History Colorado-Centennial Farms
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Barn Media & History Colorado’s EXCLUSIVE coverage of the 2012 Centennial Farms Program…
Colorado Centennial Farms Celebrates the Strength, Endurance and Perseverance of Farming and Ranching Families
Ten Colorado farms and ranches will be recognized at the State Fair in Pueblo on Aug. 24
|1895||Stratton/ Kit Carson|
Gayle and Richard Anderson Farm
George Poe Family Farm
|1912||Stratton/ Kit Carson|
|Kit Carson/ Cheyenne|
|John Allen Ranch LLC||1911||Craig/ Moffat|
|Ruben Richardson Farm||
|Templeton Ranch on Tabeguache Creek||
Established in 1879, the Colorado Historical Society—today’s History Colorado—preserves Colorado’s rich heritage through the State Historical Fund, the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, collections stewardship, statewide museums and programs for students, educators and visitors of all ages. History Colorado is headquartered in the History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203 in Denver’s Golden Triangle Museum District. Find History Colorado at Facebook.com/HistoryColorado and @HistoryColorado. For more information, visit HistoryColorado.org or call (303) HISTORY.
CHECK OUT THE INTERVIEWS BELOW FROM 2011
- EXCLUSIVE Audio/Video Coverage of the 2011 Colorado Centennial Farms Honoree Presentation from the 2011 Colorado State Fair in Pueblo, CO from August 26th @ 4pm from the Pepsi Stage – CLICK HERE
- EXCLUSIVE Audio Interviews posted here during 2011 with all of this year’s Centennial Farms Award Honorees - LOOK BELOW…MORE COMING IN 2012 starting in February.
- EXCLUSIVE Audio/Video Interviews with members of History Colorado Staff regarding the Centennial Farms Program and/or other History Colorado events or news items.
The 2011 Colorado Centennial Farms Honorees are:
Albert and Thelma Brown Homestead, Yuma, Yuma County (1911)
Box T Ranch, Arapahoe, Cheyenne County (1908)
Elliott Farms, Monte Vista, Rio Grande County (1908)
Fast Heritage Farm, Joes, Yuma County (1911)
Irwin Farm, Lamar, Prowers County (1897)
Link Farm, Genoa, Lincoln County (1910)
Dennis L. Munson, Sedgwick, Sedgwick County (1907) – AUDIO ONLY – 102411_DennisLMunson_3m50s_FINAL
Shapley Ranch, Stoneham, Weld County (1910)
Thoma Farm, Woodrow, Washington County (1909)
Valentine Ranch LLC, Aguilar, Las Animas County (1907)
Whomble-Welton Farm & Ranch, Wray, Yuma County (1910)
ORDER YOUR KEEPSAKE DVD OF THE AWARDS PRESENTATION – CLICK HERE
The BARN/BarnMedia is proud to partner with History Colorado to be the “official radio partner” for the 2011 Centennial Farms Program.
“I look forward to meeting all of this year’s Centennial Farms Honorees and helping History Colorado archive the rich traditions and memories of this year’s honorees…it is an honor to serve them and to work on behalf of History Colorado to do so.”
- Brian Allmer, Owner/Host of The BARN & Barn Media
NEWS/EVENT PRESS RELEASES
Centennial Farms Program History & Background
The Colorado Centennial Farms program designates farms and ranches that have been owned and operated by the same family for 100 years or more.
In 1986 the Colorado Centennial Farms program was created by Governor Richard D. Lamm, the Colorado Historical Society (now History Colorado) and the Colorado Department of Agriculture to recognize the important role agriculture has played in our state’s history and economic development. Today, the program is administered by the State Historical Fund, a program of History Colorado. The Colorado Centennial Farms program was the first program of its kind in the nation to give a Historic Structures Award to families who have successfully preserved historic buildings on their farms and ranches. The National Trust for Historic Preservation provides this additional recognition.
Why are Centennial Farms Important?
Across the nation, family farms and ranches, historic barns and other agricultural sites are disappearing at an alarming rate. Yet in Colorado, the family farm and working cattle ranch serve as a reminder of how the West was settled.
The contributions of Colorado’s long-standing farm and ranch families are significant because generations of these families have withstood the pressures of growth, changes in farming methods, drought and economic conditions to preserve these important pieces of our state’s commercial and cultural history.
The Colorado Centennial Farms program not only illustrates the significance of agricultural sites to the development of Colorado, it also shows how vital these properties still are to the well-being of our state today. Colorado Centennial Farms provide open space and food, as well as support our state’s economy and remind us of our past.
Annual Awards Ceremony
Each year, Colorado’s newest centennial farm and ranch families are honored during an awards ceremony held in late August at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo. Honorees receive a sign to display on their property, as well as a certificate signed by the Governor and other state officials.
For more information about the Colorado Centennial Farms program or to receive an application and brochure, please contact the State Historical Fund. CLICK HERE