“Historic preservation is a conversation with the past about our future.” —National Park Service
B. Travis Wright, MPS has a passion for history and is an active advocate for historic preservation throughout Colorado.
Travis is a preservation commissioner and Vice Chair of the Gilpin County Historic Preservation Commission:
• Ensure preservation issues, programs, policies, landmark designations, and stay-of-demolition reviews adhere to criteria consistent with the National Historic Preservation Act and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Archaeology and Historic Preservation
• As a preservation professional, my appointment was confirmed unanimously by the Board of County Commissioners for Gilpin County
• The commission nominated the five remaining cabins at East Portal and this site was announced by Colorado Preservation, Inc. as one of Colorado’s “Most Endangered Sites” for 2020—I was interviewed and featured within the documentary about this effort; I also flew all drone footage under 14 CFR Part 107 for the documentary shown regionally in March and April 2020
“[Travis has] outstanding qualifications and will be [an] excellent addition to the commission.” —Gilpin County Historic Preservation Commission
Travis is President of the Board of Directors of the Grand County Historical Association:
• Focused on the preservation of history, historical artifacts, and historical buildings in Grand County, Colorado, through the use of technology, advocacy, recruiting new board members, and fund-raising efforts
• Prioritized operations and budgets of four museums (one is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and two are named as a Distinctive Destination of the National Trust for Historic Preservation; another building received historical designation in September 2019 from the State Historical Fund), the adoption and adherence of professional museum standards, a workable accessions policy, and the restoration and appropriate interpretation of historical artifacts and structures
• Modernized the association’s technical infrastructure with cloud managed UTMs, switch fabric, and wireless appliances; enabling secure remote access and a workable disaster recovery plan that has saved the museum’s digital collection of rare and historical images from complete loss
For the 2018 publication, Rollins Pass, both Kate and Travis received a 2018 Archaeology and Historic Preservation Award for contributions to local history and historic preservation in Boulder County given by the Boulder Heritage Roundtable and Historic Boulder.