Topic ID #32956 - posted 6/19/2014 1:38 AM

Volunteer opportunity: Historic Lodge Rehabilitation, Chequamegon-Nicolet NF, WI

Jennifer Palmer

Chequamegon-Nicolet NF

New! Rehabilitation of the Log Cow Palace at Historic Forest Lodge 2014

August 11-15; 18-22, 2014

Must commit to one entire session; may participate in both

Join us again this summer at the Historic Forest Lodge complex on the beautiful Lake Namekagon! The century-old estate was established as a logging camp in 1884, and was purchased in 1902 by Crawford Livingston, a wealthy businessman from St. Paul. The buildings and style of landscape he and his heirs created were and remain remarkably similar in material, form, and style. The property is comprised of 870 acres, all of which is on Forest lands. Within this area is a 50-acre property consisting of 15, Rustic-style buildings designed to blend into the landscape, and which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). In 1999, Mary Griggs Burke, one of Livingston's heirs, donated the property to the Forest Service with the goal of respecting and interpreting the property's ecological richness and preserving its architectural character. This year's Passport in Time volunteers will be part of a team working to restore and rehabilitate a log structure that is part of the larger Forest Lodge complex known as the Cow Palace. This Rustic-style, one-story, half-log building was first constructed in 1929 and, historically, contained a garage, a stable for dairy cattle, feed storage, a creamery/milk room, and the dairymen's living quarters. Operating under its own label, the Forest Lodge Dairy produced milk and milk products for the family and guests.

The passage of time and the elements have both taken a toll on "The Palace," and we need your help to provide a little TLC! For this undertaking, PIT volunteers will join a rehabilitation and restoration crew made up of Forest Staff, military veterans, volunteers from the Student Conservation Association (SCA), and craftsmen from HistoriCorps (HC). During this PIT project, we will finishing the siding, rehab the cupola, stabilize the bi-and tri-fold doors along the front, make some minor repairs to the roof structure, and protect the four window wells with covers. Our efforts will follow the Secretary of the Interior's "Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties," which provide guidelines for the restoration and rehabilitation of NRHP properties. The HC craftsmen are specialists in log building restoration, and will be leading the crew throughout the Cow Palace rehabilitation. They will teach participants how to stabilize and restore buildings of this type, and will provide the tools, safety equipment, and training necessary to complete the task. So, not only will you get the unique opportunity to restore an important piece of this historic property, you'll also walk away with some useful new skills! There is also much to see and do here during the hours "off the clock," such as fishing, wildlife viewing (elk are abundant here), mountain biking, and hiking, and you should not miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Ashland Northern Great Lakes Visitor's Center. We hope to see you this summer for another great project at Historic Forest Lodge!

Number of openings: 16 (8 per session)

Special skills: Must be physically capable of standing, stooping, lifting, and kneeling for extended periods each day, and must be able and willing to work above ground level on scaffolds and ladders with safety harnesses; must have an interest in learning log building restoration techniques and applying that knowledge to the restoration of a historic log building; basic carpentry, roofing, construction, or related experience desired, but not required

Minimum age: 18 years old

Facilities: Tent and RV (up to 45') camping available at no charge at FS Namekagon Campground; water, vault toilets, swimming beach, fishing pier, picnic ground and shelter, and boat ramp; no hook-ups; meals provided by HC at no charge; Cable, Clam Lake, Grand View, and local resort areas boast a wide variety of lodging, restaurant, and shopping options, as well as a full range of other amenities; volunteers responsible for own lodging/personal camping equipment, and daily transportation to designated meeting areas

Nearest towns: Cable, 7 miles; Clam Lake, 9 miles; Grand View, 10 miles

Applications due: July 7, 2014

For more information, view the full listing here.


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