Volunteer with HistoriCorps

Historic preservation is for everyone! HistoriCorps provides volunteer opportunities preserving historic structures on public lands across America. Join us for an adventure in the great outdoors. Help us hammer, reroof, chisel, repair, replace, paint, and sand historic buildings back to life. No previous construction experience is required, just a positive attitude and strong work ethic.

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Volunteer on a Project

HistoriCorps provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures on public lands across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps field staff to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair.

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What to Expect

Thank you for volunteering your time to join HistoriCorps on a project. With your your support, we are able to save America’s cultural and historical resources for generations to come. During a HistoriCorps project you can expect to make new friends, learn new skills, create life-long memories and have FUN. There is NO FEE to participate in a HistoriCorps project.

Before a HistoriCorps project begins, HistoriCorps will:

  • Email volunteers a pre-arrival packet containing directions, camping information, project details, logistics, etc.
  • Reconfirm volunteer attendance,  medical information, dietary restrictions, and emergency contact information through a phone call or email

During a typical HistoriCorps project, HistoriCorps provides volunteers with the following amenities at NO charge:

  • A campsite
  • Delicious meals (3 meals a day plus snacks)
  • Tools
  • Safety equipment
  • Building materials
  • Guidance from trained HistoriCorps Field Staff

Volunteers ARE responsible for providing their own:

  • Camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pillow)
  • Personal attire and toiletries
  • Transportation to and from the project

*Occasionally, a HistoriCorps project will not provide campsite accommodations or meals. These details are noted under the project description.

A Sample Session for a Project

A typical HistoriCorps project session runs Sunday evening through Friday afternoon. Each project is different, but in general, follow the sample agenda below:

6:00pm Volunteers arrive at the campsite on Sunday evening to meet HistoriCorps field staff and set up camp
Monday- Thursday:
Meet for a safety circle, during which volunteers stretch and prepare for the day
HistoriCorps field staff review the project, explain the project tasks for the week and begin to teach historic preservation skills to volunteers
12:00pm Break for lunch
1:00pm Volunteers break off into groups to conduct different tasks to preserve the historic structure
3:00pm Break for water and snacks
3:15pm Volunteers continue to conduct different tasks to preserve the historic structure
5:00pm Dinner
6:00pm Free time or smores around the fire with field staff and volunteers
Volunteers and staff circle up for a safety circle. During safety circle, volunteers stretch and prepare for the day
08:30am Volunteers break off into groups to conduct different tasks to preserve the historic structure
11:30am Clean-up
12:00pm Lunch and project wrap-up
01:00pm End of project

Spotlight Stories

Volunteering on a HistoriCorps project is an unforgettable experience, but don’t take our word for it..

Volunteer Spotlight: Rachael Bray

No matter the weather conditions, HistoriCorps has always been able to count on Rachael Bray to volunteer. Snow, torrential rain, floods and high temperatures have never stopped Rachael from venturing out to participate in a HistoriCorps project. Her drive and dedication to preservation have impressed both staff and fellow volunteers alike. Rachael has attended four projects over the past two seasons including Baehrden Lodge, Hannah Barker House, Echo Lake Picnic [...]

By |December 15th, 2015|Spotlight|

Volunteer Spotlight: Dan Perry

Dan Perry, one of HistoriCorps’ most enthusiastic supporters, has volunteered for three consecutive seasons, joining us at the Tobasco Cabin in 2012, the Golconda Mining Complex in 2013, and the Dawson Cabin in 2014. Before moving to Greeley, CO to run the Greeley Museum System, Dan worked as the Chair of the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Board. A self-taught blacksmith of over 30 years, Dan has cultivated a life-long interest in [...]

By |December 1st, 2015|Spotlight|

Volunteer Spotlight: Allen and Ruth Ann White

Dynamic husband-and-wife team Allen and Ruth Ann make “giving back” a central part of their lives. Working with the Forest Service’s Passport in Time program since the mid 90’s, the Whites are especially drawn to volunteer opportunities involving history and the outdoors. Allen remarked, “For years, I was able to hike on trails maintained by others, visit historic places maintained by others, camp in campgrounds maintained by others, and now [...]

By |February 27th, 2014|Spotlight|


Become a HistoriCorps Ambassador

Volunteers are the heart of HistoriCorps. YOU are our best advocates in the community. HistoriCorps Ambassadors share their experiences on HistoriCorps projects through writing and submitting blog posts, letters to the editor, and news reports.

1. Blog post
Write about your experience on a HistoriCorps project and be featured on HistoriCorps’ blog. Please email your blog post HERE.
2. Letters to the editor
Write about your experience on a HistoriCorps project and submit the article to a local or national publication. Please contact us if you have any questions or to let us know about your submission HERE.
3. News reports
Are you a journalist interested in reporting on a HistoriCorps project?

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Join HistoriCorps’ Volunteer Fundraising and Outreach Committee

HistoriCorps supporters in the Denver, Colorado area are invited to join HistoriCorps’ Volunteer Fundraising and Outreach Committee. Committee members meet once a month to plan fundraising and outreach events for HistoriCorps’.

Join the fundraising and outreach committee

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? We have answers! If you do not see the answer to your question below, contact HistoriCorps here for more information.

Started in 2009, HistoriCorps is 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a mission to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education. We are modeled after community service programs such as the Civilian Conservation Corps, Peace Corps, and AmeriCorps.
You! We encourage the involvement of volunteers, veterans, youth and students in HistoriCorps projects. No previous construction or historic preservation experience is required, however, it is welcome. As with all of our projects, participants should be healthy, active and enthusiastic. All volunteers must be physically fit and willing to work in variable weather and altitudes.

Many of our volunteer opportunities include tasks appropriate for children ages 14 and above. However, please consult the project description to confirm the project is appropriate for youth involvement. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or be part of an organized group.

You can register for HistoriCorps projects online on our “Volunteer” page. Read over our project descriptions, choose a project, and register. Volunteers are accepted on a first come first serve basis.
No. HistoriCorps does NOT charge a fee for projects. Volunteers are provided with a campsite, delicious meals, tools, safety equipment, materials and HistoriCorps staff leaders on every project. Volunteers are only responsible for their camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pillow), personal attire and transportation to and from the project.
HistoriCorps provides volunteers with a FREE CAMPSITE for projects. However, volunteers are responsible for providing their own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, pillow). Volunteers that are not interested in camping are responsible for providing their own accommodations. Projects in more remote locations may not have hotels or cabins available as lodging options.
Transportation to and from the project is the responsibility of the volunteer. Very remote projects may not be accessible by passenger vehicle and require a short hike. Individual project pages include information regarding the location and access of each project site.
Visit HistoriCorps’“Submit a Project” page to learn about the criteria we use to select a project and to submit your project.
Yes! On a typical HistoriCorps project session (Sunday-Friday), volunteers can expect to receive 35 community service hours. If you need to have your hours verified, please bring you paperwork to the project.

Additional information about HistoriCorps restrictions: Volunteers are required to follow all federal, state and local laws while on a project. As with any job site, safety is important. Volunteers cannot be under the influence of drugs or alcohol while on the job site. In order to provide a safe job site free from potential distractions or conflicts, pets are not allowed on the job site. If you are planning to camp near the site, pets must be confined within your campsite during working hours.

Historicorps recognizes that injuries are a possibility when working on projects of this nature. We appreciate the time volunteers contribute to us and provide Blanket Accident coverage to volunteers as part of our insurance program. This product is designed to provide a limited ($25,000) benefit for medical expenses, accidental death or dismemberment. The product is not designed to replace traditional insurance, so it is advisable that HistoriCorps volunteers carry their own medical coverage.

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