New Year New Path

Happy New Year! Today is the first day of 2015 and the last few days have included a lot of reflection on the past year and anticipation for the forthcoming year.

2014 was a busy year for me in the preservation field. The CHPB was busy early on planning the Tour the Legend historic homes tour, our second annual tour. I had decided to finally go back to school to get my masters degree in preservation so one day I can get a ‘real’ job. May, as always, was preservation month which is a busy month. This year the Board held an impromptu lecture at the local library to showcase little known historic photos of Cheyenne’s past. Every year we also do a daily quiz on Facebook so all must contribute to that event. And we give out the annual Dubois Award; this award is given to a great historic residential property in town that has done great things in historic preservation. This award was initially named after one of the biggest architect’s from Cheyenne, William Dubois; however we have changed the namesake to be Mr. Dubois’ grandson, Bill Dubois the 2nd, who not only loved historic preservation but was part of the first preservation board to get things moving in Cheyenne. This is always an exciting month for preservation people.

The next big event comes in August, which is actually two-fold. I officially started class at the end of July, but the on-site intensive was the middle of August. Intensive is a great name for this 10 days. By the end of the week, all the students are wiped out and glad to be going home. But we made a great connection with the other students and I’m hopeful that we will all be friends for life! The weekend I was to return home happened to coincide with the second annual homes tour my Board was organizing – which means that I missed it! 😦 But it went off without too much of a bang, nothing the public noticed, and was widely successful. We will give it one more year to see if it’s really worth it.

September and October went by in a flurry. September was Wyoming’s Preserve Wyoming Conference put on by SHPO, Wyoming Main Street, and the only state-wide non-profit, the Alliance for Historic Wyoming. This year we all made the trip northwest to Powell. Good-ol Powell. (See separate post regarding this trip.) November was the second annual LaClerqc Jones Award that the preservation Board gives out. This year we highlighted Warehouse 21. This local graphic designer company chose to operate out of a historic warehouse on the west side of Cheyenne. While they did not do a lot of the work to preserve this building, they have taken up the torch.

December was a sad time for me. I had decided to not reapply to sit on the Cheyenne Historic Preservation Board. I had served my three years and at this point in time, my life is just too busy to keep going with all the balls I’ve thrown in the air. I was afraid that something would crash to the ground, and so I decided to let one go. I also am changing jobs. I was given the opportunity to work with the City of Cheyenne’s Development Office as the Associate Planner. This is another reason I decided not to reapply for the CHPB. This new job means I have quit the Historic Governors’ Mansion and State Parks. This is a big change for me and I am excited for what’s to come. I had worked at the Mansion for three years and for the State for almost five total. And now I feel like I’m starting a totally new job – a ‘real’ job. I will be continuing with school, which starts in a couple weeks, and this will hopefully open new doors down the road.

We do not know what the future holds but we can try to steer the spaceship in the direction we want to go. I wish all of you a year on course so you may achieve the goals you’ve set out for. Thank you and again HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!