AiP’s Mission Statement
Connecting people and preservation through enriching experiential programs that safeguard heritage and foster community sustainability.
The Story Behind Our Hands-on Volunteer Vacations
Adventures in Preservation was founded in 2001 by two women with a great love of historic buildings and a strong desire to travel and understand the world. While perusing the travel section of the Boulder Bookstore, the Volunteer Vacation section suddenly brought everything into focus. Judith Broeker and Jamie Donahoe combined their goal of saving historic buildings with the concept of experiential travel, and created AiP’s hands-on preservation vacations.
Work started on several sites in the U.S., and as word spread, requests for help began to pour in from around the world, underscoring the great potential of using volunteers to restore historic buildings. In supporting community-based preservation initiatives, we discovered that our love of old buildings could translate into environmental and economic sustainability for communities.
Adventures in Preservation has become a leader in offering volunteer vacations directed toward saving distinctive architecture that defines a region’s history and culture. The fact that historic preservation is innately “green” provides yet another compelling reason for restoring historic buildings for integrated community use, from affordable housing to community centers.
Adventures in Preservation’s staff and volunteers work with passion to save the world’s architectural heritage with the goal of benefiting communities worldwide. We are dedicated to bringing people and preservation together in meaningful partnerships.
AiP envisions a world where people use, understand, and appreciate historic buildings that are vital to economic and environmental sustainability and preserve cultural identity.
Read our 2017 Annual Report