Exciting news! HistoriCorps has established our first field office to cover public lands in Montana, Idaho, and North Dakota! Ruth Guthrie (left) is our first Field Coordinator, helping build relationships and develop projects these areas.
A Missoula, Montana native, Ruth is passionate about historic preservation and community development. Her graduate studies at the University of Montana in cultural anthropology have focused on how social change affects people’s well-being, and she believes her graduate work is directly applicable to the need to preserve cultural resources, especially historic structures. She first gained experience in community development and outdoor skills training in her work with the Montana Conservation Corps in 2008, where she led teams of youth in backcountry projects. She later joined HistoriCorps as an outstanding Crew Leader in 2012 and 2013, utilizing training in traditional woodworking as well as contemporary building techniques and tools.
Having grown up loving and photographing historic places in her home state, Ruth is happy to have the chance to help bring the HistoriCorps team to the Big Sky country, and we are thrilled to be working with her in this new capacity. Her work ethic and preservation knowledge will be a valuable addition to our administrative team and will facilitate our growth and operations in Montana/Idaho.