Three years ago a tornado ripped apart facilities at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site six miles west of Alto in Cherokee County. The award-winning grass house destroyed in the storm was originally constructed in 2016 with the help of Caddo people and volunteers from across the state. Many are returning to help rebuild and additional volunteers are needed. Construction to replace the museum destroyed that day is ongoing and volunteers are invited to participate in July. 

Each day from July 5 through July 17, volunteers are invited to gather at 7:30 a.m. in the temporary visitors’ center. Tasks include pole collection and peeling, staging previously collected grasses and willow to at the construction site, and  setting primary poles.

On July 9 and 10, grass house construction will be limited to members of the Caddo Tribe, who will travel to the site from Oklahoma and beyond.

Other scheduled activities include demonstrations by Caddo potter Chase Earles, rock painting for a rock mural to be installed in Snake Woman’s Garden, a community weaving project, atlatl demonstrations, and more.

Volunteers are also needed for lathing and thatching from July 11 through 17, installing the rock mural in Snake Woman’s Garden on July 17, help with set-up and logistics, helping in the museum and gift shop, and more.

Caddo Mounds State Historic Site is the remains of a large village and religious center built by a group of Caddo Indians known as the Hasinai more than 1,200 years ago on the prairie overlooking the Neches River.

The Texas Historical Commission property is located on roughly 400 acres along the historic El Camino Real de los Tejas. The site presents the culture and customs of the Caddo people through intriguing exhibits, displays, and preserved burial and ceremonial mounds. Call (936) 858-3221 for information and to register as a volunteer or visit

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