Last year, The National Trust for Historic Preservation launched an initiative to train more young people and veterans in learning preservation crafts while helping to protect historic sites on public lands. Named “HOPE Crew” for “Hands-On Preservation Experience,” the program partnered with The Corps Network, an association of over one hundred service and conservation corps, to link preservation projects to the national youth corps movement. The program kicked off in Shenandoah National Park with the rehabilitation of Skyland Stables (1939) and received national media attention.
Since then, the program has steadily gained momentum. In just one year, the program has engaged more than 100 young people and veterans; helped support more than $3 million of preservation work in 18 states, 22 national parks, two national cemeteries and one National Trust site; and garnered more than 81 million media impressions. Corpsmembers have logged more than 20,000 hours and rehabilitated 37 structures and repaired 200 headstones.
As we move forward and prepare for another successful year, I thought it only right to step back, take a look, and share accomplishments and lessons learned that have made our program stronger and positioned for continued success in the coming year. Here are four key lessons learned from developing and managing a preservation program in a very short period of time while working with multiple partners. ... Read More →