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[ShovelBums.Org] Seeking Historic Preservation Volunteers


If you are looking for a different, butclosely related experience to archaeology, HistorCorps is for you! We are looking for folks interestedin historic preservation to participate in a variety of exciting volunteer projectsthis summer in beautiful places throughout the West. Volunteering with HistoriCorps is a great way to gainhands-on experience in historic preservation, and to make valuable connectionsand a meaningful contribution to preserving the West's best places.

HistoriCorps is a national initiative that began in2009, providing volunteer workforces to achieve preservation projects. We arebased in the Rocky Mountain region but we coordinate and instructprojects throughout the United States. Volunteers and students work withtrades specialists including: log workers, masons, archaeologists, windowrestorers, and roofers to preserve historic resources on and near public lands.Below youwill find a few of our upcoming projects:

Ft. Garland, San Luis Valley, CO:  The historic Ft. Garlandneeds your help! It is one of the oldest structures owned by the State of Colorado, and it is indanger of falling into disrepair. Volunteerswill be staying in the infantry barracks of the fort – just like the civil warsoldiers in the old days! Inaddition to lodging, meals, and safety equipment will be provided, and noprevious experience is necessary. Dates: June25th-29th (we realize this is short notice).

Beahrden Lodge, PineValley Ranch Park, CO:  This historic buildingis an excellent example ofhigh-style rustic architecture, and makes extensive use of native boulders,logs, and handmade ironwork. Volunteers will bereconstructing the rustic log railing, resetting loose and damaged pavingstones, and removing vegetation growth on and around stone steps. Possibilityof lodging available upon request; lunches and safety equipment provided, andno previous experience is necessary. Dates:Session 1: July 9th-13th; Session 2: July 16th-20th;Session 3: July 23rd-27th (this session is tentative;ask Amy for details).

Tobasco Cabin, betweenLake City and Silverton, CO: Thecabin is the last standing structure from a large gold mining site near thesummit of Cinnamon Pass between LakeCity and Silverton, CO,and has suffered from years of neglect, harsh weather, and vandalism. The HistoriCorps team be replacing severelydeteriorated logs, chinking and baubing between thelogs, and installing a plank floor and wood ceiling. Free camping, meals, andsafety equipment will be provided, and no experience is necessary. Dates: July 16th-20th

Healy House & Dexter Cabin,Leadville, CO: Thehouse is a virtually unaltered example of late Victorian architecture, and bothbuildings suffer from Leadville's harsh climate and high altitude. Volunteers will be repairing and repainting thewindows, doors, and frames of the Dexter Cabin, replacingdeteriorated board-and-batten siding on the Dexter Cabin, applying preservativeto the exterior walls of the Dexter Cabin, repairing and reconstructing thewest porch on the Healy House. Lodging, meals,and safety equipment will be provided, and no previous experience is necessary.Dates: Session 1: July 7th-July9th; Session 2: July 12th-15th

Come and help restore these magnificent buildingsfor future generations to enjoy!

For more information, please contact Amy at or303-893-4260 ext 225 or visit our website at You can register to volunteer for each project on the project page under "2012 Projects."

We look forward to hearing from you! 

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