Denver to hire consultant for Indigenous Peoples historic context

Published on November 17, 2022

Denver Community Planning and Development (CPD) was recently awarded grant funding by the National Park Service, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Rose Community Foundation to support Landmark Preservation's Denver in Context: A Historic Context Series. This series seeks to explore the diverse ethnic and cultural history of Denver. Landmark Preservation is currently seeking the services of a qualified consultant to complete the second historic context in the series, focused on American Indian and Indigenous Peoples in Denver. The first historic context, which was completed in February 2022, was Nuestras Historias: Mexican American, Chicano, and Latino Histories in Denver.

The consultant must be able to meet the qualifications of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Professional Qualifications for History or Architectural History and demonstrate the ability to successfully engage Denver’s American Indian and Indigenous Peoples communities. Relevant consultant team experience/background may include: historic preservation, history, architectural history, cultural history, anthropology, ethnography, archaeology, and Native American/ American Indian/ Indigenous American/ Aboriginal/ Native/ First Nations studies. The consultant team should include members or partners with relevant connections within and a familiarity with Denver’s American Indian and Indigenous Peoples communities. Proposals must be submitted by Friday, January 6, 2023. Review the request for proposals (RFP).

About the American Indian/Indigenous Peoples historic context

This project will provide a broad historical overview of American Indian and Indigenous Peoples history in the area that is now called Denver through the 1990s. It will identify associated local sites and buildings significant to American Indian and Indigenous Peoples culture and history. The project will also identify important historical themes, such as political, social, and cultural practices and institutions; guide city efforts to ensure inclusive preservation practices, through historic designation, land use planning, and policy; help Denver build a more inclusive list of designated landmarks and historic districts; and inform the citywide building survey Discover Denver.

Denver’s American Indian and Indigenous Peoples Historic Context is supported in part by an Underrepresented Communities grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. This project has been funded in part by a grant from the Peter Grant Fund for Colorado of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Funding for this project also comes from Rose Community Foundation, Community Planning and Development, and Denver Mountain Parks.

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