January 2015 was the beginning of a reality for the dream of a heritage culture center in Rio Blanco County that began in 2011 and was actively pursued in 2013 – 2014. This acquired building that is debt free, has already hosted art, culture, historic presentations, heritage events, and demonstrations. The Heritage Culture Center Committee has been able to cover all the operational costs associated with the building and its educational programming through donations, grants, partnerships and fundraisers.
With the continued dream to renovate the 1970’s building into an “Old West” themed building, theater and research center to enhance and compliment the adjacent White Rive Museum complex, it is destined to host more community and heritage events, history films and movies, genealogy classes, family research and much, much more!
2016 HCCC Strategic Plan!
2017 Strategic Plan continues along the same goals:
(1) Renovation goals will involve taking steps as funding allows for the basic construction steps
(2) Heritage Education will be a priority with the continuation of HISTORY CAMP and historic characters at community events and executing on the Meeker Cowboy Poet Gathering. We will not host the Kid’s Culture Club in 2017 as those needs are now fulfilled at the Smoking River Art Studio.
(3) Cultural Identity will be active involvement with Meeker Chamber of Commerce Main Street Program – Project 45 that meets at the Old West Heritage Culture Center the first Tuesday of every month and also discusses each of the HCCC goals; and progress and possible conclusion of the Historical District application toward designation
(4) Agritourism will build on the Meeker Farmer’s Market that was a big success last year and have announced dates for – June 3, July 15, August 5 and September 9; and possibly an Agritourism Tour with our County participants.
Read the story of our beginnings: Heritage Culture Center from Dream to Reality
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