2016 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 2016 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.

Attendees will be asked to present a short 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.  Space is limited to around 20 participants with a limited number of single rooms, so reservations should be made as early as possible. The 2016 costs are $95 for a shared room and $125 for a single room.

Registration for the 2016 retreats will open in March. For more information contact Lisa Ryan lisa@ptvermont.org or (802) 917-2994.


2016 Preservation Retreats

Hardwick Town House, Hardwick, VTFundraising and Project Management
May 16-17, 2016

What are some techniques that community projects are doing to successfully fund-raise while enhancing the use of their historic buildings? Christine Graham www.cpgfundraising.com will be on hand to provide training in the area of capital campaigns and annual giving. This retreat will also explore how to manage a reha-bilitation project, work with grantors, contractors, and the community to assure success.

ALdrich Public Library, Barre, VTLibraries and Public Buildings
June 13-14, 2016

With a strain on town budgets, what help is there to assure that these critical facili-ties are maintained and well-used in an evolving environment? This retreat will look at some of the particular challenges and opportunities for libraries, nonprofit- and publicly-owned buildings.

St. Albans, VTHistoric Preservation and Community Development
July 18-19, 2016

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, commu-nity supported enterprise, or public facility taking on or exploring a building reha-bilitation project or a project that strengthens their community.


Strafford UNited Church, VTChurches and Sacred Places
September 15-16, 2016

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 citi-zens or as community gathering places for musical performances or events. All the while, these buildings can be challenging to maintain. This retreat is offered in part-nership with Partners for Sacred Places. Training and shared stories will explore potential partnerships for existing churches and new uses for under-utilized church buildings.








North Hero Community Hall, North Hero, VTArts & Industrial Heritage
October 10-11, 2016

A lot of energy and good ideas that flow when you put arts organizations in the same room with industrial heritage buffs. Whether the context is churches doubling as performance venues, historic sites hosting art installations, or industrial spaces be-ing repurposed for community use, this retreat promises an interesting and inspir-ing mix of ideas.