Giving back to the community through board service is a great way to get involved. The title sponsor, Colorado Group Realty, hosted an event to showcase YPN - Young Professionals Network and the Yampa Valley Community Foundation along with the Steamboat Chamber of Commerce as they matched young professionals with leadership opportunities on local boards and committees.

That is where I met Emily Katzman Executive Director of Historic Routt County 

And while the goal of the evening was to enlist new board members to a respective Non-profit organization attending, I found myself intrigued with the idea but only able to volunteer for now. As Emily and I chatted about the organization and what they might need.  I told her I was a photographer and would love to help them document and photograph their projects.  She was delighted.  

- We first met in August 2017 to take photos of The Mesa School House together.

- A stormy day in September 2017 caught me with my camera in my car and driving past the Homestead House with a rainbow popping up behind it.

- And the first snow fall of the season was quite early, first week of October 2017, I couldn't resist hiking back to the Mad Creek Barn with fall leaves, a dusting of snow left on the ground, and a view of the valley behind the barn, it was just breath taking.   

- Crossan's Market Grand Opening was an honor to photograph and document.  August 2018 -  The project started in 2011 with a slow start in raising the funds.  But the group involved was not discouraged and kept plugging along.  Two of the children from the original Crossan's Market were in attendance and told a few stories of growing up in the Market, along with multiple guest speakers with stories of their own.  It is open now as part of the Welcome Center for Yampa.  More details on HRC - Historic Routt County website as well as Colorado Preservation website link.

- Emily mentioned the Diamond Window Cabin  August 2018 - I couldn't wait to get out to the hill where it sits near Stagecoach Reservoir.  I'm not sure why, but I just love little old cabins.  

- The Arnold Barn begin's it's move - August through October 2018 - With a bridge from the meadow to the parking lot, stabilization construction, lifted onto stilts and then on to a tow truck to ultimately move it to it's new location at the base of the Steamboat Grand.  Featured in Today's Steamboat Pilot and details on the HRC - Historic Route County - Save the Barn website link.  

More to come. . . 


Arnold Barn is on the Move Video ...

Long before Steamboat Springs was known as Ski Town USA, it was a humble, isolated agricultural community. The vision of the Arnold Barn Iconic Entry Project is to honor Routt County’s rich agricultural heritage by transforming the dilapidated Arnold Barn into a welcoming and accessible landmark.   HRC - Historic Route County - Save the Barn website link.