Thanks To All For Very Successful & Educational Historic Tour
To The Editor:
Saturday, June 28, in South Tahosa Valley the Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation, Inc. conducted its fifth annual Tour of Historic sites. The Tour is a major fund raiser for the Museum and this year seven private sites were selected. This Tour was the most ambitious yet and the most successful having sold out for the first time with 300 tickets. The sites were built in the early twentieth century. In the process of building the Tour local history is discovered, organized, preserved and presented to the public, bringing to life and relevance the mission of the Estes Park Museum. Participants are able to walk through Estes area history.
The Home Team of Judy Nystrom and Diane Roehl, First Colorado Realty, GMAC, underwrote the costs of the event, ensuring the maximum benefit to the Estes Park Museum. A host of people cooperated to bring this tour to life. Foremost are the owners of the site properties. Brother Jose Ambrozic, St. Malo and St. Williams Lodge, Cricket Coleman, the lonides cabin, Bill Bishop Bishop’s Antiques, formerly the Ron John Store and Dayton and Anne Raben, Eagle Plumes Indian Store, formerly the What Not lnn.
Both the store and the inn were original buildings of the old Hughes Kirkwood town site. Doctor and Mrs. David Steiner and his wife Mary and Hank and Lori Steiner, Steiner Acres, Keith, Marian and Laura Dever , Meeker Park Lodge, and Lillian Trevarton and her grandson Gary Williams and his wife Candy, the Big Elk Ranch. These wonderful people opened up their businesses and homes to the public for an entire day with graciousness and superb hospitality. The Wild Basin Lodge, near the site of two older lodges which no longer exist, provided parking for the Tour and a buffet featuring the Lodge’s famous fried chicken. Many thanks to proprietors Nils and Denice Kristoffersen who worked the Tour into their busy schedule, including an afternoon wedding.
Around fifty volunteers dedicated a long day to telling the stories of the sites and bringing their history and importance to life for participants. They are too many to mention by name but without them this would have been a tour of mute buildings, not of our history. Their dedication and hard work are priceless.
The Museum staffs, Kate Miller and Derek Fortini were involved in the tour from its inception with valuable contributions and Elaine Hunt-Downey not only came up with creative solutions right up to the very eve of the event but drove the Museum van transporting participants all day Saturday. Board Members Jane Wright and Penny Fox wrote and publicized the history of individual sites and the Tour prior to the event ensuring its success. Chuck Bonza brought order out of chaos, organizing bus routes and finding parking where none should have existed.
Finally, no one would have gotten anywhere but for our intrepid drivers. The Senior Center, Estes Valley Recreation District, the Park R-3 School District and the Estes Park Museum provided vehicles and drivers and two vans were rented from Estes Park Rent-A-Car. Driving this marathon were Jane Fox, Jamie Scherer, Bob Hamblin, Dick Brown, Madison Casey and Elaine Hunt-Downey. They delivered their passengers with skill and safety.
Chairman, Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation, Inc. 2008 Tour of Historic Sites