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Oregon - Deschutes NF
Closed! Restoration of Historic Odd Fellows Cabins on Paulina Lake

Ioof_cabins_work_plan.jpg by US Forest Service
Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cabins

August 30-September 4, 2020
Volunteers must commit to entire session

Come help us “rebuild history” on the Deschutes National Forest this summer! Paulina Lake is located within the caldera of Newberry Volcano, which makes up the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Newberry National Volcanic Monument was founded in November, 1990, and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. This monument provides unique views of the Lava Lands of central Oregon, and includes more than 54,000 acres of lakes, lava flows, and spectacular geologic features. The highest point within the Monument is the summit Paulina Peak (7,985 ft.), showcasing views of the Cascades, Newberry Caldera and across the High Desert. It was here, inspired by the destitute conditions of 17th-century England, that a group of citizens banded together in the early 1800s to provide small amounts of charity to the most vulnerable populations of immigrants and others. An observer commented, “It is odd that a person might help another and expect nothing in return.” Thus, in 1819, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) was founded in North America. Odd Fellows are committed to the principles of ‘Friendship, Love and Truth,’ which they practice through charitable acts and managing fellowship lodges. Paulina Lake is the site of a group of these IOOF cabins. They are built primarily of native lava rock and pine, and are emblematic of the “folk” architecture of Depression-era buildings in the forested Pacific Northwest. The cabins at Paulina Lake are now in need of some TLC, and we need your help!

PIT volunteers will join HistoriCorps as we preserve the Odd Fellows Cabins this summer. Our work goals include carefully removing and replacing deteriorated logs from the bases of Cabins #1 and #2; deconstructing and rebuilding the top of a brick chimney and removing and replacing deteriorated chinking and daubing on the exterior at Cabin #4; and, if time allows, we’ll also rehabilitate windows and tackle additional daubing replacements as needed within the compound.

HistoriCorps will provide all meals (except the night of August 30th), tools, training, equipment, and a campsite or shared indoor lodging. Volunteers must bring: a minimum of six (6), reusable face masks (due to COVID-19 requirements), gloves, sturdy work clothes and boots, and appropriate sleeping equipment. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 6:00 pm and no later than 8:00 pm the first day of the project.

We will only accept applications until all slots are filled, so apply today! We look forward to seeing you, and to sharing this piece of history with you!

Number of openings: 6

Special skills: No special skills required

Minimum age: 14 years old; applicants under the age of 18 must apply with a parent or guardian; guardian MUST submit a separate application and plan to attend all session dates
Facilities: Tent and RV camping available at no charge at the Newberry Group Campsite; water, chemical or pit toilet; no hook-ups; volunteers responsible for own camping equipment and first night’s meal, a minimum of six (6), reusable face masks, gloves, sturdy work clothes and boots, and transportation
Nearest towns: La Pine, 20 miles; Bend, 38 miles

Applications due: Ongoing until filled!

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