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May 7th Annual Meeting Highlights
On Sunday afternoon, after a heavy rain and hail storm, members of the Estes Park Museum Friends gathered at the American Legion Hall to conduct their Annual Meeting.
President, Nancy Thomas gave a summary of the events and projects carried out in 2016-17.
A very historic presentation of “The Bachelor’s Dream”, from Eleanor Hondius’ rememberance of the Elkhorn Lodge, was performed by brave members of the Estes Park Friends Board with Kurtis Kelly as the bachelor and Madison Casey as the narrator. The bachelor falls asleep on the eve of his wedding and remembers some of the people he has dated over the years. People in the audience were entranced and amused.
The highlight of the event was the presentation of the 2017 Pioneer Award to Dorothy Scott Gibbs. The Mayor of Estes Park read a very detailed proclamation declaring Dorothy a true pioneer.
Dorthy Scott Gibbs’s speech was an historic account of how her family came to Estes Park and how they changed the town in many ways.
Dorothy celebrated her 90th Birthday on May 8th, so the Estes Park Museum Friends presented a birthday cake to her, which was deliciously shared by all of the fortunate meeting participants.
Estes Park Museum Annual Meeting in 2016:
Pioneer Award Winner Paula Steige
On May 19, 2016, the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation recognized Macdonald Bookshop owner, Paula Steige, with a very special honor: the Pioneer Award. People who have contributed to the rich history and positive legacy of the town are honored with this award each year.
In 1908 Ed and Jessica Macdonald, Paula’s grandparents, opened a hardware and general store on the same site that now contains the bookshop. “We came to Estes Park for the summer, beginning in 1945,” Paula explains, “so that my mother could help my grandfather run the bookshop. At that time, the shop was only two small rooms, and we lived in the building. I was allowed to help once I entered the seventh grade.”
Paula moved to Estes Park in 1975 with her two children, and she kept the bookshop open 361 days a year thereafter. By 1982 Paula gave up her job as an art teacher and began working full-time at Macdonald’s. Her shop is a very successful small business serving many devoted customers who purchase about 30,000 books a year.
Paula is also known for her tremendous contributions to the local community. If any group needs to sell tickets for an upcoming event, they give them to Macdonald’s. because that’s where everyone expects to buy them. She is so generous with her strong reputation, and she allows others to reap the benefits.
At the Annual Meeting of the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, a Mayoral Proclamation was read in honor of Paula and her amazing dedication to the Estes Park community. Congratulations Paula!
Photographs were taken by Jerry Strickland