Historical Programs

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National Register of Historical Places

The following sites in Jefferson County are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Jefferson County Historical Commission’s annual Hall of Fame ceremony acknowledges these designations.

Jefferson County National Register Historic Places (PDF)

Landmark Designation Program

The Jefferson County Historical Commission is accepting nominations for the Landmark Designation Program. This is a voluntary program that encourages County residents to nominate, with the property owner’s consent, significant a historic site, structures and/or a district for Jefferson County Landmark status. The purpose of the Landmark Program is to enhance the County’s historical awareness by designating those historic sites, structures and districts which exhibit exceptional cultural and/or architectural and significance as a County Landmark property.

The Landmark Program is organized and administered by the Jefferson County Historical Commission and the Landmark Designation Committee. The Landmark Designation Committee (LDC) is charged with reviewing the applicant’s completed Landmark Nomination Form to determine if the historic site, structure or district is potentially eligible for designation. Once the application is reviewed by the LDC, LDC’s recommendation will referred to JCHC for final determination.

Those historic properties nominated as a Jefferson County Landmark are recognized with a Certificate of Designation at the County’s annual Hall of Fame Awards Program which usually occurs in the fall. The nominated Landmark property owner is also eligible to participate in the Landmark Plaque Program.

Jefferson County Recognized Landmarks (PDF)
Landmark Designation Program Overview (PDF)
Landmarks Program Guidelines (PDF)
Landmark Designation Application Form (PDF)
Landmark Designation Owner Consent Form (PDF)

Hall of Fame Ceremony and Honorees

The annual Hall of Fame Ceremony is a public event at which two new designees to the Jefferson County Hall of Fame are announced and historic sites placed on the National Register of Historic Places and the State Register of Historic Sites are recognized. Finally, historic properties designated through the newly created County Historic Landmark Program are recognized with a Certificate of Designation.

Each year since 1979 two individuals significant in county history or in the preservation of county history, one living and one deceased, have been named to the Hall of Fame. Their portraits are on display in the County Administration Building.

The public is encouraged to submit nominations of individuals to the Hall of Fame. Nomination forms usually are due around the first of May each year.

Hall of Fame Honorees (PDF)
Hall of Fame Nomination Form (PDF)

Writers' Awards Program

Do you have a story to tell… one that relates to the rich and diverse history of Jefferson County?

You can be a published author! Since 1988, the Jefferson County Historical Commission has invited students and adults to submit original articles relating to some aspect of Jefferson County history. Winning articles submitted to our Writers’ Awards Program are published in our annual magazine, Historically Jeffco, issued in October.

A few details:

  • Youth (Grades 4-12) - 1,000 words or less
  • Adults - 1,000-2,500 words
  • Entrants need not live in Jefferson County
  • Topics must reflect some aspect of Jeffco history, such as: early residents, homesteaders, ranchers, railroads, transportation, water issues, archaeology, genealogy, historic preservation, museum collections, etc.
  • Entries must adhere to the magazine’s Writer’s Guidelines (PDF)
  • Entries must include an official application form (PDF) and must be received by May 1

Past Writers' Awards Program Winners (PDF)

State Historical Fund Grants For Historic Preservation

The State of Colorado provides grant funding from the State Historical Fund for qualifying historic preservation projects.

More information about Grant Funding (PDF)