Tales from the Tread: The power of heritage and place
For Steamboat Pilot & Today
May is Preservation Month. Established in 1973, this national event helps promote historic places for the purpose of instilling community pride, promoting heritage tourism and showing the social and economic benefits of historic preservation.
The city of Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission, Historic Routt County, Main Street Steamboat Springs and the Tread of Pioneers Museum are partnering to celebrate Preservation Month with “This Place Matters.”
The campaign was launched by the National Trust for Historic Preservation which helps communities recognize and celebrate the places that matter the most to their residents. To learn more about these activities, visit treadofpioneers.org.
In addition to all of the Preservation Month events organized by the aforementioned entities, the public is invited to a very special presentation by Dana Crawford, award winning preservationist, developer and recipient of the Governor’s Citizenship Medal, the highest honor bestowed upon Colorado residents for their contributions to the vitality of our state.
Crawford will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the Chief Theater. The title of her talk is “The Power of Heritage and Place,” and the event is free with the sponsorsing partnership between the city, Historic Routt County, Main Street and the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
“Dana Crawford highlights what citizenship means in Colorado,” said former Gov. John Hickenlooper. “She pioneered the redevelopment of Larimer Square — Denver’s original Main Street and led the redevelopment and preservation of countless buildings in Denver and across our state. The Governor’s Citizenship Medal is a tribute to the incredible impact Dana has made in Colorado.”
Crawford, a Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame inductee, initiated a concept of urban renewal that was a first of its kind in the U.S. She not only pioneered the redevelopment of Denver’s historic Larimer Square in the mid-1960s, she led the redevelopment of more than a million square feet of historic property in the city of Denver.
In July 2014, Union Station Alliance opened the 125,000 square foot, $54 million revitalization of the Denver Union Station transit hub. That same year she received the Urban Land Institute’s Legacy Award for initiating Union Station’s reclamation plus decades of development which have redefined Denver.
Recently, she has turned her attention to communities across the state including Trinidad, Pueblo, Broomfield and Idaho Springs.
We are honored to host such an esteemed resident and speaker to our community, and hope everyone will join us for this important civic event.
For more information on Dana Crawford, visit danacrawford.net/home.html or cogreatwomen.org/project/dana-crawford.
Candice Bannister is the executive director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum.
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