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Try Something Really Different This Summer: Field School on Historic Earth Buildings

April 28, 2010

“Prairie Earth, Prairie Homes,” North Dakota State University’s field school on historic earth buildings, is on for 11-18 July 2010. Undergraduate or graduate credit, 3-6 credit hours; also teacher workshop credit, 4 ch.

Participants tour and study earth buildings from Mandan & Hidatsa earthlodges (undergoing a revival on the northern plains) to Moderne rammed-earth ranch houses. Emphasis on ethnic and vernacular use of clay, clay-brick, and cut-sod. A week in the field, including three days hands-on restoration work at the historic Hutmacher farmstead, a German-Russian longhouse complex in Dunn County, ND, owned by Preservation North Dakota.

Check it out –

Tom Isern

Professor of History & University Distinguished Professor Director, Center for Heritage Renewal North Dakota State University

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