Pioneer Award Winner Paula Steige
On May 19, 2016, the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation recognized MacDonald’s Book Store 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 bookstore. “We came to Estes Park for the summer, beginning in 1945,” Paula explains, “so that my mother could help my grandfather run the book shop. 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 book store 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
Who are the Friends of the Estes Park Museum?
Who are the Friends of the Estes Park Museum? A group of preservation-minded Estes Park residents formed an organization charged to collect and display artifacts, documents, and photographs that tell the story of the Town’s past. Almost 30 years later, museum supporters ensured the Museum’s financial future by formally turning these collections over to the Town.
Today the Museum employs professional curators, and relies on support from the Friends organization. Incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in October, 1991 as the Friends of the Estes Park Area Historical Museum , the name was later revised as the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc. From these beginnings, Friends’ activities and projects are now created, designed, and guided by a volunteer Board of Directors.
Our Vision: The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation ensures that the Estes Park Museum is the premier local history museum in Colorado
Our Mission: The Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation, Inc supports the mission of the Estes Park Museum through fundraising, publications, volunteerism, and special projects and events.”
Our major current fundraising effort is the Coolest Car Show in Colorado (now its 18th year). Our publications are the responsibility of the Friends Press, which has published an impressive list of local history books, including a best selling social history cookbook: A Slice of History and a Piece of Pie and a scientific treatise on climate change: Transformation in Rocky Mountain National Park. The latest special project, slated for launch in October 2016, is “Creative Colorado Tablescapes” a table-setting competition, which will be held at the YMCA of the Rockies.