CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A volunteer effort organized to help in the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site’s post-tornado recovery effort has grown into an event involving several volunteer groups; however, they still need your help.
Caddo Mounds State Historic Site on Monday posted on Facebook, asking for volunteers to take part in the May Volunteer Day by aiding in the process of clearing debris, removing downed trees, and other smaller jobs. Caddo Mounds officials have said they hope to be able to maintain the grounds while rebuilding gets underway.
The event is the second of such organized efforts to help Caddo Mounds recover after the site took a direct hit from one of two tornadoes that tore through the city of Alto on April 13.
If you’d like to volunteer during May Volunteer Day, you’re asked to please call the site at (936) 858-3218 or 9936) 858-2359 to indict your interest in attending. For more information about the May Volunteer Day, you can visit the Caddo Mounds State Historic Site’s Facebook page.
Lunch will be provided for volunteers at noon. As an added bonus, Caddo Mounds announced Dr. Brent Burt, with Stephen F. Austin State University’s department of biology, will conduct a shortened version of his “Texas Birding 101” program around 12:30 p.m.
A Caddo Mounds spokesperson said in a Facebook post that the visitor center’s demolition was completed last week after portion of the building that was left standing after tornado was deemed unsafe. Staff will post photos of personal items recovered around the debris site, and photos will be posted at a later date in an effort to return those items to their owners.
PBS has produced a documentary on the construction of the Caddo grass house, which was destroyed by the tornado. It can be found at this link.