Local historical societies honored for historic site map

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Jim McCotter, chairman of the History Colorado Executive Committee, presents the Jospehine Miles award to Darrell Munsell of the Four Rivers Historical Alliance. The local organization was recognized for creating regional map aimed a historical tourism.
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The Four Rivers Historical Alliance, a regional group of historical societies and related organizations, is one of the recipients of History Colorado’s 2014 Josephine Miles award.

The group was recognized promoting historical tourism by creating a map of regional historic sites. The FRHA project received honorable mention and a $250 prize. The Four Rivers Historical Alliance is comprised of twelve museums and historical societies ranging from Aspen to Marble and from Eagle to Parachute.

The award honors organizations and individuals that have made a contribution during the year to the advancement of Colorado history. The FRHA produced a 17 inch by 22 inch map highlighting historical sites in Eagle, Garfield, Pitkin and Lake Counties. A total of 45 historic sites are identified. The Eagle County Historical Society is among the dozen historical organizations that put the project together.

“This was a complex project to pull together. We were very happy with the results,” said Eagle County Historical Society President Kathy Heicher. The map was printed by Eagle Valley Printing. The Eagle Chamber of Commerce, Coloradao Ski Museum, Eagle Valley Library District, Eagle County Historical Society and town of Eagle were among the numerous contributors throughout the four-county region who helped finance the project.

History Colorado Collections and Library Division Coordinator Megan Rose said the selection of the award winners involved some stiff competition.

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“The committee felt this is a beautifully produced map and reflects the result of an admirable new partnership among varied entities. It is user friendly and reminds us about how many historic cistes are within a small geographical area,” said Rose.

Locally, the free map is available at the Eagle Visitor Center, the Eagle Public Library and the Colorado Ski Museum in Vail

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