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February 09, 2006 - Hotel De Paris - Best Preserved 19th Century Americana

What: Hotel De Paris Welcomes Richard Moe

Where: Cactus Club

When: February 9, 2006

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Beneficiary: Hotel de Paris Museum

EMCEE: Erik Taylor and Reggie Black

Executive Director: Jim Bert

Quote of the evening: Richard Moe: "The Hotel de Paris musuem is the best preserved piece of 19th century Americana in the west."

Attendance: 70


 Jim Bert exhorts the audience.  Mr. Bert is the first director of the Hotel De Paris Museum.
Jim Bert exhorts the audience. Mr. Bert is the first director of the Hotel De Paris Museum.

"Preserve and Protect." These words used to reflect the mission for various law enforcement agencies. But these words still reflect the intent of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in Colorado. The "Dames" as they are affectionately known own and operate the Hotel de Paris in Georgetown, Colorado. While the story of the hotel has been told elsewhere on Blacktie; see 2002 Kickoff and Honoring Donors , the story remains as vibrant today as it ever has. Richard Moe is the President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). The Trust was established by Congress to maintain American's Historic Past. Mr. Moe told the assembled crowd that they were so very, very close to meeting the goals that had been set several years ago, when the Trust embarked on a parternship with the Dames. Those goals were to establish an endowment of $2 million and to hire a full time director. The second goal has now been met with the hiring of Jim Bert. Mr. Bert has an extensive background in museum operations and came to the Hotel in the fallof 2005. Mr. Bert spoke about how being in the wonderfully restored hotel brings back images of "gunfighters strolling the streets, businessmen of the day meeting in the lobby" and other parts of Colorado western life. This glimpse into early Colorado life would be lost if it weren't for the work that is being done at the hotel. The first goal of meeting the $2 million endowment fund is close. Over the last 3 years, $1.5 million has been raised. Those in attendance had been invited for their generous past support but Mr. Moe asked them to dig deeper and he joked that most of them knew that was the reason for their invitation on this night as well. The event was held at the Cactus Club in downtown Denver. For many, it was their first appearance at the private club. The club, little known in some circles was founded in 1911. It's present location is it's 4th home in Denver since that time. Many notables, include Colorado poet, Thomas Hornsby Ferrill was the long-time Treasurer for the club. Although known as the "prickliest" club in Denver, it certainly emanated warmth and generosity on this night. Mr. Moe indicated that he and his staff believe that the Hotel de Paris is the "best preserved piece of 19th century Americana in the west, and possibly the United States." Then he encouraged the guests to have "another glass of wine" and see if they happened to have their checkbooks with them. If you would like to assist in this outstanding preservation project, Click Here.

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