EDITORíS DESK: Do you suppose heís worthy?
I have been asked to write a letter on behalf of a certain Westsider who has been nominated for a 2005 Colorado
Preservation Individual Award.
According to information provided by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), this person seems to have a few accomplishments to his credit. Let's see. Volunteer chairman of the area's 1976 State Centennial. Not bad. Created a private- sector revitalization effort basing commercial success on the very history of the Old Colorado City buildings that Colorado Springs Urban Renewal was considering demolishing. OK, that might get a couple of points. Wrote and published the first separate history of Old Colorado City. Fine, but anybody can write stuff. Organized the first Territory Days festivals, which continue to this day. Hmm, that's probably added up to a few million Westside visitors over the last 28 years. OK, a few more points.
Just realized I'm only halfway through the first info page. Skimming time. Co-founded the Organization of Westside Neighbors and OCCHS. Created the Old Colorado City Security and Maintenance District. Persuaded City Council to obtain National Historic District designation for Old Colorado City. Recorded more than 100 oral histories from Westside old-timers. Set up the OCCHS website. Working on full digitization of the History Center's collection.
Gosh, I don't know. I don't recall ever seeing him at a Broadmoor high tea. Oh, well, I guess I could write a letter for our own Dave Hughes. What do you think?