By Brian Brogie:

On a trip last year that took me along the Oregon Trail, I saw many historic structures that were in desperate need of attention. I thought, how sad that we are letting these pieces of history disappear! When I returned, I did some research to find out how I could help preserve these important places. I thought I would only find organizations that I could help by donating money. Then I discovered HistoriCorps!

I was curious what this organization would be like. I thought their focus was spot on and, as a volunteer, I get to go and work on these places. All I can say is, “Wow.” I signed up for my first project, the Hirz Mountain Fire Lookout Tower in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, CA, in the fall of 2018. The camp near Lake Shasta was incredibly beautiful. OMG! Climbing up to the tower, sometimes with a load of supplies, was a test of my fitness for sure. Once on the top and breath caught, the scenic beauty was more than enough reward. 

Working with such passionate people, volunteers, and team leaders brings me great satisfaction, along with the sense of belonging to something special. Young and old, people giving of their time, even vacation time, to do something as important as this is very cool.

I have just completed my third project and have two more on the calendar for this year. The places we work, and the scope of the projects allows me to enjoy nature’s wonderment, to learn new skills, and to create new friendships along the way!

I have always had a passion for things with intriguing history. “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles used to be my mantra.” Now my mantra is “Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Historic Structures!”