Upcoming Events

November 16: Palmer Lake Historical Society Program: The Star on Sundance Mountain
November 20: Highlands Ranch Historical Society presents Guts and Glory: Modern Medicine and Surgery During the Civil War
December 1: The Most Wonderful Crime Of The Year! ...Murder Mystery Holiday Dine & Crime Show! at Cherokee Castle
December 2: 17 Mile House Farm Park Open House
December 2: Annie ...Highlands Ranch Historical Society's RTD Theatre Tour
December 2: Winter Nature Tour at Cherokee Ranch & Castle (Hosted by Denver Botanic Gardens)

November Cherokee Castle
Recurring Events

... November 18, 21 & 22: Public Tours of Cherokee Castle
...November 18: Thanksgiving Brunch...November 21 & 22: Thanksgiving Tea at Cherokee Ranch & Castle
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December Cherokee Castle
Recurring Events

Holiday Teas at the Castle ...December 2, 5, 6, 7, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21 & 28
Holiday Brunch at the Castle ...December 2, 9 & 16

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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ALSO ..don't forget to check the Around the West to find events outside of Douglas County.


The HDC 2018 Book-calendar was released on August 3rdStrife and Success is the third in the series of Telling the History of Douglas County. The 2018 Book-calendar provides insight to the about Douglas County during the first three decades of the twentieth cent, 1900 - 1930. Learn more about the 2018 Book-calendar and how to obtain one at 2018 Book-Calendar.

Historic Douglas County Coverlet

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Douglas County Libraries Monthly Events

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Historic Douglas County, Inc. Mission:

The purpose of Historic Douglas County is to expand and enrich public awareness of Douglas County history through education and communication, and through support and coordination among local historical organizations and other related groups.


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About Us

Historic Douglas County, Inc. (HDC) is an organization designed and constructed to provide broad communication with the public about the historically rich venues, events and cultural values upon which our pioneering forerunners built a foundation for what-we-know-today as Douglas County, Colorado. Organized and constructed as a non-profit organization in 2008, HDC was approved and federally recognized in 2009 as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. HDC is not an organization for directly researching in-depth historical information but can steer you in the right direction for your research.

Our operating funds come from sponsorships by area businesses, donations and fundraising activities of our organization; e.g., the production and sale of educational books and history distinguishing memorabilia of Douglas County and surrounding geographic areas.

Historic Douglas County, Inc.’s Mission

The purpose of Historic Douglas County is to expand and enrich public awareness of Douglas County history through education and communication, and through support and coordination among local historical organizations and other related groups.

HDC’s bylaws and articles of incorporation can be accessed at the bottom of this webpage as well as our registration identifications and contact information.

Supporting Historic Societies, Organizations and Venues…

HDC provides assistance in event marketing and historical projects assistance for historical societies, historical venues and history educational entities. HDC also provides various types of education resources that are available to schools to assist in their planned history curriculums and also provides presentations to organizations wanting brief information regarding our County’s pioneering cultures and development history. HDC also works with historical entities in surrounding counties (El Paso and Araphoe) as well as those counties within the old territorial Douglas County boundaries which encompassed the area that today defines Douglas County (Elbert, Lincoln and Kit Carson). Information regarding the latter counties can be found on our Around the West webpage.

HDC Management / Governance

Historic Douglas County, Inc. (HDC) is a board-governed non-profit corporation whose administration and major business operations are accomplished by the board. The board consists of five board members: President, Vice-president, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Secretary/Treasurer. Board members are elected annually with board member terms of office of two-year duration.

Board Member Bios

President: James “Jim” Weglarz … was a founding member of Historic Douglas County and has served as HDC president since October, 2008. Jim brings to HDC a strong, determined leadership having extensive business management experience with UPS for thirty-five years. A resident of Cherry Creek Valley in Douglas County, Jim holds a Bachelor degree from Elmhurst College with majors in Business and Urban Development. In addition to his strong business acumen, Jim, brings a wealth of leadership in volunteering having worked as a United Way coordinator on several campaigns and currently volunteers his time and effort, along with his wife, Janet, with the National Western Stock Show, Colorado Springs Rescue Mission and the Douglas / Elbert Task Force – food bank.

Secretary: Timothy “Tim” Weber … has served as secretary since October, 2008, bringing to Historic Douglas County a rich educational and leadership background. Tim earned a BA from UCLA, a Master of Divinity from Fuller Seminary and a MA and PHD from the University of Chicago. Tim spent 30 years in graduate theological education as a professor, dean, and president in four different institutions: Denver Seminary, Southern Baptist Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky; Northern Baptist Seminary outside Chicago, and Memphis Theological Seminary in Tennessee. After his institution leadership, Tim consulted in executive search for higher education and served as the executive director of ReligionMatters.org. Tim is affiliated with various professional/scholarly organizations and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. He and his wife, Linda, live in Castle Rock.

Historic Douglas County, Inc. is indeed lucky to have a man of Tim’s experience and educational caliber on our board. Tim has written numerous books and also participates as a docent in the Walking Tours of Castle Rock, watch for the tours during the summer on our HDC website Events Calendar. To provide you a sampling of Tim’s research and writing work, as well as some historical information about Castle Rock, read some of his short pieces about:
> Castle Rock’s Start-up
> The John Dyer Family
> Poundcake Rock
> The Three Founders of Castle Rock

Treasurer: Mary O’Pry is a founding member and was chairperson of the steering committee that organized and built Historic Douglas County, Inc. Mary served as Assistant Secretary/Treasurer from October, 2008 until October, 2009 and has served as Treasurer since October, 2009. Mary brings to HDC a wealth of historical and organizational knowledge and know how from being affiliated with historical organizations and associations for almost thirty years. Mary is a member of the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board, the Indian Park School House Association and the Sedalia Historic Fire House Museum and Gardens. She is also a member of Colorado Preservation, Inc. Mary, having two daughters and five grandchildren, lives in Castle Rock. Mary works for Kaiser Permanente and has been in the health care field for 35 years in addition to running a home-based business.

Assistant Secretary-treasurer: Ed Hooks …Ed is a Real Estate Advisor for ENGEL & VÖLKERS FRONT RANGE in Colorado. Ed Hooks 2016He is serving his first full term as a member of the Historic Douglas County Board, and previously served two terms as President of Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum. Ed’s education background includes Mechanical and Fire Protection Engineering, and he has more than 25 years experience in various roles with commercial contractors, holding companies and mechanical & software engineering companies including serving as Information Services Director for a Fortune 400 company. Ed also recently earned his Certificate of Airmen’s Knowledge exceeding FAA minimums in pursuit of Private Pilot Certificate. Ed resides in Castle Rock, CO with his wife, Donna. They have two adult children: Edward III and Christine.

Vice-president: Larry Schlupp … was a founding member of Historic Douglas County and has served as HDC vice-president since October, 2008 and HDC’s webmaster since 2010. Having spent 40 years in telecommunications domestically and internationally, Larry brings technology leadership and marketing strength to HDC. Larry earned his BS in Mechanical/Industrial Engineering from North Dakota State University and holds graduate certificates in microeconomics from South Dakota State University and sales marketing from Columbia University. Larry is also certified as a Citizens Emergency Response trainer and is a member of Colorado Preservation, Inc. and the Larkspur Historical Society. Larry and his wife, Julia, live in the Perry Park community.

Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation

Starting in September 2008 a steering committee of interested residents began working to form Douglas County’s newest historical organization. The group drafted an intitial set of Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation so that the organization could be a non-profit entity.

Historic Douglas County, Inc. Bylaws
Historic Douglas County, Inc. Articles of Incorporation

Mailing address:
Box 2032
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Contact HDC by Email

IRS Non-profit certified under the 501(c)3 section of the Internal Revenue Code:
EIN: 26-4211562; DLN: 17053091004039

We are registered as a Non-profit Corporation in the State of Colorado: 200910555341

Non-profit and Mailing Address Info | Box 2032 | Castle Rock | Colorado 80104
IRS Non-profit certified under the 501(c)3 section of the Internal Revenue Code: EIN: 26-4211562; DLN: 17053091004039
Registered as a Non-profit Corporation in the State of Colorado: 200910555341