Upcoming Events

September 20: Roxborough Area Historic Society hosts a Miksch Helmer Cabin Tour
September 21: >Palmer Lake Historical Society presents Historic Homes of Colorado Springs
September 30: Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation (CALF) hosts their annual Harvest Day at Lowell Ranch

September Cherokee Castle
Recurring Events

... September 14, 16, 23, 28 & 30: Public Tours of Cherokee Castle
...September 10: Sunday Brunch
...September 15, 22 & 29: Lunch on the Terrace
...September 13: Afternoon Tea at Cherokee Castle
...September 30: High Noon Tea



For programs, concerts, teas and tours at Cherokee Castle, go to their the Castle website at http://cherokeeranch.org and check their Events page.


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.

Historic Douglas County Coverlet

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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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Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums, Schedule of Monthly Events…

The Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums latest month of events is found at the link below. Check out the Coalition Calendar of Events.
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Smoky Hill Express, Spring 2017 Edition…

Smoky Hill Express The Spring, 2017 copy of the Smoky Hill Express, Elbert County Historical Society & Museum’s Newsletter, has been published. This is a very informative read. You’ll learn about the Bailey Saddleland Exhibit and the upcoming events this summer in Elbert County. A Brief History of Sewing might just make you want to grab a copy of the Universal Home Furnishings catalog and order the Goldsmith Seven Drawer Drop-head Sewing Machine for $17.95! And, just how did Duncan Matheson get from Scotland to America …how did he become embedded in our history? Give the Smoky Hill Express a read; you’ll enjoy it.
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OCTA’s Winter/Spring 2017 Newsletter…

The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association’s (OCTA) Winter/Spring 2017 Newsletter is now in circulation. And, as usual, the newsletter is a captivating read. Chapter President Mark Voth addresses the upcoming May 20 event, the Overland Trail Tour from Lafayette to Longmont. You’ll read an interesting news piece about Lafayette’s Miners Museum and Bruce Watson introduces a fascinating article about ”Trail Turtles” …yes, you read correctly, Trail Turtles. The newsletter also contains a nice piece on historian and author Lee Whiteley receiving the National Daughters of the American Revolution History Award. There’s a nice update on the Virginia Dale State Station restoration and Lee Underbrink concludes the newsletter with ”Taking a Long Way through Wyoming.” You will definitely read the whole newsletter. It is a good one. To access the newsletter, click OCTA – Colorado Cherokee Trail Chapter Newsletter. “…Wagons Ho!
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Events Bordering Douglas County, June 2017…

June 2017 explodes with some really neat, historic events outside the border of Douglas County! Over in Elbert County, the Elizabeth Stampede Rodeo and Concert takes place June 1 through 4. Great rodeo and country music …check it out at http://elizabethstampede.com. A lot of superb events are occurring in El Paso County. The One Nation Intertribal Pow Wow occurs on June 10; you can access all the details at http://www.coloradospringspowwow.org. It’s a biggy! Colorado Springs also hosts the Pikes Peak Celtic Festival on June 16 though 18. You can check out the Celtic Festival information at http://pikespeakcelticfestival.com. And, June 25 at Pikes Peak is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This is the 95th running of the climb about which you can find out at http://www.ppihc.com. Over in Jefferson County at the world famous Fort Restaurant Tesoro Cultural Center holds a Living History Experience every weekend from June through October 15; check it out, http://www.tesoroculturalcenter.org. Okay, that’s what’s going on around Going on Around Douglas County in June. However, there is another famous event that must be note in Douglas County that starts in June in Larkspur, the Colorado Renaissance Festival. The Renaissance Festival opens on June 10 and runs through July 30. You can find all about the Colorado Renaissance Festival at https://coloradorenaissance.com. Okay, there you go; have a superb June “Around Douglas County!”
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Preserving the Arapaho Language…


This educational article was writer by Kevin Simpson and appeared on the front page of The Denver Post on April 23, 2017. The article was entitled “Living language.”

This a PDF file of this excellent article can be accessed by clicking Living Language

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Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society’s Newsletter, THE QUILL (March, 2017)…

QuillCherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS) published its March 2017 Newsletter, The Quill …Volume XLIII, No. 1. This edition of The Quill is a bit different in appearance because of some computer problems in its publication. However, the newsletter is as interesting as we have come to enjoy. Check out the newsletter at The Quill – March, 2017.
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Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums, Schedule of Monthly Events…

The Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums latest month of events is found at the link below. Check out the Coalition Calendar of Events.
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Rainbow Falls Designated…

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Colorado Springs Gazette, December 29, 2016: Rainbow Falls designated historic site… “Rainbow Falls Recreation Area dubbed a historic site this week, a milestone in a years-long effort to a space plagued by vandals. The El Paso County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to reclassify the 5-acre recreation area, which features a series of waterfalls just west of Manitou Springs near U.S. 24, making it the first every county-designated historic site…”

“…The county, city of Manitou Springs and CDOT have allocated $385,000 in funding for improvements to the area.”
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Smoky Hill Express, Fall 2016 Edition…

Smoky Hill Express The Fall, 2016 copy of the Smoky Hill Express, Elbert County Historical Society & Museum’s Newsletter, has been published and is a good read. This edition of the Express offers 2016 Season Highlights, information regarding the next meeting and membership and a good concise article on Russellville and the Green brothers. You’ll want to mark May 28 on your calendar as Opening Day for the Elbert County Museum which features the new Gentsch Dioramas exhibit. Read the edition at Fall 2016 – Smoky Hill Express.
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Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society’s Newsletter, THE QUILL (December, 2016)…

QuillCherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS) published its December 2016 Newsletter, The Quill …Volume XLII, No. 4. This edition of The Quill is filled with a number of articles that will surely grab your attention. Here are the subjects of the articles:

Next Meeting
Captain Ryland T. Dewey
Member Notes
Anniversaries in 2016
Melvin School News
17 Mile House News
Learning More About Your Old Photographs
Happenings at the Aurora Museum

Now that your interest is stimulated, check out the whole newsletter at The Quill – December 2016.
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OREGON-CALIFORNIA TRAIL ASSOCIATION Year End 2016 Newsletter

Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter Oregon-California Trails Association LogoThe Fifty-Niner, the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon California Trail Assocication’s newsetter (Year End 2016 Edition) is now in circulation. This edition is a good read, welcoming new members and covering a number of historic trail subjects. Chapter President Mark Voth does an excellent job covering the November 12 Trail Tour. So, click on Fifty Niner – Year-End 2016 and get reading!
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Eastern Colorado Museums & Historical Societies’ Fall Conference…

The 2016 Fall Conference of the Eastern Colorado Museums & Historical Societies was hosted by Highlands Ranch Historical Society at the Highlands Ranch Mansion on October 8, 2016. Click on DATELINE OCTOBER 7, 2016 News article entitled, “HRHS HOSTS ECM&HS FALL CONFERENCE” to read about the conference.
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The Quill, August 2015 Edition…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS) published their July, 2016, edition of their newsletter, “The Quill” (Volume 3, July, 2016). Check it out at The Quill – July 2016. Don’t think you are getting to the wrong place to view the July addition when you click on the URL. The volume and date banner is in error, showing Vol. 2, April, 2016 instead of Vol 3, July 2016, as mentioned.

As always, CCVHS always does a nice job with their newsletter …lots of good information. The July addition is again one such newsletter. And, with the date banner error mentioned in the first paragraph, this one could be one of those rare editions like the upside down postage stamp. Could be it could sell, at auction, in the twenty-second century for a cool couple of million!

Return of Rocky Mountain Chautauqua

Rocky Mountain Chautauqua at Palmer Lake 2016DATELINE JULY 2016: Palmer Lake Historical Society announces the 2016 Return of the Rocky Mountain Chautauqua scheduled from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m on Saturday August 6. The amazing event is built for a full day enjoyment of vintage folk arts and crafts, 19th century durable goods and educational exhibits, a great lineup of wonderful portrayers of early Colorado historic ladies and gentlemen, a visit from Teddy Roosevelt, wildlife displays, a railroad motor car, and bluegrass music.


Chautauquas began in New York state in 1874 as an adult education movement and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920’s. They brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialists of the day. Former US President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.” The Rocky Mountain Assembly, the first Chautauqua in Colorado, was first held in 1887 and ran for almost 20 years; the last assembly was held in Glen Park in 1910. This event is FREE and open to all.

Smoky Hill Express, Spring 2016 Edition…

Smoky Hill Express The 2016 Spring Edition of Elbert County Historical Society & Museum’s (ECHS&M’s) Smoky Hill Express fires the starting gun for the ECHS&M’s busy season. The Museum opened May 29, 2016 and the season really starts rolling. If you haven’t seen the Smoky Hill Trail Exhibits, then you got to get to Kiowa at least once this summer!


The newsletter is always well done and you will really enjoy the enlightening Spring Edition (Vol. 25, Issue 1). Click on Spring – Smoky Hill Express and you will enjoy the read. The Society is celebrating its 60 years birthday (June 24) …Wow! You will also find out about the next exciting project date for the Smoky Hill Trail Exhibits. The newsletter also addresses the always excellent July 4 celebration on the Museum Grounds and you’ll find out about that magnificent, fully-furnished Victorian Doll House exhibit.


The spring newsletter is a must read; so, get to it at Spring – Smoky Hill Express. Many paths will cross at the museum this year.


OREGON-CALIFORNIA TRAIL ASSOCIATION Winter 2016 Newsletter

OCTA Winter 2016The Fifty-Niner, the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon California Trail Assocication’s newsetter (Winter 2016 Edition) has been published. This is an interesting edition that you will want to read. There is much information about the upcoming July event, Fremont’s Fatal Fourth Tour. Mark Voth, chapter president, message contains information about last’s August’s Board Meeting and Symposium in St. George, Utah, followed by Camille Bradford’s photos from St. George. Bruce Watson addresses the upcoming Southern Trails Symposium in Arizona (April, 2016). And, you find Lee Underbrink’s The Old Town of Carbon and insightful article on the old coal mining town. So, click on The Fifty-Niner Winter 2016 and get reading!
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Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society’s Newsletter, THE QUILL (April, 2016)…

The Quill April 2016Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS) published its April 2016 Newsletter, The Quill …Volume XLII, No. 2. Every edition of The Quill just seems to be better than the last; this writer supposes that mathematically, this excellence would have to be expressed to the 42nd + 2 power!


This edition of the newsletter address Dr. Gordon Tucker’s coverage of the “Mile Houses,” CCVHS’s upcoming tour of the Rocky Mountain Arsenal …along with a great history brief on the Arsenal, news about the 17 Mile House, happenings at the Aurora History Museum, “A Little April History and a tribute to Douglas County pioneers and historical giants, Bob Schultz and Lionel Oberlin. This is definitely a superb (again to the 42nd + 2 power) read! Check out The Quill – April 2016 Edition. NOTE: This entry was added to this entry on April 14… The Rocky Mountain Arsenal Arsenal Tour has just been cancelled because of impending weather conditions. CCVHS currently believes that the tour will bee rescheduled for sometime in June. Keep watching the event calendar.
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h1>Spring Meeting 2016 – Eastern Colorado Historical Societies & Museums…

ECHS&M Spring Meeting 2016 - Lincoln CountyLincoln County’s Hedlund House Museum in Hugo hosts the 2016 Spring Meeting of the Eastern Colorado Historical Societies & Museums. This meeting will be held in the Eastern Trails Museum and Cultural Center, formerly the Old Depot in Hugo, Colorado. When this group of non-profit historical societies & museums from Kit Carson, Lincoln, Elbert, Douglas, Arapahoe and El Paso Counties get together twice a year it is always a fun, insightful of sharing ideas, experiences and suggestions for increasing the success of each of their societies and museums. This meeting will conclude with a tour of the Hugo Roundhouse. For further information, go to the Events Calendar-April 2016. NOTE: This meeting is for members and their guests only..
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Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society’s Newsletter, THE QUILL…

QuillCherry Creek Valley Historical Society published its February 2016 Newsletter, The Quill. This is really an interesting edition, Volume XLII, No. 1 …eight pages of newsy information.

The article about the fictional Science Fiction Land is quite a piece. The active word here is fictional! Read about the tour yourself. This writer adding The Quill to the Historic Douglas County, Inc.’s Around the West’s news page is not giving any further information. If you want to go to the newsletter right now, click The Quill.

The February 2016 issue of The Quill is indeed a good read. In addition to the aforementioned Science Fiction Land tour, you’ll get updated news on both the Melvin School and the 17 Mile House. You will also learn about what is happening in and around the Aurora History Museum as well as the new officers of the society that have been elected. There is also a potential CCVHS activities schedule by month for 2016 and, if you are one of those accountant types that like all the dollar signs and decimal points, you can peruse the last few pages which display all the updated financials. You’’ enjoy the February The Quill. Check it out at The Quill. Good reading!
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Fall 2015 Newsletter – OCTA: THE FIFTY-NINER…

Fall 2015 OCTA NewsletterThe Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of Oregon-California Trails Association has published its Fall 2015 Newsletter …and, it is a good one! THE FIFTY-NINER is always a really great news bearer …and the Fall 2015 Quarterly Newsletter is no exception! Berl Meyer, the Chapter’s president and webmaster, is ending his presidential term …find out whose replacing Berl …who, by the way, will be difficult to replace. Read about Bruce Watson winning the National Award and, Camille Bradford’s “In Memoriam” well-done tribute to member Suzanne Hornbuckle. The newsletter also sports a Chuck Hornbuckle article “WE CALL THIS RALSTONS CREEK” and there is an update of the MARIANO MEDINA FAMILY CEMETERY. You will love Lee Underbrink’s STARVATION AT DEVIL’S GATE and learn about the NEW EXHIBIT AT UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO, Berl Meyer concludes the Fall 2015 Newsletter with “AT WITS End in which you will learn about the “The Loneliest Road in America. This is one of this newsletters you just can’t put aside until you’ve finished each article. Check it out at THE FIFTY-NINER (Fall 2015) …and, if you still want more, visit the chapter’s website at www.octa-colorado.org. Enjoy the reading of the newsletter.

Smoky Hill Express, Fall 2015 Edition…

Smoky Hill Express The Fall Edition of Elbert County Historical Society & Museum’s Smoky Hill Express is a great read! The newsletter is always well done and the 2015 Fall Edition (Volume 24, Issue 2) is no exception. You find a good recap of the Society’s 2015 Season Highlights and nice articles on sponsorships, visiting tour groups. The Fall Newsletter also has a fascinating feature of the Railroad Postal Office and an interesting, insightful Who Am I feature on August Beuck …you don’t know of him? Check out the Smoky Hill Express.

The Smoky Hill Express provides you some insight, in its Upcoming Events, as to what is planned for 2016. Go ahead, check out the newsletter at Fall 2015 Smoky Hill Express.
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Oeškeso Zoomorphic…

OeskesoCongratulations to Douglas County History! Oeškeso Zoomorphic or animal effigy has been selected as one of the Top Ten 2015 Most Significant Artifacts for 2015. This is indeed an honor for Douglas County History. You can read more about the Oeškeso Zoomorphic at Oeškeso. Again, congratulations, DCHRC!
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Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society 40th. Anniversary, THE QUILL…

CCVHS Nov 2015 - The QuillNovember, 2015: Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society published their quarterly newsletter, The Quill! What a treasure this edition is! In 2015, Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society celebrated its 40th. anniversary. It has been a fascinating four decades of members’ efforts, preservation, significant activities and, of course, a mixture of both frustrating and fun times. This issue of The Quill reflects on the past forty years by providing the reader with the society’s purpose and flashbacks of how the society looked and operated in those times.

Volume XXXXI, Number 4 of The Quill provides a list of the society’s charter members, the lineage and the societal work to preserve the Melvin School, their close association and identification to the Smoky Hill Trail, their substantial work, enjoyment and celebration of Arapahoe County’s 17 Mile House, and a nice reflection on 2015, their 40th. Anniversary year that will soon pass into 2016. You must read this edition of The Quill yourself. And, you can do so by clicking on The Quill, November 2015. The Quill is a really good newsletter. Congratulations Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society and best wishes for an exciting future.

Eastern Colorado Museums & Historical Societies Fall Meeting…

ECM&HSEastern Colorado Museums & Historical Societies Fall Meeting held their Fall Meeting at the Russell Gates Mercantile Building in Elbert, Colorado on Saturday, October 10, 2015. These semi-annual meetings of this volunteer-operated organizations of Douglas, Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson and adjacent counties are always superb in keeping their members up to date as what is happening in their venues and societies, mutually beneficial ideas and communication vehicles. You can read what was covered and by whom in their Fall Meeting by perusing the ECM&HS Fall Meeting Minutes. The organization also established their Spring and Fall Meeting dates for 2016: Spring Meeting, April 30 (Location to be announced) and Fall Meeting, October 1 (Hosted by Highlands Ranch Historical Society).

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Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums, October 2015 Schedule of Events…

The Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums has posted its October 2015 schedule. Check out the Coalition Calendar of Events for October 2015. The Coalition’s October calendar covers the whole month with events and entertainment.
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The Quill, August 2015 Edition…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS) published their August 2015, edition of their newsletter, “The Quill” (Volume XXXXI, No. 3). Check it out at Quill 2015 August – Final.

You will find this addition of The Quill loaded with information from the Lamb Spring – Miksch-Helmer Cabin Tour …through “Katie Sherman Returns to Melvin School after 80 Years” …to “Exhibits at the Aurora History Museum” …and, much, much more.
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Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter OCTA Newsletter, Summer 2015…

OCTA Summer Newsletter - 2015The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) has published its Summer 2015 Newsletter. As all of the Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter’s newsletters, the Summer 2015 one does not disappoint. You’ll read the messages and thoughts of President Berl Meyer and Editor Camille Bradford. There’s an excellent article on “Cemeteries and Remote Burials in Larimer County” and you’ll find out about the next chapter meeting in Castle Rock. Lee Underbrink has an article, “How Wide are the Wagon Ruts:” …No, this is not a country western song! There is a very good article about Marcus Evans by President Berl Meyer. You will also learn about the 2016 annual convention in Fort Hall, Idaho. The excellent photographs of the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument are well worth checking out the newsletter …check out the newsletter at The Fifty-Niner Summer 2015.
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What’s Happening in May at the Elbert County Museum…

Trails to Rails on the Smoky Hill TrailJust exactly what’s happening at the Elbert County Museum? Well, take a look for yourself at May 2015 at the Elbert County Museum. You must see Smoky Hill Trail: Teams of Horses to Iron Horses, the new phase being introduced on the Smoky Hill Trail exhibit. If you don’t make it in May, put in on your “To Do” calendar for June or July. This exhibit is a must see!
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Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter OCTA Newsletter, Spring 2015…

Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter OCTA Winter 2015 NewsletterThe Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) has published its Spring 2015 Newsletter. The Spring 2015 edition of the newsletter is newsy indeed and requires a read. The edition covers the very interesting Trails to the Shining Mountains co-hosted by OCTA’s Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter and the Rocky Mountain Map Society. You will also find the announcement and information on the upcoming 2015 Fur Trade Symposium. Pat Fletcher’s Reflections on the Cherokee Trail is fascinating with its quotations from the 1849 folks “who were there.” And Bill Shank’s Summer Adventure on the Highway of Legends and Bruce Watson’s two articles, Visit to the Sopori Cemetery and the Silver City Symposium are well worth the read. You are going to enjoy the Spring Newsletter; check it out at The Fifty-Niner Spring 2015.
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New Officers, Smoky Hill Trail Chapter of National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution…

Smoky Hill Trail Chapter DAR 2The Smoky Hill Trail Chapter of the DAR has announced their 2015-2017 list of officers.

Regent: Charlotte Isaacs
Vice-regent: Susan Pankratz
Chaplain: Linda Clark
Recording Secretary: Joyce Schleenbaker
Corresponding Secretary: Rebecca Boudreaux-Clavell
Treasurer: Virginia Kracaw
Registrar: Gail Gardner
Historian: Carole Taylor
Librarian: Kathyrn Shulte

NOTE: Contact for the Smoky Hill Trail Chapter can be found on Historical Venues and Organizational Links of this website.
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Our Journey this Summer…

Our JourneyWant to have a lot of fun this summer? Check out Colorado’s magnificent Central Plains. There are historical fun places you will find in Cheyenne, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln Counties of which you never have dreamed. It’s fun for the entire family. You just have to go to the Plains this summer. Make your plans now …check it out at Our Journey.
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The Quill, April 2015 Edition…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS) published their April 2015, edition of their newsletter, “The Quill” (Volume XXXXI, No. 2). Check it out at Quill 2015 April Volumne XXXXI No 2.

This issue of The Quill is a great addition you are going to want to read, covering the May 3 meeting presentation that will be given by Amy Gibson, a professional quilter, discussing the quilting bees that brought America together 150 years ago.

The Quill also covers last meeting’s elections and previous program with Aurora History Museum, Executive Director Jennifer Kuehner. In addition to member news, the newsletter also addresses The Doors Open Denver cemetery tours and the exhibits at the Aurora History Museum. You are definitely going to want to read this edition of The Quill.
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Palmer Lake Historical Society and the Lucretia Vaile Museum Newsletter…
April through July 2015, Vol IX No. 1

Palmer Lake HeaderPalmer Lake Historical Society and the Lucretia Vaile Museum have published their April through July, 2015 newsletter. This is a very informative newsletter that you’ll find chucked full of great information from the history of Monument pioneers, Henry and Caroline Limback to Then and Now pictures of Tri-Lakes landmarks from past to present. You’ll also find a précis of upcoming summer programs. Check it out at: PLHS Newsletter. Also, remember to check the Palmer Divide History Website for great on-going happenings and information.

History of the Palmer Divide Powwow…
by Al Walter, Palmer Lake Historical Society

2015 Palmer Lake PowwowThe term powwow derives from the Indian word “pau-wau,” which originally stood for a healing ceremony conducted by the spiritual or religious leaders of various tribes. How the powwow got its exact start is not known, but it was thought to have originated with the Pawnee tribe as a religious ceremonial meeting, filled with dancing and other rituals. Other Indian tribes adopted the practice of the powwow and added their own traditions. Indians held these ceremonies to celebrate a successful hunt and to thank the spirits for a bountiful harvest. Powwows also spiritually prepared a warrior for an impending battle. Native Americans were big believers in all things living and spiritual and viewed life and death as an inevitable circle. Some of the powwow ceremonies they conducted celebrated this circle with tribal drums, dancing, food, chanting and traditional healing rituals. They acted out ancient stories handed through the generations, which kept their history alive.

The mission of the Palmer Lake Historical Society is to preserve, promote, and protect the history of the Palmer Divide. Since American Indians were the first inhabitants of the area, the Palmer Lake Historical Society decided to preserve and promote their history, traditions, and culture. In 2009, Board of Director member Rhetta Walter proposed that the Historical Society sponsor an outdoor Native American Intertribal Festival and Powwow next to the lake so that non-Natives could interact with Native Americans from local tribes and experience their traditions and culture. The summer day was filled with the sounds of Native drums and singers and the sight of dancers in full Native dress (regalia). Attendees could buy Native made items and sample Native food. Approximately 200 members of the local community attended this first powwow. By 2012, the annual powwow attracted almost 500 people. However, with the lake drying up and July temperatures reaching the mid-90s, it was decided to move the event indoors.

In 2013, the Historical Society partnered with One Nation Walking Together, a Native charity in Colorado Springs, and moved the powwow indoors to the Colorado Springs Freedom Financial Services EXPO Center. That year attendance approached 2,000 people. In 2014, attendance grew to almost 3,000 people, with 50 Native artist booths, 20 nonprofit booths, live wolf and birds of prey exhibits, Aztec Dancers, an Indian teaching lodge and three Native food vendors. Over the years, the small, lakeside powwow started by the Palmer Lake Historical Society has grown to one of the largest Indian festival and powwows in the area. The Annual Colorado Springs Intertribal Festival and Powwow, to be held on July 18, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and promises to be even bigger! For information about the event, visit www.palmerdividehistory.org or call 719.559.0525.

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Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter OCTA Newsletter, Winter 2015…

Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter OCTA Winter 2015 NewsletterThe Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association (OCTA) has published its Winter 2015 Newsletter. This edition features an article on the Rocky Mountain National Park Centenniel and the Trail River Cabin. There’s also great information on the 2015 Fur Trade Symposium at Bent’s Fort and the Special Event information about the OCTA Mid-Year Board Meeting (March 6 and 7). Similarly, the newsletter addresses the April 9 through 10 Southern Trail Chapter OCTA Silver City Symposium. Read the newsletter at Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter Winter 2015 Edition.

The Quill, January 2015 Edition…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society (CCVHS) published their January 2015, edition of their newsletter, “The Quill” (Volume XXXXI, No. 1). Check it out at The Quill – January 2015

This issue of CCVHS’s The Quill announces their upcoming January 24 meeting at the Aurora History Museum, a meeting where Jennifer Kuehner leads the group through A History of Trolleys. Jennifer Kuehner, is the Aurora History Museum’s Executive Director and interim Education Curator. The CCVHS meeting will also be their first meeting of the year at which they will hold their election of officers.

The January edition of “The Quill” is an excellent document with the first article addressing the aforementioned story about A History of Trolleys. “The Quill” also gives an in-depth account of the Society’s 2014 financials, followed by an article on the dissolving of the Friends of the 17 Mile House and a article about the Society’s DeLaney Farm Tour. There is also an interesting section in the newsletter focusing on 17 Mile House News. This is a newsletter you are certainly going to want to read.

Smoky Hill Express, Fall 2014 Edition…

Smoky Hill ExpressIt’s out, the Volume 23, Issue 2 of the Smoky Hill Express, Fall 2014 Edition! The fall edition of the newsletter is always a good read, recapping the year past. And, what it was for the Elbert County Museum with its new Smoky Hill Trail Exhibit. What a hit! Read all about the fabulous year at: Elbert County Historical Society and Museum Newsletter, Smoky Hill Express …Fall 2014 Edition.

Man on Devils Head, A Daniel Fickle Film…

Devils Head TowerAs the Creative Director of Bosho Film & Design, Daniel Fickle was instrumental in directing the superb, soul stimulating short film Man on Devils Head. This short film, presented as an Official Selection the 2014 STARZ DENVER FILM FESTIVAL is the story of a dedicated, determined man that has manned one of the three historical crown jewels of Douglas County, Devils Head Tower. The short film provides a glance and wonderful story of Forest Ranger Billy Ellis who protects residents from wildfires during the summer months. From high atop the Front Range at Devils Head Tower, Billy Ellis watches with intelligent, experienced eyes for signs of potential forest fires. Watch this short four and a half minute film at Man on Devils Head. It is a must see! One of the short films that is heart felt and stays with you. The story of one, as the saying goes, “…a few good men.”

The Fifty Niner, Fall 2014 Newsletter…

The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association has published its Fall 2014 Newsletter, The Fifty-Niner. There’s always great information and interesting, educational in The Fifty-Niner. The Fall Newsletter is no exception! One of the interesting articles is Stephen Schell’s fascinating story of Charles Preuss: Cartographer of the Oregon Trail Maps . Wow!

Check it out at Fifty-Niner Fall 2014.

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society published their September, 2014, edition of their newsletter, “The Quill” (Volume XXXX, No. 3). Check it out at The Quill“>Quill Newsletter – September 2014.

The Quill is always filled with educational and interesting information about our historic surrounds. The September issue continues the great tradition with ”Rock Inspirations as Historic Documents”, a brief on the Telecommunications
History Group (THG) in the Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph Building and the society field trips to the museums of Adams County and Elbert County …and, much, much more. Again, check it out at the The Quill“>Quill Newsletter – September 2014.

Elbert County Appreciation Meeting…

Elbert County MuseumElbert County Museum announces their 2014 Annual Membership Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation for September 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the museum’s Assembly Room. You can learn more about it at Membership and Appreciation Meeting.

The Fifty Niner, April 2014…

The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association has released its April 2014 Newsletter, The Fifty-Niner. There’s always great information and interesting, educational in The Fifty Niner.

Check it out at OCTA-Colorado – Summer 2014 Newsletter.

The June, 2014 Quill…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society published their June, 2014, edition of their newsletter, “The Quill” (Volume XXXX, No. 2). Check it out at Quill Newsletter – June 2014.

The Quill has a wealth of information. The newsletter reviews Jennifer Kuehner’s History of Aurora in Pictures and the ground breaking ceremony for the Ruth Fountain Gallery …then it moves to the Happenings at Aurora’s Historic Cemeteries and a fascinating history of the Melvin Community before addressing their society’s outreach program.

The newsletter also includes Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society’s events for the remainder of 2014. Yes, you will really enjoy the June issue of the newsletter.

July 2014, Elbert County Museum…

Elbert County Museum has a great July scheduled. Check it out at Elbert County Museum. If you haven’t seen the new Smoky Hill Trail Exhibitin, this is your opportunity!

The Fifty Niner, April 2014…

The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association has released its April 2014 Newsletter, The Fifty-Niner. There’s many photos and information in The Fifty Niner; plus, great events.

Check it out and check out at the OCTA-Colorado April 2014 Newsletter.

Smoky Hill Express, Spring 2014 Edition…

Don’t miss this Spring 2014 Edition of the Smoky Hill Express newsletter. This edition of Elbert County Museum & Historical Society’s newsletter is a blockbuster! It is a 140th Happy Birthday wish to Elbert County (Established February 13, 1874) and introduces the museum’s opening of their remarkable Phase I of their new Smoky Hill Trail exhibit, “…Shortcut to the Rockies.” Wow!

This edition also is packed with information about other all the summer events in Elbert County, including Elbert’s always well attended Pioneer Fourth of July Celebration. Again, check out the Smoky Hill Express .

ECM&HS Spring Meeting Announced…

Joe Martell, Elbert County Historical Society and Museum President, announced the spring meeting date and location of the Eastern Colorado Museums & Historical Societies (ECM&HS) Spring meeting. The meeting will be held in Flagler, Colorado on Saturday, April 26, 2014. ECM&HS is a collection of commonly focused history oriented groups that do not have any paid staff. ECM&HS is limited to groups within Arapahoe, Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, El Paso, Kit Carson and Lincoln Counties.

Members of ECM&HS should see their “Evites” sometime in the next few weeks.

The Quill, February, 2015…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society published their February, 2014, edition of their newsletter, “The Quill” (Volume XXXX, No. 1). Check it out at The Quill.

You’ll want to read the February issue of the The Quill. The Quill has a wealth of information, including the CCVHS 2014 Calendar, more on Ruth Fountain, donations to the 17 Mile House and much more.

The society is also holding their annual meeting and elections (Secretary and Treasurer) on Sunday, February 23, 2014 (1:30 PM to 3:30 PM) at the Aurora History Museum, 15051 East Alameda Parkway, Aurora.

The Fifty Niner, January, 2014…

The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association has published its January 2014 Newsletter, The Fifty-Niner. The Fifty Niner is always packed with good information and the January issue is no exception.

Check it out and check out the January Fifty-Niner.

Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums, February 2014 Schedule of Events…

The Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums has posted its February 2014 schedule. Check out the February Events Calendar for Pikes Peak Coalition of Museums. During the month, you can go directly to the Coalition’s Event Calendar on their website.

Discussion of 1864 & 1868 Indian Wars…

Elbert County Historical Society hosts Ric Morgan leading a discussion on the 1864 and 1868 Indian Wars in the Elbert County, presenting local historical information explaining what was behind the wars along with local circumstances and conditions at that time. Ric Morgan has been in the Elbert County community for many years and has collaborated with Dr. Jeffrey Broome on field research projects relating to the Indian Wars in Elbert County.
Dr. Broome, a professor of philosophy and history at Arapahoe Community College, is a regional expert on the 1864 and 1868 Indian Wars.

The Elbert County Historical Society will be on Saturday, February 8 at 9:30 am at the Russell Gates Mercantile Building in Elbert (southwest corner of Eccles St. and Lavell Ave., Elbert). The meeting and program are free to the public and everyone is welcome. For more information go to: elbertcountymuseum.org.

Ruth Foundation Addition…

On March 20, 2014, The Aurora Museum Foundation is hosting a dinner and historical presentation fundraiser in support of the soon to be constructed Ruth Fountain Addition to the Aurora History Museum. The funds raised will be used to help design, construct and install the new gallery exhibits. This new addition will be used to showcase their recently restored Trolley.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Jennifer Kuehner at the Aurora History Museum by Feburary 5 to add your name to the official invitation list. Call 303-739-6667 or email Email Jennifer Kuehner.

Elbert County Historical Society & Museum Announces New Website…

Elbert County Historical Society and Museum (ECHS&M) announces their newly designed website …congratulations and compliments on the new website’s appearance. Check out the redesigned ElbertCountyMuseum.org. The website is really well done and the calendar page provides you with some good lead time on events you definitely do not want to miss. You will also want to get to the museum this year and see the Smoky Hill Trail Exhibit. Rand and Karen Hood of Visual West designed this exhibit and, if it is anywhere close to the quality of the Kit Carson Carousel Museum in Burlington that the Hood’s designed, you know the exhibit is going to be fabulous. The museum is OPEN May 25 through August 31, Thursdays through Sundays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM. Make sure you jot down a visit to the museum this summer. Again, check out ElbertCountyMuseum.org, enjoy and pick-up some great event dates.

The Quill, December, 2013…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society published their December, 2013, edition of their newsletter, “The Quill (Volume XXXIX, No. 2). Check it out at The Quill; the year end newsletter contains an inclusive overview of the society’s activity during 2013.

The society is also holding their annual meeting and elections (Secretary and Treasurer) on Saturday, February 2, 2014, 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM at the Smoky Hill Library (5430 South Biscay Circle, Centennial).

Kit Carson County’s Carousel Christmas…CANCELLED

Because of the bitter cold and the old carousel motors, as well as the comfort of the people, the Carousel Christmas has been CANCELLED.

Want to have some great fun to get in a great mood for the Christmas Season? Well, as the tagline says, “Fun begins in Colorado’s Backyard!

On December 8, the Kit Carson County Carousel animals are decked out in Christmas finery to help welcome the upcoming holiday season. Aptly named, Carousel Christmas, this great venue will be hopping …er, rather “spinning!” The Wurlitzer Monster Military Band Organ churns out glorious Christmas carols and hot cider and cookies are served in the museum building next to the carousel. All rides, refreshments and the museum tour are FREE! The gift shop, Hoofbeats, has many carousel memorabilia items, and will be open for early Christmas shopping. Father Christmas will be present to hand out Christmas novelties to young and old alike. Dress warm!! Riding a carousel spinning at ten miles an hour in crisp winter air is a refreshing and festive experience, but a chilling one! Mark this one down, Carousel Christmas, Burlington, Sunday,December 8, 2013, 1:30 – 3:30 PM.

And, while you’re in Burlington check out all of the other fun places and venues …like Old Town.

Smoky Hill Express, Fall Edition 2013…

Elbert County Historical Society & Museum has published their Fall, 2013 newsletter, the excellent Smoky Hill Express. Elbert County Historical Society & Museum always does a great job with this publication. The Fall addition is another publication of such class, recapping the highlights of 2013, some neat pictures addressing the building of the Smoky Hill Trail Exhibit, and providing a brief overview of Elbert County celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2014. Check it out at Smoky Hill Express

Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums, November 2013 Schedule of Events…

The Coalition of Pikes Peak Museums has announced its November 2013 events schedule. Attending some of these interesting and educational events is a great way for we Douglas Countians to slip “south of our border” to expand our history horizons. Check out the November Events Calendar for Pikes Peak Coalition of Museums and plan some November excursions.

Smoky Hill Trail Chapter NSDAR Latest Update…

The Smoky Hill Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution provides their latest update of Chapter officers and programs for September 2013 through March 2014. Check it out at Smoky Hill Trail Chapter Update. For further information regarding the Smoky Hill Trail Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, contact Margaret Ellis.

The Quill, August, 2013…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society has published their August, 2013, edition of their newsletter, The Quill (Volume XXXIX, No.3). The Quill is always filled with great news. In the August edition you can read about the 17 Mile House Park, the Arapahoe County Volunteer Celebration, the Partners Picnic and much, much more, including upcoming events. Check it out at The Quill.

The Fifty Niner, July 2013…

The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association has released its July 2013 Newsletter, The Fifty-Niner. There’s many photos and information in The Fifty Niner; plus, great events.

Check it out and check out at the OCTA-Colorado website.

Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve…

Have you ever heard of ESGR? Well, you should know about ESGR (Employers Support of the Guard and Reserve). If you are an employer or a member of the Guard, Reserve or a veteran, you certainly should know about ESGR. ESGR works with employers and the Guard and Reserve members to assist our brave men and women of the perform critical roles in both military and private industry roles. Find out by reading ESGR Importance to You or go to WWW.ESGR.MIL for more information.

Smoky Hill Express…

The Smoky Hill Express, the Spring 2013 Newsletter for Elbert County Historical Society & Museum, is out and contains a lot of great information of what’s happening in Elbert County. The Museum’s opening day is May 26 with the introduction of the Smoky Hill Trail Exhibit. The “Exhibit” is the beginning of an Elbert County Historical Society’s exciting multi-year project that explores the importance, impact and challenges of the trail as it continued westward from Kansas, bisecting present-day Elbert County before reaching the Cherry Creek settlements. With the help of Rand Hood’s VisualWest this exhibit is destined to be one of the best display of its type in the state! Check out the Smokey Hill Express and read about the this fantastic exhibit as well as some of the Smoky Hill Trail’s fascinating and intriguing history. Learn also about the Fourth of July as only Elbert County can do, ”A Grand Old Fashioned Celebration.” See you in Elbert County!

The Fifty Niner, October-November 2013…

The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association has released its quarterly Newsletter, The Fifty Niner. There’s many photos and information in The Fifty Niner; plus, great summer events.

Check it out and check out the OCTA-Colorado website.

2013 SPRING MEETING – BURLINGTON…
by Jim Weglarz

On April 27, 2013, Kit Carson County at the incomparable, historic Carousel No. 6 and Carousel Museum in Burlington hosted the semi-annual (“spring”) meeting of the EASTERN COLORADO HISTORICAL SOCIETIES AND MUSEUMS. Jo Downey and the Carousel team did a magnificent job. The meeting was well attended by Cheyenne, Douglas, Elbert, Kit Carson and Lincoln Counties’ members from the respective Counties’ historical societies and museums. The day was a huge success, including a great meeting for sharing event and project activities, an insightful and inspiring presentation by professional artists and museum interior designers, Rand and Karen Hood of Visual West, a superb lunch like only the Eastern Group can do and, of course, an exciting ride on beautiful Carousel No. 6! Everyone left the meeting saying, “Thank you …Thank you …Thank you.” For a full report on the meeting, go to Spring 2013 – Eastern Meeting; and, to view a collage of pictures that were taken during the day, go to Eastern Meeting-Spring 2013 via Gallery of Pictures –.
NOTE: This short article also appears on the News page of this website.

HISTORY Colorado 2013 ”Tours and Treks”…

by Jim Weglarz, Historic Douglas County, Inc. President
History Colorado 2013 ”Tours and Treks” is a great program if you are interested in learning about the history of many different places in the Denver metro area and the entire State of Colorado. The ”Tours and Treks” program has 38 walking tours, bus tours, and other various ” Treks”. The majority of the events are in the Denver Metro area, but here is a list of other places in Colorado under ”Tours and Treks”: Craig, Hot Sulphur Springs, Fort Carson, Steamboat, LaVeta, Kremmling, Gunnison, Cripple Creek-Victor, Pueblo and Colorado Springs.

My wife, Janet, and I joined History Colorado (Family membership is $80 per year) after we had browsed through the 2013 ”Tours and Treks” booklet. We saw many events in which we were interested. So far through the program, we have been to three tours: Walking Tour of Historic Parker, Denver Schools Architectural (bus tour)), and Denver Southeast Forgotten (bus tour). From seeing the Denver East High School on the latter tour, we classify it as the “gem of Denver Public Schools.

We are signed up for four more. All ”Tours and Treks”’ are fee based. There is a discounted rate for History Colorado members. Janet and I have calculated that we will recoup our $80 membership fee based on the discounted member rates. If you’re interested, go to HISTORY Colorado for more details.

Colorado Springs Gazette Makes Historic Change…

After 141 years the Colorado Springs Gazette printed its last newspaper …in Colorado Springs, that is! Starting April 16, 2013, the < u>Colorado Springs Gazette will be printed by the same presses that roll the Denver Post in Denver. There’s numerous benefits for the Gazette making this change …both for its subscribers and business. The cutting edge technology presses used in Denver will provide the Gazette’s readers a higher quality product in terms of both print clarity and color pictures. For the Gazette, as a well-managed business entity, it will provide additional efficiencies and offer a leading edge newspaper product. No folks, this is not a move that bodes storm clouds in the Gazette’s future, the Gazette will be still be the superlative moderate-to-conservative news media that it has always been and continue to provide its readers with high quality, accurate reporting and great document with which to sit-down and have those one or two cups of early morning caffeine. Congratulations Colorado Springs Gazette, for making this technological and good-business-sense decision!

The Quill, April, 2013…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society published their April, 2013, edition of their great newsletter, “The Quill (Volume XXXIX, No. 2). Check it out at The Quill.

Palmer Lake Presents State Registration…

On April 11, 2013 at 6:00PM at the Palmer Lake Town Hall, 29 Valley Crescent, Palmer Lake. Colorado, 80133, the Palmer Lake Historical Society hosts a brief ceremony to present the Town of Palmer Lake with the certificate from History Colorado listing the Palmer Lake Star on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties. The ceremony will include a brief history of the Star and recognition of the individuals that were instrumental in preparing and shepherding the successful application through the approval process.

The Palmer Lake Historical Society is also preparing the application to list the Palmer Lake Star on the National Register of Historic Places. Congratulations!

Eastern CO Museums & Historical Societies Meeting…

Joe Martell, Elbert County Historical Society, announces the Eastern CO Museums & Historical Societies Meeting to be held on Saturday, April 27. This meeting is being hosted by the Kit Carson County Carousel and Museum and will start at 10:00 AM. The Kit Carson County Museum is located at 815 15th Street Burlington, Colorado 80807. Full details of the meeting can be viewed at: Kit Carson Host Message.

Midlands Depot Fundraiser, March 30…

Palmer Lake Historical Society announces their support of The Restoration of the Midland Depot in Divide, Colorado. This support is announced with the invitation to a fundraiser for the project on March 30, 2013. This day is called the Divide Depot Midland Days and will be held at the John Wesley Ranch, located in Divide, Colorado. Time of the event starts at 9:30AM and runs to 3:30PM.

This event requires reservations by March 22 and those can be made by calling 719.687.1516. The cost of this event is $45 and well worth it! The price of entry includes breakfast and lunch, great scenery and speakers, including Mel McFarland, Tom VanWormer, Dave Martinek, Art Crawford and Dwight Haverkorn. Proceeds benefit the Midland Depot at Divide Preservation Project. Mark this one on your calendar, be sure to call for reservations and don’t miss!

The Quill, February, 2013…

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society published their February, 2013, edition of their great newsletter, “The Quill (Volume XXXIX, No. 1). Check it out at The Quill. The Society’s 2013 are also a part of the newsletter.

National History Day in Colorado…

National History Day is a year-long program that gives middle-school and high-school students the opportunity to conduct historical research and then present the results of their research in a variety of creative formats, from the traditional research paper to a documentary, an exhibit, a web site, or a live performance! If you would like to see some examples of first-rate History Day projects, check out Denver Metro History Day which provides links to award-winning entries. Each year, thousands of high school and middle school students from around Colorado prepare History Day projects related to an annual theme. The Greater Denver Metro contest is for all participants from the greater Denver area, with the exception of students in the Denver Public Schools, who have their own History Day contest.

The theme for this year’s History Day is Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, Events. The History Day organization is turning to local historical organizations and museums in search of judges to help at the Greater Denver Metro Regional History Day contest, which will take place at Legend High School in Parker on Saturday, February 23, 2013. If you are interested, you can register at http://greaterdenvermetronhd-org1.webs.com/judgesinformation.htm or you can get more information by emailing the Judge Coordinator, Susan Gustin.

Space Day at the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum…

The Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum is holding SPACE DAY on January 19, 2013. This is a really good educational and insightful event for the whole family. Check it out the details of attending the event at Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum.

Smoky Hill Express …Spring 2012 Edition

The Elbert County Historical Society & Museum (ECHS&M)has published its Fall 2012 newsletter, the Smoky Hill Express. In the Spring edition of the Smoky Hill Express, we learned about the upcoming summer events and activities; e.g., Arc and Spark, the “Grand Old Fashioned Celebration,” the Pioneer 4th and tours. In the Fall edition of the Smoky Hill Express you will learn how to find out about the progress of the “Smokey Hill Trail Project and find out how the great events introduced in the Spring edition transpired. Check out the Fall edition of the Smoky Hill Express and read it all. Also, keep tuned to the ECHS&M website (www.elbertcountymuseum.org) and keep yourself updated as to what is happening at the museum.

The Fifty Niner, October-November 2012…

The Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of the Oregon-California Trails Association has released its October-November 2012 newsletter, The Fifty Niner. There’s lot of great photos and information in The Fifty Niner …New officers announced, an update on the Medina Family Cemetery Project, comments on David Jessup’s new book, Mariano Crossing and much more. Check it out!

Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society Announces…

Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society announces late-September through mid-November events. Check them out at Cherry Creek Valley.

Cherry Creek Valley’s THE QUILL

The Cherry Creek Valley Historical Society has released has published its great informational August 2012 newsletter, The Quill. You’ll find a wealth of information and events in this newsletter. The Quill is always extremely well done. August 2012’s edition is no exception!


Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson and Cheyenne Counties 2012 Exciting Schedules

Events information for the Eastern Plain Counties (Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson and Cheyenne) list great venues and exciting events for 2012. You can find all of the information by clicking on the links included in this article. If you want to take the family to on some fascinating and exciting history tours, visit Museum and Historic Venues to find the dates and hours schedules of the great offerings. Now, if it is events for which you are looking, you’ll want to check out all of the many interesting events and celebrations that are available on the Plains. You will find just about anything that will tickle your fancy on the Events Guide. You will find that the Eastern Plain Counties of Colorado to be great frontier of new history that you may not have yet explored. And, if you are interested in some new golf courses to test your duffer’s mettle, check out golf on the Eastern Plains at some of their interesting and challenging course listed on the Golf Tournaments! Yes, 2012 is going to be a great history year in Elbert, Lincoln, Kit Carson and Cheyenne Counties …become a part of it and take in some of the venues and events.


Colorado Trivia

How well do you know Colorado trivia> Do you know where and when the deepest snow fell in Colorado? How about the oldest hotel? Check out Colorado Trivia and impress folks with you knowledge of our great state!

Old Colorado City Historical Society…

Keep up with what’s going on with the Old Colorado City Historical Society by visiting their website: www.occhs.org.


Elbert County Museum Activities!

Keep up to date on all the activities of Elbert County Museum by checking www.elbertcountymuseum.org

Visit Our Journey Colorado…

The Central Plains of Colorado provides a wide variety of historical attractions and museums. Visit the “Our Journey” website at http://www.ourjourney.info to layout your travel and vacation plans, telling you all about how you can get your free travel ticket.



COLORADO PRESERVATION, INC.

Colorado Preservation, Inc. (CPI) is a private, statewide, non-profit organization comprised of a small staff of talented professionals and a large statewide membership devoted to promoting historic preservation in Colorado through information provision, education, training, expertise and advocacy. CPI is renown across the country and their annual Saving Place Conference is the largest such conference of an state in the nation. CPI has many focal points; three of their 2011 initiatives and programs are their trademarked HistoriShare volunteer program, Colorado Youth Summit and their monumental undertaking of Share the Care program, strongly supporting the Colorado Capitol dome.

Regrettably, the dome of our Capitol has fallen into serious disrepair. The cast iron enclosure of the dome and drum, painted gray to match granite used elsewhere in the structure, has deteriorated over the past hundred years due to water infiltration and the intense freeze-thaw cycle of the cycle of the Colorado climate.

If you would like to help support the Capitol Dome project, lease text the word DOME to 50555 from your cell phone today to make a $10 donation to the Share in the Care Colorado campaign to restore the Colorado capitol dome. Help restore the symbol of Colorado while preserving heritage funding throughout the State. Thanks and pass it along!

Visit Colorado Preservation, Inc. (http://coloradopreservation.org) and learn all about their fabulous work.

ENJOYING ALL OF COLORADO, BEYOND DOUGLAS COUNTY…


Colorado has an abundance of not only gorgeous scenic panoramas and idyllic streams and rivers but also deep and rich history and western culture. Beyond the many treasures of history in Douglas County, you and your family can also explore and enjoy adjacent areas, regions and entertainments of Colorado’s pioneering times. Take a day or a weekend, kick back and enjoy Colorado’s amazing past. You can learn about Colorado’s early farming and ranching, the building and riding of our historic railroads, Colorado architecture and literally find places that you may never have dreamed existed. Do a good deed for yourself and walk back into Colorado’s history sometime very soon. We’ve a hunch that you’ll really enjoy it!

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