Preservation Trust of Vermont 

"Hands on Hammers" Service Day


Thursday May 1, Christ Church, Island Pond, VT

The Preservation Trust of Vermont is organizing the first ever "Hands on Hammers" volunteer service day on May 1st, the day before the Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference in Island Pond.  


Please consider volunteering or helping with a cash contribution to purchase materials for the church repairs. Your donation will be matched, dollar for dollar, with an anonymous challenge grant of $2,500!


The volunteer work crew will be working to replace siding and complete the exterior restoration of the 1875 English Gothic style Christ Episcopal Church in Island Pond.


Prominently located on a knoll overlooking the center of town, the church underwent major rehabilitation in 2012 to make structural repairs and remove a 1920's deteriorated addition.  Volunteers will remove the temporary plywood and replace missing siding.  Other volunteers will help clean up the interior and get the church ready for its final phase of rehabilitation.  


With grant funding from the Adelard A. and Valdea Lea Roy Foundation, we have $10,000 toward the $16,000 needed for this project.  This week, we received an anonymous $2,500 challenge grant! The goal is in site, but we need your help!



We need your help!


The Preservation Trust, Diocese, and Vestry of Christ Church must raise $2,500 in NEW donations to receive an anonymous $2,500 challenge grant.  100% of donations will go directly toward building repairs.  Please consider helping with a donation.  


Click Here to Make a Donation to Support This Project.  Under targeted programs, select the "Hands on Hammers" Work Day option. 


To sign up to volunteer for the day or for more information, please contact Ann Cousins at, (802) 343-8180.  

Thank you!



Preservation and Community: 20th Annual Historic Preservation & Downtown Conference
Friday May 2, 8:30-4:30  Island Pond, VT


Image by Charlie Hunter of Bellows Falls, VT.


Please join the Preservation Trust of Vermont, the Division for Historic Preservation, the Downtown Program and friends from Vermont and New Hampshire for the 2014 Historic Preservation and Downtown Conference.


The May 2nd conference will be in the beautiful and remote Northeast Kingdom, in Island Pond, VT.  There are lots of overnight accommodations, so consider coming early and staying late!


We welcome as keynote speaker an old friend, Nancy Boone, formerly Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and now the Federal Historic Preservation Officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).


Conference day will feature the 2014 Preservation Awards recognizing the best in historic preservation over the last two years, followed by duo-tracks of half-hour presentations: crisp, fast-moving "TED"-like talks built around Historic Places and Strengthening Communities.


For those who prefer the outdoors, there is a tour of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge visitor center with an optional mile hike along the Nulhegan River where, besides wildlife, you can see a historic truss railroad bridge.  There is also a visit planned to Brighton State Park.



Click here for more information and to register.

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