Our 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

Read HistoriCorps’ 2018 Annual Report

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.



HistoriCorps and its partners received the 2018 Heritage Tourism Award from the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia! Project Manager Jason Whitehead accepted the award alongside our partners the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area’s Preservation Team, and Monongahela National Forest. For more on the project and the award, check out the following video here!



The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards is the only people’s choice award where volunteers, donors, and people served by nonprofits are asked to share stories of inspiration and express their appreciation. In 2018, HistoriCorps won a Top-Rated Award, earning a spot on the prestigious Top-Rated Nonprofits List for being rated highly by volunteers! According to a study by Software Advice, the GreatNonprofits seal is the second most trusted rating seal, after the Better Business Bureau.



HistoriCorps is proud to announce that the Skinner Cabin project was awarded a Museums of Western Colorado (MWC) Heritage Preservation Prize in March 2017! Thank you to our crew leaders, field staff, volunteers, and everyone else who worked hard to earn this distinction.

The Heritage Awards celebrate the contributions of community members toward fulfilling the Museum’s mission of discovering, preserving, and sharing the heritage of the Grand Valley. The preservation award recognizes distinguished and long-term efforts of an individual, group or organization to the preservation of Mesa County’s architectural treasures.