About Us

About Us 2018-05-09T12:47:44+00:00

HistoriCorps’ mission is to save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education.

HistoriCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that 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. HistoriCorps works to ensure America’s cultural and historical resources exist for generations to come.

We have fun, get dirty, work hard, and feel deeply satisfied when we can preserve a national treasure.

HistoriCorps History

HistoriCorps evolved out of a network of volunteers and professionals dedicated to saving America’s special places.

Between 2002 and 2007, a group representing land managers and preservation stewards got together to restore buildings in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest, Leadville, and Twin Lakes. The partnership demonstrated that a public-private program engaging a network of volunteers and professionals in the preservation of historic places was possible.

In 2009, the United States Forest Service (USFS) approached Colorado Preservation Inc. (CPI) with the idea to form a “corps” modeled after community service programs like the renowned Depression-era Civilian Conservation Corps.  The program was created through an appropriation of funding by the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The first official HistoriCorps preservation project was a community work-day in October 2009 to paint, clean, and repair the USFS Ranger Station and the facades of historic buildings on Main Street of Saguache, Colorado. The project involved 30 volunteers from the community.

There was a need in America for an organization that could conduct “step-on, step-off” projects to save historic structures on public lands and provide resources including volunteers, expertise, tools, and equipment. HistoriCorps is now building the capacity of public land management agencies to preserve their historic resources, advance green technologies, and foster stewardship among local communities. By working with constituents, partners and alternative workforces, HistoriCorps is implementing meaningful solutions that save special places for generations to come.

In January 2013, HistoriCorps became an official 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

“Without volunteers like us, a lot of these things just go to waste and rot away because nobody has the money, the time, or the work force to do it,”
- Amanda Tulley

Our Dedicated HistoriCorps team. Leadership with a difference.

 “Our work is important, simply because if we forget our history, we really won’t have any direction for our future,”
HistoriCorps Project Supervisor John Bales

Townsend H. “Towny” Anderson
Townsend H. “Towny” Anderson CEO / Executive Director

Towny Anderson has over 40 years of experience with historic preservation. He has restored historic properties first as craftsman, then contractor, and later developer and owner. He was an independent scholar, cum laude graduate of Middlebury College and attended the Preservation Leadership Training program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Anderson served as Vermont’s first appointed State Historic Preservation Officer, as Director of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers and as Chair of the Vermont Historic Preservation Advisory Council. He is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Anderson co-wrote groundbreaking statewide legislation encouraging reinvestment in Vermont’s historic downtowns. He was a founding board member of MainStreet Steamboat Springs. Two of his certified historic rehabilitation projects received National Trust Preservation Honor awards. Appointed Executive Director of HistoriCorps in August 2012, Towny Anderson is bringing together everything he loves about historic preservation – buildings, people, beautiful places, and education. 

Jonas Landes
Jonas LandesDirector of Operations

Jonas began his preservation career 14 years ago while repairing deteriorated log-work at Camp Santanoni, a National Historic Landmark. Since that first project he has restored or rehabilitated multiple buildings and structures in well over two dozen states. He is in charge of Project Development at HistoriCorps and has worked for the organization since its founding in 2009.  Jonas has authored project assessments and work plans for structures across the United States from backcountry shelters in Alaska to stone CCC-built structures in Puerto Rico.

Steve Seebohm
Steve SeebohmOperations and Projects Manager
Jason Whitehead
Jason WhiteheadProjects and Operations Manager for the Eastern Office

Ever since he can remember Jason has been surrounded by old houses, from his grandmother's 1840s farmhouse to his more than twenty years with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  He received his Bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Commonwealth University and went on to complete a rigorous apprenticeship in traditional masonry at Colonial Williamsburg.  He later became the first Master of Masonry Trades there.  A key element of his work was the making and firing of handmade bricks using traditional methods.  He also specialized in developing authentic mortars and plasters for use in preservation work and has worked on some of the oldest buildings in Virginia and North Carolina.

 

Liz Rice
Liz RiceVolunteer Manager

Liz brings a decade of experience in program development and management for both youth and adult volunteer projects and events. As an AmeriCorps VISTA alumna and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she has experience coordinating successful projects on public and private lands with federal, state, and local partners at regional and local levels. Liz received her Bachelors of Public Affairs, focusing on Nonprofit Management, from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Donald Rae
Donald RaeDevelopment Officer

Donald has a background in legal practice in the UK and non-profit management, development, communications and marketing in the USA. He received his LLB (Honours) and DipLP from the University of Edinburgh. Before relocating to Colorado in 2015 he taught at Champlain and Burlington Colleges in Vermont and served on the advisory board of the Vermont Film Commission and the Vermont Office of the Creative Economy. He is a Member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Hameed Alnassar
Hameed AlnassarCommunications & Volunteer Coordinator

Hameed, an AmeriCorps alumnus and member of the U.S. Committee of the Blue Shield, most recently worked at the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property. During his tenure he planned events for dignitaries like Prince Charles, interviewed experts to produce videos on cultural heritage, and presented at conferences in Africa, Asia and Europe. He holds a BA in Communications from Marquette University and an MA in Anthropology from Stony Brook University. His conservation experience stems from work on an ancient sun-temple in the United Arab Emirates, the Institute for Field Research's "City of the Dead" program in Egypt, and UNESCO's World Heritage program in Bahrain.

Alison Thornton
Alison Thornton Preservation Corps Coordinator and Crew Leader

Alison is an archaeologist with a passion for historic preservation. Prior to joining HistoriCorps, she worked with the AFHA AmeriCorps Hands On preservation team in West Virginia on partnership projects between the Monongahela National Forest and HistoriCorps. As Preservation Corps Coordinator and Crew Leader, Alison is serving as a member of both the field staff and administrative teams to lead crews in the field and develop a dedicated preservation corps. She shares, "I am continuously amazed at how many fantastic people I meet on these projects, and the breadth of work we’re able to accomplish." 

 

HistoriCorps Institute Team   |   Petersburg, VA

Robert Ogle
Robert OgleDirector, HistoriCorps Institute

Robert W. Ogle has a distinguished career in the historic preservation movement as professional practitioner, academic, and author. His contributions include heading up HistoriCorps Institute, leading the Preservation Services Team at Historic New England, serving as Director of Historic Preservation studies and Administrative Faculty at the Boston Architectural College where he developed the graduate and undergraduate degree programs in historic preservation. Prior to joining the BAC, he served in leadership and professorial positions for institutions including Spoon River College, Lamar Community College, Colorado Mountain College, and University of Kentucky. He earned a Master of Historic Preservation degree from the University of Kentucky, a Certificate in Historic Preservation from Bucks County Community College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and Economics from Philadelphia University and has completed post-graduate study at the University of Colorado-Denver and Salve Regina University.

Jamie Tobias
Jamie TobiasMarketing Manager, HistoriCorps Institute

Experienced in the world of higher education, Jamie serves as a resource for HistoriCorps Institute students. She earned her MS in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University and studied Spanish and Anthropology as an undergraduate student. 

HistoriCorps Board Members

Michael Metcalf

Founder and Chairman of the Board

Metcalf Archaeological Consultants

Robert Musgraves

Secretary

President and COO of Titanium Metals Corps (Retired)

Edward Weihman

Director

President, Kirkwood, Weihman & Co., LLC

Kim Mailes

Director

CEO of Big Spring Properties, Retired automobile dealership owner
Frequent volunteer on HistoriCorps projects

Robert G. H. Pahl

Director

President, Pahl Architecture LLC. (Retired)

Awards  and  Recognition

Awards and Recognition for Preservation Excellence

Preserve America RGBWe are thrilled and honored that HistoriCorps has been officially designated as a Preserve America Steward for our work engaging volunteers to save and sustain historic places on public lands throughout the country. Of course, we couldn’t have done it without the enthusiasm and tireless dedication of our amazing volunteers! Check out this Preserve America Steward Designation Letter from First Lady Michelle Obama. You can read more about Preserve America Steward program, administered by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation here.

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