Passport in Time

Passport in Time The official USDA PIT Community page for volunteers and US Forest Service staff through the Passport in Time Program.

12/21/2021

Season’s Greetings, PITsters! We hope you all have the privilege of being with your loved ones this holiday season, near the warmth of family and friends, a fireplace, and with good food! Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah, a Cool Yule, and all the best and brightest in your brand new year; stay healthy and warm, within and without! Enjoy the PIT project highlights in this issue – thanks for everything you have done to make this one-of-a-kind Program the best for over 30 years!

11/24/2021

Hello PITsters; Happy Thanksgiving! We here at PIT and the PIT Clearinghouse can certainly say that we are thankful for you, our beloved volunteers; thanks for all you do! All hours have been updated, and so has the PIT Honor Roll. If you feel your calculations are somewhat different than ours, be sure to contact the PIT Clearinghouse to make sure your hours are properly counted. Again, we wish you the best of the holiday season: peace, hope, and joy! See you on the trails again very soon!

Terrace Archaeological Collections Laboratory Analysis - BLM Salt Lake FO - January 31-February 4, 2022The construction ...
11/18/2021

Terrace Archaeological Collections Laboratory Analysis - BLM Salt Lake FO - January 31-February 4, 2022

The construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad (TCRR) across the United States was a magnificent undertaking, years in planning and years in ex*****on. Reaching west from Omaha to Sacramento, across the vast grasslands of the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the high Sierras, the Transcontinental Railroad cut an impressive swath through Utah. The Promontory Segment of the TCRR was home to two large town sites: Kelton and Terrace. In 2020-2021, archaeologists with the BLM and the Utah State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) completed excavations at the site of Terrace, which was, in its day a booming railroad town with a large Chinatown. Excavations yielded thousands of artifacts that need cleaning, sorting, cataloging, photography, and data entry. Volunteers will assist with these critical tasks while also learning about historic artifact identification. Organizers will provide all needed tools and supplies for this project. The Terrace, Utah project has made national headlines and will appear in Smithsonian magazine next year – come see what makes this site so special, and help us further understand the history of this town and its people!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

Terrace Archaeological Collections Laboratory Analysis - BLM Salt Lake FO - January 31-February 4, 2022

The construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad (TCRR) across the United States was a magnificent undertaking, years in planning and years in ex*****on. Reaching west from Omaha to Sacramento, across the vast grasslands of the Great Plains, the Rocky Mountains, and the high Sierras, the Transcontinental Railroad cut an impressive swath through Utah. The Promontory Segment of the TCRR was home to two large town sites: Kelton and Terrace. In 2020-2021, archaeologists with the BLM and the Utah State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) completed excavations at the site of Terrace, which was, in its day a booming railroad town with a large Chinatown. Excavations yielded thousands of artifacts that need cleaning, sorting, cataloging, photography, and data entry. Volunteers will assist with these critical tasks while also learning about historic artifact identification. Organizers will provide all needed tools and supplies for this project. The Terrace, Utah project has made national headlines and will appear in Smithsonian magazine next year – come see what makes this site so special, and help us further understand the history of this town and its people!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

11/01/2021

Hello, PITsters, and Happy Spooky Season! Thank you all for the tremendous efforts you made this year - we could not do this without you, and we look forward to doing it AGAIN in 2022! In keeping with our recent theme of highlighting some of PIT's triumphs, we have posted videos on a couple of previous projects – take a look, you might just see yourself! Until next time, be well; we will see you on the trails again soon!

The Passport in Time Clearinghouse

09/30/2021

Greetings PITsters! We hope you survived the heat! As Autumn creeps its way in, we look forward to some cooler temperatures and a bit of color here and there. The only downside to fall is that it marks the end of the field season; all of our 2021 projects have completed, or are getting ready to wrap up. So, consider this a 'Call for Submissions!' and send us your stories, your artwork, your photos, your poems, and so on! Send via [email protected]. See you on the trails again soon!

08/27/2021

Hello PITsters! We hope you are doing well and are navigating through all of this heat. Here's to fall and, hopefully, some relief! The field season is wrapping up, and due to the ongoing pandemic, the number of projects is limited. Going forward, we hope we can get back to fully packed PIT seasons. We've still gotten some great work done out there, though, and several field reports and stories are now available. Check them out at www.passportintime.com! See you on the trails soon!

Preservation of Historic Water Canyon Ranger Station - Apache-Sitgreaves NF - AZ - October 24-29; October 31-November 5,...
08/05/2021

Preservation of Historic Water Canyon Ranger Station - Apache-Sitgreaves NF - AZ - October 24-29; October 31-November 5, 2021

Join us this fall on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest as we work to preserve historic Water Canyon Ranger Station! As is wont to happen, Water Canyon Station has suffered the elements and the effects of time since its construction, and we need your help to get this classic gem back into shape! This year, in a joint effort between HistoriCorps and the Forest Service, our PIT project will tackle giving a “facelift” and much needed TLC to the Ranger Station. Our work will entail siding repair & replacement; scraping loose paint and repainting to match existing siding; Cedar-shingle roofing; building a deck; re-glazing windows and replacing deteriorated wood elements; restoring window screens and shutters; rehabilitating and/or fabricating barn and residence doors; replacing stair stringers; and various other carpentry tasks. HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers will need to provide their own work clothes, sturdy boots, safety glasses and gloves, and any other personal gear. PIT volunteers selected for the project will be directed to the site’s direct webpage to fill out a pre-orientation “packet” that will include safety forms, meal preferences, an orientation letter, and so on. If you are selected, please be sure to complete the packet at least a week prior to arrival. We hope you will join us in October at Water Canyon Ranger Station!
Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

Preservation of Historic Water Canyon Ranger Station - Apache-Sitgreaves NF - AZ - October 24-29; October 31-November 5, 2021

Join us this fall on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest as we work to preserve historic Water Canyon Ranger Station! As is wont to happen, Water Canyon Station has suffered the elements and the effects of time since its construction, and we need your help to get this classic gem back into shape! This year, in a joint effort between HistoriCorps and the Forest Service, our PIT project will tackle giving a “facelift” and much needed TLC to the Ranger Station. Our work will entail siding repair & replacement; scraping loose paint and repainting to match existing siding; Cedar-shingle roofing; building a deck; re-glazing windows and replacing deteriorated wood elements; restoring window screens and shutters; rehabilitating and/or fabricating barn and residence doors; replacing stair stringers; and various other carpentry tasks. HistoriCorps will provide all meals, tools, training, equipment, and a campsite. Volunteers will need to provide their own work clothes, sturdy boots, safety glasses and gloves, and any other personal gear. PIT volunteers selected for the project will be directed to the site’s direct webpage to fill out a pre-orientation “packet” that will include safety forms, meal preferences, an orientation letter, and so on. If you are selected, please be sure to complete the packet at least a week prior to arrival. We hope you will join us in October at Water Canyon Ranger Station!
Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

07/31/2021

Happy July, PITsters! We hope you're doing well and keeping as cool and hydrated as possible in this hot and dry summer. It's our wish that, apart from dodging the sun, the month has been filled with cookouts, fireworks, and opportunities spent with loved ones, maybe even working on a PIT project! Have a look at the PIT website (www.passportintime.com) to see what we have on offer currently, and to see what shows up next - see you on the trails again soon!

The Passport in Time Clearinghouse

06/28/2021

Hello PITsters! The forecast: hot! One way to beat the heat? Run to your National Forests and other public lands. And, while you're out there, why not get involved on a PIT project! One in particular really needs you right now: the Historic Camp Rucker project on the Coronado National Forest, Arizona - it only has half the troop it needs! So, if it's one you would like to jump in on, get your applications in right away! In the meantime, stay cool, and we will see you on the trails!

Intensive Examinations of Artifacts Lab - De Soto NF - MS - October 20-29, 2021Over the past 13 years, we have run both ...
06/24/2021

Intensive Examinations of Artifacts Lab - De Soto NF - MS - October 20-29, 2021

Over the past 13 years, we have run both prehistoric and historic excavations, and several historic metal-detecting surveys. Finding the information has been the focus, but that information has been piling up in quiet corners waiting for interested – and interesting – folks to help unlock their secrets. Are you that person? Recovered artifacts have yielded dates from 1,100–4,000 years old in the prehistoric range, and 75–180 years old in the historic. All of the collections will need to be cleaned, processed, analyzed, and prepared for curation, and we need your help – so join us for an intensive laboratory this fall!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

Intensive Examinations of Artifacts Lab - De Soto NF - MS - October 20-29, 2021

Over the past 13 years, we have run both prehistoric and historic excavations, and several historic metal-detecting surveys. Finding the information has been the focus, but that information has been piling up in quiet corners waiting for interested – and interesting – folks to help unlock their secrets. Are you that person? Recovered artifacts have yielded dates from 1,100–4,000 years old in the prehistoric range, and 75–180 years old in the historic. All of the collections will need to be cleaned, processed, analyzed, and prepared for curation, and we need your help – so join us for an intensive laboratory this fall!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

Halfway Ranger Station Rehab: Part III - Superior NF - MN - September 23-27, 2021The Northern Bedrock Historic Preservat...
06/11/2021

Halfway Ranger Station Rehab: Part III - Superior NF - MN - September 23-27, 2021

The Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps (NHBPC), in partnership with the research branch of the US Forest Service, has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to restore and adaptively reuse the Halfway Ranger District Ranger Dwelling site within the Superior National Forest. The site was constructed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Volunteers will serve alongside NBHPC crews and technical specialists during the project. Our work at the Station this year will involve repairing/replacing and treating and staining logs and fascia boards; scraping and painting structures; and repairing/replacing windows and screens. If time allows, we’ll also undertake various other restoration projects throughout Halfway Ranger Station’s 12-acre site. This is an historic gem, so we hope you’ll join us once again to give it the tender, loving care it both needs and deserves!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

Halfway Ranger Station Rehab: Part III - Superior NF - MN - September 23-27, 2021

The Northern Bedrock Historic Preservation Corps (NHBPC), in partnership with the research branch of the US Forest Service, has entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to restore and adaptively reuse the Halfway Ranger District Ranger Dwelling site within the Superior National Forest. The site was constructed in 1934 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Volunteers will serve alongside NBHPC crews and technical specialists during the project. Our work at the Station this year will involve repairing/replacing and treating and staining logs and fascia boards; scraping and painting structures; and repairing/replacing windows and screens. If time allows, we’ll also undertake various other restoration projects throughout Halfway Ranger Station’s 12-acre site. This is an historic gem, so we hope you’ll join us once again to give it the tender, loving care it both needs and deserves!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns: Phase V - Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF - MT - August 15-20, 2021Please join the Beaverhead-Deerl...
06/11/2021

Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns: Phase V - Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF - MT - August 15-20, 2021

Please join the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest’s Heritage program in the ongoing preservation of the Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns, a site listed on the National Register of Historic places! The Canyon Creek Kilns, built in 1881, played an important role in the development of the Glendale-Hecla Historic Mining District in southwestern Montana. Prior to their construction, silver ore from the district had to be shipped as far away as Swansea, Wales (UK), for processing! Charcoal production at this site ran from the kilns’ completion to the smelters closure in 1900. From that point, time, weather, looting, and so on, took its toll. That is until 1990, when we ran our first PIT project here and volunteers like you stepped up to help put this historic gem back on the map! Since then, we have completely restored and stabilized three of the original 23 beehive kilns, maintained and stabilized much of the grounds, and more. This year – our fifth season at Canyon Creek – we will continue that work, and we hope to see you out at the Kilns again! We will only be taking applications until we have filled our rosters, and this project usually fills pretty quickly, so apply today!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns: Phase V - Beaverhead-Deerlodge NF - MT - August 15-20, 2021

Please join the Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest’s Heritage program in the ongoing preservation of the Canyon Creek Charcoal Kilns, a site listed on the National Register of Historic places! The Canyon Creek Kilns, built in 1881, played an important role in the development of the Glendale-Hecla Historic Mining District in southwestern Montana. Prior to their construction, silver ore from the district had to be shipped as far away as Swansea, Wales (UK), for processing! Charcoal production at this site ran from the kilns’ completion to the smelters closure in 1900. From that point, time, weather, looting, and so on, took its toll. That is until 1990, when we ran our first PIT project here and volunteers like you stepped up to help put this historic gem back on the map! Since then, we have completely restored and stabilized three of the original 23 beehive kilns, maintained and stabilized much of the grounds, and more. This year – our fifth season at Canyon Creek – we will continue that work, and we hope to see you out at the Kilns again! We will only be taking applications until we have filled our rosters, and this project usually fills pretty quickly, so apply today!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

05/30/2021

Hello once again PITsters! Can you believe the summer is almost upon us? Things are finally starting to open slowly back up around the nation, and it is high time to get back out there and play! Take a look at the PIT website (www.passportintime.com) to see new projects, check out the PIT Honor roll, and more. We wish you the best Memorial Day weekend; see you on the trails soon!

The Passport in Time Clearinghouse

Archaeology at the Midway Lumber Camp, Part III - Hiawatha NF - MI - July 19-23, 2021Join us once again on the beautiful...
05/27/2021

Archaeology at the Midway Lumber Camp, Part III - Hiawatha NF - MI - July 19-23, 2021

Join us once again on the beautiful Hiawatha National Forest of Michigan! This will be the third season of a long-term research project exploring the lives of workers in the northern woods, and will focus on a series of cordwood lumber camps owned and operated by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron (CCI) Company. This summer, our work will focus again on the Midway Lumber Camp, which operated from 1913-1920, and contains at least six houses for the mostly Finnish workers who lived there with their families. Project participants will map the site and collect a sample of artifacts from several of the house areas in an attempt to reconstruct the lives and the overall cultural landscape of the workers. Passport in Time volunteers will gain experience in archaeological field methods and artifact identification, and your time “off the clock” may be spent exploring the many resources the Hiawatha has to offer. Join us in July to learn about the lumber camp workers’ experiences in Michigan’s Northern Forest!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

Archaeology at the Midway Lumber Camp, Part III - Hiawatha NF - MI - July 19-23, 2021

Join us once again on the beautiful Hiawatha National Forest of Michigan! This will be the third season of a long-term research project exploring the lives of workers in the northern woods, and will focus on a series of cordwood lumber camps owned and operated by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron (CCI) Company. This summer, our work will focus again on the Midway Lumber Camp, which operated from 1913-1920, and contains at least six houses for the mostly Finnish workers who lived there with their families. Project participants will map the site and collect a sample of artifacts from several of the house areas in an attempt to reconstruct the lives and the overall cultural landscape of the workers. Passport in Time volunteers will gain experience in archaeological field methods and artifact identification, and your time “off the clock” may be spent exploring the many resources the Hiawatha has to offer. Join us in July to learn about the lumber camp workers’ experiences in Michigan’s Northern Forest!

Please note: Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed, including the wearing of masks.

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Do you have any new fieldwork projects for Summer 2021 yet?
South Dakota is home to some amazing fossils! Each summer the Foster Preparation Lab with the Museum of Geology, SDSM&T and the U.S. Forest Service Passport in Time work together to prep fossils for archives and public display! The project was postponed in 2020--but will be back! Read more here: https://bit.ly/3bAr2qz . . . #paleontology #fossils #prep #STEM #Museum #dinosaurs #sdsmt #SouthDakotaMines #hardrockerproud #HardrockerStrong
If you missed your calling as a paleontologist, don’t miss this amazing volunteer opportunity to work alongside professionals in an authentic paleontology preparation lab this summer! Come work on fossil preparation at the Museum of Geology, SDSM&T through the Passport in Time project with the Nebraska National Forests & Grasslands. Volunteers needed over 15 years of age this summer! Learn more and sign up here: https://bit.ly/2UGjlKt . . . #paleontology #SDMines #SDSMT
Oregon History / Chinese Heritage - Volunteer Fieldwork Opportunity in Grant County! Applications Due: May 13, 2019 Passport in Time's Placer Mining in the Southern Blue Mountains: Oregon Chinese Diaspora Project is a research partnership among the Malheur National Forest, Southern Oregon Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA), and the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site, among other partners. The partnership promotes the study and public interpretation of the history of immigrant Chinese gold miners in Oregon. Metal detector survey and limited site testing will be used to determine the location of suspected Chinese miner habitation sites. Volunteers will provide valuable assistance to this multi-year project, which will operate in tandem with a SOULA field school. Field trips to local museums and Heritage sites on the Forest are planned, as well as a lecture series featuring speakers interested in the history of the Chinese migrant diaspora in the greater Northwest.
Interested in archaeology and Chinese miners? Don't miss this exciting Passport in Time volunteer opportunity in the Malheur National Forest!
These artifacts might be of interest. Photos of over one thousand examples, collected for twenty years have been posted. Facebook.com/stonespeaker 'Stone Art of Ancient Oregon'
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Just wanted to say TY for giving me the opportunity to come out to Eyreville and dig!! It was as exciting, if not more, than I new it would be!!
I am looking for summer of 2018. When will you be posting those assignments?