In 1986 a collaborative effort among then Governor Richard D. Lamm, the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado), and the Colorado Department of Agriculture created the Colorado Centennial Farms program to recognize the important role agriculture has played in our state's history and economic development. Today, the program is administered by the State Historical Fund, a program of History Colorado. Colorado Centennial Farms is the first program of its kind in the nation to give Historic Structure Awards to families who have successfully preserved historic buildings on their farms and ranches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides this additional recognition.
The National Museum of American History recently introduced the Smithsonian Agricultural Innovation and Heritage Archive to gather stories of America's agricultural past—and you're the storyteller! Submit your family's experiences through the online database and read stories from across the nation.