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Our Living Legacy: Colorado's Historic Schools


In the mid-ninteenth century, settlers were beckoned by gold or land. Schools and churches began to dot the wide-open spaces and rough-hewn mountains of the American west. These simple structures were the signals of coming social stability; the roots from which communities grew.

Throughout Colorado, hundreds of school buildings stand as living monuments to the long histories of our communities, our cities and our state. About a quarter of Colorado's school buildings in use today are a half century old or more. Can these historic structures still be viable for the 21st Century ?

In six communities across the state where historic schools had been abandoned or threatened with demolition, communitiy members tell their stories of struggle and triumph, in an effort to preserve Colorado's historic schools.

Featured schools are: Marble School, Wiley Rock School, Durango High School, Madison Elementary, East High School, and Ault High School. Be sure to visit the Surveyed Resources section of the Historic School Survey to find more information on these historic schools.

Above is a preview of the half-hour documentary. DVD copies were distributed to all school districts in the state. If you would like more information on this project, or would like a copy of the DVD, please contact Abbey Christman, Survey Coordinator at Colorado Presrvation, Inc.

Our Living Legacy Made Possible by:

The film was produced for Colorado Preservation by Eagle Ridge Media and made possible through a grant from the State Historical Fund and the Donnell Kay Foundation.