Upcoming Events

January 19: Highlands Ranch Historical Society hosts The Denver Mob Tour
January 20: Dessert with Edgar Allen Poe ...at the Castle
January 21: Mary Todd Lincoln in person at Roxborough Area Historical Society
January 21: Highlands Ranch Historical Society presents Sheriff Kelly, El Paso County’s First Sheriff ...the Secret Scandal

Cherokee Castle
Recurring Events

Public Tours of the Castle: January 6, 18, 20 & 25

For programs, concerts, teas and tours at Cherokee Castle, go to their the Castle website at http://cherokeeranch.org and check their Events page.
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January, 2018 …the beginning of a new year. We start the year with our resolutions, all well thought through …at least, they seemed so at the end of 2017. However, if you are like me, most of those well-intended resolutions don’t seem to be around by the end of the month of the new year!

January is that time, just after the preceding holiday season, when historical related events tend to slow down in quantity. Most folks are staying inside, warm against winter’s stinging breath, and getting ready for the accelerated numbers of programs in the coming spring. Do not fret; you will find plenty to do, historically speaking; but, not quite the same in numbers to which you will be exposed in late spring through the fall. Keep in touch with Historic Douglas County’s Event Calendar; you should find plenty to whet you whistle. But, before address January’s historical events and programs in and around Douglas County. But before I get to the traditional events and programs in January, I would like to tell you about three big events during the first quarter of 2018 that have a significant educational value to the whole of Colorado.

The first item has a tremendous impact on our school age children, the life blood of keeping our history and pioneering culture alive. Started in 1974 and known as National History Day (NHD), NDC operates an annual project-based contest for students in grades 6-12. It has affiliates in all fifty states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, South Korea, China, South Asia, and Central America. Colorado’s portion of the program is referenced as National History Day in Colorado (NHDC). Starting early in the school year, students are encouraged to do a project that competes nationally and culminates this year on June 10 – 14 at the National Contest held at the University of Maryland, College Park. In Colorado, students are now working on projects for this year’s theme, Conflict & Compromise. Students are judged on several theme-focused projects from essays, posters, displays to websites, working through various judged levels starting at a regional level (involving area based schools) to the state level and, ultimately and if successful, to the National Contest. You can get involved in judging these entries …no credentials required other than your interest and passion for history. Check out our Colorado’s NHDC website and check out the dates and sign-up for one or more of the judging venues …see National History Day in Colorado 2018. This is one satisfying opportunity!

The second event I want to bring to your attention is the National Western Stock Show, literally a nationwide event. The National Western Stock Show has been held annually every January at the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado since 1906; the stock show is an historical event! The Stock Show is a sixteen day event filled with livestock, exhibitors, rodeos, entertainment …really, something for the whole family! So partner, get on those boots and don that vest and hat and take the family to enjoy this fabulous event. Check out the full National Western Stock Show schedule at National Western. When you’re at the Show you will see the renovation that has started at the complex; it is big and will take ten years to complete. Oh, by the way, if you’re in Denver on January 4, check out the parade; the Bronco’s Arabian Thunder will be leading the procession!

The third statewide event held in Denver, January 31 through February 3, at the Convention Center is Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s Saving Places Conference …all about historic preservation in Colorado. This year the conference is themed, The Power of Place from the Mountains to the Plains. The conference is all about preservation …”how to” classes, exhibits and best of all, meeting all of the folks across Colorado whom are saving our great, historic places, and how they accomplish it. Learn more about the conference at 2018 Saving Places Conference. Both National History Day and Saving Places are instrumental in our preservation of Colorado history!

And, speaking of preservation, let me congratulate the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners on approving their hard working staff’s and Douglas County Open Space’s recommendation to allocate Open Space funds to purchase the beautiful Sandstone Ranch, adding to Open Space’s list of preserved properties for public use. Sandstone Ranch is arguably the most picturesque piece of property in Douglas County. Read more about it on this website’s News page.

Okay, let’s get to what’s going on in January …history-wise in and around Douglas County.Cherokee Ranch & Castle brings back the fabulous LIVE Bobby Messano for a most apropos concert, Baby It’s Cold Outside. If you haven’t heard or seen Messano, here’s your chance. The Castle also conducts several of their traditional tours of the unbelievable Scottish-style castle. Again, if you haven’t ever seen the Castle …”Whoa, get going.”

Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum (CRHS&M) kicks-off 2018 with a program by Cindy Malone, The Old Mining Town of Uravan. “Where, you ask, “is Uravan?” Well, if you haven’t heard of Uravan or, for that matter, vanadium ore …I know, I know …you Google it, right? Well, if you want the “real” story, you had better get to the Philip S. Miller Library on the evening of January 11 and find out what Uravan is all about. CRHS&M does a great job with all their programs, and, the winter months are also a great time to visit the Castle Rock Museum. Check out the museum at www.castlerockmuseum.org.

Leave it to Highlands Ranch Historical Society to educate us about El Paso County. Well, that’s what they are doing on January 21, hosting author John Wesley Anderson who will be regaling the audience about the 1861-1867 law and order with Sheriff Kelly, El Paso County’s First Sheriff. Register early for this program; it will certainly be well attended.

On January 9, Parker Area Historical Society presents storyteller and author John Stansfield at the Parker Library in a program entitled, Early Travelers on the Front Range …a living history presentation. Stansfield is well known in Colorado for his excellent programs that take you back in time, educating us about how early times “really were!”

On January 21 over Roxborough way, Roxborough Area Historical Society welcomes Pam Voehl in the personage of Mary Todd Lincoln. Voehl has portray Mrs. Lincoln all over the Nation and folks who have seen her swear, “We’ve actually met Mary Todd Lincoln!” This is one of those do-not-miss programs! The program is being held at the Roxborough Community Center. Hopefully, we see you there.

There you go, folks, my somewhat lengthy thumbnail sketch of what’s happening …in the New Year of Douglas County. As said before, things slow down a bit in the winter and, after all of the holiday season and the frolicking of New Year celebrations, it takes a bit of time and warmer weather to get things rolling again. Keep checking the January 2018 Event Calendar; new items are more than likely to appear. Enjoy yourself in Douglas County during January, 2018. After all, in the Chinese astrological vernacular, 2018 is the Year of the Dog. Go out and romp around a bit in the richness of our Douglas County history!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2018,
Jim Weglarz
President …and aficionado of 2018 in Douglas County

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