In 1966 the National Park Service designated Georgetown, Silver Plume, the intervening Loop valley and the surrounding mountainsides as the Georgetown Silver Plume National Historic Landmark District in recognition of the area’s uniquely well preserved representation of the 19th century Rocky Mountain Mining Boom. Georgetown celebrated the event, however, within two years newcomers interested in preservation realized that a federal designation would not protect the historic resources from being removed or overwhelmed by expansion and development particularly with the potential of a Winter Olympics and the reality of Interstate 70. In 1969, Ron Neely, John Calhoun and Cynthia Wadsworth proposed the idea of a historical society to established business owners Bob Bolander, Bob Gibbs and Wally Baehler.
On May 7,1970, the Georgetown Society, later known as Georgetown Historical Society and now as Historic Georgetown Inc. was incorporated.Thus the journey began. From the start HGI was as much of a preservation agency as a traditional historical society. A first project was assistance to the Town of Georgetown in the passage of Colorado’s first town-wide historic preservation ordinance that provided for the design review that continues today.
The years have seen HGI’s acquisition and preservation of historic structures, conservation of the setting through open lands, promotion of heritage tourism, cultural and fundraising events, publications, educational courses and a constant, and sometimes boisterous, commitment to the integrity of the Landmark District.
Today, HGI continues in its commitment to historic preservation through community education programs, restoration projects, historical property conservation movements, and much more. The property, funds, policies and affairs of Historic Georgetown are administered by a volunteer Board of Directors. The Executive Director provides day-to-day management. Part time staff and volunteers serve as guides and maintenance personnel. The dedication of the Board, Volunteers, and full & part-time staff is key to a smooth-running organization.
"There may have been a time… when preservation was about saving an old building here and there, but those days are gone. Preservation is in the business of saving communities and the values they embody." Richard Moe past President of The National Trust
Hamill House Museum: 305 Argentine Street, Georgetown
Alpine Hose No. 2 Georgetown Firefighting Museum: 507 5th Street, Georgetown
HISTORIC GEORGETOWN MISSION STATEMENT
Historic Georgetown, Inc., a not for profit corporation, was formed to preserve and encourage the preservation of historic buildings, objects, sites and areas relating to the history of Georgetown Colorado; to promote an awareness of and respect for all that is historically and architecturally significant about Georgetown; to encourage the appropriate management and conservation of the natural setting of Georgetown; and, through these efforts, to keep alive and intact, for the enrichment of present and future generations, the inherited character and charm and beauty of Georgetown and its unique role in the development of the Rocky Mountain West of the United States of America.
Historic Georgetown, Inc.
Home of the Hamill House Museum and Alpine Hose #2 Museum