Listing on the National Register of Historic Places
There is a several month process involved with nominating a property for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The first step is to contact the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) at the Colorado Historical Society to find out what might already be known about a given property. The next step is to complete a Preliminary Property Evaluation Form and submit this to the Colorado Historical Society. From the information provided on this form, the Historical Society will determine whether the property might be eligible for listing. If the property is determined to be eligible, the next step is to obtain the nomination materials.
Before completing the nomination form, historical research must be done on the property. Recording the sources for this information is an important part of this research. The next steps are to complete the nomination form and submit photographs.
The nomination form for Von Trotha-Firestien Farm was 56 pages long. Much of the information that you will find on this website was part of the nomination form. There are two main sections to the form. The first is a description of each of the buildings on the farm with details on how the buildings were used in the past as well as their current uses. Information on architecture and building materials must also be provided. Each of the historic buildings are considered a "contributing resource". The farm's nomination form was lengthy due to the many black and white photographs that were required to be taken and submitted. Each of the 21 buildings and structures considered contributing resources had to be photographed from two different angles and these photographs submitted with the nomination form. The photos in the slide show below were the photos submitted with the nomination.
The second main part of the nomination form is the historical background. Information listed here included a history of the land and its early owners, details on sugar beet production and irrigated farming and historical information on the Von Trotha and Firestien families and their contributions to agriculture and the community.
There are nomination submission deadlines throughout the year. The farm's nomination form was submitted in December of 2008. After submission, additional information may be requested from the Colorado Historical Society for refining of the nomination.
The next step in the process is to attend the State Review Board meeting. At this meeting, the property is presented to the Board by a member of the Colorado Historical Society. The Board is able to ask questions of the person presenting as well as the property owners, if they are in attendance. The nomination for the farm was considered at the February 2009 meeting.
After approval by the State Review Board, the nomination is then sent to Washington, D.C. to the Keeper of the National Register, where it is posted for 45 days. Finally, notice of listing on the National Register is forwarded to the Colorado Historical Society and to the property owners. Von Trotha-Firestien Farm at Bracewell was officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior on May 12, 2009.