Saving a Crumbling Cracker House

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Spend a week - or two - pitching in on preservation efforts at the historic Sommer House, affectionately known as the Cracker House, for its assocation with the inventor of the Premium Saltine Cracker. Learn and apply building restoration skills as you work, enjoy the ambiance of this friendly Midwestern city.

Learn practical preservation skills while you help the Cracker House Project save an Italianate gem on this volunteer vacation with Adventures in Preservation.

Trip includes ample time to explore St. Joseph's fascinating history and stunning architectural heritage.

One-week trip dates: May 28 - June 3, 2017 and June 4 -10, 2017

For full details, see the project description page.

914 Main St - 914 Main St, St Joseph, MO 64501, USA

Sunday: Arrival; meet and greet at Cracker House cookout.

Monday-Friday: Discussion of daily work and skills involved, followed by hands-on training and work. Several excursions will take place during the week.

Saturday: Departure for those staying one week; excursions for those attending for two weeks.



We can arrange pickup from the Kansas City International Airport for those who do not wish to rent a car. Driving time from Kansas to St. Joseph is about 1 hour.

We can arrange drop off at the Kansas City International Airport for those who do not rent a car.

Bring clothing that is appropriate for the temperatures and also protective while working. Please be conscious that safety is an important issue at any work site.

Ground transportation between airport and lodging

Lodging during your session

Breakfast, lunch and 1 dinner

Excursions during your trip dates

Instruction from on-site experts


Travel to St. Joseph, Missouri or Kansas City International Airport

Visa, if required

Most dinners

Trip insurance is highly recommended


 Payment is due in full no later than 30 days prior to the start of the trip.

  • If your choice of session is not available, you will be notified immediately, and you may choose between enrolling in another session with places available or receiving a full refund.
  • A non-refundable 50% deposit is required at the time of registration. The deposit may be applied toward attending another project only if you cancel more than 60 days prior to the project start date.
  • If you cancel more than 30 days before the start of the project and have paid the fee in full, you will receive a refund of 50% of the fee. The remaining 50% is nonrefundable.
  • No refund is possible within 30 days of project start or during the project.
  • All payments made to Adventures in Preservation by the participant to attend a project will be refunded if Adventures in Preservation cancels the project.
  • Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.



914 Main St
914 Main St, St Joseph, MO 64501, USA