Volunteer Preservation Workforce

Launched in 2009, HistoriCorps engages volunteers in historic preservation projects on public lands throughout the United States. HistoriCorps projects are designed to provide volunteers of all ages and experience with training in historic preservation in the great outdoors.

As of 2014, HistoriCorps had preserved over 150 historic structures in 24 states. Volunteers had given more than 95,000 hours of service and training to HistoriCorps projects, many returning year after year. HistoriCorps has formalized partnerships with federal, state, and local governments as well as community-based nonprofits. This innovative model expands the capacity of land management agencies to manage the large numbers of historic resources in their care. Federal partners include the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Reflecting the range of properties benefiting from the work of HistoriCorps volunteers, recent projects have helped preserve National Forest lookout towers, ranch or homestead buildings, mining structures, cabins, and a one-room schoolhouse.

Educating and engaging youth is a central part of HistoriCorps’ mission. The HistoriCorps Institute partners with colleges and universities across the nation, providing hands-on learning for students in exchange for course credits. 

Designated a Preserve America Steward in October 2014.