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“People of the Year 2013″ volunteers get ready for second cleanup season

Posted March 24, 2014

Volunteer cleanup crew at Wardenclyffe, August 2013

Volunteer cleanup crew at Wardenclyffe, August 2013

Bring together a historic site, a fascinating scientist/inventor, a small but determined organization, and hundreds of supporters, and you get the story of how the Wardenclyffe laboratory of Nikola Tesla was saved for the future.

Since the purchase of the 16-acre site on May 2, 2013, a small army of volunteers, guided by directors of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe, has put substantial time and energy into reclaiming the overgrown and deteriorating site. Some trimmed bushes and trees, raked leaves, spread wood chips and mulch, mowed grass, and picked up trash. Others, including construction companies, painted, repaired fencing, cut down trees, or did electrical work.

Volunteers reseeding the grass inside the base of Tesla's former transmission tower

Volunteers reseeding the grass inside the base of Tesla’s former transmission tower, August 2013

Almost every Saturday morning from mid May till December 2013, these dedicated friends of science worked steadily at the site. The work sessions were suspended during the winter months, but this Saturday, March 29, volunteers will again be on the grounds of Wardenclyffe, resuming their work to restore the site.

For their efforts in 2013, which made a huge difference in the appearance and viability of the Wardenclyffe site, the Times Beacon Record Newspapers named the Tesla volunteers “People of the Year“.)

This year, the volunteers will be doing more.  We plan to begin renovation of selected buildings to make them ready for programs and events, and to provide much-needed workspace and facilities on site.  Preparations will also be underway for the more challenging restoration of the historic laboratory building, which was designed by famous architect Stanford White. This was Tesla’s last laboratory and will be meticulously restored to its original condition.

Volunteers preparing rehabilitation nursery for native plants

Volunteers preparing a rehabilitation nursery for native plants, October 2013

People with specialized skills will be needed, as well as those with general abilities. If you can help, please sign up at our page where our new projects will appear shortly.

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