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Celebrating 80 Years - Digging into the Past, 2005, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center

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Students participate in experiential archaeology

#Celebrating80Years: 2017 marked 80 years of working with Colorado’s nonprofits as they seek to strengthen their communities. Throughout 2018, we will be looking back on this history of the outstanding organizations and people the Trustees have had the opportunity to support. On the blog you will find a history of the Foundation’s grant making and a representative organization from every year since our founding in 1937.


For 1,500 years, since Ancestral Puebloans first settled the area, Southwest Colorado has been home to many peoples. In pursuit of its mission to “empower recent and future generations by making the human past accessible and relevant through archaeological research, experiential education, and American Indian knowledge,” Crow Canyon Archaeological Center explores and promotes the rich history of the Puebloan occupation of the Mesa Verde region.


Grantee Spotlight: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center  

Crow Canyon Campus in Cortez, CO

Crow Canyon was established by Denver history teacher, Edward F. Berger, in 1967 as he sought to encourage his students’ curiosity about the history of southwest Colorado through experiential learning. The organization was recognized as a nonprofit in 1986 and now offers day, overnight, and summer educational programs focused on the history of the Mesa Verde region, which has been inhabited since approximately 500 C.E. Crow Canyon also operates an active laboratory and a number of field sites where students and visitors of all ages can engage with current archaeological work.

In addition to its educational and archaeological efforts, Crow Canyon also works with American Indians to develop more inclusive, culturally relevant curriculums and initiatives at Crow Canyon that honor the history and impacts of American Indian communities in Colorado.

In 2005, El Pomar Foundation approved a $25,000 capital grant to improve the dining hall and dormitories that serve Crow Canyon’s overnight and summer programs. This grant facilitated an expanded curriculum for the organization’s 170 acres in Cortez and allowed more participants to learn more about the long and fascinating history of southwest Colorado.


Dorothy and George Ferrand

El Pomar in 2005:

In 2005, El Pomar Foundation awarded over $13 million in grants to more than 500 organizations throughout Colorado. Notable grants to communities across the state included $225,000 to the Vail Valley Foundation toward the purchase of the Eagle River Preserve, $150,000 toward the construction of a health and human services complex in Alamosa through Valley-Wide Health Systems, $50,000 to the Salida Hospital Foundation, $20,750 for dental programming for the Rural Communities Resource Center in Yuma, and $20,000 in general operating support for the Food Bank for Larimer County. 

Another addition to El Pomar’s grant making in 2005 was the establishment of the Dorothy Ferrand Fund. The Fund was created to uphold the legacy of Dorothy Ferrand, wife of BROADMOOR Master Chef, George Ferrand. Mrs. Ferrand was known throughout the community for her generosity and commitment to providing opportunities for underprivileged and sick children. When she passed away in 2003 she left a bequest of $1.1 million to El Pomar Foundation, with the requirement the funds “shall be used solely in the Pikes Peak Region of Colorado for the education, medical, health care, dental, housing, and other needs of especially poor children, and their parents.” Since its inception, 45 grants totaling $599,000 have been allocated to organizations upholding this legacy.


Images courtesy of and El Pomar's collection

Spotlight by Erin Kerr