If you go
What: Historic Routt County raises funds to restore the Diamond Window Cabin with all-day picnic
Where: Stagecoach State Park.
When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Event: Live music, sale of handcrafted birdhouses with diamond windows and original artwork depicting the cabin. There will be group bicycle rides, fishing, and food, with games including bean bag toss and horseshoes.
Cost: Admission of $15 per person (children younger than 12 are free) to the Arrowhead Group Picnic Area covers the state parks pass and a donation.
Learn more about the academic program by going to the Colorado Mountain College Web site, www.coloradomtn.edu, and following the programs link on the bottom of the page to the skilled trades/technical services heading, where the historic preservation link can be seen.
Colorado Mountain College and Historic Routt County will make the academic study of historic preservation hands-on this summer as they team up to preserve the historic Diamond Window Cabin overlooking Stagecoach State Park.
The Alpine Campus of CMC has agreed to offer a two-year associate's degree in historic preservation. Historic Routt County will leverage student labor to continue the work of saving the log cabin that is sagging into a hillside on the southern side of Yellowjacket Pass.
Historic Routt County continues its drive to raise $10,000 for the project Sunday with a community picnic at Stagecoach State Park.
The Diamond Window Cabin is in a corner of the Morrison Creek Valley. It sits overlooking the historic route of a stagecoach line running north from the rail terminal at Wolcott to Steamboat Springs and Hahn's Peak beyond.
Historic Routt County's Towny Anderson said in addition to the formal process of documenting historic buildings and applying for historic designation, the coursework will place an emphasis on the skills need to actually preserve a building.
"I don't know of another academic program that offers that opportunity," Anderson said.
The Diamond Window Cabin represents a pilot project, Anderson said. The hope is that Historic Routt County can identify a new project for CMC students every summer. The documentation and research portion of the program will be taught in the fall and winter. Successful students will be able to demonstrate professional work, he added. Credits will be transferable to four-year programs.