2014 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 2014 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 $75/person for a shared room or $95 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 Ann Cousins ann@ptvermont.org or (802) 343-8180.


May 15-16 Churches and Sacred Places

Ascutney-Union ChurchWe and the Division for Historic Preservation get more calls from church stewards requesting help than from any other property type. This retreat is offered in partnership with Partners for Sacred Places. Training and shared stories will explore fundraising, grants, and new uses for under-utilized church buildings. Our advice is to register early as space is limited. We’re grateful to the Division for Historic Preservation and Partners for Sacred Places for partnering on this retreat.

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June 16-17 Libraries and Public Buildings

Middletown Springs LibraryBack by popular demand, this retreat will look at some of the particular challenges and opportunities for Libraries 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 State Libraries for partnering on this retreat.

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July 28-29 Historic Preservation and Community Development

South Street BenningtonThe distinction between historic preservation and community development is blurred, particularly when so much of our 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 in presenting this retreat.

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September 15-16 Arts and Industrial Heritage

Foundry Builind, SpringfieldA 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 being repurposed for community use, this retreat promises an interesting and inspiring mix of ideas.Thank you to the Vermont Arts Council for partnering with us to present this retreat. Register Here...



October 7-8: Fundraising and Project Management

Strafford-United ChurchWhat are some techniques that community projects are doing to successfully fundraise while enhancing the use of their historic buildings? This retreat will look at some successful traditional fundraising methods while sharing stories about social media and new ways to reach potential funders. It will also look at how to manage a rehabilitation project, working with grantors, contractors, and the community to assure a successful project.

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