Traditional Timber Frame Research Advisory Group Conference (TTRAG)

The Timber Framers Guild and Traditional Timberframe Research Advisory Group (TTRAG) look forward to welcoming you to the 2020 TTRAG Conference this spring in Kingston, New York. This event is open to all!



About the Conference:

TTRAG looks forward to a 2020 conference focused on a tradition that defined much of the building along the northeastern seaboard and into the Mid-Atlantic as colonists arrived and developed communities: Dutch timber framing.

New faces and familiar ones will explore the Dutch tradition in the New World. Ian Stewart of New Netherland Timber Framing and Preservation will welcome attendees and open the conference on Friday, March 27, with his session "Tussenbalken en Stijlen: Netherlandish Timber Framing in the New and Old World, An Introduction." This lecture will set the stage for a weekend of immersion in the topic of early American traditional Dutch timber framing, including an exploration of the Stockade District in Kingston.

TTRAG welcomes speakers from the Netherlands, including Judith Toebast, a long-time member of the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands who specializes in Dutch agricultural heritage. Ms. Toebast will discuss the differences and similarities between Dutch farms in the Netherlands and those in the United States. We also look forward to historian Marinus van Dintel, who works for Zeeland Heritage (Erfgoed Zeeland) and is currently studying different aspects of Dutch colonial architecture, as well as Jack Sobon, who will bring his experienced perspective in "New Netherlands Timber Joinery, a Carpenter's View." Other speakers include Rudy Christian, Alex Greenwood, Jan Lewandoski, JoeLubozynski, and Jeroen van den Hurk.



Friday, March 27
5:00 p.m.        Check-in/conference opens
5:30 p.m.        Dinner
6:30 p.m.        Evening Speakers:

  • Ian Stewart - Tussenbalken en Stijlen: Netherlandish Timber Framing in the New and Old World, An Introduction  
  • Rudy Christian – Conserving a 1721 Timber Roof System

Saturday, March 28
7:30 a.m.        Breakfast
8:30 a.m.        Morning Speakers:

  • Marinus van Dintel – Farm Structures & Houses in Zeeland and New Netherland
  • Jeroen van den Hurk – Carpenters in New Netherland
  • Alex Greenwood – New World Dutch Timber Frame Traditions in Central New Jersey

12:00 p.m.      Lunch
1:00 p.m.        Walking tour of Kingston – Bob Hedges
4:00 p.m.        Break
6:00 p.m.        Dinner
7:00 p.m.        Evening Speaker:

  • Jack Sobon – New Netherlands Timber Joinery, a Carpenter's View

8:00 p.m.        Slideshow – Michael Cuba, timer/moderator

Sunday, March 29
7:30 a.m.        Breakfast
8:30 a.m.        Morning Speakers:

  • Judith Toebast – Comparing Dutch Farm Types in the Old & New World
  • Joe Lubozynski – The Beatty-Cramer House and the Dutch Presence in Maryland 
  • Jan Lewandoski – The Restoration of a 1723 Dutch Grist Mill

12:00 p.m.        Closing remarks/thank you – Ian Stewart


2020 TTRAG Tour: 

The Stockade District is the original site of the mid-17th century Dutch settlement of Wiltwyck, which was later renamed Kingston when it passed to English control. It is the only one of the three original Dutch settlements in New York surrounded by stockades where the outline of the stockade is still evident. The early settlers at Esopus were ordered to move here for their safety in 1658 by the Director-General of the New Netherland Colony, Peter Stuyvesant, who designed the street plan that still exists.

TTRAG Conference attendees will visit the Old Dutch Church, the Senate House, the Louw-Bogardus House ruin on Frog Alley, the Persen House at "The Four Corners", and more. The Stockade District is listed on the National, State and Local Registers of Historic Places.



TTRAG Slide Show 2020

The member slide show is a favorite event at the TTRAG conference. Through these images we are inspired, instructed, and sometimes amused. We meet new people and are reacquainted with friends. Above all, we think about the work that we do as a community of timber framers. Please consider sharing your work.

NOTE: Please review the following and consider participating in this year's member slideshow at the Kingston conference. The preferred method of submission is to email your images directly to Michael Cuba ( If you are using Dropbox, Google Drive, or similar filesharing method, please select the “share by link” option as files requiring permissions are often problematic.


Hotel Accommodations:

We have reserved a block of rooms at the Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel, where the bulk of the conference will take place.  

Phone the hotel directly at 845-338-0400 and refer to the group rate code Timber Framers Guild to secure a room for $109 per night. Alternatively, you can make your reservation online.