HistoriCorps
Upcoming Volunteer Projects

Upcoming Volunteer Projects




Upcoming Preservation Projects

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Projects will be added to our calendar regularly throughout the year!

HistoriCorps is committed to keeping our volunteers, staff, and project communities safe. All volunteers will be required to affirm that they will be fully vaccinated from the Covid-19 virus by the time their project begins.

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Point Iroquois Lighthouse, MI 2022

Partner: Hiawatha National Forest

August 14-19

The Point Iroquois Lighthouse sits along the Whitefish Bay at the eastern most point of Lake Superior. French explorers/colonizers began occupying the area in 1620 and in 1622, there was a notable battle between the Ojibwe and Iroquois for control of the point, which the Iroquois lost. Two hundred years later, in the mid-1800s, copper and iron ore were discovered here, which secured the point’s fate as a strategically important place. On September 20, 1857, two years after a wooden lighthouse and keepers’ residence were constructed, a guiding light shone over the channel for the first time. This first light illuminated the watery highway for 107 years, during which time the original wood buildings were replaced with brick constructs. We are thrilled to have been invited back following our successful project in 2021. We are honored to train both volunteers and members of YouthWork, an award-winning organization, this summer! Tent camping only; those with truck bed campers or similar can also access this site. There are RV sites in the vicinity at Monocle Lake Campground and Brimley State Park Campground but volunteers will need to make their own reservations, and plan to commute to and from the site daily.

Lemley Mill and Miners Delight Saloon, WY

Partner: Bureau of Land Management

August 15-20, and August 22-27

Located just 40 minutes from the outdoor-lovers’ destination of Lander, WY, Lemley Mill and Miners Delight Cabin are part of the South Pass Historic Mining Area and located on the traditional homelands of the Crow, Cheyenne, and Eastern Shoshone Nations. Remnants of five National Historic Trails, which share the history of European westward expansion across North America, can also be explored here. Thanks to a local gold discovery in 1867, the region’s population mushroomed to almost 1,500 people within just a year. Four years later, the mines played out, the prospectors left, and all that’s left of this part of the American story is at risk of being lost. Intrepid travelers willing to go “where the rails end and the trails begin” will certainly enjoy exploring the natural and historic features found throughout this region. Volunteers on this project will have the opportunity to learn about mining history in Wyoming, experience dramatic and ever-changing landscapes where the Red Desert meets the Wind River Mountains, and learn the skills necessary to ensure the history contained in this site can be interpreted and explored for generations to come. Accessible for tent campers, truck/van campers, and a limited number of RVs/trailers.

Manitou Lake Pavilion, CO 

Partner: Pike-San Isabel National Forests

August 14-19, and August 21-26

Arapaho, Cheyenne and Ute peoples are the traditional custodians of what is now called Manitou Lake and its surrounding lands. Today, visitors flock to the area to enjoy commercial resorts and outdoor recreation, but long before Zebulon Pike named the most prominent mountain – originally called Tava – after himself, members of Indigenous nations “drank the waters of nearby Manitou Springs and took shelter in Garden of the Gods Park during the winter months” (source). This site is now under the stewardship of the Pike-San Isabel National Forest and is a celebrated location for picnics, hiking, cycling, and photo-taking! Manitou Lake Pavilion was constructed in the 1930s by the CCC and/or WPA. The serenity of working lakeside will be a welcome addition to the incredible pavilion. Tents, campervans, truck campers, and RVs up to 25 feet in length can access our campground. There are no hookups and ground may not be perfectly level. Dogs are allowed, but they must be leashed at all times.

The Willamette National Forest is one of Oregon’s treasured keepsakes. Stretching east from Eugene all the way to the foothills of Mt. Bachelor, its lush forests, picturesque rivers, and neighboring views of the impeccable Cascade Range are among the most scenic in the country. Originally home to a plethora of indigenous tribes collectively known as the Kalapuya, the Willamette Valley was forever changed following the land treaties of 1851 and 1854-55 that lead to the removal of its native peoples. Nearly a hundred years later, Marion Forks Guard Station was constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) during the Great Depression. It shares not only these histories, but also that of early modernization efforts in the Forest Service. During this time, the architecture of the Forest Service’s administrative buildings was also transitioning – from rustic buildings that often mimicked their surrounding environments, to ones that were more uniform in style. Marion Forks Guard Station is a great example of this transitional phase. Tents, truck campers, campervans, and trailers up to 24 feet can access our onsite campground. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level. Showers will not be available. Dogs are welcome but need to be leashed! 

Crandall Ranger Station, WY

Partner: Shoshone National Forest

August 21-26

Located on Crow, Cheyenne, and Sioux land land northeast of Yellowstone National Park, part of the history of the U.S. Forest Service is contained within this ranger station. Between 1891 and 1905, the Shoshone NF was technically the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve; it later became the FIRST National Forest. Volunteers on this project will get to interact with several cornerstones of American history: the Great Depression (during which this station was constructed); the growth of federal land management practices and policies that went on to influence public land management practices across the world; the reeling in of unfettered deforestation; and more. We invite you to join us to preserve and learn from early USFS history! Oh, and did we mention the views here will be jaw dropping?! Tents and truck campers can access our campground. There are no RV spaces available.

Architectural History Program Surveys

Partners: Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Fishlake National Forest

August 21-26, August 29 – September 2, and September 12-16

HistoriCorps is helping our national forests 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! The best part? Most of these buildings were built in areas of unforgettable scenery, some of which few people have seen since the buildings were in use. Volunteers will enjoy an off-the-beaten-path adventure on these projects!

Vincents Cabin, CA 2022

Partner: Angeles National Forest

August 28 – September 2

Located at roughly 7,000 feet of elevation on Mount Baden-Powell is the Big Horn Mine, which was named after the big horn sheep a man named Charles Tom Vincent was hunting at the time he discovered it in 1891. Vincent and a fellow prospector laid claim to the mine, and the cabin Vincent inhabited – the site of this HistoriCorps project – was his residence. The mine and cabin are located on Gabrielina-Tongva Nation land. Hype around developing the mine was significant; investors advertised their anticipated profits to be in the neighborhood of $8M (roughly $267M in today’s dollars). These claims were eventually proven to be overblown, with profits only weighing at $1M ($32M today). Over time, several companies purchased and sold the mine. The latest owner purchased the Big Horn in 1981, but by 1985, the mine was determined to be unproductive. You can read a full history of the mine here. Tent camping and car camping only! RVs will not have access to our campground and dogs are allowed but must be leashed. There is no official water source onsite but water will be brought in by our partner. Please arrive with extra water if desired.

Hunter Creek Valley is a supremely popular and beautiful hiking area just outside of Aspen. During this HistoriCorps project, volunteers will get to experience a once-in-a-lifetime, all inclusive trip to this internationally-renowned destination while also giving back through preserving the iconic Hunter Creek Shed. According to the Hunter Creek Historical Foundation, “This 60-acre site includes both pre-historic and historic components and has been identified by the Forest Service as officially eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Properties. However, a lack of public funding has allowed these structures to deteriorate to a state of near oblivion, and the historic barn on the Adelaide Ranch has already been completely lost.” HistoriCorps to the rescue!! Learn more about this great preservation project in the Aspen Times! We hope you will join us this fall to stabilize the barn and restore its siding and roof. There will be limited road access to the project site. Tent camping is recommended, but there is limited access and availability for truck campers and campervans. Unfortunately, no dogs are permitted. 

Hessie Cabin, CO 2022

Partner: Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest

September 11-16

Roughly thirty years after Colorado became a territory, the town of Eldora (historically inhabited by Cheyenne Nation peoples, and currently part of Boulder County) was established. Eldora served as the local center of gold mining activity west of Boulder. After Eldora (peak population 1000) was settled, the lure of gold brought another wave of miners to the vicinity, and a smaller camp town, “Hessie,” grew up a few miles to the west between 1895 and 1905. Hessie Cabin, AKA “Kennewick Cabin,” is one of the few standing residential structures left from Boulder County’s mining history. Kennewick Cabin, built in Hessie prior to 1906, is an excellent example of the type of cabin miners living and working in the Front Range during the 19th century would have lived in. Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs/trailers can access this campsite, but there are no hookups and RV spacing may be tight. Potable water and restrooms will be available. A single lane dirt road passes the cabin. The road is maintained, but can be deeply rutted. High clearance vehicles are recommended.  Unfortunately, dogs are not permitted. 

The Prairie Creek Fish Hatchery near Orick was one of the first local hatcheries developed in California to improve sport and commercial fishing. Located on land historically and currently stewarded by the Yurok Tribe, it was constructed in 1936 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) on the 62-acre site of a previous hatchery. The WPA was formed as part of the Emergency Relief Appropriation Act of 1935, during the Great Depression. The hatchery is notable for its provision of housing for workers, dependence on simple yet effective technology that relied minimally on power, and for being funded primarily through through fishing licenses and related fees. After 56 years in operation, the hatchery closed in 1992. The site is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Given that the hatchery closed operations only twenty years ago, many local residents still carry memories of visiting the site during their grade school field trips! Tents, truck campers, campervans, and a limited amount of RVs/trailers can access this campsite. Hookups are not available and the ground may not be perfectly level. Potable water and portable toilets will be available.  Unfortunately, no dogs are permitted. 

Homeplace Double Pen House, TN 2022

Partner: Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area – USDA Forest Service

September 18-23, September 25-30, October 2-7, and October 9-14

Today, Land Between the Lakes serves its original recreational and educational goals through places like the nationally-recognized Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum, the site of this HistoriCorps project. After all, if we can’t preserve our history, how are we ever going to learn from it? Homeplace evokes the Civil War era in US history through replicating a two-generation farm spanning the scenic, rolling landscape of northwest Tennessee. Today, interpreters in period clothing reenact daily chores on a real, working farm, where attention to details, routine, and craftsmanship is of the utmost importance. The farm livestock includes rare and endangered breeds which would have been found on a farm like this in the 1850s, as well as varieties garden plants and field crops planted from heirloom seeds dating back before the Civil War. Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs/trailers can access this campsite, but there are no hookups and RV spacing may be tight. Potable water and restrooms will be available. Dogs are welcome at campsite only! 

Bitner Ranch is located on Paiute land in what is today known as Nevada. If you think today’s supply chain challenges are a pain to deal with, consider the stressors faced by Euro-American ranchers trying to move from subsistence-level operations to profitable ranches! In trying to date a historic ranch, one can examine the construction materials used onsite, and compare those to what would have been available in the area at a given time. Ranches are exciting because their structures often demonstrate and embody the relatively fast progression of technology and materials availability. Bitner Ranch can be dated by the specific style of barbed wire found onsite, as well as local survey data. Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs can access our onsite campground. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level. A water spring will be available and potable water will be brought to the site. We will be camping on location in a primitive campsite prepared for us by our project partner. It is highly recommend that you bring a spare tire because of the possibility for loose nails and punctures. This location involves 40 miles of gravel road and 10 miles of dirt road to access but does not require a hi-clearance vehicle or 4WD.

Anderson Ranch House, CA 2022

Partner: California State Parks; Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

October 16-21 and October 23-28

Our partners for the Anderson Ranch project, at the eponymous State Historic Park, share that “this structure was built in three “wings” during different periods. The central segment dates from the 1860s, the parlor [west] wing from the 1880s, and the Craftsman style kitchen[east]wing from the 1920s. The Ranch House exemplifies 19th century rural vernacular architecture. Despite substantial alterations over time, the historic integrity of the house is intact.” HistoriCorps knows that historic buildings are kept alive when they are used and inhabited. Happily, the Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA), which offers tours and interpretation at the Park, uses the Anderson Ranch house as an office and small interpretive center. The 1,300-acre park is located near California’s largest natural lake, Clear Lake, in Lake County. HistoriCorps has been invited to stabilize and repaint three small outbuildings on the property. Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs/trailers up to 35 feet in length can access our campsite. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level. Showers are available but campers will need to purchase tokens. Dogs are welcome but need to be leashed!

We’re thrilled to return for Phase III of preservation work at Crescent Moon Ranch! Deferred maintenance compounds over the years, and HistoriCorps is helping address restoration needs across multiple forests in the US. Crescent Moon Ranch was established in the late 1800s by cattleman John Lee, who’d come over from Prescott. Lee put in an irrigation ditch, garden, and orchard, but he soon left. Since then, the ranch has changed hands—and been repurposed—several times. It became the home of the Schuerman and Dumas families who raised children and built a school there. The orchard was turned into a thriving part of Oak Creek’s renowned produce-growing community, supplying apples and peaches to Jerome and Flagstaff. With the main Jerome-to-Sedona road passing right through, then-Dumas Ranch became a social hub of dancing and dining. Verde Valley entrepreneur Andrew Baldwin bought the property in 1936 and rechristened it Palo Bonito. The Baldwins built a unique ranch house and 12-foot-diameter water wheel to pump water and provide electricity. Their famous peaches won prizes at the county fair. But by the late 1970s, tourism had replaced agriculture as Sedona’s cash crop – and the ranch was for sale again. The U.S. Forest Service and Trust for Public Lands acquired it in 1980. We will be camping right onsite near Crescent Moon Ranch! No RVs/trailers; those with tents, truck campers, and campervans can access this site.

In 1914, just over a century ago, the Norfolk and Western Railroad built Green Cove Station on land stewarded by the Eastern Cherokee BandUchee, and Moneton Tribes. The station was conveniently positioned between Abingdon, Virginia and West Jefferson, North Carolina. However, the Appalachian Mountains, known for both their beauty and their steepness, impeded trains’ speed. Given the slow-going route, Green Cove’s train line became known as the Virginia Creeper. The station was more than just purely functional. Green Cove was a social center! Community members picked up mail here, met the train, and gossiped (amicably, we hope) with their neighbors. Green Cove is the last remaining passenger station on Norfolk and Western Railroad’s Abingdon Branch and today, the George Washington and Jefferson National Forests (GWJNF) steward the station. If you haven’t experienced the beauty and challenge of these Eastern mountains, now is your chance to do so! This project features an accessible scope of work including painting, scraping, and light carpentry. Tents, truck campers, campervans, and RVs/trailers (even larger ones) can access our onsite campground. There are no hookups and the ground may not be perfectly level. Showers are available! Dogs are welcome but need to be leashed.