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Historic Denver, Inc.

Historic Denver is the organization for those who love Denver. Coming up to its 50th Anniversary, Historic Denver has led the way by providing ideas and actions for the places that give Denver its unique character. We work everyday to safeguard the soul of our city!

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Action Fund

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Community Development 

Beneficiaries

General population

Description

The Action Fund is designed to catalyze innovative neighborhood and community projects that enhance the city's unique identity, promote and maintain authentic character, and honor cultural heritage as reflected in the built environment. Through the Action Fund, Historic Denver will select one to three community or neighborhood projects each year that benefits from financial as well as technical support for their neighborhood preservation projects.

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re:Denver

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Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Description

Free Forums on the past, present, and future of Denver's built environment.

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Historic Denver Walking Tours

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Description

Walking Tours are led by passionate volunteer docents, who are carefully selected and go through a rigorous training and certification process run by Historic Denver. They are prepared to give you a knowledgeable, engaging and fun tour around Denver's iconic neighborhoods. Join us on a walk around the city we love!

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Through evaluating the Walking Tour program each year and comparing it to previous years we see the growth in tour numbers and proceeds from year to year. Comparing 2014 tour season to 2015, the Walking Tour program more than doubled in the number of guests lead on tours. We not only expand the number of guests served each year but also areas in which tours are offered, including LoDo, Capitol Hill and now Larimer Square.

Discover Denver

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

General Public

Description

Discover Denver is a building and neighborhood survey meant to identify historic and architecturally significant structures citywide. Historic Denver, Inc. leads this collaborative project in partnership with the City and County of Denver and History Colorado. The survey will gather information using public records, neighborhood canvassing, academic research, and tips from the public. Findings from the survey will then be accessible online so that everyone can learn about Denver's past - building by building.

The project mission is threefold: to identify the places that matter to Denver's history (Know It), to share the value of these historic properties in order to promote public pride and awareness (Love It), and to encourage neighborhood rehabilitation and reinvestment (One Building at a Time).

Historic property surveys inspire a sense of urgency to reinvest in the special, irreplaceable buildings and places that make a city unique. Many major U.S. cities, such as Los Angeles, Chicago and Tulsa, have recently identified, researched and shared information on properties as part of their own citywide historic surveys. As a result, property owners learn more about the community's history; planning, development and preservation efforts progress more harmoniously and efficiently; and, cities achieve sustainable economic development objectives through the adaptive reuse of buildings.

The Discover Denver survey will involve site visits, researching property data, and "crowd-sourcing" information through social media and the internet in order to find historic and architecturally significant properties. The methodology relies on technology and collaboration to accelerate the pace of conventional surveys, engage community members as stewards of information, and enhance transparency. We'll use the property documentation techniques used by the U.S. National Park Service, along with current best-practices.

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The Molly Brown House Museum

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public
General Public/Unspecified

Description

For over a decade the Molly Brown House Museum has been the primary educational arm of Historic Denver, offering programs for adults and youth, including about 10,000 local students each year. Education programs at the museum are divided into two categories; programs that happen on-site and programs that travel to schools, libraries and after-school programs. On-site programs include tours of the home, an environmental theater program that brings Victorian literature to life called Victorian Horrors; and teas which educate students about the manners and customs of the Victorian era. Off-site programs cover a variety of topics from mining and the industrial revolution to the science of restoration and civic activism. These programs bring artifacts and primary sources into the classroom and help students learn by presenting object-rich, cross-curricular lesson plans that are modified to fit their teacher's curriculum. Historic Denver is one of only a few history organizations to provide both on-site and off-site programming and is the only organization offering programming on historic preservation, which has contributed significantly to the growth and popularity of our programs. The museum has developed a subsidy program for schools to attend who would otherwise be unable to participate. Currently one third of the schools that visit the museum benefit from these reduced cost admission fees.

In addition to school programs the museum also offers a variety of programs to adults and multi-generational audiences. Every year the museum partners with Road Scholar, formerly Elderhostel, to provide a full-day of programming for senior citizens focused around a common theme. In 2010 our theme was biography and myth, and using Molly Brown as a case study we explored historic newspapers, secondary sources, toured several buildings related to her life and discussed Mrs. Brown's biography and myth in the context of these resources. Participants enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the buildings as well as the opportunity to work with documents from the Molly Brown House Museum archives.

The museum also brings its programs to libraries and other museums across the Denver-metro area. In 2010 programs traveled to the Aurora History Museum in Arapahoe County, Valdez Perry Library in Denver County, Davies and Bemis Library in Arapahoe County, church groups and scout groups. The ability of our programs to travel to so many diverse audiences is one of the strengths of our educational programming, and one of the ways the museum uses its mission to provide quality education programming through the Denver-metro area.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In its 45 year history, The Molly Brown House Museum has had over one million visitors from all around the globe. The primary programming at the museum is educational in nature including on-site and outreach programming for an average of 7,500 area school children per year. Feedback from educators include such comments as, "The students got some hands-on experience of Denver history," "Great information - perfectly suited for 3rd graders," and "They loved the architecture and making connections to Colorado History, which they are learning in class." General tour admissions serve an average 48,000 guests a year, many of whom leave impressed by the real life story of Margaret Tobin Brown versus the myth of "Molly" Brown which attracted them to visit initially. And, that she accomplished so much on behalf of so many and lived a full life beyond her Titanic fame.

The Sacred Landmarks Preservation Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Sacred Landmarks Preservation Program is a secular program designed to help preserve historic sacred places and the community services they provide. The program strives to ensure that these historic places will remain visible local landmarks and centers for community life long into the future. The program has worked with more than 45 urban sacred places since its inception in 2000. The program offers assistance to clergy and congregations, or with those operating the facilities if the structure no longer houses a congregation, with the highly technical aspects of preservation by offering assistance with grants and restoration planning. For more information visit www.historicdenver.org.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Sacred Landmarks Preservation Program has been in place in 2000 and there are dozens of great success stories. Among them is the transformation of the Four Winds Survival Project, a former church transformed into a Native American community center that now has the appropriate life safety measures and which is again a beautiful and vibrant part of the Denver community. Another great story is the rehabilitation of the 430 Years Church of God in Christ in Five Points. This Church was able to conduct extensive exterior repairs that will ensure its survival even as its congregation ages. Of our current projects one of the most interesting is the effort at the Golden Hill Cemetery. A large section of the cemetery was used for those who came to Colorado seeking a cure from Tuberculosis and ultimately died far from home and family. The Jewish Consumptive Relief Society helped to ensure a dignified burial for these individuals nearly a century ago and now Historic Denver's efforts are helping ensure that their stories are remembered.

The Preservation Easements Program

Class

Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

The Preservation Easements Program partners with commercial and residential property owners to provide the ultimate protection for a historic building. Property owners may donate an easement to Historic Denver, which then monitors the maintenance, repair and preservation of the building over time. Historic Denver currently holds easements on over 50 sites. While preservation is the primary goal, there may also be significant federal, state, and local tax benefits to the property owner. For more information visit www.historicdenver.org.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Preservation Easements Program now protects more than 50 structures and among these, and perhaps most notably, is the Sculptured House, or Sleeper House, located in Genesee. Because the unique, "space-age" home is not located in Denver the local preservation ordinance cannot provide protection. Therefore Historic Denver's involvement is the only way to ensure that this iconic mid-century landmark remains visible for future generations.

Denver Story Trek

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Arts, Culture & Humanities 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Denver Story Trek is Historic Denver's newest program, and involves many local partners in an effort to offer a new way for locals and visitors to experience Denver's historic sites, neighborhoods and landscapes. The Story Trek program includes a free brochure and map, cell phone audio tours and a website. Each tool provides visitors with interpretation about Denver's past, and invites local residents to share their stories of Denver's special places. For more information visit www.denverstorytrek.org

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Evidence of Program's Success

Denver Story Trek has resulted in tremendous partnerships and synergy among historic sites. Begun as a five-site collaboration, the program now includes more than four dozen historic places. Additionally, many Denverites have used the program to tell the community about a historic place that matters to them. The program can now boast a story from Governor John Hickenlooper about his first visit to what is now the Wynkoop Brewery as well as the recollections of an octogenarian about his first days of school in west Denver.

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