by Joy Gipson
TRINIDAD — The Santa Fe Trail chapter of the National Society Daughters of American Revolution, NSDAR, made a memorial contribution, on April 27, to the A. R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art in Trinidad, in honor of the late Paul Cordova, an avid supporter of the arts and director of the museum from 1981 to 1990.
During his time as director, Cordova was instrumental in acquiring the old Jamieson Department Store building, at 150 E. Main Street, as the permanent home for the museum.
Paul was born in Valdez, CO in 1929, a small coal mining town west of Trinidad. As a teenager he was a bicycle messenger for the Western Union Telegraph and Telegram Company. At age 19, he attended the Denver University in Denver, CO and continued to work for Western Union throughout his college years. He eventually moved his way up to managerial positions that took him all over the United States. He was the manager of the Leadville, CO Western Union office in a career that spanned 33 years.
Paul and Roberta retired to Trinidad in 1978 where they became active in serving the art community and the Kiwanis Club of Trinidad.
Roberta has been a member of the DAR for 25 years and an active member of the Mitchell Museum, volunteering since 1980.
Roberta recently donated the 48-star flag pictured above to the museum. Paul’s quiet charm and friendly smile will be remembered and missed by many Trinidadians.