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Helping Hands Needed at North Dakota’s Hutmacher Farmstead

January 29, 2008

Heritage Conservation Network and Preservation North Dakota are looking for volunteers to help restore the Hutmacher Farmstead in Killdeer, North Dakota this May.

Hutmacher houseThe groups have organized a hands-on building conservation workshop at the site in order to make significant headway on the project.

Volunteers will spend their days repairing the main house of the pioneer complex, which is one of the last (and possibly the best) examples of stone-slab construction in this legendary state.

They’ll spend their nights listening to cowboy poetry and gazing at the stars.

A team of eight or more volunteers joining is critical to the success of the project. The buildings at the Hutmacher Mixing mortarFarmstead were highly labor intensive to construct and to maintain; their preservation takes an equal amount of effort.

The week’s primary task will be rebuilding the roof of the main house, which involves timber framing and grass thatch covered with a clay mixture.

Volunteers will also be doing stone masonry work to stabilize the walls, which will then be tuck-pointed with clay mortar.

RepointingNo experience working with historic buildings is necessary, just an interest in the project and a willingness to learn and experience new things.

Volunteers will stay in a rustic cabin at the Naard Creek Ranch, located 20 miles northwest of Killdeer and 25 minutes from the work site. They also have the option to camp.

The fee for the workshop, which is $340 or $490 depending on your lodging option, covers lunch at the site, project materials, and insurance.

The dates are May 25-31, 2008. Complete details and registration information are available from HCN’s website or by contacting Judith Broeker, HCN project director, at +1 303 444 0128.

The goal of the project is to ensure the site’s future preservation by utilizing it as an experiential vacation location. For now, this workshop, a.k.a. volunteer vacation, is sure to be unlike anything else you’ve ever done.

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