A letter from Conference Committee Chair

CPI_SavingPlaces_FacebookWelcome to the 19th Annual Colorado Preservation, Inc. Saving Places® Conference!  We are excited about the 2016 conference and I hope you will be, too when you see the line-up of speakers, sessions and workshops.  This year’s theme is:  ‘Past. Present. Future.’  Past: because we are in the business of preserving our past, lest it be forgotten; Present: because our work has never been more important than it is today; and Future: because new technologies are helping to make the future of historic preservation brighter every day.

CPI’s goal is to keep this conference fresh and vital.  To this end our Saving Places® Conference Committee studied survey results of the 2015 conference and designed the conference to meet your needs and interests. We’ve adjusted the schedule to kick off Thursday morning with a plenary keynote presentation by Kimber Lanning.  She is the founder of 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 is now the largest local business coalition in the nation.  She’s going to get us excited about how historic preservation and local business can work together, and will have examples and ideas for both urban and rural Coloradans.

We also have some great conference sessions!  Essential topics including the State Historic Fund grant writing training and Historic Preservation Commissioner training are coming back and as always, the popular Most Endangered Places presentation highlights Thursday’s lunch.  If you are looking for help on how technology can further education and preservation, you’ll love our sessions on the new PBS “webseries,” the Bent’s Old Fort Minecraft video game, and how ‘aps’ can enrich a road trip! And we know you need to take home practical preservation tips, so we’ve included sessions on advocacy for local governments, how to work effectively with your county commissioners and a Day at the Capital to help you connect with your state legislators.

I’ve just listed a few of our offerings, and I hope you’ll find many more in the schedule to help make this one of your favorite CPI Saving Places Conferences ever!  I look forward to seeing you in 2016!

-Julie Johnson
CPI Board Member and Conference Committee Chair

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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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