DENVER (CBS4) – Two employees in the CBS4 news department were honored on Wednesday night by Colorado Preservation Inc.

At an awards celebration at the History Colorado Center in Denver photojournalist Doug Whitehead and editor Kevin Strong were given awards for “their superior efforts in historic preservation.” The two shoot, write, edit and produce the annual CBS4 special Colorado’s Most Endangered Places. The show presents the stories behind the group of endangered places chosen by Colorado Preservation Inc. each year.

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“It’s really an honor to be recognized by this group. We play a small part in the very important that they do year in and year out, and we’re able to educate the public about what’s going on in historic preservation, so we feel very honored to be recognized,” Whitehead said.

Kevin Strong, left, and Doug Whitehead, right (credit: CBS)

Kevin Strong, left, and Doug Whitehead, right (credit: CBS)

“It’s fulfilling,” Strong said. “You go out and tell these stories, you go to these places and you look at these buildings that are one windstorm from falling over, and partly through our efforts, we’re able to tell the story of that building, rally the community around it and save these places.

“And then three, four or five years later we see these buildings … that have now been restored. You can see tangible evidence of how your work helped do that.”

Colorado’s Most Endangered Places is hosted each year by CBS4’s Tom Mustin, who was the emcee of Wednesday night’s Dana Crawford and State Honor Award Celebration.

Also honored on Wednesday night at the event was Georgianna Contiguglia, who was given the award for Dana Crawford Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation.

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“It’s important for us to keep a perspective on where we come from and what kind of people we are and the varieties of people who have made our history and made our state,” said Georgianna Contiguglia during an interview on CBS4 News at Noon on Monday. “I think it keeps us focused on our ability to be more inclusive in the future, too.”

Contiguglia served as president and CEO of History Colorado from 1997 to 2007 and also operated as the state’s historic preservation officer during that stretch.

Additional Resources

Read four different articles written by Kevin Strong about this year’s endangered places:

Gold Medal Apples Returning To Cortez: Preservation Can Sometimes Taste Pretty Sweet

Arvada Streetcar Offers Historic Tie To RTD’s Rail Expansion

Century-Old Gold Dredge Still Tells the Story of Breckenridge’s Mining Past

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