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August 12, 2015

Charity Draws Vacationers to Work on Preserving Historic Sites

The Christian Science Monitor profiles HistoriCorps, a Denver-based nonprofit that brings together volunteers to help with historic preservation projects throughout the country as an alternative vacation.

Tools, a kitchen, and camping gear are provided, so there is no cost for volunteers to participate, though they must pay their for their own travel. The projects, which this summer include work on Devil’s Head Cabin in Rampart Range, Colo., and the Mather-Klauer Lodge on Grand Island in Michigan, may last anywhere from a week to a few months. Since 2009, more than 170 projects have been completed, thanks to more than 50,000 volunteer hours.

"We are in some of the most beautiful places in North America,” says Townsend Anderson, the group's executive director. “We are really offering a kind of an adventure vacation, and folks [are] doing something really significant.”