Education & Outreach
The Trust works with preservation advocacy groups and institutions on a variety of outreach projects. In 2006 the Trust began a partnership with the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia to offer a series of "hands-on" homeowner workshops. These workshops, taught by Trust conservation staff, educate the public in the use of appropriate techniques for repairing their historic homes.
For several years the Trust has partnered with the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission to offer apprentice training in the preservation trades. In addition, the Trust has participated in work-study and internship programs with local educational institutions, supplementing student curriculum with practical preservation experience. These programs prepare interns and apprentices for careers in the preservation field while helping preserve our important collection of historic structures.
Since 2006 the Trust has partnered with the Preservation Alliance to offer a series of free Fall and Spring workshops, educating homeowners in preservation maintenance and practical restoration techniques. Over 800 participants have benefited from these demonstrations, which promote sustainable building practices easily accomplished by homeowners. Audience favorites include masonry restoration, wood window repairs, historic porch repairs and interior plaster repairs. We look forward to meeting you at one of our future workshops!
In June 2012, the Trust, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Parks & Recreation and Deloitte Impact Day participated in a volunteer day at Thomas Mansion in Clifford Park. The goal was to clean the garden beds and surrounding vegetation at Clifford Park, as well as clean and touch-up paint throughout Thomas Mansion.