Preserving history

Nonprofit organization touring sites and seeking new members

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What: Preserving the Last Frontier meeting

When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Contact: Carol at 824-5343

— For more than 20 years the organization, Preserving the Last Frontier, has taken steps to insure Northwest Colorado history is not forgotten.

From Native American battle sites to mining relics and homesteaders, the organization preserves the way of life in this part of the country, said president Carol Jacobson.

The nonprofit organization currently is looking for new members, and will be holding a meeting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Anyone interested in preserving the western heritage of Northwest Colorado is invited to become a member for a $5 yearly fee.

Founded by local historian Val Fitzpatrick and kept alive by 20-year president Vic Beckett, the group was behind building a fence around the Greystone coke ovens, and then had the site listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites.

The organization also conducts field trips to historic sites and gives donations to museums in Craig, Steamboat Springs, Meeker, Hayden and Savery, Wyo.

Recent field trips have included visits to Browns Park and the Savery, Wyo., museum, as well as the Vernal, Utah, museum and a visit to Saratoga, Wyo.

Everyone, member or not, is invited to attend the field trips, including a planned trip to Savery during Labor Day Weekend for the Little Snake River Music Fest.

Beckett, who fought to keep the organization alive by recruiting new members, passed away earlier this year.

He said the purpose of the group is to not only preserve historical sites, but also to educate younger generations about the importance of history.

The organization's current president, Carol Jacobson, said about 25 people are dues-paying members, and the upcoming meeting will include discussions on the group's nonprofit status and planning the Labor Day field trip.

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