restore a building, renew a community

Adventures in Preservation (AiP)

Our focus is heritage travel with purpose. We connect people and preservation through enriching experiential programs that safeguard heritage and foster community sustainability.

 
 
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About AiP

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. 

AiP envisions a world where people use, understand, and appreciate historic buildings that are vital to economic and environmental sustainability and preserve cultural identity.

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Our Impact

Adventures in Preservation remains engaged in creating social impact through historic preservation. The visible impact of our work is the conservation of valuable historic architecture. However, our true value is in the positive social impact we influence through our building conservation projects.

DID YOU KNOW THAT REUSING AN EXISTING BUILDING CAN ACTUALLY HELP AN ENTIRE COMMUNITY REDUCE ITS CARBON FOOTPRINT?

 

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JAMMERS

Jammers are volunteers who have partnered with Adventures in Preservation through the years and have participated to one of AiP’s adventures in the United States or around the world. Since 2001, AiP’s Jammers have donated a total of 23,600+ hours of hands-on historic preservation work.

 

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COUNTRIES

Since its inception in 2001, Adventures in Preservation has run programs in Albania, Armenia, Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Italy, Mexico, Slovenia, the UK, and the US. In the US, AiP has been active in Alabama, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

 
 

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PROJECTS

Our heritage preservation volunteer projects offer a compelling combination of travel, education, and adventure, topped with a healthy dose of cultural and architectural heritage conservation and respect for the environment. It’s fun, sustainable tourism!

 
 

Our Projects

We are as passionate about saving historic buildings as we are about the many reasons for saving them. We believe in the compelling benefits historic preservation provides. Preservation is a powerful tool for change! Adventures in Preservation has been part of the effort to be kind to our planet since 2001 by saving remarkable historic buildings for integrated community use. Our volunteers re-plaster, repoint, repair and restore architectural heritage in the United States, Kosovo, Albania, Ghana, Italy and more.

 

WE LOVE OUR JAMMERS!

Adventures in Preservation is about saving buildings, but it’s also about the people involved in their preservation. People willing to devote time and energy to preserving a building deserve to be more than mere “participants”, or “volunteers”. We needed a special name for our adventurous, hard-working travelers. In 2017, Jammers at Adventures in Preservation’s four project sites donated a total of 1,600 hours.

THE GLASSHOUSE PROJECT

AiP’s most successful project to date took place at the Burgie Edwardian-era glasshouse in Scotland. Largely forgotten and in great disrepair, the 1912 greenhouse has caught the interest of building conservation enthusiasts from the US, Canada, and Australia. Thanks to 21 incredible AiP Jammers, who didn't mind hard work, the central section of the Burgie Edwardian Glasshouse is now largely repaired and completely enclosed with glass panels. We'll return to tackle the east room in 2019!

 
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SUMMER 2016

“This experience was the top. My main interest is in preservation so it is tricky to find volunteer vacations that take into account, to my knowledge AiP is the only one that does. … For me, it is very important if I am to do some strenuous work that I have someplace comfortable to go back to aka a hotel as opposed to a tent so that is where AiP separates itself from the rest.” 

Caroline Dudkowski
Archaeology and Preservation at Fairfield Plantation
Gloucester, Virginia

 
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Get Involved

Adventures in Preservation relies on people like you to get involved by supporting our projects through donations. With your gifts, we, along with our volunteers, are able to maintain our global efforts to save architectural heritage in support of sustainable community initiatives.

 

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No matter the size of your donation, be assured that it will have a great impact on creating economic and environmental sustainability for communities in need.