For the last decade, HistoriCorps — founded in Denver and now based in Morrison — has been striving to protect the historic buildings that keep the stories of our country alive from disrepair, demolition and replacement. Buildings that the organization have worked on range from fire towers and mining complexes to a slave dwellings and ranches.
“The preservation of buildings is extremely important, especially since America has a hard relationship with preserving them,” said Tegan Gudmundson, funds and relationship manager with HistoriCorps. “We’ve torn down a lot of great structures, and when they’re taken down, they can’t put it back.”
Throughout the year HistoriCorps relies on volunteers to help with projects all over the country (though the majority of their projects are in different places in Colorado) in week-long shifts. During the summer volunteer groups are often made up of students on break from school, but retirees and adults passionate about the environment and history also regularly donate their time.
But with all the precautions in place to slow the spread of COVID-19, the bulk of this year’s projects have been cancelled or postponed, which is putting the organization’s future in danger. In an effort to raise funds, HistoriCorps released a new documentary to Vimeo called "Saving Places" that shares the organization’s story. The hour-long documentary is directed by Joseph Daniel and narrated by Peter Coyote (whose voice is very recognizable from his work with Ken Burns).
“The film follows us through some of our more adventurous projects during a season,” Gudmundson said. “It explains why we do the work we do, and why its important. It’s really a beautiful movie, and made me want to join the organization when I first saw it.”
HistoriCorps works closely with organizations like the USDA Forest Service, Preservation50 and The Rocky Mountain Land Library, but like so many organizations, will need extra help during this shut down.
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“We’re here to help save America’s places and history,” Gudmundson said. “When we protect these structures, we’re protecting the land as well, because the structures maintain the land’s stories.”
The film is $2.99 to rent, and can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/savingplaces. For more information on HistoriCorps and to donate, visit www.historicorps.org.
Get a jump start on giving this Tuesday
Giving Tuesday is an annual opportunity for people to support charities and organizations doing good in the world. But thanks to the unprecedented challenges created by COVID-19, supporters are getting an early change to help.
According to provided information, #GivingTuesdayNow is “a new global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5 — in addition to the regularly scheduled Dec 1 #GivingTuesday — as an emergency response.” Many organizations will be participating in a variety of ways and not only will financial assistance be accepted, but people can also donate supplies to health care workers and more.
Visit https://now.givingtuesday.org to see how you can help.
Clarke’s Concert of the Week - Tedeschi Trucks Band on Swamp Family TV
The band formed by husband and wife duo Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks is one of the great touring standard bearers of the kind of soul-drenched, rambling rock that The Allman Brothers brought to fans all over the country. It makes sense — Trucks is the nephew of Allman Brothers drummer Butch Trucks, and was a member of the band since 1999.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band’s annual stops at Red Rocks are reliably some of the best performances the stage hosts every summer, but area huge draw for lovers of just plain great music. And every Thursday at 6 p.m. they’re bringing some of their favorite performances online for free to satiate fans.
Visit the group’s Facebook page or www.youtube.com/TTBFromTheRoad for the shows.
Streaming style - ‘What We Do in the Shadows’
Who could’ve predicted when “The Office” first made a cultural splash, that its mockumentary style of storytelling would carry on to such an extent that one of the best current examples of its style is about vampires? Foreseen or not, FX’s “What We Do in the Shadows” is one of the funniest and most delightful shows on television.
The show follows four vampires who live together in a house on New York’s Staten Island — Nandor the Relentless (Kayvan Novak), Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), her husband Laszlo Cravensworth (Matt Berry), and Colin Robinson (Mark Proksch, all of whom are served by Nandor’s familiar, Guillermo (Harvey Guillén). Special note must be made of Berry — if you’ve seen him in any of his British shows, particularly “The IT Crowd,” you know that velvety, sonorous voice of his can be mined for limitless laughs.
Seeing as most of us are spending the bulk of our time inside, a show about characters who can only leave their home when its dark hits on a whole different level. But its still screamingly funny. The first season is available on-demand and on Hulu and the second season is currently airing on Wednesdays on FX.
Clarke Reader’s column on culture appears on a weekly basis. He can be reached at Clarke.Reader@hotmail.com.
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