Press Release

History Colorado Recognizes Excellence in Historic Preservation and Archaeology at the Stephen H. Hart Awards

DENVER, Colo. (November 4, 2019)—History Colorado is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Stephen H. Hart Awards for Historic Preservation. Every year History Colorado’s Board of Directors honors those preservation and archaeology projects that exemplify best practices and achievements throughout Colorado. Five projects will receive accolades–including the prestigious Governor’s Award–and the professionals involved will be presented awards the evening of Friday, January 31 at 5:00 p.m. in the History Colorado Center.

Here are the winners.

Crossan’s M&A Market receives the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation
A rural, community-based organization volunteered many hours, tirelessly fundraising and promoting the rehabilitation of Crossan’s M&A Market, raising more than $630,000 in seven years to save one of the oldest mercantile buildings in the State of Colorado.

Awardees: Friends of Crossan’s Market, Historic Routt County, Town of Yampa

Magic Mountain Archaeological Site receives State Archaeologist Award
Denver Museum of Nature and Science collaborated with PaleoCultural Research Group to initiate new research at the site, inviting the public to join in the research, and expanding public impact through education programs for state youth groups and public broadcasting funding.

Awardees: Denver Museum of Nature and Science, PaleoCultural Research Group

Chimney Rock National Monument  receives State Historic Preservation Officer Award
The United States Forest Service worked in collaboration with Pueblo and other Indigenous communities to create culturally informed site management and interpretation of the archaeological site.

Awardees: San Juan National Forest, Anthropological Research LLC, Chimney Rock Tribal Design Review Committee

Bosler-Yankeee House receives Hart Award
Colorado pioneers Ambrose Bosler built the first house in North Denver’s Highland neighborhood, and donated land to the City of Denver for what would become Highland Park. The property was locally landmarked by the City of Denver in 1984, rescued and rehabilitated from neglect through a rare public-private partnership, receiving one of Mayor Michael Hancock’s 2018 Design Awards. 

Awardees: Historic Denver, Inc., Steve & Jan Davis, Form + Works Design Group, City & County of Denver 

Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum receives Hart Award
A former blacksmith’s shop and Conoco gas station, the Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum transformed a historic, but dilapidated building in the town’s historic district into a thriving museum dedicated to Colorado history. 

Awardees: Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum, Jessica Reske (Architect)

The 2020 Hart Awards are presented in conjunction with the Colorado Preservation Inc., Saving Places Conference, held annually. 

History Colorado’s Board of Director’s began presenting the Stephen H. Hart Awards in 1986 to honor Colorado’s first State Historic Preservation Officer, Stephen H. Hart. Awarded projects are chosen from nominations presented by staff from the State Historical Fund, Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, and History Colorado leadership. 

The public and media are invited to attend. RSVP to Preservation Communications Officer, Philip Clapham, at by January 28.

For more information about Saving Places Conference, visit

About History Colorado
History Colorado’s mission is to create a better future for Colorado by inspiring wonder in our past. We serve as the state’s memory, preserving the places, stories and material culture of Colorado through the History Colorado Center and statewide Community Museums, educational programs, historic preservation grants, research library, collections and outreach to Colorado communities. Visit, or call 303-HISTORY, for more information.


Philip Clapham
Preservation Communications Manager
303-866-2049 / 303-681-5823 (cell) |