Volunteers are critical to grassroots preservation efforts. Are you looking for a way to help in a very hands-on way with our Endangered Places Program? Volunteer for a weekend workshop! All of our volunteer positions require no previous experience and guarantee a day in the field with like minded individuals all working to save a significant historic building.
If you are interested in volunteering with the Endangered Places Program or working on an upcoming Weekend Workshop at one of our historic sites contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles – firstname.lastname@example.org
Take a look at these upcoming opportunities below or contact Colorado Preservation, Inc for more information and volunteer opportunities with our office.
Weekend Workshops are designed to provide volunteers, experts, and materials to one Endangered Places site per year to assist with its preservation. These workshops require no prior experience and provide volunteers a chance to visit some of our wonderful sights, learn a new traditional trade, and leave knowing they made a great difference in the future of the building. Our past workshops have included:
2015: Amache Japanese Internment Camp
The Granada Japanese Internment Center known as Amache, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994 and designated a National Historic Landmark in 2006. Located near the Town of Granada in southeastern Colorado, Amache is a nationally significant, outstanding example of a WWII relocation center. Amache opened in August 1942 and remained open throughout the duration of WWII until 1945. At its peak, the camp housed 7,318 persons.
In June of 2015, CPI volunteers, high school students and SE Colorado residents laid 4,023 original Amache bricks to form the floor at an original barrack site. This site will be completed with a reconstructed barrack.
2012: Denver & Rio Grande Antonito Depot
The Denver & Rio Grande Antonito Depot was constructed c. 1890, out of quarried ashlar volcanic stone, and served the town of Antonito and the surrounding communities until 1951. The depot was the center of the town, with all of the original buildings constructed facing the depot.
Volunteers in 2012 had the opportunity to become involved with the emergency stabilization of the Antonito Depot Roof (no experience necessary). Volunteers worked to install rolled roofing in order to seal up the Depot for the winter months.
2011: Handy Chapel
HistoriCorps preservation volunteers replaced the roof and stabilized the front porch of the adjoining chapel house but much work remains to be done to make the property usable. The hope is that eventually the congregation will be able to raise the funds to restore the aging structure and turn it into a museum detailing the history of the historically black church and its members.
2010: Outbuildings of Lake City
HistoriCorps partnered with Colorado Preservation Inc’s Endangered Places Program and the Town of Lake City to successfully rehabilitate four historic outbuildings (the Bent Mule Barn, Culver Outhouse, McGehee Outhouse, and Rock Outhouse). The rehabilitation projects combined the efforts of Lake City locals with HistoriCorps volunteers from across the state. During the three day workshop, the deteriorated framing of the Bent Mule barn was stabilized and a new roof deck and corrugated roofing were installed. The Culver Outhouse was reroofed with cedar shingles, a new foundation was installed on the McGehee Outhouse, and the shingles on the front facade were replaced. The Rock Outhouse roof was repaired.
2009: Arkansas Valley Adobe Stables
Two weekend workshops were assembled at the site of the 1930s WPA adobe stables at the Arkansas Valley Fairground in Rocky Ford. Volunteers at the workshop learned what adobe is, how it is manufactured, how to identify weakened adobe, and how to safely repair and shore-up adobe structures. Volunteers worked to rebuild/stabilize seven large holes and manufactured over 1,000 large adobe bricks.