2020 Volunteer Preservation Projects
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HistoriCorps’ Architectural History team is looking for enthusiastic and curious volunteers to help investigate historic buildings! Sign up to be notified of volunteer opportunities with the AHP team. The team is helping our National Forest partners document and study historic buildings, and what they learn will help forests decide how to best manage these historic properties (including some that might become HistoriCorps preservation projects!). The thing is, there are a lot of historic buildings out there – and the AHP team could really use some help photographing, measuring, and documenting them all. This is not a “normal” HistoriCorps project! Rather than repairing buildings, we’ll be photographing, measuring, investigating, and making recommendations for the Forests.
August 2-7, 2020
Forest Lodge was built in the early 1900s by the Livingston family of St. Paul, MN, as a private getaway. The Adirondack-style camp boasts several buildings, many of which are in need of rehabilitation. Each year for the past eight, HistoriCorps has been invited to be a workforce for saving this place – and ensuring it can continue to serve generations to come. Tireless work by countless individuals has permitted this site to become an unmatched site for environmental education, preservation studies and experiences, and community gatherings. Forest Lodge holds a special place in many HistoriCorps volunteers’ hearts. Tent campers and small RVs/trailers (limited number) can access this campsite.
August 9-14 | August 16-21
August 23-27 | August 29 – September 4
In its first two phases, this project inspired an entire community to give back to this cherished location on Paulina Lake. We want to keep up the good work with phase three this year! We’ll be focusing our efforts on log replacement and other tasks. This campsite is accessible to tent campers and those with small RVs/trailers.
This project is located not far from Boreas Pass road, which connects Breckenridge to Como and is popular for MTBing, OHVing, and skiing. Roberts Cabin is a US Forest Service overnight rental property. We will be installing a new roof! This campsite is accessible to tent campers and those with RVs/trailers, though the ground is not perfectly level and there are no hookups.
August 16-21 | August 23-28
This fire lookout was built in 1919, and is still staffed more than 100 years later! Volunteers will be rehabilitating 19 windows on the lookout, several of which have been recently damaged by wind events. The lookout is located at one of the highest peaks on the Rampart Range, and is a popular destination to hike. Volunteers will need to be prepared to hike roughly 3 miles daily! We’ll hike up to the lookout in the morning (1.5 miles) and back down at the end of the day (1.5 miles). This site will be accessible to those with small RVs/trailers and tents. The ground may not be perfectly level and there are no hookups.
September 6-11 | September 13-18
September 20-25 | September 27 – October 3
After 2019’s inspiring first phase of work on several buildings at Soderberg Ranch at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, we’re thrilled to return this summer into fall! Its unique location and wide range of building materials all tell part of the story of westward expansion and settlement. The ranch and open space were saved from development through an inspiring community effort that prioritized this historic resource and access to the outdoors. The area around Horsetooth Reservoir, just a few minutes from Fort Collins, attract hikers, anglers, climbers, cyclists, and other outdoor lovers from around the country – and our lakeside campsite can’t be beat! Accessible for tent camping and RVs/trailers. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Electrical hookups complimentary!
September 20-25 | September 27 – October 2
HistoriCorps is looking forward to returning for our third year of work at this Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument site! The site is significant because of its association with the Homestead Act: Adeline Hornbek was one of the early settlers in the West Pikes Peak area, having arrived in the mid-1870s with her four children. As head of her household, she led the first homestead application under the Homestead Act of 1862 in the Florissant area. Defying traditional gender roles of the age, Adeline had by 1885 established a substantial ranch in an area of subsistence farming. Our 2020 work will focus on cedar shingle roofing! The campsite will likely be accessible to those with small RVs/trailers and tent campers. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level.
October 11-16 | October 18-23 | October 25-30
“Best known for its bison herd, Daniels Park is a Denver Mountain Park, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Home to historic ranch structures, Daniels Park is the site where Kit Carson was said to have made his last campfire. It is also home to the Tall Bull Memorial Grounds cultural area.” –Douglas County Outdoors. The sunrises and sunsets from our campsite overlooking the mountainous Continental Divide will be unforgettable, and we can also expect to see one of Denver’s two bison herds in and around Daniels Park! We plan to re-roof the small structure (and enjoy the views while doing so). Tents and RVs/trailers welcome. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level.