The Highlands Ranch Historical Society (HRHS) was awarded a grant from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) for the 2023-2024 season.

According to SCFD “The organizations awarded SCFD grants bring cultural opportunities to our community that help strengthen the cultural vitality of Douglas County and contribute to a high quality of life.”

HRHS Treasurer Mary Beth Watkins and Wrangler Michael Watkins were on hand to accept the grant.  They are pictured third and fourth from the left. Per Mary Beth:  “there was standing room only, as almost ALL seats filled. Some recipients (from performing arts organizations) sang as they walked up front.  Michael walks slowly.  As we approached the Commissioners,  I commented that we were “historic”, thus slow. Commissioner Lora Thomas replied “not slow, vintage”.  Jamie Noebel, Director of Community Relations and Events from HRCA is pictured 11th from left.  Jamie is also a Member at Large of the HRHS Board of Directors.   Highlands Ranch was well represented at the awards ceremony!

Mary Beth and Michael sat with representatives of Cherokee Castle. Along with them we were the only history-related organization to receive grant money.

This year SCFD tier III, had $1,536,142.64 to grant. There were 53 recipients: 11 were general grants. The remaining 42 were project-specific.  The HRHS will utilize the funds in a variety of ways to continue bringing great historical programs and activities to community members of Highlands Ranch, Douglas County and beyond.

Paul McKeag, recently retired HRHS VP and the Director who initiated the SCFD Grant application several years ago for the HRHS stated  “The HRHS is very fortunate to be a part of the few that received (funding).  Thank you Michael and Mary Beth for going to be a part of the presentation”.

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Your access to art, science and history preserved through Scientific and Cultural Facilities District grants