National Trust for Historic Preservation Launches “HOPE Crew” in Shenandoah National Park

New program will provide young people with hands-on preservation skills while they help restore important historic places across the country

Washington (March 10, 2014)-The National Trust for Historic Preservation is launching a new program that will train thousands of young people in useful, hands-on skills at historic preservation projects throughout the country. Called the “Hands-On Preservation Experience,” or “HOPE Crew,” the program will make a positive difference in the lives of future preservationists and in the communities where they serve.

The first HOPE Crew project will rehabilitate the Skyland Stable in Shenandoah National Park. Skyland Stable, constructed in 1939, is a contributing structure to the Skyline Drive National Historic Landmark District and is owned by the National Park Service. Delaware North Companies, the concessionaire, operates the stable to provide fee-for-service trail rides for visitors to the Park. When it is repaired, the historic structure will continue to be used as a public stable. The stable stands near a trail head, connecting the visitor to the National Park’s 200 miles of equestrian trails.

The National Trust will build the HOPE Crew network in partnership with a range of organizations, including The Corps Network and the National Park Service.Each HOPE Crew project is a partnership with the Trust providing preservation expertise, a partner providing participants, and the owner providing the historic property in need of preservation.

At each local project, preservation craftspeople will mentor and oversee the work of HOPE Crew members, and provide instruction on a range of preservation bricks-and-mortar techniques. The skills that crew members acquire as part of the program provides them with competitive skills in the job market and create opportunities for a new generation of preservation craftspeople.

“This is a win-win collaboration, and we are looking forward to working with The Corps Network to launch HOPE Crew this year,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “As we provide people with skills and mentorship opportunities, this innovative new program will also bolster communities and help breathe new life into historic places across the country in need of revitalization.”

“The Corps Network is thrilled to join forces with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We know that this initiative will continue to build upon the great work that some Corps have already done to help preserve America’s historic places. But there is so much more to be done and this new partnership will help us get there and train a new generation of diverse, preservation-minded Corpsmembers,” said Mary Ellen Ardouny, President & CEO of The Corps Network.

Preservation projects that could employ HOPE Crews include everything from masonry repairs at a historic mission in San Antonio, to the skilled carpentry needed to rehabilitate a historic cabin in Yellowstone National Park.

About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places.

About The Corps Network

The Corps Network's 100+ members operate in all states and the District of Columbia. Each year they collectively enroll over 25,838 Corpsmembers from ages 16-25. Corps organize an additional 154,486 community volunteers who work alongside Corpsmembers to generate 450,013 additional hours of service annually, at an estimated value of $9,963,287. It is the mission of The Corps Network to provide national leadership and promote the growth and quality of its member Corps as they provide education, workforce development, and an ethic of stewardship to diverse youth who address important community and conservation needs.



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