Originally Published January 28, 2010
As part of the Colorado Preservation: Saving Places Conference, Jim Havey will premiere his latest Colorado documentary, Denver Union Station: Portal to Progress at the Hyatt Regency in Downtown Denver, 650 15th Street, to cap off the conference.
Denver Union Station opened its doors in 1887, in what used to be the outskirts of Denver, as an attempt to unify and centralize all of the railroads into one place, to give a cohesive look and feel to Denver. Throughout the years, Denver Union Station has carried goods to and from Colorado, seen two world wars, and even a fire when a chandelier in the ladies room caught the building on fire in 1907. The station was repaired and expanded, and during its heyday, 80 trains a day came through the station. Now only servicing two trains, Union Station remains a landmark to be preserved, and use of it encouraged as we move toward older and newer methods of transportation.
Jim Havey says he sees the film as a celebration of Union Station; a remembrance, a historyand a glimpse at our future. Havey decided to research and film Union Station because he passed it daily, and started to wonder what the building had to say to us and how much it had to say about the people, the time times, the human stories that are linked to the station forever. After two years of research and filming, Havey’s unique story of Denver is ready for us all to enjoy.
There are two ways to attend this premiere: you can become a patron for $100, attending an opening reception at 5:30 pm to meet local historians, politicians and the filmmaker. However, if that’s not in your budget range, general admission is $15. General admission opens at 6 pm, with opening remarks and showing of the film at 7 pm.
All of the proceeds from this event will be used to distribute the film to over 2000 Colorado schools and libraries. The trailer can be seen here – http://www.haveypro.com/events.html
Jim Havey is an avid photographer, historian and documentarian, with Colorado and Denver history as his main focus. More of his work can be seen at http://www.haveypro.com