Historic Routt County holds annual meeting

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— Awards, presentations and the introduction of a new executive director made Historic Routt County's 2008 annual meeting an exciting event. Typically held in May, to coincide with the celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the annual meeting was moved to June 12 this year to make it possible for the introduction of HRC's new Executive Director Towny Anderson.

Board President Patrick Delaney and Kathy Cline, secretary of the organization, were re-elected to serve three-year terms by the membership at the beginning of the meeting. New board member Sandra Sherrod also was elected to serve a three-year term.

Multiple properties were honored with handsome bronze plaques to signify their listing in the past year to the Routt County Register of Historic Properties. The Crossan's M&A Market, owned by the town of Yampa, was recognized for its unique roll in the development of the town of Yampa. The Hi-Way Bar in Hayden, owned by Fawna Odom, was recognized as a key center of business in West Routt and noted for its ties to Routt County legend James Norvell.

Dona Steele, owner of the Remington House in Steamboat Springs, was honored with a plaque for her unique Spruce Street home. The Elkhead School, one of West Routt's most hidden treasures, was honored. Cornelia Juleff, Anne Gilbert, Jane Fink and Mary Borg, collectively "The Green Girls," own this part of Routt County's history that has ties to Ferry Carpenter and many of the Elkhead Valley's most famous residents.

Kat Vlahos of the University of Colorado at Denver made a special trip to Routt County to present Historic American Building Surveys to three properties in the county. Vlahos and her students surveyed the More Barn property last summer. The city of Steamboat Springs and Bob Comes, Steamboat Barn Village developer, were presented mounted copies of the survey, which included the famous barn and surrounding outbuildings. The group documented the historic Warren Ranch last fall, and owner Arie Hoogendoorn will receive his mounted HABS drawing at a later date. Jim and Judy Kendall also were honored with a drawing of their historic property, on Yellow Jacket Pass on Routt County Road 14.

Nancy Kramer was recognized for her contributions to HRC in the past year, as she has worked with the Board of Directors on board development and a strategic plan for HRC.

The first HRC executive director and co-founder, Arianthe Stettner, was given the prestigious Preservation Leadership Award for her dedication to preserving the heritage and culture of Routt County through her work as HRC board member and executive director, and for her work as a former City Council member for the city of Steamboat Springs. Stettner's dedication to the history of Routt County will be felt for many years to come.

Towny Anderson presented the public with a new vision for Historic Routt County and is taking the reins from current Executive Director Todd Hagenbuch, who is running to replace Al White in the state Legislature, House District No 57. Anderson, whose work in historic preservation is known nationally, pledged to lead the organization into new areas of work, and excited the crowd with his passion and vision for HRC's future.

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