Fort Wayne is one of the under appreciated landmarks in Detroit that has a lot of history behind it. Here’s a chance on Sunday, September 10, to get your hands dirty and help out some history stay alive.

The original 1848 limestone barracks building, 1845 star fort renovated in 1861, the restored Commanding Officers house, the Spanish-American War guard house, and the Tuskegee Airmen Museum are open to the public, but couldn’t be kept up without the help of volunteers.

What’s neat about this program is that the organizers — the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experience) — will help teach some basic skills if you don’t have them.

According to a release:

The expert-led, volunteer-driven project is a unique opportunity for participants, regardless of skill or ability, to learn about and support the captivating layers of history at Fort Wayne.

This free event ends with a block party that includes food and music.

If you want to get involved, you should register online at before Sunday, September 10. Remember to wear closed-toe shoes. Participants will receive a free shirt.

WHEN: Sunday, September 10, 2017, 8 a.m. — 4 p.m.

WHERE: Fort Wayne, 6325 W. Jefferson Avenue, Detroit, MI 48209

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