Ron Sladek: President
Term Ends: May 2020. Represents: Fort Collins
Ron Sladek, president of Historic Larimer County, has been working as a professional in the field of history and historic preservation since the late 1980s. He founded Tatanka Historical Associates in 1992 to focus upon providing expert consulting services in the areas of historic resources documentation, planning and education. Ron’s expertise in Western American history, historic architecture and engineering, field documentation, archival research, and historic preservation planning and analysis is utilized in all stages of every project. In addition to working on hundreds of documentation and planning projects in sixteen states, he has prepared landmark nominations placing forty-two properties on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, along with another seventeen as local landmarks. Ron’s projects have included historic resources as varied as farms and ranches, homestead sites, airports, irrigation ditches and reservoirs, rail and road bridges, rail and highway corridors, cemeteries, oilfields, ski resorts, downtown commercial buildings, mining and milling sites, estate properties, active and closed military facilities, residential neighborhoods, public buildings, and residential and agricultural districts.
Beyond his project work, Ron has taught a historic and public records research course at Front Range Community College in Fort Collins and he frequently provides lectures and walking tours throughout the region. He has served on a number of non-profit and community boards and project development teams. Ron has been the recipient of awards from local historic and preservation organizations, as well as the Colorado Historical Society. In 2005, the American Society of Landscape Architects presented its National Preservation Honor Award to him for his documentation and restoration of the Ute Cemetery in Aspen. From 2009 to 2016, Ron was an active member of the Fort Collins Landmark Preservation Commission, serving five of those years as chair. He has served many years as a member of Colorado Preservation Inc.’s Endangered Historic Places committee. In recognition of his expertise and service to the community, Governor John Hickenlooper first appointed Ron to the Colorado State Historic Preservation Board in 2013. He is now in his fifth year on the board, having been reappointed twice. Three decades into his career, Ron is considered one of the leading Rocky Mountain regional consultants in the fields of history, architectural history, and historic preservation planning.