Women’s History Embodied in Our Historic Resources

The National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic Properties are tools that recognize National Women’s History Month, celebrated in March. The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources. The Colorado State Register of Historic Properties is a listing of the state’s significant cultural resources worthy of preservation for the future education and enjoyment of Colorado’s residents and visitors. 

Cedar Mesa Community Club, 15637 Peach Road, Cedaredge, Delta County, listed in the State Register in 2016

Cedar Mesa Community Club
Cedar Mesa Community Club

The Cedar Mesa Community Club formed in 1908 as a way for the women of this relatively isolated agricultural community to meet and provide support to one another and their neighbors. Descendants and family members (mothers, daughters, sisters, etc.) have been club members as well. By 1949 the club had raised enough funds to build their own clubhouse on former orchard land donated by one of its members and her husband. The building was in large part constructed by the members’ husbands, and the members used scrap lumber to build furniture. The club has continuously held many social activities and community events at the single-room clubhouse ever since. Continue reading “Women’s History Embodied in Our Historic Resources”

Get involved with historic preservation

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Grant drawing for C.G. Gorman Block, Teller/Victor

How can you get involved with historic preservation?

You don’t need a degree in historic preservation or be an architect to get involved. In fact, much of the work of preservation is often done by passionate volunteers who advocate for the historic resources in their own communities. Continue reading “Get involved with historic preservation”

What does preservation mean?

national_register_historic_placesWhat does preservation mean, exactly?

Many people might associate the term with environmental preservation or conservation. For others however, the word is primarily used in the context of historic preservation, which is the act of physically preserving and protecting historic buildings, landscapes, and other sites, for the purposes of education and interpretation, cultural enrichment, and public benefit. Continue reading “What does preservation mean?”

Help preserve the past with a History Colorado membership

membershipHistory Colorado is a national leader in historic preservation. But credit for our successes goes to the people of Colorado for their generous support. With 20% off of a History Colorado membership this year, it’s the perfect time to join our mission and show your support for history, education, and preservation efforts across the state. Continue reading “Help preserve the past with a History Colorado membership”

6 Reasons You Should Care About Historic Preservation in Colorado

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I’m from Georgia, born and raised a southerner through and through, and I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes, when it comes to historic places, people from the east think they have all the good stuff. 

But three decades ago I moved to Colorado and was astounded to find some of the richest, most vibrant historic places I’ve seen. I still remember my drive up I-70 seeing quaint mountain towns like Georgetown for the first time and being blown away. This place is something special.  

You probably already know that Colorado is The Place To Be for entrepreneurs, engineers, technology gurus, brewers, outdoor-lovers, and even athletes. But you probably didn’t know it’s a burgeoning hotspot for something else: historic preservation. And here are six reasons you should care about that.

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