2016 Saving Places Conference Highlights


This year’s Conference will feature both familiar events that you’ve grown to know and love, as well as new and exciting sessions and special events! Below are some of the things that we are particularly excited about – click here to view a full schedule. Click here to register before January 8 and secure early bird pricing. 

This project is paid for in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund Grant. 

Keynote SpeakerKimber Lanning, Founder and Director of Local First Arizona Foundation
Thursday, February 4

Kimber Lanning is an entrepreneur, business leader and economic development specialist who works to cultivate strong, vibrant communities and inspire a higher quality of life for people across Arizona.

In 2003, Kimber founded Local First Arizona, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the economic and cultural benefits provided by locally owned businesses. Local First Arizona has gained recognition for community-based business development across Arizona. She works to inform, educate and motivate consumers to support local enterprises, and encourages public policy that enables locally owned and operated businesses to thrive.

Kimber will speak to the importance of historical sites in economic development and provide advice and strategies for advocating for preservation.

Colorado’s Most Endangered Places Program –
Thursday, February 4
Join us for the annual (and highly anticipated!) Endangered Places Luncheon announcing the 2016 sites. Browse and buy at the EPP Shop to Save Silent Auction all day Wednesday and Thursday then join us at the Marketplace Forum that evening. The following day, Friday, Feb. 5, an extended Endangered Places Round Table is planned for the morning with Program Director Jennifer Orrigo Charles and invited guests.

Marketplace Forum and Silent Auction Reception –
Thursday, February 4
Join your colleagues for tasty fare and drinks at this fun and informative evening event, designed for you to discover and interact with exhibitors of preservation related products, services and trades in the Rocky Mountain Region. We’ll close out the Endangered Places Shop to Save Silent Auction at the end of the evening.

Five Points Tour –
Wednesday, February 4
When CPI toured the Five Points neighborhood two years ago, it was on the brink of something big. But in October 2015, 5280 Magazine declared it was ‘no longer poised to become something anymore – it already is.’ Visit one of the nation’s ‘hottest’ neighborhoods, meet with some of the people opening businesses in Five Points, learn about the fascinating history of the area and hear about some of the challenges change can bring. Inclusive of the tour: transportation to and from Five Points, lunch at Dunbar’s Kitchen and Tap, entry to Black American West Museum and Heritage Center and refreshments at the Purple Door.

A Day at the Capitol –
Wednesday, February 3
Day at the Capitol offers a unique experience that includes intensive training on the legislative process, followed by an opportunity to meet personally with legislators to promote a pro-preservation agenda. Participants get the one-of-a-kind opportunity to advocate for preservation issues facing the state of Colorado and local communities at the State Capitol.

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Featured Project

4 Bar 4 Ranch

Homesteaded in 1895 by Dick McQueary to provide a stop for the Georgetown Stage Line, the 320-acre 4 Bar 4 Ranch has strong ties to Grand County and Colorado's heritage. The Georgetown Stage Line traveled on the road through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch from Idaho Springs to Hot Sulphur Springs over Berthoud Pass. In 1895 a roadhouse and stage stop were constructed on the ranch. The hotel and barn were constructed using trees from the Ranch property, and the hotel remained open for travelers coming over Berthoud Pass by horseback and wagon until 1913. With the coming of the automobile, the roadway over Berthoud Pass and through the 4 Bar 4 Ranch was considered an integral part of the Trans-Continental “Midland Trail” highway. Following the closing of the stage line, the ranch continued to host travelers until 1912 or 1913 when it was purchased and converted into a Ford Motor Company . Ford vehicles were sold here until 1917, when Harry Larkin purchased the ranch site. Today emergency efforts are underway to ensure it survives through the winter. Donations are in need. To learn more, contact Jennifer Orrigo Charles at jorrigocharlges@coloradopreservation.org.

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