Film highlights preservation

Perry-Mansfield featured in state documentary

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A new Colorado Historical Society film highlighting six preservation efforts across the state, including one at Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp, will come to Steamboat Springs this week.

The film, "Saving Colorado's Treasures," will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday at Centennial Hall.

The 50-minute film features a piece on the recent historic preservation efforts at the 90-year-old Perry-Mansfield camp.

According to documents from the Colorado Historical Society, the camp has received more than $280,000 in State Historical Funds for a variety of projects, including historic structure assessment, building restoration and stabilization, exterior restoration and a preservation plan.

Historic Routt County!, a group of residents dedicated to historic preservation, and the city of Steamboat are co-hosting the screening. Jayne Hill, a Historic Routt County! board member, said she hasn't seen the film, but knows it will be interesting for community members involved with or interested in historical sites and the work being done to preserve them.

"I've heard it's very nicely done," Hill said of the film, which includes shots of other Routt County historic sites. "I'm anxious to see it."

Jim Steinberg and Arianthe Stettner appear in the film.

At least two members of the Colorado Historical Society will attend the screening and introduce the film as well as conduct a question-and-answer session, Hill said. Refreshments will be served.

"We hope to make an evening of it," Hill said.

All six preservation projects highlighted in the film were funded by the State Historical Fund, which was created by the constitutional amendment allowing limited gambling in Cripple Creek, Central City and Black Hawk. The amendment requires that a portion of the gaming taxes be used for historic preservation across the state, according to the Colorado Historical Society.

Since its inception in 1993, the State Historical Fund has awarded in excess of $106 million for more than 2,000 preservation projects. Every county in the state has been the recipient of at least one fund grant, and Routt County has received 59 grants through the 2003 fiscal year. Those Routt County grants total $1,753,148, and have involved projects such as cemetery and gravesite documentation, the development of a Howelsen Hill preservation plan, property acquisition of the Mesa Schoolhouse, building rehabilitation of the Moonhill Schoolhouse and structure restoration of the Mad Creek Barn.

"Our city is very active in terms of historical preservation," Hill said.

-- To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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