Historic Preservation Planning Alumni

Join Work Weekend in New Bedford, Massachusetts

This year's Work Weekend takes place April 16-19 in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Participants will contribute to the rehabilitation of the National Register-listed First Baptist Church constructed in 1829. Event organizers are partnering with two local groups, the Waterfront Historic Area LeaguE (known as WHALE--take another pass at Moby-Dick if you don't get the joke) and Your Theater, who aim to adaptively reuse the church as a performance venue. All alumni are welcome to come to New Bedford to donate sweat equity and contribute to this very worthy project! Primary working days are Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18; lodging is on your own.

Of particular note: HPPA is supporting an alumni and student mixer planned for the evening of the 18th, at 7:30pm (exact location TBD). Alumni in New England and beyond are invited to attend and connect with past and current students--participation in the full weekend is by no means required.

Please plan to take part in this year's Work Weekend and contribute to the revitalization of downtown New Bedford, an incredible historic place that has fallen on some hard times. For additional information or to RSVP for any or all of the event, please contact student organizers Sean McGee ( and Ana Felisa Huckfeldt (


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