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Posted on: April 24, 2018

Celebrating Historic Preservation Month

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Everyone has a place that is important to them, a place they care about, a place that matters. This Place Matters is a national campaign sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation which encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and their communities. Preservation Month is the perfect time to share it with the world. 


The Brighton Historic Preservation Commission (BHPC) will observe the This Place Matters campaign by offering several opportunities for the community:  


  • Clearly identifying historic buildings
  • Online access to artifacts
  • Tour of the newly designated Downtown Historic District 
  • Opening the new exhibit at the Brighton City Museum


To kick the month off, the collections at the Brighton City Museum will be accessible online at http://brightonco.pastperfectonline.com/. The software used to make this available will also allow residents to search the artifacts. The online collection includes the Japanese American Newspaper Collection, the Bromley Hishinuma Archaeology Collection, and the Brighton City Directories dating from 1923-1956, among others.


On Sunday, May 20 BHPC is inviting the public to take a tour of the newly designated Downtown Historic District. This tour will educate residents about the history of the buildings and how Brighton has changed over the last 100 years. The tours will be start from Jordanelli’s, 25 North Main Street and be offered between the hours of 3-5 p.m. 


BHPC would also like to invite the public to the grand opening of our new exhibit The Early Days of Brighton: How They Lived at the Brighton City Museum located inside Historic City Hall, 22 South 4th Avenue. This grand opening will also be from 3-5 p.m.


Residents are encouraged to take pictures with the This Place Matters signs around town. If you participate in this be sure to use #ThisPlaceMatters when sharing your pictures on social media.


For questions about historic preservation being done around Brighton or for more information on the events happening in May, please contact Jolie Diepenhorst at 303-655-2051 or by emailing jdiepenhorst@brightonco.gov.  


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