Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Four Mile Historic Park, Inc.

  • Denver, CO
  • www.FourMilePark.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Four Mile Historic Park is to educate a diverse community through experiences which promote preservation, interpretation and enjoyment of Denver’s western heritage (Adopted: January 21, 2015)

Main Programs

  1. Four Mile House Historic Preservation
  2. "A Day in the Life of a Pioneer" Education Programs
  3. Four Mile Historic Park Daily Access
  4. Community Programming
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Visitorship is from across U.S.A.

Direct program participants reside in 7-county Denver Metro area.

ruling year

1978

Executive Director since 2013

Self-reported

Mrs. MacKenzie Pacifico

Keywords

Self-reported

Colorado, history, heritage, culture, frontier, pioneer, education, interpretation, historic preservation

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Also Known As

Four Mile Historic Park

EIN

84-0754945

 Number

5504582299

Physical Address

715 S Forest St

Denver, 80246

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

History Museums (A54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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Each year, Four Mile Historic Park (FMHP) serves over 40,000 people through our many program areas.
1.A Day in the Life of a Pioneer (ADLP) Education Programs: Designed to enrich curriculum and address state education standards, these field trips and outreach ‘traveling trunk’ programs provide a memorable hands-on experience as students to participate in “a day in the life of a pioneer”.
2.FMHP offers visitors guided tours of the Four Mile House Museum and Grounds year-round. This rural setting is where the frontier truly comes to life under the guidance of our knowledgeable volunteer docents that uncover and share Colorado's past with every visitor.
3.Community programming: FMHP celebrates the rich history and culture of early Denver by offering guests wonderful opportunities to learn and make connections with the participant's contemporary life.
2013-2014 fiscal year accomplishments
• FMHP served 41,042 individuals during 2013-2014 fiscal year.
• FMHP provided 210 “A Day in the Life of a Pioneer” school programs to 13,262 students
• 2,761 economically disadvantaged students received FREE programming
• 6,171 visitors toured Four Mile Historic Park & the Four Mile House Museum
• 21,609 people participated in FMHP’s community programming
• To enhance the visitor experience FMHP completed the construction of a Cherry Creek Bike Path sign, a historic vehicle display area, as well as lead paint and asbestos abatement in the lower level of the Four Mile House Museum.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Four Mile House Historic Preservation

Preservation and restoration of the Four Mile House, Denver's oldest standing structure.

Category

Historic Preservation & Conservation

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

$50,000.00

Program 2

"A Day in the Life of a Pioneer" Education Programs

FMHP provides out-of-classroom field trips and outreach/in-classroom ‘traveling trunks’ for classrooms pre-K – 8th grade. The program activities, which are designed to enrich curriculum, address state education standards and provide a memorable hands-on journey into Colorado's past allowing students to discover adventures and hardships as they experience “a day in the life of a pioneer”. These in- and out-of-classroom program options provide Colorado Academic Standard complying curriculum to area students, enabling metro teachers to fulfill student learning standards in an interactive and thought-provoking environment outside of the classroom. The A Day in the Life of a Pioneer educational programs serve as a hands-on outdoor classroom for students to learn about Colorado’s history, changing landscapes, and native environment and population.

In 2013-14, 13,262 children, teachers, and supervising adults from metro area public and private schools, home schools, scout and church groups participated in the ADLP programming. Of those served, FMHP provided 2,761 students (25% of the total students served by FMHP) with free programming and transportation.

Category

History & Historical Programs

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Adults

None

Budget

110000.00

Program 3

Four Mile Historic Park Daily Access

• FMHP offers visitors guided tours of the Four Mile House Museum and Grounds year-round. This rural setting is where the frontier truly comes to life under the guidance of our knowledgeable volunteer docents that uncover and share Colorado's past with every visitor. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, public visitation and guided tour attendance reached 6,171 persons, a 13% increase from the previous year.

Category

History & Historical Programs

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

15000.00

Program 4

Community Programming

• Community programming brings early Colorado to life with historic demonstrations and re-enactors portraying the lives of Colorado Pioneers, Soldiers, and American Presidents. FMHP celebrates the rich history and culture of early Denver and the American West by offering guests wonderful opportunities to learn and experience their local heritage. Additional programs (exhibitions, youth day camps, scout experiences, Living History Days, and special presentations) are planned throughout the year for the community with a variety of topics and options. Participants engage in hands-on, outdoor educational activities connecting pioneer and settler experiences and life with the participant's contemporary life. In the 2013-2014 fiscal year, the 21,609 people participated in FMHP’s community programming.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Four Mile Historic Park’s 2012-2015 Strategic Plan Goals are to: (1) develop and Implement an organization-wide evaluation program; (2) strengthen and broaden a range of engaging programming that focuses on FMHP’s mission of education, preservation and interpretation; (3) increase annual operating revenues and the endowment fund; and (4) become a National Historic Landmark.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Strategies to attain the organizational goals are to: (1) train staff and volunteers on various evaluation methods and dissemination practices in order to make more effective programming and financial decisions; (2) expand youth education programs to include a 2-5 year old class, as well as adult-focused classes/workshops; (3) examine earned and contributed revenue opportunities; (4) apply for National Historic Landmark status.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Four Mile Historic Park’s core assets include its 12-acre site that includes indoor and outdoor education spaces, 7 full-time staff and 7 part-time staff, 160+ volunteers committing over 10,000 hours per year, as well as a 28 person board of directors with connections in private business, government, education and other independent sector organizations.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Indicators of success include increased general visitation and school programs provided, higher visitor/teacher satisfaction studies, balanced calendar of programs (FMHP-sponsored events and activities), year-end surplus, endowment value of $1,000,000.00, and an award of National Historic Landmark status.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Each of Four Mile Historic Park’s goals (except National Historic Landmark status) are also ongoing goals of the organization. FMHP has met its goal of implementing evaluation organization-wide by studying its many programs throughout the past year. Evaluations will continue, with results being shared. FMHP has expanded its program offerings by developing a 2-5 year old specific program, as well as additional opportunities for the community to participate in activities at FMHP throughout the year. Planning is underway for additional programs. Operating revenues have grown steadily, and FMHP plans to embark on a joint capital and endowment campaign in the future to support physical asset improvements and increase the endowment’s value. While FMHP is already a Denver Landmark, staff and volunteers continue to work on the National Historic Landmark application.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Visitorship is from across U.S.A.

Direct program participants reside in 7-county Denver Metro area.

Social Media

Funding Needs

Contributions;Grants

Affiliations + Memberships

American Association of Museums

National Trust for Historic Preservation - Partner

American Association for State and Local History

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FOUR MILE HISTORIC PARK INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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Four Mile Historic Park, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mrs. MacKenzie Pacifico

BIO

MacKenzie received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Management with a minor in Marketing. She received her Masters Degree in Nonprofit Management at Regis University in 2012. As the Executive Director she plays the key role in bringing community awareness and revenue to the organization.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"Four Mile Historic Park is a jewel of history, preservation, and education located between Glendale and Denver on the banks of Cherry Creek. One of the original “Mile” houses, and the last stop before making a grand entrance into Denver, it has served many purposes over the years from a stop on Cherokee Trail, to farming, ranching, dairy production, and currently as home to the oldest standing residential structure in the metropolitan area (built 1859). Four Mile has remained mostly intact while the rest of the world changed and evolved around it.

Four Mile is an incredible journey where kids and parents, students and teachers, where everyone can come to witness 12 acres saved and preserved from urban redevelopment in the late 1970’s. The mission of Four Mile Historic Park is to educate, preserve, and interpret the western rural heritage of Colorado to a diverse public. People from all walks of life and interests are drawn to Four Mile Historic Park to support our mission, for an event, and as a gathering place for social events through our rental programs. Many come to enjoy the peacefulness and beauty; however, sometimes forgetting they are in the heart of the city.

Currently, we find ourselves engaged in a strategic visioning process which will guide Four Mile into the next 20 years of programming, vision, and sustainability in an effort to maintain, grow and ensure our mission. Your support is integral to the success of our mission, for many future generations to come.

Christopher Lozing, Chairman, Four Mile Historic Park"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mayor Christopher Lozing President

City of Glendale, Colorado

Term: Jan 2010 - Dec 2012

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?


ORGANIZATIONAL DEMOGRAPHICS

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Diversity Strategies
Yes
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
Yes
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity