Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program participants in Tennessee, 2019..

Preservation Maryland Launches National Campaign for Historic Trades

07/02/2019
By Preservation Maryland

After months of planning and coordination with the National Historic Preservation Training Center, a unit of the National Park Service, Preservation Maryland is pleased to officially announce a new partnership and program: The Campaign for Historic Trades.

The Campaign for Historic Trades will support the diverse needs of the National Historic Preservation Training Center, with a central focus on the Center’s work to train skilled preservation tradespeople through its Traditional Trades Apprenticeship Program (TTAP). In addition, the Campaign will work to increase awareness of the Center’s preservation projects around the nation and to expand the scale and impact of the educational outreach provided by the Center. The Campaign and its staff will work to encourage private philanthropic support of these efforts. The Center and the Campaign will also work in partnership to expand the geographic footprint of the apprenticeship program in 2020 and beyond.

Preservation Maryland was selected by the National Park Service to act as the official charitable partner of the National Historic Preservation Training Center, which is headquartered in Frederick, Maryland, due to the non-profit’s nearly nine-decade long commitment to preservation in Maryland and beyond. The Campaign will be administered as a program of Preservation Maryland, a 501c3 non-profit organization, with a uniquely national focus.

In Maryland, and beyond, the Campaign for Historic Trades will seek out philanthropic support to support the Center’s mission and specifically to engage at-risk youth, young adults and recent veterans in the Center’s well-proven apprenticeship programs. To date, the campaign has raised significant and generous support from Tauck Inc., the Driehaus Foundation, and The 1772 Foundation.

Staff of the National Historic Preservation Training Center at Shafer Farm House, Burkittsville, MD, 2017.

Funds provided by Tauck Tours, Inc. are directly supporting a cohort of veteran apprentices this summer who are working to rehabilitate and restore historic resources at Antietam National Battlefield, Gettysburg National Military Park and Manassas National Battlefield. Additional cohorts of apprentices from the Training Center are also working this summer to restore similar resources in Georgia, Puerto Rico, coastal Virginia and northern California.

Across the nation, thousands of construction jobs go unfilled – a quiet crisis that grows each day. The problem is only magnified for the historic trades which also suffer from a lack of new entrants into the workforce. In order to address this challenge, the National Park Service and The Campaign for Historic Trades are partnering to increase opportunities for all Americans to enter the trades and help restore the nation’s vast and irreplaceable heritage.

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About Preservation Maryland and the Campaign for Historic Trades

Preservation Maryland, an 88-year old non-profit organization headquartered in Maryland, will support, administer and fundraise on behalf of this new national campaign. The Campaign for Historic Trades joins several other ambitious initiatives of the organization, including Smart Growth MarylandPreserveCast, and PreserveList. Contributions made to The Campaign for Historic Trades will be restricted specifically for that program. The Campaign for Historic Trades is a program of Preservation Maryland, a 501c3 non-profit organization, and donations to the Campaign are deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

About the National Historic Preservation Training Center

Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Frederick Maryland, The National Historic Preservation Training Center is the National Park Service unit responsible for training preservation tradespeople and providing expert support for park units tackling complex preservation projects. From Mount Rushmore to Gettysburg, the Center’s talented staff has helped to restore countless historic treasures and in doing so is helping to train the next generation of preservation tradespeople.

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