The new season has now begun, with ten projects either already completed or under way.  Although we had a few projects taking place in April and May (including Boettcher Mansion, Rourke Ranch, and Crescent Moon Cabin), the season doesn’t officially begin until we have field staff training. That training took place May 21-28 and we had every one of our crew leaders and project supervisors on site with HistoriCorps staff and training professionals.

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This year, training was held at the Mount Evans Outdoor Education Lab in Colorado, where we used the outdoor space, conference rooms, and cabins to prepare for the summer ahead and get to know one another better.

There was cooking in the field, security and safety procedures, volunteer management, crew supervision, construction work, teaching advice, and more on the agenda. Becca brought her knowledge about social media and volunteers to the group; Towny spoke about the history of HistoriCorps; Jeremy presented on historic preservation; Lori initiated conversations on food safety and project administration; Bob introduced HistoriCorps Institute to the group; and Chris and Jonas used their operations and field construction experience to educate project supervisors and crew leaders on just what a project consists of. Check out some photos from the week-long training session below.

We hope all our field staff enjoyed their time at Evans Ranch, and send each of them a thousand thanks for all that they’ll be doing this summer!

We still have projects open, so check out our projects page and register today! Need help deciding? Neosho School in Missouri is where George Washington Carver got his start – we’ll be preserving the exterior this June. Black River Harbor Pavilion is set on the shores of Lake Superior, and has space open in July for our regular volunteers as well as veterans and youth. There’s also the Grouse Ridge project in sunny California, set at the top of the mountain, with beautiful views and taking place in July. We have projects all across the United States, from California to New Hampshire – don’t miss out!

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