As anyone working with historic building conservation knows, preservation can be a long process. AiP often spends two or three years working with project partners to lay the groundwork for our hands-on preservation sessions and get ready to welcome you, the jammers. Building your support and securing funding are the most critical, while we also foster community involvement and prepare the project site.
Here are the projects we’re getting ready for jammers to come and do your thing!
[This project is on indefinite hold. We’ll let you know as soon as the status changes.]
Can Kelly Rich save these shotgun houses? You bet she can. Since discovering that a row of shotgun houses was designated for demolition, Kelly Rich founded a non-profit preservation organization, worked with the city of Shreveport to find a new location for 6 of the threatened shotgun houses, and is building a strong community network of support. AiP’s volunteer jammers will lead hands-on restoration work beginning in 2018. Read more about the Norla Preservation project.
ARCHAEOLOGY + PRESERVATION UNEARTHS & SAVES GHANA’S HISTORY
Ghana’s past includes pride in its traditions and sorrow over segments of its history. AiP is again working with Sam Baddoo on a project that will combine archaeology and preservation in order to uncover remnants of traditional tribal life and recognize the role of colonialism. This project will provide an educational experience centered on the slave trade. Hands-on work will include:
- Restoration of one of the forts used in the trade
- Archaeological excavation of historic village
- Establishment of a museum that highlights traditional life, colonialism & the slave trade
- Possible reclamation of a slave ship that sank off the coast of Ghana
If you have an interest in joining this valuable work in Ghana, let us know. Your comments will be an important factor as we move ahead with plans. The first stage of this project is slated for late 2017 or 2018.