I am honored and enthusiastic in my second term as President of the Historic Preservation Alliance, working with a superb and expanded leadership team in the Board of Directors, and managing a full slate of programs and projects in the works for 2018. Last year was impressive to say the least – a new logo, new website, new social presence on Facebook, revised Bylaws, record attendance at our annual Awards Gala, co-sponsorship of the City’s new project to renew the Historic Preservation Master Plan, progress on the Harlan Wolfe House and Tahama Spring – even a successful meeting with the Mayor to secure his support to restore Tahama and the Palmer Memorial pavilion!
This year, our Board developed a Strategic Plan to guide our organizational efforts moving forward. We also planned and convened the inaugural Pikes Peak Preservation Forum in May during National Preservation Month, hosted at the Broadmoor. This one-day event was a great success, providing networking, information and inspiration to attendees. We presented the Broadmoor a Centennial Honor Award to show thanks for their 100 years of stewardship of that stunning, iconic landmark. We are incorporating new technology for efficiency in our all-volunteer operations – and in preparation for greater accomplishments yet to come as we approach our 20th year. Stay tuned!
Thanks to your support, and our robust network of partners and alliances, our organization remains firmly dedicated to providing leadership, education and advocacy to protect and preserve Colorado Springs’ heritage and revitalize our neighborhoods.
You will find our schedule of monthly member meeting presentations to be exciting and informative. Our summer tours are fascinating and fun. We continue our hands on work with key partners to preserve the Harlan Wolfe Ranch and revive Tahama Spring in Monument Valley Park.
We have many challenges ahead matched by abundant opportunities for your involvement. As a special request, I am asking each of you to invite a new member to join the HPA. Our Board and committee leaders look forward to reaching out in welcome to new and renewing members.
I also invite you to contact me directly anytime with questions, concerns and great ideas about how together we can inspire broad public support to save the significant places of our past for the future.