History Colorado began presenting the Stephen H. Hart Awards in 1986 to recognize outstanding projects and individual achievements in archaeology and historic preservation throughout Colorado. Stephen H. Hart was Colorado’s first State Historic Preservation Officer.
From this select group of awardees, one exceptional project is chosen every year to receive the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation. First presented in 2003, the Governor’s Award recognizes a project or person that exemplifies the best in historic preservation, in honoring historic design and craftsmanship, and in adhering to proper preservation techniques and ethics.
The History Colorado President’s Award recognizes a person, project, or program that enriched and educated others about our state’s history and heritage, while the Hart Archaeology Award goes to a person, project, or program that demonstrated a commitment to archaeology and historic preservation.