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Fort Uncompahgre opens June 4; seasonal volunteers are needed

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Fort Uncompahgre on the Old Spanish Trail is getting ready for the 2016 season and has many opportunities for volunteers who can devote three to four hours a week. The mission of the fort is to promote and preserve the heritage and history for locals and visitors using Fort Uncompahgre as a centerpiece to disseminate local, regional and national information.

Volunteers are needed to greet visitors and provide tours to the public. Help is needed with outreach, website management, spring and fall encampment and special events. Volunteer training will be provided before the fort opens to the public Saturday, June 4. The fort will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., through the end of October.

Volunteers who are interested in being a reenactor are invited to attend Robidoux's Encampment, Saturday, May 21, hosted by William Bailey, founder of the replica of Fort Uncompahgre and an interpreter at Bent's Fort Old Fort and Fort Laramie. Fort volunteers will be able to participate in a training workshop to learn about general interpretation and historical accuracy. This event is free to the public.

For more information, call John Thompson at 249-2360.

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