About us

After attending the statewide Colorado Preservation, Inc. Conference in 2001, a local group of preservationists were concerned about the lack of a citywide preservation ordinance and educational opportunities for the community to preserve the built environment. This group took action to develop a nonprofit in order to promote the preservation in Pueblo. The organizing group of Patty Bedard, Corinne Koehler, Mary Tonne, Mary Ann Thompson, and Kerrelyn Trent modeled Historic Pueblo, Inc. after similar organizations, such as Historic Boulder and Historic Denver.

The first task for this group was to lobby and testify before Pueblo City Council in order to pass a preservation ordinance. The group was successful and a preservation ordinance passed and the City's Historic Preservation Commission was formed. Without the support and work of Historic Pueblo, Inc., and its desire to preserve the historic structures of the city, the ordinance would not have passed.

Historic Pueblo, Inc. (HPI) organized in the State of Colorado in 2002 and later received its 501(c)3 status.  HPI works to gain support in the community through educational seminars, historic tours, membership drives, and the work with the Historic Preservation Commission.


2017 Josephine H. Miles Award for “Forging the West,” a documentary history of the Colorado Fuel & Iron Co. (Pueblo Chieftain)

2013 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation (History Colorado)

See also:  Board of Directors | Landmark Information |

Why Join Us?

1 Cultural Identity

Historic Pueblo, Inc. is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the history, and the future history, of the historical structures in our community.   We run educational events and attend seminars throughout the year to help keep you informed.  We produced the award winning "Forging The West" about the CF&I steel mill along with the associated teaching aides distributed throughout Colorado schools.  We also support community-backed preservation efforts like the Goodnight Barn, Hose Company No. 3 and Keating School.

See also: | Forging The West | Join Us!

2 Feedback Loop

Members provide a vital connection to our governance process. We listen intently to what you say and we use this information to gauge our effectiveness and to constantly review our strategy. If we are effective, you (our members) will continue to support us; if we slip, you'll find a better organization to support. We will always work hard to maintain your trust and support.

See also: Neighbood Studies | Hose Company #3 | Sanborn Maps

3 Strength in Numbers

We are here to support your preservation efforts and extend your reach, along with educating our community of the rich history that Pueblo has. A strong membership base helps us to amplify the preservation message by demonstrating that Historic Pueblo, Inc. is robust, healthy, and growing. We want Colorado State to know and learn about the great preservation commitment our community has. As the saying goes "there is strength in numbers" and we use those numbers to continue increasing the reach of our preservation efforts.

See also:  Membership | Neighborhood Studies | Horse Tie Rings


4 The Importance of Membership

Your membership provides a valuable revenue source for the organization but we see your membership as much more than a financial transaction. As a member you have become a closer part of Historic Pueblo, Inc. family.