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In the fall of 2003 a small group organized as the Aguilar Historic Preservation Committee developed a plan for preserving the history of the Town of Aguilar, Colorado and the Apishapa Valley area. The committee applied for non-profit status as the Apishapa Valley Historical Society (AVHS) in 2004. The boundary to the east includes the Foster Hotel & Stagecoach stop along the Apishapa River which was operating as early as 1886. The western boundary includes the valleys of Mauricio Canyon, Trujillo Creek, Mitote Canyon, Gulnare, Jaroso Canyon and the CR 43.7 designated as part of the Scenic Highway of Legends (from I-25 through Cordova Pass to Highway 12).

Our first project was the successful nomination of the First State Bank of Aguilar (the Louis Gianella Building) to Colorado's Most Endangered Places List for 2004. This list is produced annually by Colorado Preservation Inc. in an effort to bring attention and resources to Colorado's threatened historic structures and sites. For more information about this non-profit organization go to . In 2005 a structural assessment was completed with a SHF grant. In September of 2005 the Colorado Historical Society announced the listing of the bank building in the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.

In 2006 the Town of Aguilar passed a resolution setting up The Aguilar Preservation Advisory Board comprised of citizens from Aguilar or the Apishapa Valley area. This board was set up for the designation of Historic Properties in the Town of Aguilar.

The State Historical Fund awarded a Cultural Resource Survey grant to the Town of Aguilar which was completed with the help of the historical society in 2008. This survey identified and documented cultural resources which might become a baseline for future preservation efforts. With the completion of this survey, the AVHS submitted nominations for four structures to the Preservation Advisory Board for local designation. This included the Aguilar Gymnasium (a WPA project), the Antonio LoPresto Building (built as the Arcade Hotel & Saloon in 1909), the Aguilar Community Church (completed in 1906), and the A.I. Lindsey Building. The A.I Lindsey Building presently houses the collection of historic photos, documents and much more that the AVHS has collected in an effort to "save the history" of the area. Generally it is open by appointment only except for posted times in the summer.

Our monthly meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at the Aguilar Community Center at 1:00 PM. Any changes or special meetings are posted in a public place as soon as possible. These meetings are open to the public. Our mailing address is AVHS, PO Box 459, Aguilar CO 81020 or we can be contacted thru this site.