Anniversaries provide a fresh opportunity to celebrate accomplishments and reflect on success. They also mark a moment in time, nearly begging us to look ahead for what’s next!
It is in the spirit of both the past and future that we welcome you to join us on this journey as we celebrate our 20th anniversary year, themed Preservation by the People. Throughout 2019, we will be applauding the hundreds of people who have helped build and support our organization, as well as the millions of people in Colorado and worldwide who work tirelessly to steward the historic places of their lives. Collectively we are making a profound, positive difference: protecting our environment by using and recycling buildings, honoring our heritage and those who came before, and loving the unique, hand-crafted irreplaceable buildings and structures that define who we were – and still are today.
This year we will continue our actions as set forth in our 2018 Strategic Plan to guide us moving forward. We are strengthening our alliances with key organizations, including CONO. 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. New technology is being incorporated for greater efficiency in our operations. We are preparing to grow our base of support and expand our advocacy efforts to help neighborhood leaders take action to protect and preserve the irreplaceable character that defines our beautiful city at the foot of America’s Mountain.
You will find our schedule of monthly member meeting presentations to be exciting and informative. Our summer tours are fascinating and fun. We believe there is something special for everyone in our quality presentations, projects and events. Since our founding in 1999, we have relied on your friendship, membership and shared passion for heritage.
We have many challenges ahead matched by abundant opportunities for your involvement. As a special request, we are asking each of you to invite two new members to join the HPA. Our Board and committee leaders look forward to reaching out to welcome new and renewing members.
Please 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 future generations. We are, truly, a city of Olympic ideals and heart, deeply rooted in our history.