Our year ended with one of those special moments in the Preservation Trust's history.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation recognized our Village Revitalization Initiative with one of just eight National Preservation Honor Awards.
Our program was a partnership with Senator Patrick Leahy that supported 27 preservation projects in 25 different Vermont communities, turning $2.5 million in federal dollars into almost $30 million in total investment.
It's very likely you have seen and enjoyed some of these local transformations:
- a former furniture factory in Richford now provides space for a grocery store, health care center, dental clinic, and senior housing,
- after two fires destroyed the Putney General Store, the partnership helped rebuild the store which now also houses a locally-owned pharmacy--the only one in town,
- the iconic Round Church in Richmond is now protected with a sprinkler system, and the belfry of the Strafford Town House has been restored,
- in Hardwick, we helped rehabilitate the Jeudevine Library, the Town House, and Memorial Hall--all active community hubs,
- Chandler Music Hall in Randolph, one of Vermont's special collection of arts spaces, received a $3 million upgrade to enhance its performances serving Central Vermont
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The Preservation Trust is distinguished by its work to creatively blend historic places into vital, growing communities.
Our award-winning program was just one of the many ways we support local initiative, local passion, and local commitment throughout the State of Vermont.
The map at the right illustrates our work all over Vermont this past year. It all happens because of our many contributors... including you!
The work is not done, so please consider a generous gift to help us continue!
Thank you for helping save and use our special historic places.
P.S. Any new monthly donors between now and 1/1/15 will be put in a drawing to receive an overnight for two at the Grafton Inn in Grafton Vermont.