The National Trust for Historic Preservation presented its Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence to the Preservation Trust of Vermont on October 19, 2010. The organization is one of 23 award winners honored by the National Trust during its 2010 National Preservation Conference in Austin, Texas.
The Preservation Trust of Vermont was founded with the goal of helping Vermonters save their historic places and that is exactly what has happened. In just three decades, the group has helped communities across the state save more than 1,000 buildings – village stores, post offices, schools, barns – all returned to productive use. Just this year alone, the Preservation Trust’s staff of five worked on 352 preservation projects in 155 communities.
The Preservation Trust of Vermont provides what preservationists need: technical and financial help and a great deal of encouragement. Through partnerships with legislators, foundations, businesses and individual donors, the group is able to provide much-needed grants to support preservation projects with an emphasis on revitalizing Vermont’s downtowns and village centers.
Partnerships with other advocacy groups make the Preservation Trust an effective lobbyist for legislation that supports historic preservation and land conservation, downtown revitalization, affordable housing and smart growth. And since 1997, a model partnership with the National Trust has enabled the Vermont statewide preservation organization to hire professional field staff to spread the preservation message, train community volunteers and deliver a wide range of other preservation services across the state.
“It’s impossible to catalogue the impact the Preservation Trust of Vermont and its executive director, Paul Bruhn, have had on nearly every town in the Green Mountain State,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “This group’s passion, innovation, commitment and creativity have helped Vermonters keep their state a special place.”
The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear in the November/December issue of Preservation Magazine and online at www.PreservationNation.org/awards.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., eight regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy and resources to a national network of people, organizations and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.
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