Serving as Interim President at the Preservation Trust of Vermont as we enter our 40th year has been both humbling and inspiring.
One of the highlights of this work is visiting Vermont towns, and meeting with people who love their communities and are dedicated to preserving what makes them so special. I’ve come to realize that our Vermont-style approach to historic preservation is unique, and that PTV is admired as a national leader, because of the way we approach our work.
It truly is about both saving buildings and building community. The two go hand-in-hand. Whether it is in a general store, community center, church or commercial building, PTV’s work is about gathering and empowering a community to find the resources and confidence to get the job done. In the process, the community becomes stronger than it was before it started.
I am reminded on a daily basis about how PTV’s late president Paul Bruhn was a genius at this. In January, I was honored to be present along with many friends of PTV as the Vermont House of Representatives adopted a resolution recognizing Paul’s commitment to building community in Vermont.
As we work to prepare to launch a search for our next president, I would like you to know that the great work of the Preservation Trust continues. Every day, our small but mighty team is traversing the state and sharing the support and knowledge that helps preserve the essential character of Vermont for future generations.
With a solid foundation, talented staff and a dedicated board of directors, I am confident that we have much to look forward to in the next 40 years. We all appreciate the support of our friends, like you, who help to make this special work happen.