Kathy Cline receives Historic Leadership Award for ability to ‘make projects happen’
Steamboat Springs — Past president of the board of Historic Routt, Kathleen “Kathy” A. Cline, who, for nine years, lent her financial and organizational skills to one of the most effective organizations of its kind in rural Colorado, was recognized Oct. 9 with HRC’s Preservation Leadership Award.
“Kathy’s the person that provided the foundation for leadership of Historic Routt County,” founding board member Arianthe Stettner said Monday. “She has always been the person who was willing to do the work that gets things done. She provided visionary leadership and always helped with the financial aspects of the organization.”
Nancy Kramer, project coordinator for the Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism Project, echoed those sentiments, observing that, in her work with five counties in Northwest Colorado, all have preservation projects, but HRC stands out as the one that provides the leadership to get things done.
Cline presided over the seamless transition of leadership from Towny Anderson to current Executive Director Meg Tully in 2010. And, during her tenure on the board, she helped HRC to realize tangible preservation projects, such as the restoration of the Yock family cabin adjacent to the More Barn in Steamboat Springs and restoration of the Foidel Canyon Schoolhouse in West Routt, which received so much support from Twentymile Coal Company, not just in dollars, but also in volunteers.
“The pairing of Meg as executive director and Kathy, with her business acumen, was really terrific,” Stettner said.
Tully told the gathering at the historic train depot last week that one of the priorities ahead of Historic Routt County is the refurbishing of the railroad caboose parked at the Depot into a usable space, including re-painting it.
Current Board President Bridget Roth, a U.S. Forest Service archaeologist by profession, said she’s interested in guiding HRC toward an increasing role as a project leader for the adaptive re-use of historic buildings.
The bigger project on the table for 2016 is being undertaken in partnership with the Yampa Valley Land Trust on the east side of Lake Catamount.
“We completed stabilization of the barn at the Rehder Ranch with a grant from the State Historical Fund,” Tully said. “Next, we’ll pursue construction grants for the restoration of the main house,” at the ranch.
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