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Rodney says, "I am asking Dale more questions about stone masonry than there are stones in that wall"


August 5, 2019 |  Rodney Flora's job is a bit nostalgic - he uses traditional masonry techniques to build structures at historic National Park Service sites in the Mid-Atlantic region. Rodney is a member of the Historic Preservation Training Center’s (HPTC) Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program in Frederick, MD.

Of the stone and mortar walls he has built, he says, 

“I would never have been able to do this without the knowledge gained through my questions and the helpful answers from HPTC members. I am also proud of the areas where those walls are standing. By my work, and the work of HPTC, I can maintain the historic imprint of those who have built before me. For me, it is extremely satisfying to preserve the history of our great Nation and the National Parks.   This program is an excellent way to learn the skills for employment and to showcase oneself. This program allows me to be employed, doing a job I love, while bolstering my resume for future employment. I firmly believe this program is helping to illuminate historic preservation to the public and to produce qualified historic preservationists. I am excited to go to work every morning and make a difference in the National Park Service and in our Nation’s history.” 

Fortunately, Rodney will likely be able to continue in this field, as the HPTC works hard to connect its members to future employment opportunities, both inside the Park Service and out.