A team of HistoriCorps volunteers spent a week at Bowerman Barn in early October to help complete some critical stabilization projects including some foundation and beam replacements involving traditional mortise and tenon joinery pegged together with hardwood pegs.
The group, camping, on site endured some of the first cold nights with frost of the season.
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. 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.
Funding was provided by the USFS and the Trinity County Resource Advisory Committee.
Local volunteer, Russ Robinson, brought his earth moving equipment to the Bowerman Barn to build a gently sloped new section of trail connecting the existing asphalt area behind the barn to the Guy Covington Road. Thank you Russ!
A group of volunteers turned out on Sunday afternoon on May 21 to prepare the barn and trail for the Memorial day weekend visitors. The group cleared weeds around the barn, cut small trees along the interpretive trail, removed barbed wire, and cleaned the inside of the barn.
On January 12, 2017, volunteers, Carol, Pam, and Erik met with USFS staff, Cindy, Phyllis and Valerie to discuss the layout and content of the interpretive sign. The sign will be approximately 4 feet high by 6 feet wide and include information about the Bowerman family, the barn construction and function, and the interpretive trail.
On January 14th, volunteers photographed features in the interior of the barn. The recent snow required some effort to remove before getting into the barn.
On Wednesday August 3, 2016, volunteers met with USFS personnel at the Young Family Ranch in Weaverville to discuss the Interpretive trail plan. Attending from the USFS were Valerie Glowinski, Peter Schmidt, Cynthia Luzietti, and Phyllis Swanson. Volunteer attendees were Carol Fall, Pam Augspurger, and Erik Anderson.
On Saturday July 2, 2016 visitors had the rare opportunity to visit the inside of the Bowerman Barn guided by docent, Carol Fall. The inside is only accessible during guided tours due to structural issues. Future docent tours will be announced on this website and local media.
On April 12, 2016, Forest Service personnel and volunteers met at the Bowerman Barn to discuss the interpretive trail. The group walked along the proposed trail to define the path and the location of interpretive markers. The County Resource Conservation District, which will help build the trail, was represented by Shiloe Braxton, District Manager. Forest Service personnel attending were Vinci Keeler, Phyllis Swanson, Peter Schmidt, Cynthia Luzietti, and Charles Clark. Volunteers included Carol Fall, Pam Augspurger, Erik Anderson, and Mariko Tanaka.
The Trinity Resource Advisory Committee (RAC) met on April 4, 2016 and approved funding of $8,000 for the “Bowerman Homestead Trail and Web Map” proposal. The funding will be used for two components. The first component is to construct the interpretive trail through the Bowerman Homestead site connecting historic features. The second component involves creating accurate, user friendly information available via an updated interactive website and smart phone application. The RAC funding is from the Secure Rural Schools Authorization Extension, Public Law 110-343.
Five members from the USFS traveled to Weaverville to meet with volunteers to finalize the draft of the “Bowerman Barn Historic Complex Interpretive Plan.” At the meeting, held at the Young Family Ranch, significant progress was made in developing interpretive content for the future trail and signs. Attending from the USFS were Vinci Keeler, Peter Schmidt, Cynthia Luzietti, Alonzo Henderson, and Phyllis Swanson. Volunteer attendees were Carol Fall, Pam Augspurger, and Erik Anderson.
During the summer, wind storms damaged the Bowerman Barn roof, knocking off several metal panels. USFS efforts to repair the roof were delayed by budget restrictions and diversion of personnel to fight the numerous forest fires in our area and beyond. With the winter rapidly approaching, the Trinity Public Utilities District, courtesy of their Community Investment Program, sent a bucket truck to assist in the repair. The operator, Ben Dailey, hoisted Andrew Kennedy up the high, steep roof to replace the panels. This repair was done just in time to protect a newly replaced floor from the winter rain. Many thanks to TPUD from the Bowerman volunteers and community members!