2015 Preservation Retreats at
The Grand Isle Lake House

Preservation Trust of Vermont

Preservation Retreat at the Grand Isle Lake HouseDoes your community preservation project need help? Do you need to take a step outside of your box, look at your project from a different angle, get help from experts, and know that you are not alone?

If so, then consider attending one of our upcoming Preservation Retreats at the Grand Isle Lake House.  In this glorious lake front setting in the Champlain Islands, you will find not only information, experts and guidance, but also inspiration that can bring new life to your project!

The retreats are for anyone undertaking or considering undertaking a community development project or historic preservation project.  Even if you don't have a specific project, you are welcome to join us to share in the discussion.

Please note that the Churches Retreat registration link below has been corrected from the previous newsletter.

All the best,

Lisa Ryan


(802) 917-2994

P.S. All meals are included and there is plenty of time for casual conversation and contemplative moments...all part of the retreat experience!

Fundraising and Project Management: June 8-9, 2015
Retreat at the Grand Isle Lake House Are you baffled and intimidated by the fundraising and management your project requires? Has this been a stumbling block, keeping you from getting to the next level?

At this retreat, you will learn techniques that community projects are using to successfully fundraise while enhancing the use of their historic buildings. Christine Graham www.cpgfundraising.com will be on hand for expert training on successful methods and proven practices. 

We will also explore how to manage a rehabilitation project, work with grantors, contractors, and the community to assure success. 
We are grateful to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation for their partnership on this retreat.

Churches and Sacred Places: June 25-26, 2015 

Churches and sacred places continue to play a critical role in the health and wellness of our communities. They often act as overflow shelters for our most vulnerable citizens or as community gathering places for musical performances or events. All the while, these buildings can be challenging to maintain. 


Offered in partnership with Partners for Sacred Places www.sacredplaces.org , this retreat employs training and shared stories to explore potential partnerships for existing churches and new uses for under-utilized church buildings. 

We're grateful to the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation and Partners for Sacred Places for partnering on this retreat. This retreat is offered with support from the Adelard A. and Valeda Lea Roy Foundation.

This retreat is one of our most popular.  Please register early as space is limited.

Corrected Link Here: Register Now

Historic Preservation and Community Development: July 20-21, 2015 


Wilmington, Vermont
Is your project poised to strengthen a historic downtown or village center? Are you eager to learn about new methods and resources, and hear the success stories of other projects around the state?

This retreat is for any nonprofit, for profit, community supported enterprise, or public facility taking on or exploring a building rehabilitation project or a project that strengthens their community. 
We're grateful to partner with the Vermont Community Development Program and the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation in presenting this retreat. 

Accessibility and Maintenance Planning for Historic Buildings: September 14-15, 2015


Brattleboro, VT Does your project present accessibility challenges? Are you struggling with how to balance the requirements of the law with preserving the beauty and integrity of your historic place? 

This retreat will highlight successful solutions for the complex issues of providing accessibility while preserving the integrity and character of historic properties. This retreat will also discuss maintenance planning for your historic property and explore the various resources available to help you. 


Libraries, Nonprofit-owned and Public Buildings: October 12-13, 2015

North hero Town Hall With a strain on town budgets, what help is there to assure that critical community facilities are maintained and well-used in an evolving environment?  

Back by popular demand, this retreat will look at some of the particular challenges and opportunities for Libraries, Nonprofit- and Publicly-owned buildings. 


Retreat Details


It works best to have 2-4 people represent a project. Attendees will be asked to present a 10-minute case study about their project that frames a situation or problem that once solved will move that project forward. All retreats begin at 3:00 and end after lunch the following day. 

The cost for overnight, dinner and breakfast is $95 per person for a shared room or $125 for a single. Space is limited to around 20 participants with a limited number of single rooms, so reservations should be made as early as possible. For more information contact Lisa Ryan lisa@ptvermont.org or (802) 917-2994.

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