Preservation Trust of Vermont

Burlington, Vermont

Award Type: Trustees Award for Organizational Excellence

The Preservation Trust of Vermont was founded with the goal of helping Vermonters save their historic places, and that is exactly what has happened. In just three decades, the group has helped communities across the state save more than 1,000 buildings – village stores, churches, community halls, schools, barns - all kept in or returned to productive use. Just this year alone, the Preservation Trust’s staff of five worked on 352 preservation projects in 155 communities.  

The Preservation Trust of Vermont provides what preservationists need: technical and financial help and a great deal of encouragement. Through partnerships with legislators, foundations, businesses and individual donors, the group is able to provide much-needed grants to support preservation projects with an emphasis on revitalizing Vermont’s downtowns and village centers. 

Partnerships with other advocacy groups make the Preservation Trust an effective lobbyist for legislation that supports historic preservation and land conservation, downtown revitalization, affordable housing and smart growth. And since 1997, a model partnership with the National Trust has enabled the Vermont statewide preservation organization to hire professional field staff to spread the preservation message, train community volunteers and deliver a wide range of other preservation services across the state.

“It is impossible to catalogue the impact the Preservation Trust of Vermont and its executive director, Paul Bruhn, have had on nearly every town in the Green Mountain State,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “This group’s passion, innovation, commitment and creativity have helped Vermonters keep their state a special place.”