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Windham Meetinghouse, Windham

March 15, 2024 —

The Preservation Trust of Vermont announced today a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization grant of $75,000 to the Windham Meeting House for accessibility improvements and exterior painting.  

Constructed in 1802, the Windham Meeting House has been the focus of community life for over 220 years. Use has declined over the years, but the Town, in partnership with the Friends of the Meeting House, has been working to engage the community in planning and new programming. Brunch and Brainstorm sessions helped the Meeting House Committee identify priorities, which focused on preserving the building, expanding its use, and upgrading the kitchen to allow for more shared experiences. The Bruhn grant funding will address ADA and code compliance issues, allowing the Meeting House to once again serve as the center of community and collaboration in Windham. 

“The Preservation Trust of Vermont, in partnership with the National Parks Service, is excited to support projects like the Windham Meeting House that will help preserve and revitalize Vermont’s rural communities,” said Ben Doyle, PTV president. “We congratulate the community champions who are leading this work and thank Senator Sanders, Senator Welch, and Congresswoman Balint for their support of this wonderful program. We would also like to acknowledge former Senator Leahy, for his work in establishing this important national program and proposing that it be named after his good friend, and former PTV President, the late Paul Bruhn.” 

The Windham Meeting House project and the Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant program are supported by the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The program supports the preservation and restoration of buildings and community gathering spaces of economic and social significance in rural communities with fewer than 7500 residents. Additional recipients of the Bruhn Historic Revitalization subgrants include the McIndoe Falls Academy in Barnet, the Marshfield Village Store, the Kimball Public Library in Randolph, the Skinner Block in Royalton, the Starksboro Village Meeting House, Moscow Mill in Stowe, and the Wallingford Block. The grants range from $50,000 to $100,000 and will be used toward structural repairs, roof replacement, window restoration, exterior work, restoration of significant interior finishes, and code improvements. 

“We are glad to see this federal funding support the preservation of historic sites in rural communities throughout Vermont. Each recipient represents a unique part of our state’s history and, thanks to the good work of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, will remain protected and preserved long into the future,” said Sen. Sanders, Sen. Welch, and Rep. Balint. “We look forward to seeing the role these historic community sites will play for generations to come.”

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