2015 Preservation Retreats

Preservation Retreat at the Grand Isle Lake HousePreservation Retreat at the Grand Isle Lake House
Grand Isle, VT

The Preservation Trust of Vermont announces the 2015 Grand Isle Lake House Retreats. The Retreats are for anyone undertaking or considering a community development or historic preservation project.  Even if you don’t have a specific project, you are welcome to join us to share in the discussions.

It works best to have 2-4 people represent a project.  Attendees will be asked to present a 10-minute case study about their project that frames a situation or problem that once solved will move that project forward.

All retreats begin at 3:00 and end after lunch the following day.  The cost for overnight, dinner and breakfast is $95/person for a shared room or $125 for a single.  Space is limited to around 20 participants with a limited number of single rooms, so reservations should be made as early as possible.   For more information contact Lisa Ryan lisa@ptvermont.org or (802) 917-2994.


2015 Preservation Retreats

Hardwick Town House, Hardwick, VTFundraising and Project Management
June 8-9, 2015

What are some techniques that community projects are doing to successfully fundraise while enhancing the use of their historic buildings? Christine Graham www.cpgfundraising.com will be on hand for training on successful fundraising techniques. This retreat will also explore how to manage a rehabilitation project, work with grantors, contractors, and the community to assure success.

We are grateful to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for their partnership on this retreat.



Strafford UNited Church, VTChurches and Sacred Places
June 25-26, 2015

Churches and sacred places continue to play a critical role in the health and wellness of our communities. They often act as overflow shelters for our most vulnerable citizens or as community gathering places for musical performances or events. All the while, these buildings can be challenging to maintain. This retreat is one of our most popular, offered in partnership with Partners for Sacred Places www.sacredplaces.org. Training and shared stories will explore potential partnerships for existing churches and new uses for under-utilized church buildings. Please register early as space is limited.

We’re grateful to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and Partners for Sacred Places for partnering on this retreat. This retreat is offered with support from the Adelard A. and Valeda Lea Roy Foundation.

Registration FULL


St. Albans, VT

Historic Preservation and Community Development
July 20-21, 2015

Historic preservation plays an important role in community development,
particularly when so much of Vermont’s preservation work acts to strengthen downtowns and village centers. This retreat is for any nonprofit, for profit, community supported enterprise, or public facility taking on or exploring a building rehabilitation project or a project that strengthens their community.

We’re grateful to partner with the Vermont Community Development Program and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation in presenting this retreat.

CANCELLED. Please be in touch with Lisa Ryan lisa@ptvermont.org if you'd like to request this retreat in the coming year.


North Hero Community Hall, North Hero, VTAccessibility and Maintenance Planning for Historic Buildings
September 14-15, 2015

In 2015, we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This retreat will explore the complex issues of providing accessibility while preserving the integrity and character of historic properties. This retreat will also discuss maintenance planning for your historic property and explore the various resources available to help you.

We are grateful to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the Vermont Center for Independent Living, the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Community Development Program for partnering on this retreat.

Registration FULL



Hands-On Window Workshop!
September 25, 26 & 27, 2015

This three-day workshop at the Grand Isle Lake House will give you in-depth training from window professionals on how to reglaze and paint historic windows. You will learn on the actual historic windows of the Lake House itself, in the company of fun people, good food and a beautiful setting. Instruction will be provided by Amy Mentes and Ron Wanamaker from Wanamaker Restoration. We will be using a solvent free linseed oil based putty and paint system.

Registration Deadline is September 17th

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ALdrich Public Library, Barre, VTLibraries, Nonprofit owned and Public Buildings
October 12-13, 2015

Back by popular demand, this retreat will look at some of the particular challenges and opportunities for Libraries, Nonprofit- and Publicly-owned
buildings. With a strain on town budgets, what help is there to assure that these critical facilities are maintained and well-used in an evolving environment.

We’re grateful to the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Vermont Community Development Program for partnering on this retreat.

Registration FULL