Douglas County Historic Preservation board seeks members

Volunteers designate landmarks, assist county commissioners

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The Douglas County Historic Preservation Board is seeking three new members who have a passion for history, an interest in archaeology or knowledge of architecture.

One of nearly two dozen boards and committees that advises the county commissioners, the historic preservation board is an at-large, all-volunteer, non-statutory board made up of nine members. Primary responsibilities include identifying and designating historical landmarks throughout the county and acting as a referral agency to the county commissioners in regard to development.

“There are a lot of hidden gems waiting to be landmarked in the county,” said Judy Hammer, board administrator. “Being on the board gives people a chance to become acquainted with the property owners, and hear some pretty cool stories. There’s a lot of really cool history in Douglas County.”

The county has designated 30 historical landmarks to date and has three more identified that are expected to receive designation within the next year. Those include Gabriel’s Restaurant in Sedalia, the Evans Homestead in Lincoln Mountain Open Space, and Alice Ranch in Greenland Open Space. Recent designations include the Spring Valley School near Parker and the Pikes Peak Grange.

In addition to working with the board of county commissioners and helping designate historical landmarks, board volunteers are also expected to lead two or three interpretive tours of landmarked properties each year and to help promote the board’s message of preservation through social media. There may also, on occasion, be reports or studies they are asked to review and make comments on, Hammer said.

“It is more of a policy-making board than an activity board,” she added. “People who like to participate or volunteer for government can really make a difference by participating in the referral process and landmarking properties.”

“Their work is truly a reflection of the desires of the community,” said Douglas County spokeswoman Wendy Holmes, speaking to the high scores that historic preservation has received in recent community surveys. “We are really pleased to see the commitment to history and heritage, especially in a community that is so new and has been one of the fastest-growing counties in the United States for 30 years.”

Applications will be accepted for the three vacancies through June 24. For questions, people are asked to contact Hammer at 303-660-7460 or jhammer@douglas.co.us. For more information, visit www.douglas.co.us/historic.  For an application, click the board information link in the left column and follow the links on the following page.