Tales from Ernie & Friends, Part 1

Hi. I'm Ernie. The Historicorps office folks call me T2.  How bland can one be, eh?!  I’ve been asked to launch this new blog, kinda like a travelog.  I guess I get the honors because I am the oldest truck in the fleet — and the smallest.  BUT, never underestimate my grit.  Even if I [...]

2017-10-24T12:21:19+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Letter from Wyoming

Letter from Wyoming  By Scotty Campbell  I stepped inside and the wind stopped whipping my face. Suddenly the only sound I could hear was the draft moving through the open-slatted walls. Martha glanced around the interior. I could tell she found the barn a familiar space.  She was our archaeologist, working with the Bureau of Land Management. "This building," she said, "was used for shearing the sheep." She indicated the primitive machines [...]

2017-10-24T12:22:00+00:00 August 10th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

An Alaskan Journey

Jake Howe of Chester, VA, a current HistoriCorps Institute student, admits he’s not the typical candidate for extreme treks in Alaskan forests. After receiving an Associate’s degree at Richard Bland College, Jake recently transferred to Virginia Commonwealth University to pursue a degree in environmental studies. When one of his professors sent him information about HistoriCorps’ [...]

2017-10-24T12:22:27+00:00 July 14th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

A Triumph of the Spirit of the USDA Forest Service and HistoriCorps

HistoriCorps volunteers in 2014 helping to preserve the Fabyan Guard Station. In 2014, John Rossi and Natalie Henshaw led a crew of volunteers (including several veterans) in preserving the historic Fabyan Guard Station, built in 1923 and located in the White Mountain National Forest in northern New Hampshire. Regrettably, some time late winter [...]

2017-10-24T12:22:42+00:00 June 5th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

I Dreamt of Palace Station (Part III)

I Dreamt of Palace Station, Part III Ray L. Jackson How did Palace Station and the Spence family secure their place in history? What is it that creates the page in the book, the mark on our memory, and turns story to legend? Certainly, the simple fact that the building itself survives helps to preserve [...]

2017-10-24T12:23:43+00:00 May 12th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

I Dreamt of Palace Station by Ray L. Jackson

  I Dreamt of Palace Station (Part I) Ray L. Jackson A view of the front porch of Palace Station, taken in late 1986 by the author and used with the author's permission. From the author's own notes: "The main cabin is built from hand-hewn logs (squared manually with an axe), and the axe [...]

2017-10-24T12:24:42+00:00 April 28th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments

Field Staff Spotlight: Kat Weisbecker

Our first project of the season was at Death Valley this year, and who better to lead the crew than one of our favorites, Kat Weisbecker? Kat has been working for HistoriCorps as a crew leader for just one year now but she quickly became known for her delicious camp cooked meals and her hard work [...]

2017-03-07T09:51:30+00:00 March 7th, 2017|Blog, Spotlight|0 Comments

We made how many bricks?!

This month, volunteers traveled to Death Valley, California to restore the historic wall surrounding the CCC barracks at Cow Creek Camp. What was involved in the restoration? Brick making. That's right, 14 volunteers learned how to make adobe bricks, and boy did they make some bricks! In total, over a two week period, volunteers created [...]

2017-02-27T11:13:09+00:00 February 27th, 2017|Blog|0 Comments