Museum seeks residents for awards nominations

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Local residents who have a distinct connection to Routt County's past and whose presence is felt today are wanted citizens.

The Tread of Pioneers Museum is seeking nominations for the Leckenby Pioneer Award and the Stanley L. Larson Award until Oct. 18.

The Leckenby Pioneer Award is named after Charles Leckenby, the former editor and owner of the Steamboat Pilot.

For 20 years, the award has gone to a Routt County resident who has ties to the historic past of the area and is an active member of the community.

"I think the most important thing is that the (recipient) is involved with the community and they think about the past and the present," said Marty Woodbury, director of the Tread of Pioneers Museum.

The award is designed to honor someone who embodies the values of the pioneer spirit in Routt County and is applying those perspectives to the present and the future of the area by being an active community member.

The Larson Award recognizes similar attributes, but it is awarded to someone from Routt County who has passed away, said Francis Wither, who helps the museum organize the award work.

Prior to his death, longtime local Stanley Larson donated money to the museum in the early '80s with the idea that an award should be given to somebody who has made an impact to the community, Wither said.

The museum puts together a committee to choose a person to receive each award.

"Anyone in the county can be nominated," Wither said.

Nominations should be submitted before Oct. 18 to the Tread of Pioneers Museum, at Eighth and Oak streets, or faxed to 879-6109.

Both awards will be presented on Oct. 30 at the Kiwanis Senior Dinner at the Steamboat Springs Middle School.

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