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Betsy Kellums, Community Development Department, Historic Preservation Specialist
Subject: Historic Greeley, Inc and the City of Greeley to Receive History Colorado’s 2014 Stephen H. Hart Award
History Colorado has announced that the City of Greeley and Historic Greeley, Inc. have been chosen to receive the 2014 Stephen H. Hart Award for collaborative efforts for Comprehensive Outreach and Education for historic preservation. History Colorado will present the award at a ceremony on February 5th at the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, in downtown Denver.
Historic Greeley, Inc. and the City of Greeley have worked together toward the same goal of preserving Greeley’s historic resources and providing education and assistance to the public toward that goal since the establishment of Historic Greeley, Inc. in 2001. The City of Greeley established its Historic Preservation department in 1995. Historic Greeley, Inc. is a local non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of the area’s historic architectural resources. By advocating for preservation issues, providing resource information, and facilitating preservation projects, Historic Greeley, Inc. is committed to preserving Greeley’s rich heritage.
“Many people have been involved in preservation outreach and education in Greeley, including dedicated citizens, Historic Greeley Inc., Historic Preservation Commissioners, City Council and Staff, History Colorado and Colorado Preservation, Inc. We are truly honored and are excited for the award, and we are energized to continue with the preservation and promotion of Greeley’s history and historic resources,” commented Greeley’s Community Development Director Brad Mueller.
Historic Greeley, Inc. President Julia Richard had this to say regarding their partnership with the City and the Hart Award, “Greeley is rich with historic architecture. From Italianates built in the 1870s, to A-frames constructed in the 1970s, Greeley’s homes and buildings tell the story of our community over the years. And as a community we value our history; it gives us a sense of place. The partnership between Historic Greeley, Inc. and the City of Greeley has allowed us to better protect, maintain, and promote our town’s historic structures. That’s a big win for everyone in our community.”
A wide range of initiatives and preservation efforts include state funded grant projects; a guidebook to historic buildings in Downtown Greeley; newsletters and annual reports; Historic Preservation Month posters; and production of four editions of a historic preservation documentary entitled Windows of Time. Educational and outreach preservation events include walking tours; Historic Preservation Month awards and receptions; the History Brown Bag lecture series; Historic Preservation celebrations, including of the “save” of the POW Camp 202 Pillars and of Downtown Greeley from the Colorado Preservation, Inc. Endangered Places List, and of the 10th anniversary of the Downtown Greeley Historic District; a historic property research workshop; and a Historic Building Resource Fair. Historic Preservation Commissioners and Staff have made many educational presentations to various organizations and school groups, and the Commission hosts a historic preservation informational table at various public events including Farmers’ Market, Arts Picnic and Potato Day. Through these events and initiatives, the City and Historic Greeley, Inc. have collaborated with the City of Greeley Museums and the Downtown Development Authority as well.