Restore Allegany State Park

Friday, September 8, 2017
All day event
Event Type
Alumni Event


Alfred State Alumni and students are collaborating with Historicorp. in September for a very worthy civic engagement project. 

The dates are scheduled from Friday, Sept. 8, 6 p.m. until Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1 p.m. There is no cost with meals and lodging provided. HistoriCorps provides the cook and project leaders to support the team. We can field a maximum of ten people and they would need to stay the entire five days. Great opportunity for those who don't have commitments and love to be outside. 

This group will be part of the same project in which the Alfred State Building Trades students will also be participating. A project that both alumni and students are contributing to. 

Please feel free to encourage any of your friends or other alumni you may know to view the website. If you are interested, please RSVP or contact our office directly at 607-587-3931. 

Volunteers on this project will work on historic structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the decades following the park's founding. As cabin accommodations soon became equal or greater in popularity to tent camping, the park built the Ryan Trail cabins. The park report states, "The park was developed extensively between 1933 and 1942 when the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) took on the project of building roads, bridges, camping areas, trails, and picnic areas. The CCC was also responsible for numerous conservation projects from reforestation to stream bank retention and wildlife improvements."

WHAT: In order to complete the structural rehabilitation of the ten Ryan Trail Cabins, volunteers will:

Re-roof several cabins
Repair and replace the cabins' siding
Repoint stone masonry on fireplaces
Stabilize and rebuild stone piers
Rehabilitate windows and window frames
Repair flooring
Remove graffiti and other evidence of vandalism

WHERE: Allegany State Park, New York
Nearest town: Salamanca, NY. Has all amenities.


HistoriCorps will provide volunteers with lodging in the cabins themselves. Each cabin has two twin beds with mattresses, running water, and electricity - but volunteers will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towels, toiletries, etc. Showers and toilets will be centrally located.

Important: If you do not want to stay in the provided cabins and instead are bringing a tent or an RV, you must reserve and pay for a site within the park. If you would like to dry camp in your RV, there are limited spots about 0.5 miles from the project site, but you must inform Liz ( ahead of time.
Field staff will train volunteers in the project work. All tools are provided. Please do not bring your own tools – we don’t want them to get lost!

Given the rural nature of this site, HistoriCorps cannot ensure there will be cell phone service available. To determine if you will have cell service, please 

For additional information, please visit the following website:

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