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Nimon-Walker Award honors John Buchholz on Sunday, May 21

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EAGLE — This year's 16th annual Nimon-Walker Award returns to Eagle for a hometown celebration. For his generosity in sharing his family's rich history and deep roots in the Eagle Valley, John Buchholz will be presented the 2017 Nimon-Walker Award on Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Eagle Public Library.

Buchholz is the direct descendant of one of Eagle County's most prominent pioneering families. His great-grandfather, Nicholas Buchholz, brought his family to the Eagle River Valley in 1882 — and as they say, the rest is history. Several generations of the Buchholz family played notable roles in turning a mountain valley into a thriving community.

Buchholz grew up in Eagle and has since left the area, but he has never forgotten his Eagle County heritage. He has been an unending supporter of Eagle County Historical Society and has worked from afar to rustle up support for their projects and events.

"John has shared photographs and family history, most of which are available in the library archives; he even made the trip to participate in the Historical Society's 2016 Cemetery Tour to share the Buchholz family story," said Lacy Dunlavy, Eagle Valley Library District's local history librarian.

Special Presentation

This year's event kicks off with F. Darrell Munsell, author of "Colorado Artist Jack Roberts: Painting the West." Roberts' iconic Western paintings are distinguishable anywhere with their bright colors and depictions of everyday Colorado happenings and places, from saloons to harvest dinners. In his book, "Colorado Artist Jack Roberts," Munsell gives the reader a face beyond the iconic Western art and spares no detail in the Roberts' equally colorful life. Munsell will give a presentation following Roberts' life, inspirations and the changes in lifestyle and subject in a celebration on this respected artist of the American West.

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Please join Eagle Valley Library District and Eagle County Historical Society for an afternoon of friends, treats and rich local history. To learn more about the Buchholz family and Eagle County history, visit the Eagle Valley Library District's digital archive at http://www.evld.org.

The Eagle Valley Library District with the Eagle County Historical Society recognizes individuals and families who help preserve the history of Eagle County with the Nimon-Walker Award. The Nimon-Walker Award won 2016's Governor's Award for Best Event in A Small Community from Downtown Colorado Inc. For more information about the event, please visit http://www.evld.org or call the Eagle Public Library at 970-328-8800.

If you go …

What: Nimon-Walker Award prestation.

Where: Eagle Public Library.

When: Sunday, May 21, 2 p.m.

Cost: Free.

More information: Visit http://www.evld.org or call the Eagle library at 970-328-8800.