DOI / VISTA Team

DOI / VISTA Team Projects

Nicodemus National Historic Site

DOI / VISTA: Jessica Craig
Supervisor: Bill Chapman
Address: 304 Washington Ave, Bogue, Kansas 67625
County: Graham County
Voice Telephone: ?678-464-5553
Email: drgastaples@gmail.com
Web site: www.nps.gov/nico/index.htm
Congressional District:
Bureau: National Park Service (NPS)

Mission

The DOI/VISTA position would work to solicit, establish, and maintain participation in a youth conservation corp that would accomplish several projects including a community garden, and building a sod house (soddie) that will attract visitors to the site and root the site in its historic significance.  The DOI/VISTA will also work with local community members to gain job skills, and create new revenue streams starting with gardening skills and search for new economic development opportunities. 

The VISTA will also assist community members (most of whom are minorities) to secure grant funding and develop their skill in how to apply for grants.  The township of Nicodemus does not have the financial means to maintain its infrastructure (i.e. roads, water systems, community housing) and finding opportunities that would maintain the living conditions of the town is needed.  There are African American descendants of Nicodemus both in the township and the local communities that have an interest in the history and development of the community that would draw the interest of visitors and peoples that have moved out of the community.  

About the Surrounding Community

The DOI/VISTA position would work to solicit, establish, and maintain participation in a youth conservation corp that would accomplish several projects including a community garden, and building a sod house (soddie) that will attract visitors to the site and root the site in its historic significance.  The DOI/VISTA will also work with local community members to gain job skills, and create new revenue streams starting with gardening skills and search for new economic development opportunities. 

The VISTA will also assist community members (most of whom are minorities) to secure grant funding and develop their skill in how to apply for grants.  The township of Nicodemus does not have the financial means to maintain its infrastructure (i.e. roads, water systems, community housing) and finding opportunities that would maintain the living conditions of the town is needed.  There are African American descendants of Nicodemus both in the township and the local communities that have an interest in the history and development of the community that would draw the interest of visitors and peoples that have moved out of the community.  

Project Overview

A component of this project would be to establish and gain participation in a youth conservation corp.  There are African American descendants of Nicodemus both in the township and the local communities that have an interest in the history and development of the community that would draw the interest of visitors and peoples that have moved out of the community.  One idea that has been expressed by the local community and visitors has been an interest in seeing is a soddie and/or dugout that would be replicas of the structures that the original settlers of Nicodemus lived in.  This would help the local community preserve their story as well as gain valuable job skills.  This project could be accomplished through a youth conservation corp and/or local volunteers.  Currently the younger generations have no desire to stay within the community because of the lack of jobs to keep them from poverty.   

The VISTA position would also work with the local community members (most of whom are minorities) to secure grant funding and teach them how to apply for grants.  The township of Nicodemus does not have the financial means to maintain its infrastructure (i.e. roads, water systems, community housing) and finding opportunities that would maintain the living conditions of the town is needed.   

Sponsors and Partners

see: http://www.nps.gov/nico/index.htm