Western Fremont Historical Society
Preserving the history and heritage of the settlers of western Fremont County, Colorado.
In late 2016, we began the process for the much needed preservation work on the WFHS church building (known to locals as “the little white church” which is now home to the WFHS History Center and houses our collection of archives and artifacts. The church, built in 1898, was originally a landmark structure for the town of Howard and is currently designated by Fremont County as a historically significant site. The structure itself is in remarkably good condition given its age and history, but there is now a critical need for some essential physical repairs, especially to the foundation, exterior siding, and windows. With the building’s upcoming 120thbirthday, we need to begin steps to preserve this landmark for generations to come.
Our Church Building Preservation Project began with a comprehensive Historic Structure Assessment prepared through a State Historical Fund grant from History Colorado. We have used this report as a guideline in identifying preservation priorities and funding needs. In 2017 we have been in consultation with two experts in historical preservation who have extensive experience in this part of Colorado and in working with small local communities. Their guidance has been invaluable in helping us focus on a plan that is realistic and attainable.
January 2018 Update:
Ellen Hopkins, Project Manager for the history center building preservation effort, had a very productive year in 2017. As a result of her ongoing efforts, we have retained an historic preservation architect who will prepare our grant application to the State Historic Fund (History Colorado), and we are well on the way to securing the matching funds necessary to support that grant, thanks to our generous members and friends!