Help us preserve our Heritage Diversity

Four Winds Survival Project - DenverThe Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) needs your help identifying the Colorado places important to women’s history, African-American, Asian-American and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ, Latino, and urban Native American communities.

OAHP seeks to partner with Colorado communities to document and educate about these stories, as well as provide information about historic preservation incentives.

We want to hear from you. Follow the link to let us know about the unsung historic places of Colorado!

Preserving Colorado: State Historical Fund second round grants for 2016 (part one)

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Each year, the History Colorado State Historical Fund (SHF) provides grants for preservation projects. In 2016, we approved a diverse array of preservation grants—everything from restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings, architectural assessments, archaeological excavations, designation and interpretation of historic places, preservation planning studies, and education and training programs.  These are grants from our second round in 2016, and represent some of the great preservation work being done around Colorado.

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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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Historic Yet New: Colorado Additions to the National and State Register

This summer two new buildings were added to the State Register of Historic Properties that tell the stories of two notable Coloradans with very different, but equally fascinating, backgrounds that led them to esteem designing buildings in Greeley and Denver, respectively.

In addition, the Downtown Loveland Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places. This exciting new listing honors the agricultural and economic heritage of a small railroad community that grew into a commercial center.

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2015 Colorado Centennial Farms

A collaboration since 1986 among History Colorado, the Colorado Department of Agriculture, and the Colorado State Fair, the Colorado Centennial Farms program honors working farms and ranches that have remained in the same family for a century or more despite economic, environmental, and societal pressures and hardships.

We’re thrilled to introduce twenty-two new farms that join this esteemed list (now nearly 500 farms!) this August 2015. From Huerfano County to Washington County, these farms and ranches represent the diverse, hard working agricultural past that has shaped Colorado’s future. 

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