Remembering Paul Bruhn
This past week brought the sad news that Paul Bruhn, longtime director of the Preservation Trust of Vermont, had passed away after 40 years of leading the organization (plus 33 years of doing other things).
One of Paul’s signature contributions to historic preservation in Vermont was in the way he wove historic preservation into progressive ideas about rural economic development - helping repurpose buildings to house local businesses, supporting general stores in villages in all corners of the state, investing in barn conservation, and working to concentrate new growth in downtowns as an important component of preserving Vermont’s agricultural lands. This approach made him a key agricultural leader for a generation of Vermonters, even if his wasn’t a household name on all farms.
In honor of Paul’s vision for thriving rural communities, our news round up story will look at some past articles exploring the confluence of historic preservation, local food businesses, and agricultural lands:
Remembering Paul Bruhn - VPR (2019)
Profile Interview with Paul Bruhn - PBS (2011)
Exit 4 Project - Preserving Agricultural Land in Randolph - Preservation Trust (2019)
The Anti-Sprawl Wal-Mart - Rutland Herald (2003)
Preservationists Call Vermont Endangered, By Wal-Mart - NY Times (2004)
Stopping the Deceptive ‘Utopia’ that Threatened 4 Historic Vermont Towns - National Trust for Historic Preservation (2019)
Barns Brought Back from the Brink - Rutland Herald (this is an old article, the Preservation Trust funding that was in doubt when it ran in 2006 was restored)
Vermont Grange Film Features Deeply Rooted Agricultural Institution - Historic New England (2018)
Barnard General Store Gets a New Lease on Life - Stowe Today (2013)
Vermont General Store Owners Innovate to Stay Relevant - Seven Days (2018)
Community Supported Enterprises - (2010)
Filling a Hole in the Heart of Town - Boston Globe (2009)