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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 man 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