PROJECT PARTNER: Denver Parks and Recreation
SESSION DATES: There are three project sessions to choose from. Consider joining for multiple sessions to see the transformation in action over the course of the project! Scroll down to register.
- October 24 – 27
- October 31 – November 3
- November 7 – 10
ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE TIMES: Plan to arrive promptly at 8:30 am each day of your session. We will depart at 5pm. There will be breaks for lunch and snacks.
LOCATION: The Downing Street Trolley Stop is located at the intersection of Downing and Marion Streets, north of Washington Park by the Cherry Creek Bike Path.
GOOD TO KNOW: No prior experience is required. HistoriCorps will provide all tools, training, and equipment for students on this project. Students should come wearing sturdy work clothes and boots.
Denver wasn’t always the home of traffic jams on I-25. In fact, at one time, it was the home of a world-class public transit system powered by trolleys. The map to the right (source) shows the streetcar routes that Denverites enjoyed back in 1913, more than a century ago. DU student Ryan Keeney used GIS to create a fascinating site titled, “Denver’s Streetcar Legacy and its Role in Neighborhood Walkability,” where you can find modern maps, interpretation, history and more.
Keeney shares that the development of a vibrant trolley system was integral to managing Denver’s exponential growth – not in the 2000s, but in the 1890s. As Denver continues to discuss how adequately its current transportation infrastructure serves, or doesn’t serve, its residents, looking back to see how the city met these challenges in the past can help us plan for our future.
This October, students from Community College of Denver are enthusiastically invited to join HistoriCorps to preserve one small piece of the incredible trolley system. Register for one or more sessions below!
Students are also invited to enroll in the HistoriCorps Institute. Participation in this project counts towards the Certificate in Applied Historic Preservation.
Students will work alongside expert field staff to learn and practice the following skills in order to preserve the historic trolley stop.
- Re-roof building using wood shingles
- Install polycarbonate windows
- Remove loose and flaking paint, and repaint
- Repair damaged wood elements
Please note: Tasks vary by day and by week, depending on a variety of factors including: weather, project priorities, previous groups’ work, and more. Though it is likely you will get to learn and practice most or all of the above tasks, it is not guaranteed. The higher percentage of the scope a particular task is, the more likely you will get to practice it.