If you’ve been living under a rock, you probably haven’t heard about the #VoteYourPark contest, but if you’ve been on our website, facebook, instagram, twitter, and even linkedin, then you’ve surely seen our posts about this fun new contest. And we want YOU to join in!
HistoriCorps has teamed up with Joshua Tree National Park in an effort to win up to $250,000 cash to restore the historic Keys Ranch on the park’s grounds. Hosted by National Geographic, American Express, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the #VoteYourPark contest was created in honor of the National Park Service’s centennial year and gives 20 parks a chance to win money to help restore a historic building on their property. Projects range from fountain restoration at the National Mall to preservation of murals in a tower at the Grand Canyon.
Our project – and one that you’ll have the opportunity to volunteer for if we win – is to restore the Keys Ranch. The site tells the story of William Keys, an intrepid rancher and miner who settled in the Mojave Desert with his wife Francis in the early 20th century. With a growing family, the two built up their property and became one of the most successful homesteaders in the area. There are some great stories about Keys and the surrounding area and we’ll be sure to tell you more throughout the summer. The site today still has the ranch house, a school house, and even a yard full of antique cars and farming equipment. HistoriCorps wants to restore the ranch house, both inside and out, making the site more accessible to the public.
Help us to win this contest by registering to vote at voteyourpark.org! Vote for us once a day, every day, from now until July 5. When you choose your parks to vote for, don’t forget to “submit your vote” afterward. Every vote counts! The parks with the most votes win.
Check out our video below to learn more about the contest and ranch house. Happy voting!