Adventures in Preservation helps make preservation happen; our volunteers have worked at more than thirty projects in seven countries. Browse through the list below for an idea of the types of volunteer heritage conservation projects we have been involved with, and get inspired to join us where we’re working next.
Jammers plastered, hammered and hewed at the historic kulla Isuf Mazrekahf as they helped complete restoration of an increasingly rare form of tower house in Kosovo.
In just two weeks a truly international team of volunteers documented decorative paintings at one of Gjirokastra’s famed tower houses, did a condition assessment at a second, and completed photo and video documentation of hard-to-reach sites.
Jammers found artifacts and a ton of fun, among other things, as they excavated, explored, stabilized the foundation of an 1694 manor house in Virginia’s Middle Peninsula.
A mix of equal parts fun and hard work was the perfect formula for success at this week-long plastering project with The Fairfield Foundation at the Edge Hill Service Station.
A hard-working team of AiP volunteers completely restored 32 windows at the massive Bellanca Air Hangar and still had plenty of time to experience all that historic New Castle has to offer.
AiP volunteers returned to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum to take on a new challenge, this time restoring the mansion’s interior wood shutters.
Many hands made light work as volunteers restored the windows of a 1930 Texaco station. They were able to save the original frames and increase the building’s energy efficiency by using their new glazing skills to install energy efficient panes.
Twelve young people learned to understand, appreciate and restore the traditional building type of the region in a joint project with Museums Kenya..
AiP volunteers tackled interior conservation issues at a massive stone tower house in old town Gjirokastra, a World Heritage site. A partnership with Cultural Heritage without Borders, the goal of the project is to provide conservation jobs skills training for local residents and encourage preservation of more of the city’s distinctive architectural heritage.
The focus of our project in Brecljevo, Slovenia, was masonry conservation and correcting mistakes made during past repair work. AiP volunteers discovered secrets of the past both in the cottage and while touring historic sites and towns in this beautiful land.
AiP volunteers learned the traditional art of galleting while repairing masonry walkways at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum. The three-year project to restore the terrace garden to its original 1914 Delano & Aldrich design was completed a year ahead of schedule.
AiP volunteers joined a coalition of community organizations and began restoration of historic shotgun-style houses for use as affordable housing. After 3 months, students and community volunteers had largely completed one house; work on the second shotgun house began in 2010.
Four low-income youth interested in masonry conservation as a career worked and learned under the tutelage of Andy deGruchy to repoint the masonry façade of The Speaker’s House. One trainee was hired immediately following the workshop!
Volunteers from five countries scoured Gjirokastra’s twisting streets and paths to document an intriguing blend of Ottoman, Orthodox, and secular inscriptions on the houses and shops of the city’s historic neighborhoods. This type of historic detailing is being lost as buildings are remodeled; the city now has critical documentation of its historic past.
Volunteers jumped into this project with both feet – literally – as they used traditional building materials and techniques in restoration work at one of the earliest houses in the French Huguenot settlement of New Paltz.
This historic mining town has some outstanding examples of high-style finishes rarely seen on the hastily built structures of the Old West. Volunteers prepared and restored historic interior and exterior finish materials, including lime-based coatings, paints, varnishes and decorative treatments, providing a valuable boost to preservation efforts in the National Historic Landmark District
Alma Ortolan, a leading Italian art and fresco conservator, welcomed AiP participants to her hometown to initiate a scientifically-based assessment of the cloister’s 17th century wall paintings and columns. One participant claimed that Alma was both an expert and a natural Italian wonder; and her mom’s Italian cooking was the best.
AiP joined forces with the Virginia City Institute of Preservation Research and Technology to help advance their preservation education program. Little did we know when we selected the Gilbert Brewery House for the project that a descendent of the brewery founders would join our team for the week of documentation work.
Andy deGruchy led an inspired group of AiP volunteers in fully restoring a masonry bridge in just two weeks. Work involved diverting the stream, digging out large tree roots, stabilizing and repointing. Volunteers called the experience “empowering” and credited Andy’s “can do” approach.
AiP volunteers and community members brought the Francis Mill from a state of near-collapse back to a working mill over a three-year period. The mill now provides an education experience for local students and visitors from around the U.S.