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Celebrate heritage and place through “This Place Matters” campaign

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,” a campaign launched by the National Trust for Historic Preservation that helps communities recognize and celebrate the places that matter the most to their citizens.

Everyone has a place they care about. A place that matters.
So tell us: What place matters to you?
  1. Pick a place that matters. There are no limits or restrictions: anywhere in Routt County.
  2. Download and print a This Place Matters sign from or visit the Main Street Steamboat office to pick up your sign. Signs will also be in the Steamboat Pilot/Today newspaper on May 3.
    Click here to download a #thisplacematters sign.
  3. Snap a photo of yourself with the This Places Matters sign at the place you’ve selected.
  4. Share a few sentences explaining why the place is important to you. Include your name, profession, or other identifying information.
  5. Share your photo on social media with the hashtags #thisplacematters and #steamboatsnaps.

More on This Place Matters
This Place Matters is national campaign that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. In Steamboat Springs and Routt County, we know that our historic places contribute to our community’s character and charm and help tell our story. We also know that our cultural, environmental and economic sustainability depends on the protection of our significant historical assets. Our rich heritage is part of what makes Routt County and Steamboat Springs a unique, memorable and desirable place to live or visit.

Other Preservation Month Activities include:
  • “The Power of Heritage and Place.” Dana Crawford, winner of the Governor’s Citizenship Medal will be speaking at the Chief Theater on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 5:30pm. The Citizenship Medal is the highest honor bestowed upon Colorado citizens and organizations for meritorious contributions that strengthen the vitality of our state. "Dana Crawford highlights what citizenship means in Colorado," says [former] Governor 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."

  • Ongoing: Tread of Pioneers Scavenger Hunt.
    Learn more about Steamboat’s historic buildings and the people who developed our town in this fun site-to-site downtown hunt.

    The historic buildings in Steamboat Springs contribute to our community’s character and charm, they also help tell our story and provide cultural, environmental and economic sustainability. Our rich heritage is part of what makes Steamboat Springs a unique, memorable and a desirable place to live or visit. Learn more fun stories about some of our most famous buildings through this Historical Building Scavenger Hunt!

    Pick up a Scavenger Hunt at Tread of Pioneers Museum or Click here for the This Place Matters Historical Building Downtown Scavenger Hunt.

  • Look for special heritage-themed banners lining Steamboat’s Lincoln Ave.

  • Tread of Pioneers Museum – Opening June 7 for First Friday Artwalk (5-8pm), "This Place Matters: The Economic, Cultural, and Environmental Power of Heritage and Place.” An exhibit featuring significant buildings we have lost over time, along with featured buildings and perspectives from the #thisplacematters campaign during May. The exhibit will convey the importance and allure of our historic assets and how these assets are at risk.

—A town without its historical buildings is like a person without a memory—

Steamboat Springs Historic Preservation Commission - Erica Hewitt:
Main Street Steamboat Springs – Lisa Popovich:
Historic Routt County – Emily Katzman:
Tread of Pioneers Museum – Candice Bannister: and Katie Adams
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Tribal Lands Acknowledgement
The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.