Hayden museum plans upgrades
Steamboat Springs — The Hayden Heritage Center is getting a facelift.
Thanks to an $8,000 grant from Routt County’s Museum and Heritage Fund Advisory Board, as well as private donations, about $16,000 worth of work is planned for the east courtyard. Next spring, thanks to another grant from the Babson Carpenter Foundation, a historic granary will be moved onto a lot adjacent to the museum.
“We’ve got a lot of improvements going,” curator Laurel Watson said.
This fall or early spring, work will begin on the east courtyard.
Concrete slabs will be poured for the historic Hayden Jail, from 1906, and the Dog House, both of which are currently sitting on dirt.
The Dog House is where notable Steamboat Springs author John Rolfe Burroughs wrote “Where the Old West Stayed Young” and other famous Western history books. It was donated to the museum by Bob & Jean Schneider.
Through the winter, the museum will be moving its research library from the second floor to the first floor to make it more accessible to the public.
Next spring, the museum will take the next step toward expansion. It were awarded a grant from the Babson Carpenter Foundation, and $76,000 will be spent to dismantle and relocate the historic Holderness family granary — which was donated by the family — about five miles south of town.
The museum is working with the National Center of Craftsmanship, a non-profit organization based in Fort Collins.
“They deconstruct buildings for students to learn how buildings were built,” Watson said.
In the future, the granary will be reassembled on property adjacent to the museum. The granary’s interior will be repurposed for exhibits and displays.
“It will still leave us with room to grow,” Watson said.
It is estimated rebuilding and repurposing the granary will cost about $450,000, and fundraising is underway.
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