I just finished my HistoriCorps workamping assignment at Soderberg Ranch Bunkhouse at Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, just outside of Fort Collins, Colorado. And while I have a lot to share about the experience, this week is just a very high level overview.
I call it HistoriCorps Workamping because workamping is a term most RVers are familiar with. But, in truth, volunteering for HistoriCorps isn’t exactly workamping. For starters, staying in your RV isn’t a given. And, most times, when you are able to bring your RV to the job site, there are no hookups. Also, the days are full workdays. Breakfast is served at 7:00, work starts at 8:00 and doesn’t end until 5:00. But the flip side is that most assignments are only three to five days.
HistoriCorps’ mission is to “save and sustain historic places for public benefit through partnerships that foster public involvement, engage volunteers and provide training and education.” Additionally:
HistoriCorps is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that provides volunteers of all skill levels with a hands-on experience preserving historic structures on public lands across America. Volunteers work with HistoriCorps field staff to learn preservation skills and put those skills to work saving historic places that have fallen into disrepair. HistoriCorps works to ensure America’s cultural and historical resources exist for generations to come.Quoted from the HistoriCorps website.
A company created a documentary about HistoriCorps and I thought I’d share the trailer to help give you an idea of the program before I write the full blog post.
And, for those with even more interested, click HERE for the eight-minute trailer. I’ve watched both at least 10 times. On the longer one, they show the George Washington Carver school in Missouri. I learned about HistoriCorps because I met a woman who worked on that project. I’m so glad I did.
Lots more to come but this should whet your appetite.
Thanks to Liz Rice and HistoriCorps for allowing me to use one of their photos of the Soderberg Ranch Bunkhouse as the feature image.
Links to Other Workamping Posts:
- Workamping: Who, What, Where, When, Why and How
- My First Workamping Experience
- The Unexpected Perks of My Workamping Job
- Tour of Oregon’s Heceta Head Lighthouse
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