Historic Douglas County, Inc.
It is March in Douglas County! March is the month and March 20 is the day of the Vernal Equinox when spring comes into Colorado and Douglas County. Of course, spring is preceded twelve days earlier on March 8 by our clocks supposedly “springing forward” to welcome Daylight Savings Time. Yes, March is the traditional month of change. One wonders …with all the atypical characteristics of our weather experiences across the country this year, what will Mother Nature have on her serving plate for Douglas County this year? Even though, on average, our high temperatures start the month at 52o and finish the month at 60o …and, we have an “average” of twenty-one days when the sun shines during the month, March can, and usually does, throw us some weather curves that are a bit dicey. But, as we Coloradoans seem to always say, “If you don’t like the weather…”
Historically, and history speaking, March is the month of transition when we begin moving from indoor history events and programs to starting to sample the great outdoors …of course, with winter skiing still in fine fiddle, many folks are still out there in winter’s mode with the boards clamped to their feet. But, before we get started with what offerings of history are in the March winds, let’s do a quick recap on what February brought to us. On February 7, Historic Douglas County, Inc. (HDC) participated in the annual Healthy Living Expo sponsored by the Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce in the Douglas County Events Center. In early February, HDC had our HDC Players, a motly group of would be pioneers, doing another school program …this time, at Cougar Elementary in Highlands Ranch. Also in early February, Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) held their annual Saving Places Conference. The Conference resulted in the naming and focusing on four 2015 Most Endangered Places: Denver Tramway Company Streetcar No.4; Reiling Gold Dredge; Ute Ulay Mill & Town Site and the Gold Medal Orchard. Congratulations to the folks at CPI, “Great work!”
February was filled with numerous patriotic programs with Parker Area Historical Society presenting Ben Martin in a memorable Tribute to Washington and Lincoln. Carron Barrelle was hosted by the Castle Rock Historical Society speaking on her book, More than 36 Days. Highlands Ranch Historical Society had a large audience that enjoyed Marie Frontczak’s Eleanor Roosevelt’s, What are We Fighting For. There was also activity south and north of Douglas County’s border as well with Palmer Lake Historical Society’s The Battle of New Market and Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society’s Open House at the 17 Mile House. Now, let’s take a brief look on what is building for March…
March sports some really neat programs …not only in Douglas County but north and south of our “DC Borders!” Parker Area Historical Society, hosts Judith Winnick as Miep Gies presenting A Beacon of Hope, the gripping story of saving Anne Frank in World War II. Castle Rock Historical Society recognizes March as National Women’s History Month with Archivist Shaun Boyd giving some great insight about the Women of Douglas County. Ed Wiesing is hosted by Highlands Ranch Historical Society speaking on Superstars in Colorado. These three programs are well worth seeing.
Roxborough Area Historical Society has some really neat programs. And, March is not an exception. Former Lockheed Martin employee and member of the Lockheed Martin retirement association, Ralph Dergance shares the story behind the success of one of the nation’s major aviation, defense, and space companies. Those attending will learn how employees at the nearby Waterton facility participated in planning, engineering, designing, developing and manufacturing hundreds of different systems from the Titan rocket to the Orion manned spacecraft. This is really good stuff!
South of the border, Douglas County’s border that is, Palmer Lake Historical Society presents a great program with Author and Speaker Ann Williams, Kid Curry’s Last Ride …a story about Ann Williams great grandfather. North of our northern border, Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society is holding an Open House at the 17 Mile House. There is lots of good history programs all over the Front Range area. Remember, always check our website’s Events Calendar during the month because a lot of good programs “come onto the calendar” during the month.
March is also National History Day in Colorado! A couple of us from HDC are serving as judges for the Greater Denver Metro regional History Day Competition, which will take place on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the Auraria Campus in Denver. This is a very rewarding experience for both students and judges. And, speaking of judges, you can still sign-up for one of these events that take place all over Colorado. Learn more about the National History Day competition by going to the Denver University website, National History Day. You’ll find it a very rewarding experience.
Did I mention March is also the month for Saint Patrick’s Day? There are numerous Saint Patrick’s Day parades in the area …Denver, Colorado Springs, Fort Collins… Parades are lots of great fun for the family. The Grand Marshall for the Denver Parade is Thomas Noel, “Dr. Colorado.” And, if you are an athlete at heart, Saint Patrick’s Day in Colorado is a runners Mecca. Colorado Springs has both a Leprechaun Run for 10 year olds and under and a 5K run for adults …hyped as the “Best 5K in Colorado.” If you are a bicyclist, you can join the 50K Pedaling for St. Pat’s. Monument is hosting a 4K Run for Kenya. If you are not into running or biking, I suggest Old Town Arvada for their St. Paddy’s Day Festival. As always, lots to do in Douglas County and Colorado. Now that we’ve flexed our athletic muscles with a run or two and some bicycling on Saint Patrick’s Day, let me move on to the doldrums of Colorado professional sports…
Nuggets …it appears their worst season in the past 15 years! They are selling off as many players as possible to begin the rebuilding process – good luck …might be a bit like rebuilding a watch from scratch!
The Avalanche are trying hard to make up for a poor first half of the season; they might have a 5% chance to make the playoffs …for them it is more important to figure out what went wrong? Rockies – it is the best time of the year for the Rocks, they are tied for First Place! Spring Training having just started, we’ll see how it goes. The Rocks did add a couple of pitchers, but the biggest impact is keeping Tulo and Cargo healthy! We’ll see?
NCAA tournament – can Kentucky go undefeated? Last undefeated NCAA champion was Indiana in 1976! The Cats look really good; they have a chance. Local teams – Colorado is out of it, some key injuries …CSU might make the tournament, but won’t get very far. Wyoming is on the bubble, could be a tough first round team?
Broncos - March is ‘free agent’ month, the Broncos have some tough choices, DT, Julius, Knighton, offensive linemen, Welker? Will Manning return? Let’s see if Elway can pull a rabbit out of the hat and return to the Super Bowl!