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Preservation Projects 2018-02-13T13:40:05+00:00
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Two Sessions: July 10-15 & 17-22. Northern CA. In January 1848, the same year Mexico ceded control of the area to the United States, gold was discovered in California. The story of what comes next is an iconic movement in American history. On December 5, 2848, President Polk’s official announcement of the precious metal’s discovery to a national audience catalyzed not just Americans, but gold-seekers from all over the world, to pack up and start the journey to California’s goldfields. 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.


March 1-2 and 8-9 (Th & F), 9am-3:30pm. HistoriCorps staff prepare for the 2018 season, and get a preview of our new space at the historic Red Rocks Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Morrison, CO!


Three sessions in southeast Arizona, near Tuscon: March 18-23, March 25-30, and April 1-6. Lodging provided in historic CCC bunkhouse (limited; volunteers should consider bringing cot/sleeping pad)! Tent & RV/trailer space also available. Canelo’s first settler arrived in the late 1800’s, and remnants of the town still exist. Canelo Guard Station was constructed in the 1930s. This project will give volunteers the opportunity to learn and practice stone, adobe, and stucco masonry, among other tasks.


The historic Glendora District Office on the edge of LA caught our eye because of its unusual construction: Among 1930’s government buildings, how many feature Spanish and Moorish-inspired elements and elegant water features? Two sessions, March 21-25 and March 28-April 1. Indoor lodging provided!


One session, mid-April .Third time’s a charm for HistoriCorps’ return to Rourke Ranch! Only this time, we’re inviting volunteers to come a few days early to enjoy  and explore all that this area has to offer. Oh, and did we mention discounted rates and coupons are available to HistoriCorps volunteers? We’re collaborating with Visit La Junta to offer these memorable experiences! 

This volunteer favorite offers a unique glimpse of a once-bustling time in history, in an area almost untouched by the modern day outside world. Visitors with an eye to building construction techniques will enjoy seeing the impact technology and increased access to building materials affected the ranch buildings’ development and design.


Three week-long sessions: April 17-22, 24-29, and May 1-6. Denver’s mountain parks are an important asset to the region both today and historically. Little Park was named after Mr. C.W. Little, who originally donated the park’s founding 40 acres. One of its most notable built features includes the site of this HistoriCorps project: an octagonal stone wellhouse with its signature cupola.


Three sessions: April 17-22, April 24-29, and May 1-6. Heated indoor lodging provided! The scope of work for our continued project at the Centennial Work Center this spring will include all the work necessary to complete the preservation-forward interior remodeling of the building for use as a service cabin. This is a popular project due to its beautiful location and comfortable indoor lodging. One volunteer who joined the crew last year reflected, “It was grand to watch morning sunrise from the living room picture window. Luminous colors of apricot, orange, rose, with Venus shining brightly just above in the early, blue sky. We saw a cow and calf moose pass through the yard the first morning.”


Three sessions in April & May. For over 100 years, the Mormon Lake Guard Station Residence Building served the US Forest Service in managing the pine dominated plateau country surrounding the shallow, periodically dry, basin of Mormon Lake. Constructed as early as 1908 and named, without flair, as the Mormon Lake Ranger Station, the building served for decades as both a ranger station and modest residence for rangers and their families. It is hoped that the repair and preservation work on the building will eventually lead to its inclusion into the ‘Rooms with a View’ Arizona Cabin Rental Program sponsored by the US Forest Service.  This program offers historic buildings to the public for daily/nightly rental.


Four week-long sessions: May 29-June 3, June 5-10, June 12-17, and June 19-24. Volunteers should plan on arriving sometime between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. the first evening of their session and departing after lunch on the last day. Scope of Work Difficulty Level:   About the Project & Campsite:          Elevation: +/-6,500' Find out (more…)


Three sessions: June 3-8, June 10-15, June 17-22 in Bodie, CA. “Bodie State Historic Park is a genuine California gold-mining ghost town. Visitors can walk down the deserted streets of a town that once had a population of nearly 10,000 people.” The hoist house was built and operated by Bob Bell and his partner Ed Wiley, to service the Bell Lode Mine. “Never did find anything, just a pocket of sulfide rock,” Bob remarked in 1996 at the age of 82.


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.

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