As I personally edge closer to the half-century mark, I realize that 50 years of life — 50 years of anything — is worthy of reflection. As I approach that milestone, I find myself thinking more and more about where I’ve been, where I want to go and how to get there. But I also realize it’s important to take a moment to celebrate where I am here and now — carpe diem, seize the day.
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Just like me (almost, I’ve got a couple of years to go), the National Historic Preservation Act is 50 years old. As explained on the Preservation 50 website, preservation50.org, America’s relationship with its past changed fundamentally when President Lyndon Johnson signed the NHPA into law in 1966 and formally recognized historic preservation as an important policy of the United States.
From the NHPA: “The historical and cultural foundations of the nation should be preserved as a living part of our community life and development in order to give a sense of orientation to the American people … the preservation of this irreplaceable heritage is in the public interest so that its vital legacy of cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational, economic and energy benefits will be maintained and enriched for future generations of Americans.”
The five goals of the Preservation 50 initiative are as follows.
• Build the coalition required to power a more effective preservation movement.
• Learn from the first 50 years of the NHPA to plan preservation’s stronger future.
• Tell the story of heritage preservation’s value to a broad range of Americans.
• Educate policymakers about improving heritage policy and funding.
• Prepare the heritage preservation movement’s future leaders.
Historic Routt County is proud to partner with the United States Forest Service to further the Preservation 50 movement in Routt County. Actions speak louder than words, so we are busy with numerous preservation projects throughout the county, such as Crossan’s M & A Market in Yampa, Rehder Ranch in Pleasant Valley and the Hahn’s Peak Lookout in Clark.
In fact, restoration of the Hahn’s Peak Lookout will be complete in mid-September, and we are throwing a party. The event will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 24 at Steamboat Lake State Park Visitors Center. Everyone is invited to enjoy an afternoon of barbecue and other treats and to learn more about the lookout and why it’s important to Routt County’s story.
For the hearty souls who want to hike to the top of Hahn’s Peak to see the finished product, we will host an organized hike prior to the party. The party and hike are open to everyone, so mark your calendars, and we’ll see you Sept. 24.
Don’t miss this perfect opportunity to take in the beautiful fall colors and to celebrate Preservation 50.
Meg Tully is a certified association executive and executive director of Historic Routt County.