Press Release

Honoring Our Past with the Stephen H. Hart Awards for Historic Preservation

DENVER (January 11, 2017)—Colorado’s history remains vibrant thanks to the preservationists and archaeologists who work to keep our historic buildings and sites alive and intact. The 2017 Stephen H. Hart Awards for Historic Preservation honors the work of these great individuals and organizations.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Wednesday, February 1 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the History Colorado Center at 1200 Broadway in Denver. The ceremony coincides with Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s annual Saving Places Conference. You can register for that event here.


Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation:

For the preservation, interpretation, and stewardship of Bent’s New Fort:
Gary and Lilly McCall and Brad Semmens, owners
Alexa Roberts and Michael Taylor, National Park Service


State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award:
For the National Register nomination of the Department of Energy Grand Junction Office:
April V. Gil, Ph.D., U.S. Department of Energy Office of Legacy Management
Jon Horn, Alpine Archaeological Consultants, Inc.
Jon Maraschin, Riverview Technology Corporation


State Archaeologist’s Award:
For her service to Colorado as State Archaeologist:
Susan Collins, Ph.D.


Stephen H. Hart Awards:

For the recognition and preservation of Ute Mountain Ute history and heritage:
Terry Knight and Lynn W. Hartman, Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Historic Preservation Office


For the preservation of Animas Forks:
Bureau of Land Management Tres Rios Field Office
Mountain Studies Institute
San Juan County
San Juan County Historical Society


For a career of service in historic preservation:
Lee Merkel


For the preservation of Schweiger Ranch
Schweiger Ranch Foundation


The public and media are invited to join us in honoring this year’s awardees. RSVP to Preservation Communications Manager Jonathan Raab at by January 25. Drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available.

This year’s ceremony is generously sponsored by Holland & Hart. With more than 500 attorneys located in 15 offices across the Mountain West and in Washington, D.C., Holland & Hart delivers integrated legal solutions to regional, national, and international clients of all sizes.