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An Opportunity to Dig In

Preservation Retreats at the Grand Isle Lake House are an immersive adult learning experience designed to support anyone undertaking or considering a community development or historic preservation project. Attendees will be asked to present a challenge or issue that once solved will move their project forward. This brief presentation is followed by a robust and informative group discussion with peers, funders and technical support providers.

All retreats begin at 3:00 pm and end after lunch the following day.  The cost is $135 per person ($65 for a second person from the same project with whom you share a room). Space is limited.  Retreats often fill up well before the registration deadline so please register at your earliest convenience. 

“After 4 years of fundraising and beginning to run out of energy for our one-room schoolhouse restoration project, the retreat at the Grand Isle Lake House was really helpful. We got information on contacts for different kinds of grants and how to write them and lots of support not to get discouraged!  Through these contacts and the support of PTV and the Vermont State Division of Historic Preservation we have been able to complete the grant writing process and receive the funds we need to get a matching grant.  We are on our way to a new foundation!”

–Courtney Dobyns, Root Schoolhouse, Norwich

2024 Upcoming Preservation Retreats

Historical Societies and Historic Buildings: How the Building Serves the Mission
May 21-22, 2024

Many of Vermont’s local and regional Historical Society’s are housed in historic buildings. Determining how these buildings inform and further the mission of these organizations can be a challenge and knowing where to start with preservation and updates can add to that challenge. This retreat will bring together representatives from Historical Societies around the state, along with technical service providers from Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and the Vermont Historical Society to help groups think deeply about these issues.

Registration Deadline is May 13th at 4 pm.

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Community Revitalization Through Non-Profit Ownership
June 12-13, 2024

Is your community struggling with how to activate vacant or underutilized spaces? Are you exploring how to attract or retain small businesses in your downtown? Is there a building in your community in need of redevelopment? This retreat is for municipalities, nonprofits, businesses, and community supported enterprises that are working on or exploring a building rehabilitation project or a project that strengthens community.

Registration Deadline is June 1st at 4 pm.

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Fundraising and Project Management
July 9-10, 2024

What techniques do community projects use to successfully fundraise while enhancing the use of their historic buildings? Christine Graham of CPG Fundraising will be on hand to provide training in the areas of capital campaigns and annual giving. We will also explore how to manage a rehabilitation project, work with grantors, contractors, and the community to assure success. Presenters: Caitlin Corkins, Tax Credits & Grants Coordinator, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation; Jackson Evans, Field Services Representative, Preservation Trust of Vermont; Christine Graham, CPG Enterprises. 


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New Housing in Old Buildings: Adding Housing within Existing Historic Structures
September 10-11, 2024

There is a need for additional housing throughout our great state. As historic buildings in our villages and towns seek new uses, new housing in existing underutilized spaces could be another transformational solution to add to the housing toolbox. This retreat will help generate adaptive reuse ideas, explore funding possibilities, and explore new housing trends that can help shape your project.

Registration Deadline is September 1st at 4 pm.

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Accessibility in Historic Buildings
October 8-9, 2024

Are you struggling with how to balance preserving the historic integrity of your building with meeting accessibility requirements? This retreat will explore the complex issues of providing accessibility while preserving the integrity and character of historic properties. Presenters: Michele Bailey, Senior Program Manager/Cultural Facilities Grants Administrator/ADA Coordinator, Vermont Arts Council; Caitlin Corkins, Tax Credits & Grants Coordinator, Vermont Division for Historic Preservation; Ryan Edwards, R. Edwards & Company, Architects/Designers, E. Calais; Cara Sachs, ADA Advocate, Vermont Center for Independent Living.

Registration Deadline is October 1st at 4 pm.

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The Preservation Retreats are underwritten in part by generous support from the Kelly Lorraine Baggett Fund. Kelly was a UVM Graduate, a 31-year veteran of the United States Forest Service, and a former resident of Burlington, VT, where she spent many hours restoring and caring for her historic brick home overlooking Lake Champlain. Kelly won many awards for her outstanding contributions in research pertaining to sugar maple decline and American elm restoration, and wrote or co-wrote numerous scientific papers during her career. This fund pays homage to Kelly’s passion for history, the environment, and scholarship. 

We are grateful for our partnership and underwriting support from The Vermont Division for Historic Preservation.

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