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Historic Littleton, Inc. Advocacy

  • The Second Century Fund (now Historic Littleton, Inc.), obtained more than $200,000 in grant money for Littleton from the State Historic Fund (1990–1999)
  • Advocated for saving Geneva Lodge (1995)
  • Developed a Strategic Plan for Downtown Littleton along with the Historic Downtown Littleton Merchants Association (1995)
  • Held two auctions to raise money for preservation(1995, 1996)
  • Helped fund the survey to place the Littleton Main Street Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places (1998)
  • Lobbied for passage of the Historic Preservation Ordinance (2001)
  • Held six Renewal Dinners to foster interest in historic preservation (1997–2001, 2004)

First HLI Auction Invite – 2000

Mike Massey and Mayor Patricia Cronenberger, Main Street National Register designation May 6, 1998

Second Century Fund 2nd Renewal Dinner Invite – 1998

Second Century Fund First Renewal Dinner – 1997

Post Office Dedication Invitation

Gail Keeley giving a dedication speech for the Post Office, 2019

  • Advocated for saving the Marathon Oil building Unsuccessful; the building was torn down in 2005
  • Advocated for saving the Sternberg building, formerly the office of architect Eugene Sternberg (2008–2010)
  • Successfully nominated Willowcroft Manor for the 2010 Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list (2009) The building was eventually demolished
  • Advocated for restoring the Bemis House (2005); Designated as a Historic Landmark in 2005; Held two open houses for public view (2006, 2010); Funded a survey and plan for interior restoration
  • Successfully nominated Littleton Boulevard’s Mid-Century Modern buildings to be placed on the Colorado Preservation, Inc., Most Endangered Structure List (2014)
  • Successfully lobbied against development of Platte Canyon Villas on South Platte Canyon Road near three designated historic landmarks (2016)
  • Successfully lobbied against development of Platte Canyon Villas on South Platte Canyon Road near three designated historic landmarks (2016)
  • Advocated for the historic downtown Littleton Post Office by writing a letter to Congressman Mike Coffman and gave him a tour to show damage of the Post Office building; this resulted in funds to repair the exterior (2017)
  • Nominated the Post Office to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which was submitted to the Colorado State Historic Preservation Review Board for approval; the Post Office was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places on April 26, 2019.
    Historic Littleton, Inc., Board Members Gail Keeley and Rick Cronenberger cowrote the nomination.
  • On Nov. 9, 2019, the United States Postal Service, City of Littleton, Historical Preservation Board, and Historic Littleton, Inc., held a formal dedication and installed the National Register of Historic Places plaque on the front façade of the Post Office; approximately 65 people attended with tours of the Post Office
  • The Littleton City Council, with the concurrence of the Postal Service and advocacy of Historic Littleton, Inc., officially designated the Post Office a City of Littleton Historic Landmark on June 26, 2020
  • Successfully advocated to preserve the view easement of the front façade of the former Carnegie Library building (2019)

Historic Littleton, Inc. Educational

  • Led double-decker bus tours of historic sites in Littleton (1997–2001)
  • Presented the trial of Alfred Packer and walking tour of Main Street and Littleton Cemetery (2002)
  • Led home tour in the Louthan Street Historic District (2003)
  • Co-sponsored True Grit sessions with Historical Preservation Board (2009)
  • Led walking tours through downtown Littleton for the Littleton Leadership Academy, History Camp, and the general public (1995, 1998, 2003, 2007, 2017–2019)
  • Led tour of Denver Union Station and historic buildings in the surrounding neighborhood (2019)
  • Partnered with Denver Modernism to lead a Mid-Century Modern walking tour of Littleton Boulevard; attended by approximately 30 people from the Denver Metro area (2019)
  • Hosted a National Trust for Historic Preservation bus/walking tour of the Mid-Century Modern commercial buildings on Littleton Boulevard; more than 30 people from around the country viewed the architecture (2019)
  • Participated in presenting the History Camp Colorado conference (2018, 2019)

Historical Preservation,
True Grit sessions – 2009

Lecture Series 2017 – 2019

First Friday and History

Gail Keeley Giving a Union Station Tour

Rick Cronenberger giving a
Mid-Modern Century tour

Littleton Mid-mod Mile Graphics by Atom Stevens

  • Hosted “A Night About” program covering Littleton’s productions of Fiasco, a musical spoof of the community (2017)
  • Sponsored historic lectures at the Littleton Museum (2017–2019)
  • Presented annual Downtown Littleton Scavenger Hunt to educate the public about Main Street’s historic buildings (2011–2019)
  • Led tour of historic Waterton water treatment facility and community (2018)
  • Held program about the Flood of 1965 and the development of South Platte Park along the river (2018)
  • Hosted History Happy Hour, which included presentations by board members on Littleton’s trains and streetcars and Littleton’s Mid Mod Mile (the Mid-Century Modern commercial buildings on Littleton Boulevard)
  • Partnered with Denver Modernism to host a tour ofLittleton Boulevard; tour was virtual due to the pandemic (2020)
  • Participated in most Western Welcome Week parades, along with a booth at the Friends of the Littleton Library & Museum Craft Fair
  • Published coloring books of some of Littleton’s historic buildings; sales are ongoing