Summer 2014

Six French volunteers joined with American volunteers and interns at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, and collaborated with the experienced staff at Green-Wood Cemetery.

Green-Wood Cemetery:  Volunteers worked  on the marble and bronze treasures in Green-Wood, as well as collaborating with Green-Wood staff on a project at Prospect Cemetery in Queens.

Bartow-Pell Mansion (Historic House Trust):  Volunteers continued the ongoing shutter restoration, learning woodworking and finishing skills. 

Summer 2013

Six French volunteers joined with American volunteers and interns at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, and collaborated with the experienced staff at Green-Wood Cemetery.

Green-Wood Cemetery:  Volunteers worked to clean and repair tombstones and monuments, including one historic marker commemorating the life of Abraham Lincoln's friend and telegrapher, Charles Tinker.

Bartow-Pell Mansion (Historic House Trust):  Volunteers made progress painting and finishing the mansion's indoor shutters. Volunteers also spoke with expert speakers from around New York, who offered advice and a variety of perspectives on historic preservation.


Summer 2012

Five wonderful French volunteers came to New York City to work in the Bronx, at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum, and with our long-time partners at Green-Wood Cemetery:

Green-Wood Cemetery:  Volunteers spent a week working on monuments highlighting French-American relations, including the tombstone of a celebrated French wine merchant.  Their work was covered by the press!.

Bartow-Pell Mansion (Historic House Trust): In the Bronx, the volunteers continued last year's shutter work at the Shutter Restoration workshop.

Summer 2011

This summer, Preservation Volunteers sent French and US volunteers to Green-Wood Cemetery and the Bartow-Pell Mansion once again.

Green-Wood Cemetery:  Volunteers spent the week at Green-Wood maintaining the cemetery’s famous monuments.

Bartow-Pell Mansion (Historic House Trust): The second week was spent at the Bartow-Pell mansion in the Bronx, where Volunteers learned about preserving original woodwork and details in the Shutter Restoration workshop.

Summer 2010

This summer, Preservation Volunteers sent a terrific group of 2 French, 2 Belgian and 4 US volunteers to Green-Wood Cemetery and Historic House Trust.

Green-Wood Cemetery:  Volunteers spent the first week at Green-Wood maintaining the cemetery’s elegant monuments, including the famous Minerva Statue.

Bartow-Pell Mansion (Historic House Trust):  The second week was spent at the Bartow-Pell mansion in the Bronx. Volunteers helped restore the Delano and Aldrich-designed, walled terraced garden.

Summer 2009

This summer our volunteers worked at the beautiful old Green-Wood Cemetery (established 1834), where they continued work that volunteers were involved in last year, as well as the Historic House Trust, which manages many historic New York structures.

Green-Wood Cemetery:  At this historic landmark in Brooklyn, volunteers cleaned stones, repaired stones, dug up buried stones.  Joey, the supervisor, was thrilled with their work and has maintained some friendships to this day.

Lefferts Homestead (Historic House Trust):  Through the Historic House Trust, volunteers repaired a section of brick walk that was torn up during utility repairs, built a French drain to carry rain water away from a wooden porch, cleaned gutters and repainted the floor of the double parlor. Lefferts Historic House is a circa 1783 farmhouse located within the 237 hectares of Prospect Park in Brooklyn.


Summer 2008

In 2008, Preservation Volunteers assigned French volunteers to three American projects: 10 were assigned to Brooklyn's Green-Wood Cemetery, then half were pulled off to work for a week for New York’s Historic House Trust, and finally, as in 2007, six volunteers were sent to New Paltz, N.Y., celebrated for its store of 18th-century Huguenot homes. This old city, established by French Huguenots fleeing from persecution in France, has a number of 17th and 18th-century houses in the area known as Huguenot Village that are cared for by the Huguenot Historical Society. Volunteers sanded and scraped old paint, primed and painted the exteriors of the old buildings--and learned much about the building technology of past centuries.

Green-Wood Cemetery:  Ten French volunteers continued PV’s ongoing work with the cemetery stones.

Bartow-Pell Mansion (Historic House Trust):  Five volunteers were pulled off to work for a week for New York’s Historic House Trust

Huguenot Village:   Six volunteers were sent to New Paltz, N.Y.  This old city, established by French Huguenots fleeing from persecution in France, has a number of 17th and 18th-century houses in the area known as Huguenot Village that are cared for by the Huguenot Historical Society. Volunteers sanded and scraped old paint, primed and painted the exteriors of the old buildings, and learned about antique building technologies.

Summer 2007

In 2007, Preservation Volunteers received glowing reports for its work on all of Green-Wood’s sites. "They were simply wonderful," Richard Moylan, president of the cemetery, said of the volunteers, who worked at cleaning and restoring gravestones and mausoleums. "They were smart, they worked hard, and our people loved them."

Green-Wood Cemetery:  Preservation Volunteers received glowing reports for its work on all of Green-Wood’s sites. "They were simply wonderful," Richard Moylan, president of the cemetery, said of the volunteers, who worked at cleaning and restoring gravestones and mausoleums. "They were smart, they worked hard, and our people loved them."

Huguenot Historical Society:  Volunteers worked at rebuilding 18th-century Huguenot homes in New Paltz, NY.

Summer 2006

In 2006, several Americans joined the French volunteers at Green-Wood Cemetery. Volunteers re-bedded and restored gravestones and similar objects that had been eroded by time. French volunteers worked with New York’s Historic House Trust restoring some of New York's 18th- and 19th-century structures. French volunteers were joined by three Americans at New Paltz Restoration. The French reported their pleasure at improving their English and of making friends of the local residents. The Americans enjoyed working on the antique structures side by side with the foreign visitors.

Green-Wood Cemetery:  Several Americans joined seven French volunteers at Green-Wood Cemetery. Volunteers re-bedded and restored gravestones and similar objects that had been eroded by time.

Dyckman Farmhouse and Morris-Jumel Mansion (Historic House Trust):  French volunteers worked with New York’s Historic House Trust restoring some of New York's 18th- and 19th-century structures.

Huguenot Historical Society:  French volunteers were joined by three Americans at New Paltz Restoration. The French reported their pleasure at improving their English and of making friends of the local residents. The Americans enjoyed working on the antique structures side by side with the foreign visitors.

French Sites -  Esseillon and Caroline:  Three Preservation Volunteers from the United States completed the French-American cultural exchange by traveling to France and engaging in restoration projects there under the auspices of REMPART.  Two volunteers worked in the Alps, helping to restore the Esseillon fortress.  The third worked at Caroline Hospital, a chantier just off the coast of Marseille.  The two volunteers who needed help paying for airfare from the United States took advantage of travelships generously funded by the Florence Gould Foundation.

Summer 2005


Fairview Schoolhouse in Gunnison, Colorado:  Volunteers spent two weeks scrubbing old wooden walls,painting, and reinforcing older parts of the schoolhouse structure while building lasting relationships in the community and even participating in a Pie Auction!


PV's Startup Years: 2002-2004

2002:  PV's first year of operation. French and American volunteers worked at restoration projects in The Green-Wood Cemetery and in Brooklyn's historic Fort Greene Park. (A picture of the five French volunteers posing before a stone marker on a plot owned by a French association appeared in the cemetery's annual report--the first time that its report had carried a picture of live persons in its century and two-thirds' existence.) Other volunteers, French and American, started the restoration process -- carpentry and painting -- on a deteriorated century-old one-room schoolhouse in Gunnison, Colorado restoring it for use as a community center.

2003: Five PV volunteers–three French, two American-- labored on the classic 1823 United Methodist Church in Nantucket, Mass. All were lodged in a private home (with back-yard pool). Six French volunteers painted the interior and much of the exterior of the 1776 Lefferts homestead in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park. All were lodged in Park Slope homes.

2004: Through arrangement with New York's Historic House Trust, five French volunteers worked at the 1776 Morris-Jumel house in Manhattan. Four volunteers worked at The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. All nine were lodged in Park Slope homes in Brooklyn. Four American volunteers helped to restore a 19th-century structure in Gothic, Colorado, an abandoned mining town 9,000 feet high in the Rockies, for use by the renowned Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.

Past PV Projects

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