2016 Preservation Retreats at
The Grand Isle Lake House

Preservation Trust of Vermont

Does 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.

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!

June 28-29, 2016 

The Libraries and Public Buildings retreat is designed to encourage peer to peer learning as well as to connect stewards of historic libraries and public building with experts who can help them navigate various funding sources, learn about best practices and gain valuable advice about how to develop and fund projects.  

We will be joined by our partners from the Vermont Division for Historic Preservation, the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Community Development program and by staff from the Vermont Department of Libraries.  

Retreat participants are encouraged to share a challenge or obstacle they are facing with the group and then receive feedback from others who have faced or overcome similar challenges.  The retreats are a great opportunity to meet others working in the field and to explore ideas and approaches.  Retreats fill up quickly! Register early to guarantee your place at the Lake House.

Historic Preservation & Community Development: 
July 18-19, 2016

Historic preservation plays an important role in community development, particularly when so much of Vermont's preservation work acts to strengthen downtowns and village centers. 

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.
Churches & Sacred Places: 
September 15-16, 2016

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.

This retreat is offered in partnership with Partners for Sacred Places. Training and shared stories will explore potential partnerships for existing churches and new uses for under-utilized church buildings.

Arts & Industrial Heritage:
October 10-11, 2016

A lot of energy and good ideas that flow when you put arts organizations in the same room with industrial heritage buffs. 

Whether the context is churches doubling as performance venues, historic sites hosting art installations, or industrial spaces being repurposed for community use, this retreat promises an interesting and inspiring mix of ideas.

Retreat Details
Preservation Retreats at the Grand Isle Lake House are for anyone undertaking or considering a community development or historic preservation project.  

Attendees will be asked to present a short 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.  Space is limited to around 20 participants with a limited number of single rooms, so reservations should be made as early as possible. The 2016 costs are $95 for a shared room and $125 for a single room.

Questions? Contact: Lisa Ryan lisa@ptvermont.org

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