• New Partnership Will Provide Support for HOPE Crew at Sites of African American History

    May 1, 2019

    On May 2, 2019, the National Trust announced that with support from the Fund II Foundation, it will broaden the scope of HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience) during its five-year anniversary to focus on engaging African American youth in learning about preservation trades at sites tied to African American achievement and activism. The support from Fund II represents the largest investment in HOPE Crew's history.

    The first HOPE Crew project undertaken with Fund II support will be at the Nina Simone Childhood Home (a National Treasure of the National Trust) in Tryon, North Carolina. The seven HOPE Crew participants for the upcoming project, provided by the Schenck Job Corps Civilian Conservation Center of North Carolina, will be at the home for several days, repairing and repainting its exterior. The project is an important first step in preparing the home for extensive rehabilitation and reuse.

    Fund II's support of HOPE Crew in the upcoming year is tied to two of the foundation's key pillars: preserving African American cultural heritage and introducing young people to occupations in STEM-related fields. According to Linda Wilson, executive director of the Fund II Foundation, "The projects celebrate iconic figures, instill community pride, and also provide the opportunity to educate around them and their achievements for generations to come."

    Other HOPE Crew activities planned with Fund II support include preservation projects at the Pittsburgh home of author August Wilson, the John and Alice Coltrane Home and Chicago's South Side Community Art Center (both National Treasures of the National Trust), and six-week intensive internships for architecture students enrolled at Historically Black Colleges and Universities Morgan State University and Tuskegee University.

  • HOPE Crew Training Underway at 5 Washington, D.C., Sites

    April 25, 2019

    Three corpsmembers break apart soil at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C.

    photo by: Ruth McBain

    Youth corps work at Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

    On April 22, 2019, HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience) began a preservation training at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The previous week, the five-person youth corps had their initial orientation and training at Fort Washington, and they will continue their work at Folger Park, Marshall Hall, and Harmony Hall through the beginning of May 2019.

    The project will continue through the beginning of May, in partnership with Latin American Youth Center (LAYC) and the National Park Service. The corps was organized by LAYC, which works to empower diverse young men and women through multicultural, comprehensive, and innovative programs like HOPE Crew.

    The work at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site (also known as Cedar Hill) includes maintaining the home's cultural landscape and viewshed. This former home of America's most renowned abolitionist has been a place of inspiration for over a century. In 1917, the National Association of Colored Women launched a national campaign to save the Douglass' home and inaugurated the black preservation movement.

    Following the viewshed restoration at Cedar Hill, the corps will begin work at Folger Park in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood.

  • HOPE Crew Corpsmembers Complete 2018 Projects at Grand Teton National Park

    October 18, 2018

    In fall 2018 at Grand Teton National Park near Moose, Wyoming, the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC) completed a range of projects around the Bar BC Dude Ranch site through HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience). After shifting from the original one-track plan of roofing the ranch's Corse Cabin, the team repaired a historic horse corral, patched the rutted ranch road, and constructed a large gate while improving wayfinding at the site's entrance. Corpsmembers also graded the ground on the Bar BC main cabin, designed and built multiple lumber racks, and cracked an incredible amount of puns. This versatile, energetic crew made some vital changes to one of Grand Teton's biggest work sites.

  • Tuskegee University Kicks Off School Year With Hands-On Preservation Training Partnership

    August 22, 2018

    Brick masonry class at Tuskegee University, 1928.

    photo by: Tuskegee University

    Brick masonry class at Tuskegee University, 1928.

    The Tuskegee University Robert R. Taylor School of Architecture and Construction Science, in partnership with the National Trust, National Park Service’s National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Preservation Trades Network, and Alabama Historical Commission, is hosting a two-day historic preservation workshop on Friday, August 24 to Saturday, August 25. The development workshop is intended to teach students, university officials, community members, and preservationists valuable skills, including: photogrammetry (photography and drone technology); documentation workflow; window restoration; brick repointing; and laser scanning.

    Participants working on the school’s historic buildings—many of which were designed by Robert R. Taylor, the first accredited African American architect, and constructed by students almost a century ago—have an opportunity to directly connect to and continue the legacy of Tuskegee University’s architects and builders, while acquiring advanced preservation trade skills that will make them competitive in their professional career paths. Funded in part by the National Trust’s African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, the Historic Preservation Workshop highlights the nationally-significant contributions of Tuskegee University, the only Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campus to be designated a National Historic Site.

  • Fort Wadsworth at Gateway National Recreation Area

    August 21, 2018

    HOPE Crew corpsmembers stand at Fort Wadsworth at Gateway National Recreation Area.

    photo by: Citizens Conservation Corps

    Corpsmembers stand at Fort Wadsworth.

    The National Trust’s HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience), in partnership with the National Park Service, The Corps Network, and the Citizens Conservation Corps, spent two summers repairing an Overlook wall at Fort Wadsworth at Gateway National Recreation Area.

    Under the leadership of Ken Follett, the HOPE Crew project taught a team of young participants, recruited at the Citizens Conservation Corps, about preservation philosophy, building technology, stonemasonry, and project management skills, as they worked together to save the site’s 2,000-foot stone wall that provides an unrivaled view of New York Harbor.

    Although the Overlook wall is constructed of an assortment of natural stones, cut granite blocks, and paving stones, it is 76 years old and must be entirely repointed to be preserved and enjoyed by future generations. Preserving Fort Wadsworth, the fort with the longest continuous military history in the United States, gives visitors a unique opportunity to learn from its story.

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