History Here and Now Column April 24, 2009

Many events planned for historic preservation month

The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Colorado Historical Society celebrate Archaeology Historic Preservation during the month of May as Historic Preservation Month.

This is an annual event celebrated to recognize our rich local, state and national heritage. The Grand Junction and Fruita Historic Preservation Boards, Museum of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society are among local organizations sponsoring events during the month.

This year’s local events are listed below. For a complete listing of statewide events go to http://www.coloradohistory-oahp.org.

May 1 the City of Grand Junction Historic Preservation Web site will be unveiled. This updated and expanded site is devoted to historic preservation in our community. Go to http://www.gjcity.org and follow the link.

The Grand Junction and Fruita Historic Preservation Boards are sponsoring a workshop to help those interested learn more about the history of Fruita. There also will be a presentation on how to designate a home, building or site on the local, state or National Register of Historic Places.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to noon May 9 at the Fruita Civic Center, 325 East Aspen St. in Fruita. The workshop is free, but please sign up in advance by contacting Chris Brubaker at 858-0786 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Friends of the Grand Junction Depot will host an open house so that the community can visit the 1906 depot. This event will feature tours to view the interior, photographs depicting the history of the depot and drawings of potential restoration ideas. The event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. May 20 at the Grand Junction Depot, 119 Pitkin Ave. Call 243-0268 for information.

The Grand Junction Historic Preservation Board will present the annual Preservation Awards to Three Half Notes LLC, the owners of the I.O.O.F. Hall at 128 North Fifth St. (Roper Music) and to Marie Tipping for her many years of community contribution to historic and genealogical research. The awards will be presented at 7 p.m. May 4 at the City Council meeting in the City Auditorium, 250 North Fifth St.

The entire Month of May will be devoted to Grand Junction Geocaching. Test your geocaching skills and become more familiar with the history of Grand Junction. Participants can pick up a packet at the Museum of the West and try to solve puzzles at various locations around downtown using their own GPS units.

Bring your GPS and follow the scavenger hunt through Grand Junction history. Just visit the museum at 462 Ute Ave. (Fifth and Ute) anytime during museum hours. Call 242-0971 for information.

On May 21 the Mesa County Historical Society Oral History program is a presentation by C.J. Bradford of the Ute History Museum on Ute history and culture.  The lecture is free and will be at noon at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St. Call 242-0971 ext. 209 for information.

James C. Miller on May 21 will describe the deposits in Indian Creek and their associated prehistoric archaeological contexts. The lecture is free and will be at 7 p.m. at the Whitman Educational Center. Call 242-0971 for information.

Kristen Ashbeck is a senior planner with the Grand Junction City Neighborhood Services Division and serves as staff to the Historic Preservation Board.

Have a historic preservation question? E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


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