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Engaging a New Generation of Preservationists

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has launched an initiative to train more young people in preservation crafts while helping to protect historic cultural sites on public lands. Named “HOPE Crew” for “Hands-On Preservation Experience,” the program links preservation projects to the national youth corps movement. It brings the potential for thousands of crew members to work on hundreds of sites, learning preservation craft skills while rehabilitating historic places.

In partnership with The Corps Network, while working under their Cooperative Agreement with the National Park Service, NJYC of Phillipsburg's HOPE Crew worked at Gateway National Recreation Area undertaking the monumental task of restoring the porch of the unit's HQ located in the Fort Hancock Historic District

Preservation Experts Train Crew Members

To enable the youth corps to successfully complete rehabilitation project, the Trust coordinated support from its broad network of partners and preservation experts in order to provide a preservation advisor and a craft expert for  the project. The advisor, working pro-bono, helps guide each project by answering preservation-related questions as well as helping the crew members understand and appreciate the historic significance of the project. The craft expert, paid through the project’s budget, helped train the corpsmembers on techniques such as repointing and carpentry.

Hands-on Preservation Experience (HOPE Crew)