Historic Highlandlake, Inc. - a nonprofit, 501 (c)3 member supported, historical society - is dedicated to: preserving the rich history of the Highlandlake and Mead, Colorado region, the Preservation of local historical buildings and sites, and an active, educational outreach to the community at large.
Historic Highlandlake, Inc. was originally founded in 1917 with the sole mission of protecting and maintaining the Congregational Church of Highlandlake building.
The building was closed in 1917 as a church as the congregation could no longer afford to pay a minister. Still the building was so precious to the community that the thought that it might be torn down was more than the residents could bear. They reached an agreement with the Congregational Association of Denver that if they formed a board of directors to oversee the use and maintenance of the building and open the church at least once a year to the public, the citizens of Highlandlake would be able to retain their beloved building.
In 1921, several former members of the church congregation met at Paul Mead's home in Berthoud. During dinner the topic of having a Pioneer Picnic at the church came up. The first picnic was so successful that it became an annual event. Last June (2015), we held our 94th consecutive reunion at the church.
In 1987, the church building was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. In 1997, we pursued acquiring a clear title to the building. A few years later, the Pioneer cemetery was donated to our organization.
The March 2003 near record blizzard, brought additional changes and a new challenge to our organization. It was discovered shortly after the snow melted that the heavy weight of the snow caused the foundation to give way beneath the building, the walls were pulling away from the floors and the roof was sagging. Immediate Preservation efforts were started. Emergency and Historic Structure Assessment grants were applied for and received from the State Historical Fund (SHF). These grants allowed us to stabilize the building until further grants and funds could be obtained. In the spring of 2004, we received an additional match grant from SHF to help pay to repair the structural damage. In July 2005, we received notice of being awarded a match grant to complete the repairs and restoration of the building. Now finished (as of June 2008), our beloved building once again plays host to many weddings, reunions, tours, and events that traditionally are held in our community.
While our mission and focus has grown beyond the original vision of our founders, we continue to hold the history of our community and the surrounding area as sacred. In future years, we hope to expand our influence in the community, continue to preserve our historic properties, and promote awareness and appreciation in the Highlandlake/Mead community for their historical heritage.
Historic Highlandlake awarded Stephen H. Hart award for excellence in historical restoration!
President/Executive Director: Pauli Driver-Smith
Vice President: Laura Shouldice
Treasurer: Lawrence Jensen
Secretary: Jane Sprouse
Director: Millie Jensen
Director: Linda Thiel
We have two openings on our Board of Directors. If you are interested in helping to preserve the rich history of the Highlandlake/Mead area, please contact us.
Copyrighted 2015, Historic Highlandlake Inc. All rights reserved. Photos may be used for personal research only and may not be reproduced for profit, commercial or otherwise, without written permission. Most photos are available for purchase. Contact us here. This page was updated on: May 22, 2017