San Gemini Programs 

San Gemini Preservation Studies (SGPS) works in collaboration with other institutions to promote studies in the preservation of cultural heritage. The program has existed since 1999 and was originally sponsored by the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. We are now an independent field school.

Courses are aimed at architects, conservators, librarians, planners, art historians, museum curators, historians, engineers, artists, and other individuals who will be involved in the planning, management, and study of cultural heritage.

Our goal is to instruct students, while performing field work that helps preserve the cultural heritage of the local area around the City of San Gemini, on the following:

  • Methods to analyze cultural objects, both in their physical and contextual aspects

  • Methods and tools for material restoration and conservation

  • Strategies for the preservation of cultural heritage

  • Advantages and drawbacks to restoration

  • Italian art, architectural, and landscape traditions

Programs are organized around classroom courses, field research, field projects, and travel to places of cultural interest in central Italy.

Session 1
May 27 – June 21, 2019
Program A: Historic Buildings
Program B: Archaeological Ceramics
Program C: Book Binding

Intersession Field Trip Sunday, June 23– July 2, 2019
Sienna, Florence and Rome

Session 2
July 8 – August 2, 2019
Program D: Paper Restoration
Program E: Traditional Painting Methods
Program F: Excavation Survey