New Volunteer Program Preserves Grand Teton’s History

Our new formal historic preservation volunteer program—Grand Teton Hammer Corps—just completed its pilot year. Hammer Corps provides a great opportunity for the public to connect to the history of Grand Teton while addressing critical repairs to historic structures and landscapes in the park. This program engaged nearly 200 volunteers who worked on a dozen historic properties throughout Grand Teton. Altogether, Hammer Corps contributed over 2,500 hours of service and completed important work to ensure that some of Grand Teton’s cultural treasures remain standing and safe for visitors to enjoy well into the future.


Volunteers removing old roof from a 4 Lazy F sleeping cabin. Photo by Ryan Sheets.

Hammer Corps volunteers spent significant time improving 4 Lazy F. The crew stabilized the meat curing house and well house to keep them from collapsing, repaired 8 roofs with ice and water shield, repaired 7 porches, and improved mortar and chinking on the 4 Lazy F barn.


4 Lazy F Cabin. The black material is a water and ice shield. Volunteers will finish the cabins with rolled roofing next summer. Photo by Ryan Sheets.

Volunteers also repaired the corral and chinking at the John Moulton House at Mormon Row, ensuring this popular visitor destination remains intact.


New chinking on the John Moulton Barn (left) and repaired fencing (right). Photos by Ryan Sheets.

These are just a few snapshots from Hammer Corps’ summer of work in Grand Teton. Thank you to Tauck World of Giving for their generous support of this program and to all of the fantastic volunteers who spent their summer improving historic structures in Grand Teton National Park! We look forward to seeing what next year’s volunteer crew accomplishes.

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