Breckenridge Heritage Alliance hosts Theobald Awards
About 75 people attended the Theobald Awards, hosted by Breckenridge Heritage Alliance, on Thursday, Aug. 18 at the Barney Ford Museum. The fifth annual Theobald Award reception honored contributions to the preservation of Breckenridge’s history.
The first award, presented by Bill Fountain, was given to Mary Ellen Gilliland, who arrived Summit County in 1972 and became Involved in Breckenridge and Summit Country history right from the beginning. Gilliland is the author of 16 books and more than 200 magazine and newspaper articles, including “Original Summit” (1980), “Summit Hiker” (1983), “Rascals, Scoundrels & No Goods Of Summit County” (2005), “Summit, 25th Anniversary Edition” (2006) And “Breckenridge, 150 Years Of Golden History” (2009). Gilliland has Jeeped and hiked all over Summit County for 44 years, including in the early 1970s when many historical sites were still standing. She served on the Summit Historical Society Board starting in 1980, is a past president of the organization, and has conducted countless historic tours, hikes and talks on the town and county.
The next Theobald Award was presented to Christy and Randy Rost, the owners of Swan’s Nest. They received the award for the outstanding remodel and preservation they did to Swan’s Nest, a house Ben Stanley Revett built for his bride in 1898. Randy and Christy purchased the property on Aug. 8, 2006, spending years remodeling the home. “A Home for Christy Rost: Thanksgiving,” a PBS special, has aired from 2009 to 2015, reaching 91 percent of the country with 6,600 broadcasts on 140-plus stations. It incorporates the restoration of Swan’s Nest in the presentation of the dishes that accompany the turkey for a Thanksgiving dinner.
The nomination criteria for the Theobald Award is: Exemplifies the town’s commitment to historic preservation; celebrates the history of Breckenridge in a unique way; demonstrates leadership and/or volunteerism for historic preservation and heritage tourism; discovers new facts or stories about Breckenridge’s history, to be shared with the public.
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