In October 2012, a group of young, energetic, preservation-minded individuals came together to form what was originally called the Ohio Valley Young Preservationists (OVYP). As of January 2015, the name has been changed to Wheeling Young Preservationists (WYP) to better reflect the group’s focus and composition. Although we are still an all inclusive group, welcoming people of all ages and hometowns!
Members share a deep love of Wheeling and the common goal of preserving the history, culture, and buildings of this city. Events include regular happy hours, which provide members with a space to meet other like-minded young people and brainstorm new side projects, and workdays at the “Blue Church” located in East Wheeling. WYP is well known for the workshops instructed by valued members of the preservation and construction community.
The Wheeling Young Preservationists are a network of advocates committed to preserving Wheeling's built heritage. Our mission is to promote building preservation through educational opportunities, community partnerships, and advocacy. This mission is reflected in our workshops and events in the community. Our vision is to preserve Wheeling's past to ensure a brighter future for tomorrow.