Preservation Projects

Preservation Projects 2018-04-09T16:13:18+00:00
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Two Sessions: July 10-15 & 17-22. Northern CA. Join HistoriCorps to remember and preserve the historic miner’s residence of Swiss Cabin, an iconic remembrance of a pivotal moment in American and Californian history.

One session only, July 22-27! “Thousands of people drive by this parking area on the side of the road every day and probably have no idea why there are so many cars parked here. … This was such a fascinating place, we spent quite a bit of time exploring the buildings and trying to imagine life here.” Homestead Meadows remains an invaluable public resource and a beautiful reminder of times past.

Two sessions, July 27-August 4 and August 10-18. This is HistoriCorps’ only wilderness project in 2018! We’ll be using traditional hand tools to accomplish the scope of work. Volunteers must hike in, carrying their gear, to this project site. Sound fun? We thought so!

Three Sessions: Aug. 12-17, 19-24, and Sept. 9-14. “Homeplace 1850s Working Farm and Living History Museum represents a two-generation farm. When you visit the Homeplace, you will see interpreters in period clothing going about their daily chores.” – Land Between the Lakes NRA. This living history site will make for an especially unique HistoriCorps experience! Indoor, air-conditioned lodging provided.

Five sessions in September and October at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park and ghost town. Tents and RVs/trailers can be accommodated. “The destructive forces of the 1850’s Gold Rush reveal a man-made landscape that beckons visitors to adventure.” Incredible scenery, both natural and man-made, surrounds this California gem!

Four sessions in June and one in July. Join us again in unsuspecting and beautiful western Michigan! Indoor lodging with showers is provided, and there’s plenty to explore in nearby tourist-friendly urban areas as well as the great outdoors. Scope of work is primarily painting, with some roofing.

One session, June 24-29. In a state known for rich farmland and big cities, the outstanding scenery of southern Illinois is a refreshing surprise. The Duck Bay Shelter, on the shores of Glencoe Lake in southern Illinois’ Shawnee National Forest, was constructed in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. We will be repairing the stone masonry on the shelter’s fireplace and chimney.

Four sessions in June. A ghost town preserved in a state of “arrested decay” just outside of Yosemite National Park – how can you say no? Join us for our second year of preservation work in Bodie, CA! This project offers incredible opportunities for photographers and history buffs alike. We’ll be working with brick, stone, and timber.

**More volunteer spots just opened!** A stupendous project for six years running, we’re excited to return to Forest Lodge for our seventh year of preservation work this June! This year’s work will be undertaken by students developing their hands-on preservation career skills in what we’re terming a Summer Afield. Students on this crew will join us for three weeks of work and earn a daily stipend, two credits from Northland College, and the HistoriCorps Institute Certificate of Achievement in Heritage Conservation and Construction.

Will you find your utopia on this project? The Shakers, whose adherence to perfectionism shows in their architecture and way of life, certainly thought so. Shaker Village, KY is a tourism destination that BBC News referred to as a top hidden travel destination. Three sessions in July, just southwest of Lexington, KY

Two Sessions: July 10-15 & 17-22. Northern CA. Join HistoriCorps to remember and preserve the historic miner’s residence of Swiss Cabin, an iconic remembrance of a pivotal moment in American and Californian history.

Two sessions, July 10-15 and July 17-22. Join us again on the shores of unforgettable Paulina Lake just south of Bend, OR to continue doing the preservation work necessary to save the locally-loved, historic International Order of Odd Fellows Cabins! We’ll be working mostly near the ground for this project, replacing deteriorated sill logs and plates.

Join us for our third Denver Mountain Parks project! We’ll be working on two small wellhouses just west of Denver, CO. Three sessions: July 11-15, 18-22, and 25-29. Contribute to the longevity of this special and historic dpark system, created “for the purpose of assuring perpetually to the residents of Denver the sublime scenery of the Rockies, the preservation of native forests and having for all time a pleasure ground in the mountains for the thousands of annual visitors to the city easily accessible.”

HistoriCorps is again partnering with the Monongahela National Forest and Appalachian Forest Heritage Area Hands On AmeriCorps team! The focus of our 2018 work is the historic and striking Red Oak Knob Lookout. Registration for this project is not open to the general public, but we have many more projects for volunteers to choose from!

“Lighthouses are endlessly suggestive signifiers of both human isolation and our ultimate connectedness to each other.” — Virginia Woolf. Join us in Michigan, the state of pleasant peninsulas, for this equally pleasant project. Two sessions in late July, just across the bay from Escanaba, MI.

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Completed Projects

To all of our volunteers, we thank you profusely! We have saved more than 240 historic buildings and structures since our first project in October 2009! Join us on a project this year!