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Please Touch – It’s Hands On for Historic Preservation
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - volunteer vacation, preservation training, hands-on conservation, community
Contributed By: Jamie Donahoe
Email The Author: jmdonahoe@heritageconservation.net
Website: http://www.heritageconservation.net

Please Touch – It’s Hands On for Historic Preservation

Have you ever wanted to break the rules at a museum when you see a sign that says “Do not touch?” At a Heritage Conservation Network workshop, volunteers touch the past and leave it better off than they found it.

An HCN workshop is “hands-on history” at its best.  Participants tackle any number of projects, from repairing porch spindles and documenting buildings’ distinguishing features to chipping out cement and replacing it with lime mortar. For your next vacation, consider swinging a hammer for history!

In addition to preserving the past, HCN volunteers have the satisfaction of changing the future as well.  HCN projects are chosen specifically for their potential long-term impact as well as their historic significance.  HCN workshops help create sustainable economic development, restore housing, and promote tourism. HCN workshops also encourage communities to value their own heritage and to share that heritage with others.

Opportunities are available in the United States and around the world.  For information about upcoming workshops, visit HCN’s website, www.heritageconservation.net.

No previous experience is required.  Workshops are led by historic preservation professionals who train volunteers in relevant processes and techniques, and hands-on assignments are tailored to the abilities of the participant.  If your background includes a building trade, all the better!

Heritage Conservation Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of architectural heritage around the world. HCN’s workshops support community-based preservation projects and give volunteers the opportunity to give something back by helping to protect valuable cultural treasures. To learn more about HCN’s international workshops, visit www.heritageconservation.net.


Keywords: volunteer vacation, preservation training, hands-on conservation, community

Posted: December 5, 2008
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