Upcoming Events

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.

2018 HISTORIC CALENDAR

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.

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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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Heritage Day


Heritage Day at Lowell Ranch is another innovation of Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation (CALF). CALF’s Heritage Day focuses on educating children not only about agriculture’s importance today but teaches them about the pioneering struggles of farming and ranching, that built the foundation of this great country we know today. Truly, Heritage Day is emblematic of the word “Leadership” in CALF’s name …Leadership in educating our youth on both the past and the present of the agricultural industry.

Originally, Heritage Day was first started by CALF in 2010. This 2012 session of Heritage Day focused on fifty-one Fourth Graders from Kilmer Elementary, accompanied by two teachers and four chaperones. Arriving under warm, sunny skies shortly after 9:00 AM on the last Thursday in April, these excited but very well-mannered Fourth Graders were thrilled about their great opportunity to learn about this working ranch.

Inside the CALF Building, the group was welcomed by CALF’s President, Brooke Fox, who introduced the rest of the CALF personnel that would be guiding the students throughout the day: Kristen Nein, Education Coordinator; Ardyce Karabatsos; and, John Berry, retired teacher and current treasurer of the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum. Brooke talked to the students about the importance of agriculture, interacting with the students to explain our dependence on agriculture’s supplying of food, feed for our livestock and other animals, bio-fuels, and fiber products for many uses from home building to the clothes we wear. The students were then informed that they would be guided through four learning stations throughout the day. The morning would be spent at the “Pioneering” and “Innovations and Agriculture” stations and, after lunch, the students would focus on the “Ranch Livestock” and “Ranch Life” stations, the latter doing a comparison of pioneer ranch life and today’s ranching with modern, efficient farm implements and conveniences.

The outdoor “Pioneering” station was led by Kristen in a bucolic, creek-side ranch area divided by Plum Creek. Kristen stopped at a rusted old car hulk protruding from the creek’s bank. The ensuing lesson between Kristen and the students began with the threats and destruction of the 1965 flood …and, culminated with an interactive discussion on the prevention of erosion. It was also at this creek-site spot that Kristen told the students about the beginning years of Colorado, how gold was discovered and the entrance of the miners and ranching pioneers. The Fourth Graders really enjoyed panning for gold …a little bit of “Color!

John Berry handled the “Innovations and Agriculture with both humor and the wizardry-like control of a “Grand Master.” John told the students about early communication, including telegraph and how it worked along with showing them the first telephone used in the Castle Rock Depot. The Keystone dehorning tool and how and why it was used generated a few “…oh’s” from John’s Fourth Grade audience. John also talked about how the pioneers viewed the “Great Desert” what, today, we reference as the Great Plains. Station 2 on innovation and agriculture closely held everyone’s attention.

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