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Home arrowNews arrowPresident and Mrs. Bush Present First Preserve America Presidential Awards
President and Mrs. Bush Present First Preserve America Presidential Awards

May 3, 2004, Washington, DC—The President and Mrs. Laura Bush presented the first four Preserve America Presidential Awards at a White House ceremony today.
The First Lady and ACHP Chairman John Nau congratulate the owners of the Beaumont Hotel in Ouray, Colorado.
Dan and Mary King of Ouray, Colorado's Beaumont Hotel are congratulated by the First Lady and ACHP Chairman John Nau for winning the Preserve America Presidential Award.

Two honorees were selected in each of two categories:

  • Heritage Tourism, for projects that exemplify efforts that demonstrate commitment to the protection and interpretation of America's cultural or natural heritage assets; and
  • Private Preservation, for outstanding privately funded historic preservation projects that are funded privately or through public-private partnerships and that support the Administration's Preserve America initiative objectives.

2004 Preserve America Presidential Awards for Heritage Tourism

  • Blue Ridge Heritage Initiative, located in North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Georgia. This initiative promotes four groups of heritage tourism trails: Blue Ridge Music; Cherokee Heritage; Craft Heritage; and Farms, Gardens and Countryside.

    The development of guidebooks for driving tours helps visitors explore important cultural stories, places and traditions of the southern mountains. Accepting the award were Ms. Mary Regan, Executive Director, and Mr. Wayne Martin, Folklife Director, of the North Carolina Arts Council.
  • Lackawanna Heritage Valley, located in northeast Pennsylvania. The Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority and its partners are bringing into focus the significant cultural and natural resources of Lackawanna Valley by considerably investing in the region, leading to an increase in tourism that has also contributed to the local economy.

    The project has stimulated environmental renewal, contributed greatly to education, and created a visitors center, greenways, trails, festivals, projects, volunteer programs and museums. Accepting the award were Mr. John W. Cosgrove, Executive Director, and the Honorable Randy Castellani, Chairman, of the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority.

2004 Preserve America Presidential Awards for Private Preservation

  • Historic Beaumont Hotel, located in Ouray, Colorado. The Beaumont Hotel was built in the 1880's when Ouray was one of the richest silver and gold mining areas in the western United States, yet has remained abandoned for 34 years despite its listing in 1973 on the National Register of Historic Places. Demolition of the hotel was a strong possibility until the Kings recognized its cultural and economic importance and purchased the structure in 1998.

    After extensive study and planning, they completed a $6 million restoration and the Beaumont reopened for business in 2003. Accepting the award were owners and restorers Dan and Mary King, principals of High Peak Resources, Inc.
  • Historic Raven Natural Resources Learning Center, Kootenai National Forest, Libby, Montana. The Historic Raven Natural Resources Learning Center began in 1906 as the Raven Ranger Station to support the newly created U.S. Forest Service as a supply station on the southern end of the Kootenai National Forest.

    The ProviderPals, the U.S. Forest Service, local communities, individuals, major foundations, schools and business partnered to preserve the historic place and in the process created a learning center that brings students and teachers from across the nation to learn about natural and cultural resources at the site. Accepting the award were Mr. Bruce Vincent, Executive Director, ProviderPals; and Mr. Bob Castaneda, Forest Supervisor, United States Department of Agriculture.

The Preserve America initiative to "Explore and Experience America's Heritage," through both preservation and appropriate use of the Nation's cultural and natural heritage resources, was launched March 3, 2003. The annual awards event is timed to coincide with National Historic Preservation Week, which occurs this year May 3-9, with a theme of "New Frontiers in Preservation."

For more information on the Preserve America initiative, today's award winners, and to nominate candidates for next year's Preserve America Presidential Awards, please visit or

Summary of the Preserve America initiative

An independent Federal agency, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation (ACHP) promotes historic preservation nationally by providing a forum for influencing Federal activities, programs, and policies that impact historic properties, advising the President and Congress, advocating preservation policy, improving Federal preservation programs, protecting historic properties, and educating stakeholders and the public. For more information, visit the ACHP's Web site at, or contact Bruce Milhans at 202-606-8513 or

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Posted May 27, 2004

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