Virtual Happy Hours

Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s Board, staff, and supporters are now meeting virtually to connect from time to time to learn about our critical historic places around Colorado and CPI’s Endangered Places Program.

We are scheduling additional summertime virtual happy hours and will post them here and advertise by email and social media. Sign up for our newsletter online here.

Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s Board, staff, and supporters are now meeting virtually to connect from time to time to learn about our critical historic places around Colorado and CPI’s Endangered Places Program.

It’s time for a conversation with our friends at Temple Aaron!

Topic: CPI Happy Hour –
Temple Aaron in Trinidad, CO

Time: Tuesday, July 21,
4:00-5:00 PM MT

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Located in the El Corazon de Trinidad National Historic District, Temple Aaron is a prominent visual landmark in Trinidad and the oldest synagogue building in continuous operation in Colorado.

Designed by Isaac Hamilton Rapp and built-in 1889, Temple Aaron is not only architecturally significant but also important for its role in the cultural history of Trinidad. Jewish merchants, who served as traders along the Santa Fe Trail began locating in Trinidad as early as 1867 and became prominent members of the community. By 1874, Trinidad had only two non-Jewish mercantile firms, and within ten years, Congregation Aaron organized as a Reform congregation on July 23, 1883.

A dwindling population and limited funding led to the Temple being listed in 2017 as one of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places.  Since listing, Colorado Preservation, Inc has worked closely with a dedicated group of individuals working to keep the property in Jewish hands, raise funds to maintain, repair, and endow the building, and create a 21st century congregation.

Join a conversation on-site at Temple Aaron with CPI and Temple Aaron’s Board Members! Expect to hear stories of growing up at the synagogue, the synagogue’s architecture, and preservation work, and lessons learned from events, programs, publicity, and outreach over the past three years.

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Recent Happy Hours:

Paris Mill in Park County, June 9


World’s Wonder View Tower, May 27


The Goodnight Barn in Pueblo, May 11

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