timeliness, principal findings or conclusions, and questions for discussion.

Conference papers will be published in an online proceedings on NCPTT’s website. Instructions and deadlines will be provided to interested participants after the notification of accepted proposals

Summaries of Works-in-Progress

Please submit a proposal of 250 words or less outlining the work-in-progress, its context and potential significance, and questions for discussion.


Please submit a proposal of 250 words or less outlining the project, its context and significance, and questions for discussion.

The Alliance will provide poster boards the recommended poster size, but those presenting posters are responsible for the transportation of their posters to and from Natchitoches, Louisiana.


All abstracts and proposals must be submitted electronically as e-mail attachments – these should be Microsoft Word documents and be arranged as follows:

Title page: this should note the type of presentation proposed, then give the title of the presentation, the author’s name and complete mailing address, institution/firm affiliation, phone number and email address.
Content pages: these should note the type of presentation and the title, and then provide an abstract or proposal within the word limits set out above – please do not include your name or any identifying personal information on content pages.

Questions and proposals should be sent to Kimball Erdman at

The deadline for all submissions is January 7, 2022.

Selection Process

A panel will evaluate all proposals using a blind, peer review process. The program selection will be based on the following criteria (listed in order of importance):

Originality of content and approach
Likelihood of the topic stimulating interdisciplinary discussion, and
Relevance to the theme of the meeting

Those submitting proposals will be notified of the panel decision by January 28, 2022.
Presenters must pre-register for the meeting and must take out a membership in the Alliance if they are not already members.

Student Scholarships

The Alliance welcomes proposals from students and some scholarships are available for those whose proposals are accepted. Students wishing to apply for a scholarship should send their proposal together with scholarship application materials to the AHLP Education Committee.

Questions and proposals should be sent to Kimball Erdman at