Farm wins $200,000 in grant funding from History Colorado

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By The Staff

BRIGHTON — The Bromley-Hishinuma Farm in Brighton was one of 43 projects awarded grant funding by History Colorado through the State Historical Fund grants program.

The announcement, made Monday, Aug. 4, is the first in a series of grant award rounds that will take place during History Colorado’s fiscal year 2014-15. In the last two decades, History Colorado through SHF has invested more than $262 million in more than 4,000 preservation projects in Colorado communities in all 64 counties.

The city of Brighton’s grant application for the farm, with $200,000 in grant funds awarded, addresses the most-immediate needs in preserving and restoring the property in order to eventually open the site to the public. 

“The Bromley / Koizuma Hishinuma Farm tells a crucial story of not only Brighton’s agricultural history but the history of Japanese Americans in Colorado after World War II, and a publicly accessible site will attract heritage tourism and agritourism, strengthening Brighton’s economy while educating the community about its agricultural and ethnic historical significance,” according to the grant announcement.