Ever wanted to truly help out in an effort to preserve historic places? The National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience) will be coming to Historic Fort Wayne Sunday, September 10 to offer hands on preservation experience and a chance to learn about history.
Participants can learn and practice basic preservation carpentry, masonry, painting, and window repair skills.
Historic Fort Wayne, built in 1845, was strategically located to guard and protect the Detroit River during a period of tension with the British. The Fort’s role then changed to an U.S. Army induction and training center. The Fort was also a motor vehicle procurement and parts depot during World War II. Decommissioning of buildings started in 1948, and they were transferred to the City of Detroit Historical Department. Fort Wayne has been run by volunteers for decades.
Many structures, including the original 1848 limestone barracks, 1845 star fort, the restored Commanding Officers house, the Spanish-American War guard house, an ancient Native American burial mound, and the Tuskegee Airmen Museum, are open to the public. But many structures on the property are off-limits and in poor condition.
The HOPE Crew Community Day is Sunday, September 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers need to register and wear closed-toe shoes to the event. A block party will be held after.