Featured Publications


The Preservation Trust offers publications of interest to the preservation community and others. Publications are for sale, on the web, available for downloading or available from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Vermont Flood Guide: Preparation, Response & Recovery
by Tonya Loveday and Rebecca Reese, University of Vermont Historic Preservation Program
This article, written in the months following 2011 Tropical Storm Irene, covers the basics of what you can do prior to a flood event, how to properly clean your building after a flood and general information for municipalities. Click here for a pdf booklet.

New! 10 Reasons Why Vermont's Homegrown Economy Matters
And 50 Proven Ways to Revive It

by Stacy Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Published by the Preservation Trust of Vermont

This 60-page publication is the result of several years of collaboration between the Institute of Local Self-Reliance and The Preservation Trust of Vermont. Detailed here are specific reasons why locally owned businesses matter and practical ways to plan for a homegrown economy, foster revitalization and unite independent businesses. Mitchell uses practical examples from successful businesses and vibrant communities all across the states to illustrate the point that everyone benefits from keeping Vermont's economy local.

Public Buildings Keep Town Centers Alive
by Philip Langdon
Post offices, municipal halls, libraries, courthouses, and other public buildings can play a critical role in keeping downtowns and town centers strong. Conversely, the loss of key public buildings can seriously damage the fabric of downtown. A report on successes in Saratoga Springs New York from planning journalist Philip Langdon.

This article is reprinted with permission from the Winter 2003 issue of the Planning Commissioners Journal, the nation's leading publication for citizens interested in planning and land use issues. For more information about the Journal, either call: 802-864-9083; fax: 802-862-1882; e-mail: info@plannersweb.com; or visit their Web site at: www.plannersweb.com. The Journal is based in Burlington, Vermont.

A Local Official's Guide to Developing Better Community Post Offices
A project of the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, the Preservation Trust of Vermont, and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation
One of the challenges facing Vermont's communities is the struggle to keep the post office in the town and village centers and to insure that the design solution fits respectfully in the community. Factors such as cost and efficiency drive United States Postal Service decisions to relocate local post office, sometimes to sites outside of the town center. The Vermont League of Cities and Towns, the Preservation Trust of Vermont, and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, have worked together with residents and local, state and federal officials to insure that, whenever possible, the local post office remains visible, convenient, accessible and compatible with its surroundings.

Vermont Walks: Village and Countryside. Walking Tours of Forty-Three Vermont Villages and Their Surroundings.
Written by Marilyn Stout, Illustrated by Janet Fredericks.
Here is a book that opens to any walker the secrets of Vermont’s most beautiful historic villages and towns, and the surrounding countryside. The routes show off the unique aspects of 43 villages -- and lead walkers onto nearby country lanes for glimpses of farms, forests, and meadows. Copyright 1995 The Preservation Trust of Vermont. Published by Vermont Life Magazine. $12.95+s/h. Email to order.

Vibrant Town Center and Downtowns: Developing Small-scale, Locally-owned, Downtown Department Stores that Serve the Community.
This booklet is the result of a collaboration of people interested in facing the challenge of downtown retailing in the next millennium, and their considerations of a strategy for developing downtown and community center stores which would be designed to provide basic goods and services at prices affordable to the entire community. 1999. $7+s/h. Click here to order.

A State Highway Project in Your Town? Your Role and Rights, A Primer for Citizens and Public Officials.
Written by Jim Wick.
This book provides basic information on the law, the issues, and the process of Agency of Transportation projects for citizens and public officials in Vermont towns. 1995, 1998. $10+$3 s/h. Click here to order.

Organizing Volunteer for Preservation Projects: A How-to Guide for Using Volunteers to Save Historic Buildings.
Written by Judith Winters Bell and Stephen Brownell Harris.
Here’s help for organizations and communities who want to save treasured old buildings for community use. This practical handbook tells you how to carry out a successful preservation project using a volunteer workforce and limited funds. 1993. $15+$3 s/h. Click here to order

Impact of Wal-Mart Stores on Northwestern Vermont.
Prepared for: National Trust for Historic Preservation, Preservation Trust of Vermont, Vermont Natural Resources Council, and Williston Citizens for responsible Growth by Elizabeth Humstone, Humstone Associates, Burlington, VT and Thomas Muller, Fairfax, Virginia. 1995. $15+$3 s/h. Click here to order.

Smart State, Better Communities: How state governments can help citizens preserve their communities.
By Constance E. Beaumont.
Policy initiatives that state governments can undertake to support the efforts of citizens to save what they value most about their communities. Copyright 1996, National Trust for Historic Preservation. $30.

With Heritage So Rich.
Preservation history, including European antecedents, is presented in this classic study. First printed in 1966, this new edition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the National Trust. Copyright 1966, 1999, National Trust for Historic Preservation. $25.

Taking Care of Your Old Barn: Ten Tips for Preserving and Reusing Vermont's Historic Agricultural Buildings.
This web site provides Vermont property owners with a basic guide to taking care of their historic barns and farm buildings. It includes some general guidelines, a short history of barns, ten tips for barn maintenance and repair, ways to adapt barns to other uses, sources of advice and funding for barn preservation, and a list of organizations that offer aid to those working on their barns. Produced by the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, Montpelier, Vermont

For more preservation publications, visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation's preservationbooks.org.