Monthly Archives: September 2017

Preservation in the works for Historic Ward Church

Through Historic Preservation Grants, the Colorado Historical Society and the Union Congregational Church of Ward have partnered to help save the Historic Ward Church. Built 120 years ago when Ward was a booming gold-mining town, the church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is an important vestige of mining history in Colorado. Sitting high on a hill above the downtown area of Ward, The Historic Ward Church survived the great Ward fire of 1900, when most of the business district of Ward burned. Today it serves as a community center for the Town.

The Historic Ward Church is in the process of applying for its second Historic Preservation Grant. This competitive grant will provide partial funding to begin the corrections needed to ensure the long-term survival of the building.

Image of Town of Ward, January 1900, before the fire
Town of Ward, January 1900, before the fire

You can read the press release about the upcoming Historic Preservation grant application here, more information about the historic preservation and view a slide show about this process

Ward Library accepting applications for Artist in Residence cabin 2017-2018

Recognizing that the arts are vital to the culture and heritage of the town of Ward, the Ward Public Library is undertaking a leadership role in creating an environment in which the arts can grow. In fulfilling this role the Ward Public Library is committed to these fundamental principles:

  • Recognizing the integrity of artistic expression of all cultures
  • Encouraging artistic excellence
  • Working to increase public awareness and involvement in the arts

The Ward Public Library Artist in Residence program was founded in 1976 to stimulate art development in the town of Ward, and to assist and encourage artists and art and help make art more accessible to the Ward community.
The Artist in Residence program provides a residence studio space available for two years to a dedicated artist to explore their creativity and teach and/or present their art to the community. The artist provides unique experiences to the community by sharing themselves and their art.
The community sees through the artist’s eyes, watches the creative process and learns to integrate this process in their own creativity.

Download the residency application here