Historic Douglas County, Inc.
Well folks, the correct answer to the Spring Equinox question is definitely “Yes!” However, what shape our meteorological conditions will exude when the actual moment of the Spring Equinox arrives March 20, 2014 at 10:57 AM? …well, that’s just about anyone’s guess! Seeing that the first month of February started out cold and hyper-frigid and then rocketed into the balmy temperatures that had most of us looking around for the first daffodils of the season …then, closing the month past again on the lower side of the thermometer with winds blowing a “gazillion” miles per hour. No one really knows what March is really going to bring either! Last month, the Winter Olympics in Sochi along the Black Sea with palm trees waving in the breeze added to the hoodwinking of our mind into thinking that winter, spring, summer were all with us at the same time; the seasonal time is all just seems a simple change of the set on stage!
February was a good month for events. Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) held a very successful Saving Places 2014 conference with CPI celebrating their thirtieth year in operation. We (Historic Douglas County, Inc.) found the Castle Rock Chamber’s the Healthy Living Expo 2014 to be exciting and well attended. The Freeze Your Buns Off 5K was also extremely successful …although, if you really wanted to Freeze Your Buns Off in the spring-like, balmy temperature of the Expo day, you would have to have been sitting on a block of dry ice!
There were also numerous history events throughout the month from Castle Rock Historical’s Love Gone Bad to Highland Ranch Historical Society’s revealing saucy secrets of the Ladies of the White House. Parker Area Historical Society hosted a program with Dr. Gordon Tucker accounting the archaeological finds discovered during the construction of the Rueter-Hess Reservoir. The program attendance was literally standing room only and the society even had to turn people away. Wow! Yes, this is history in Douglas County popularity! But, enough of February, let’s get along to seeing what March has to offer…
First of all, March carries three national events onto the stage …all preceding the aforementioned Spring Equinox! Two of the three are celebration holidays: Mardi Gras on March 4 and St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. Smashed between those two celebrations is March 9 when Daylight Savings Time returns (March 9). Remember that extra hour of sleep that you gained last November? That’s extra hour of slumber will disappear come March 9 …don’t forget to mark your calendar and adjust your clocks!
History-wise, March is going to be filled with numerous, exciting events. Parker Genealogy Society is starting the event ball rolling in March, so to speak, with a program by Julie Miller, well-known local and national genealogist, Navigating the Nara Branches. Cherokee Ranch and Castle celebrate around St. Patrick’s Day with Shades of Green Day Tea and Whiskey Tasting. No, no, no …Cherokee’s celebrations during March are not just with beverages. Cherokee is also hosting the Dick Van Dead Show, The Islamic Garden and Emotional Intelligence. Parker Area Historical Society and Castle Rock Historical Society are hosting (on two separate days and at their two respective meeting locations) a program that Historic Douglas County, Inc. has just completed, Breeds, Brands & Ranchers …of early Douglas County …catch me in the next paragraph about HDC’s educational programs. Down south of the border (El Paso County), Palmer Lake Historical Society is hosting a program put together by Terry Stokka, The Day the Forest Burned. Terry is the chairman of the Black Forest History Committee and put this presentation together about the recent, disastrous Black Forest Fire and the area’s residents whose mettle the fire tested. All in all, March is going to be “eventful” and during the month the Events Calendar always takes on more events from societies and other organizations; so, keep checking!
As just mentioned, I wanted to talk a moment about Historic Douglas County, Inc.’s newest educational program release, Breeds, Brands & Ranchers …of early Douglas County. This program was nearly three years in development, consisting of in-depth research, interviews and, ultimately, building the one hour presentation about how the various breeds of beef cattle came into Douglas County and the dedicated, responsible ranchers that brought cattle. The presentation probes the factors, eras and nuances of the beef industry in the County and is like a bit of time travel. This is the third educational program that HDC, has produced since its establishment in 2009. This program is a strong addition to the program portion of HDC’s educational portfolio. I am also pleased to announce that HDC has added an Education Resources page to this website; the “ER” page provides a brief about the aspects of the resources that HDC offers to the general public, historical societies and venues and educational entities throughout Douglas County. The access link to our Education Resources page is located fourth down from the top in the left sidebar of this webpage. Check out our Education Resource and see what is available to your organization or school.
Well, as usual, I have rambled through a recap of February, a preview of March and some announcements. One area still left that I generally note is my comments, good and bad, about our professional sports. I will keep it short for March. Congratulations for all our great Olympians on Team United States. You made us proud with all your performances and coming home with 9 Golds, 7 Silvers and 12 Bronzes. My end of February NOTES on Colorado professionals …The Bronco’s seem to have buffered the countless editorials of getting their feathers plucked by feathered creatures by announcing on February 21 that they are raising next season’s ticket prices …the Rockies opened their Spring Training at Talking Stick in February and facts and rumors start to muddle: No Helton, “potential” strengthening of pitching and Tulowitzki (being traded to the Yankees?) …Nuggets, “Bah, humbug!” …and, the Avalanche, “Hey, some of them played in the Olympics!”
Okay folks, let’s get out in Douglas County in March and enjoy the history of this great area!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day and have a good Mardi Gras celebration,
About this website…
This Historic Douglas County, Inc. website is a communications vehicle designed as a “One Stop” location where the public can find out about events and what is going-on in historical organizations and venues around and beyond Douglas County, Colorado. Our goal is to expand and enrich public awareness of the history of Douglas County, Colorado through education and communications, and through support and coordination among local historical organizations and other related groups. This website is unique in its focus, and we hope you keep visiting us.
Photographs of Yesteryear
Many of the historic black and white photographs used throughout this website are courtesy of the Douglas County History Research Center at the Phillip S. Miller Library in Castle Rock, Colorado. Copies of these photos can be obtained from the History Research Center. If you wish to get one or several copies of these pictures, please refer to the Gallery section of this website under DCHRC provided pictures and obtain the catalog number associated with the photograph you wish to acquire. The Douglas County History Research Center can be reached through their website or telephoning 303.688.7730.