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Historic Douglas County and Larkspur Historical Society present

Buffalo Bill: A Life in the Wild West

Speaker: Steve Friesen  retired Executive Director of the Buffalo Bill Museum in Golden

Steve Friesen presents the story of Buffalo Bill's early life in the West and how that influenced his
creation of his famous Wild West Show. The lecture will be illustrated by images from the
collection of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave and discusses Buffalo Bill's legacy, including
some of the controversies that have continued since his death in 1917.


Saturday  July 14th    1PM - 3PM    

Miller Library , 100 S. Wilcox St in Castle Rock

FREE admission,  cookies and bottles of water

Douglas County Library - PARKER

June 16, 2018 (Sat.) - 2:00 PM - Love in the Afternoon; Romance Author Tea. 

Register with the library staff or online. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

Castle Rock Historical Society

June 7, 2018 - Monthly presentation by Lisa Schoch from CDOT about the construction of the Eisenhower/Johnson Tunnel.

June 23, 2018 - Bus tour of Southern Douglas County.  Contact the Castle Rock Museum to purchase a ticket.


The History and Geology of Gold in Douglas County

Join us in the Great Hall on Wednesday May 16th for a lecture by Dr. Al Koch, Director of the Cherokee Ranch Science Institute, about the cool and complex mystery of nearby geological gold placer deposits. A limited number of reservations are available free of charge to persons with School ID's. 

Please click here for information or to reserve your seat: Wednesday, May 16 - 6:00pm

Lecture begins at 6:30pm

Free with School ID - $18 General Admission

June 23, 2018 - Walking tour of Downtown Castle Rock.  Meet at the Courtyard on Perry at 10:30am.

For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum at 
 (303) 814-3164,,

Invitation to Join the Assocation for Native American Sacred Trees and Places

Dear Friends of the Ute,

On behalf of Dr. James Jefferson, Southern Ute Tribal Elder, we invite you to join us in becoming a member of our newly formed Association for Native American Sacred Trees and Places (NASTaP).  The purpose of this nonprofit organization is to inspire the discovery, appreciation and conservation of Culturally Modified Trees (CMTs) and places believed to have been held sacred by Native American people.  

Go to which further explains our mission, member privileges, dues, and can also be used to sign up to become a member.  More information is available at and you can enroll online if you prefer.   

Please help us spread the word about NASTaP by distributing copies of the attached brochure and by forwarding this email to your friends and family to help reach our goal of having 100 Charter Members enrolled by the end of 2018.

Thank you for your consideration, we look forward to welcoming you as a new member and seeing you this summer at NASTaP's 1st Annual Conference August 2-5, 2018 at the historic Glen Isle Resort (, 573 Old Stagecoach Road, Bailey, CO. 

John W. Anderson, NASTaP Founding/Charter Member 

Email: / iPhone: 719.651.2337

Journey back in time on May 5 and May 19

Mammoth remains and pioneer roots featured in public tours.

Visit the fully restored Crull/Hammond cabin and see how pioneers lived in the 1800s.
Visit the fully restored Crull/Hammond cabin and see how pioneers lived in the 1800s.

Have you ever seen pre-historic mammoth remains or toured an 1860’s pioneer property?  These encounters and more are in store during National Historic Preservation Month activities in Douglas County.

On May 5, free, guided tours offer area adventure seekers the opportunity to learn about some of Douglas County’s first inhabitants. The tours feature the Lamb Spring Archeological Preserve.  The Lamp Spring Archaeological Preserve tour begins at 9:30 a.m.   Interested in attending the May 5 tours?  Your RSVP is required in advance, as space is limited. Please visit to register.

On Saturday, May 19, experience living circa 1880 at the Crull/Hammond cabin, the County’s first post office constructed of logs dated to 1874.  Tours will be offered from 10 a.m. –  2 p.m.  Registration not required for a tour of the cabin, located at 6225 Bear Dance Drive near Larkspur.

“Douglas County’s investment in historic preservation, as well as the tremendous community support for these assets is evidence of the value we collectively assign to our County’s history and heritage,” said Douglas County Commissioner and Acting Board Chair Lora Thomas.

The Crull/Hammond Cabin is the site of the often-told tales of Douglas County’s history, the story of Lamb Spring dates back even further — to the end of the last Ice Age. The Smithsonian led multiple excavations at Lamb Spring in the 1960s and 80s, resulting in discovery of remains from more than 30 mammoths that trace back between 11,000 and 13,000 years.

The tours are sponsored by the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board and the Lamb Spring Archeological Preserve.

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Roxborough Area Historical Society

“An Evening with Mary Lincoln.” 

Friday January 26, 2018

Mrs. Lincoln will take us 153 years back in history to the evening of Good Friday April 14, 1865 as she prepares to leave with President Lincoln to attend a play at Ford’s Theater.


We welcome all to attend this special evening presentation this Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:00 PM at the Roxborough Park Community Center, 6237 Roxborough Drive, 80125.

Donations are always welcome to defer the costs of the occasion.

There will be a brief business meeting prior to the event. Annual Dues will also be collected at our January Meeting. Individual Annual Memberships $15.00/Year  ~  Family Annual Memberships $20.00/Year  ~  Business Membership $100.00/Year. 

This will be the last year we offer Lifetime Memberships for $100.00.  Prices for Annual Membership will increase in January 2019.  In an effort to raise the necessary matching funds for the Silica Kiln Preservation Project, we will be offering a special this year.  For $200.00, those interested will receive a Silica Brick and be grandfathered into our Lifetime Membership Program at $100.00 (before the prices increase in 2019). 

Hope to see you there!

Exciting News re: Shaun Boyd, Douglas County History Research Center: February 8, 2018

Goodbye Celebration from 1-4 pm  Address: 506 E Castle Pines Pkwy, Castle Pines, CO 80108

It is with both sadness and excitement that I let you all know that Shaun Boyd has accepted the position of Curator of Archives at History Colorado

Shaun joined the DCHRC as an Assistant Archivist in November 1998 and was promoted to Archivist in the fall of 2000.   In her tenure with us Shaun has had an impact on the DCHRC, the local Douglas County historical community and the profession. 

Shaun’s role in developing the DCHRC into a respected Archive cannot be overstated.  She launched the first DCHRC website (using Word, on the night she started library school!)  She implemented most of our cataloging and processing systems, compiled and wrote the full processing manual, and processed and made accessible countless historic collections.

Shaun was the DCHRC liaison to the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board, served on the Castle Rock Historical Society Board,  helped to create Historic Douglas County, provided research and assistance for many Douglas County TV documentaries, edited two books, contributed articles to the newspapers and various historical publications, and provided hundreds of hours of school talks and outreach events.

In the larger profession Shaun served on the Society of Rocky Mountain Archivists Board, the Academy of Certified Archivists Board and the Colorado Historic Records Advisory Board.  She also taught classes in Genealogy Research at the Library School at DU.

In her new role Shaun will oversee the management, acquisition, research, and interpretation of the History Colorado archives collection.  This collection includes books, maps, newspapers, serial publications, oral histories, sound recordings, ephemera, and over 8000 linear feet of manuscripts.   Shaun describes it as a “basketball court full of stuff.”  In addition, she will develop museum exhibits; reach out to the community through public presentations, educational programs, published works and social media; supervise contract staff, volunteers and interns; and participate in strategic planning for the organization.  Her experience at DCHRC has prepared her well for this challenge.

As you all know…Shaun is a dynamo.  Her great love is history and she has spent the last 19 years sharing our community’s history through storytelling.  Her energy, her deep knowledge and her humor will be missed. 

Shaun’s last day is February 9th.  We will say goodbye on February 8th from 1pm to 4pm in the Castle Rock Bank Room West.  I’ll send an official invitation as we get closer to the date.

Sharon Nemechek Director of Archives and Collections

Jan. 2018

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!

Keep up to date on CRHSM happenings at
check us out on facebook at @CRhistoricalsociety.

Dusk Bear Canon Cemetery Walk on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 5:00-6:00pm. 

Walking Tour of Bear Canyon Cemetery

Please join us on Saturday, October 28, 2017 for a walking tour of the Bear Canyon Cemetery off Highway 105. The Bear Canyon Cemetery was founded in 1872 and contains the remains of pioneers significant in the early history of Sedalia, Castle Rock and Douglas County. Please meet at the Bear Canyon Cemetery at 397 N. Perry Park Rd. Sedalia, CO 80135. The tour will begin at 5:00 pm.  Refreshments will be served following the tour. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164,, Tour is free and reservations are not required.

Highline Canal History and Nature Walk, Saturday, October 28, 9-11 a.m. at Seven Stones Botanical Garden Cemetery Shelter. Fall is here!  Time to head outside and enjoy the changing colors & wildlife! The Roxborough Area Historical Society (RAHS) and Seven Stones Botanical Gardens Cemetery are delighted to host an outdoor event featuring the Highline Canal Conservancy and Audubon Society of Greater Denver on Saturday, October 28th from 9-11am
Harriet Crittenden LaMair, Executive Director of the Conservancy, will provide a unique historical overview of the Highline Canal, focusing on highlights from our Roxborough area.  She will also give an update on the next phases of the Canal Conservation project.  We are also pleased to share Harriet’s recent honor as the recipient of the Jane Silverstein Ries Award, which recognizes a person, group or organization that demonstrates a pioneering sense of awareness and stewardship of land-use values in the Rocky Mountain Region. 
Following Harriet’s historical presentation, the program will transition to the Highline Canal itself with a 40 minute guided walk from Kate Hogan, Community Outreach Coordinator with the Audubon Society of Greater Denver.  Kate will share unique characteristics of local birds we see along the trail and Harriet will point out key aspects of the Canal during our walk.  Attendees will return to the outdoor Auburn-colored Shelter at Seven Stones and conclude with light refreshments and Q&A. 
Images of America, Roxborough books will be available for purchase, as well as Silica Bricks for our “Save the Kiln” campaign.
Kindly RSVP via Seven Stones’ Website or via Facebook.
We look forward to seeing you outside this Fall! 
Seven Stones Botanical Gardens Cemetery Address:
9635 N. Rampart Range Rd., Littleton, CO  80125


Dear Friends of the Ute,

On behalf of Southern Ute Tribal Elder, Dr. James Jefferson, we wish to extend an informal invitation for you to join us for a three-day two-night visit to the two Ute Reservations in Colorado.  The theme of this year's visit to the Four Corners is Exploring the Old Ways and Indian Science (Native Science or Indigenous Science) and our agenda is as follows:

  1. Thursday November 9th (Travel Day, 6:30pm Welcome/Dinner) Ute Mountain Casino & Hotel: 3 Weeminuche Dr., Towaoc, CO 81334 (800.258.8007) 
  2. Friday November 10th (Exploration Day & Dinner) Ute Mtn Tribal Park and Anasazi Heritage Center: 27501 CO-184, Dolores, CO 81323 (970.882.5600)  
  3. Saturday November 11th (Half Day then Return Travel Home) Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum: 503 Ouray Dr., Ignacio, CO 81137 (970.563.9583)     

There is no registration fee for this event; however, you are on your own for the cost of all travel, lodging, meals and outside activities (carpooling is encouraged).  On Thursday evening Dr. Jefferson will welcome us at Kuchu's Restaurant, in the Ute Mountain Casino & Hotel, at 6:30pm followed by a casual conversation over dinner starting at 7pm. 

Recommended Lodging: For both nights is the Ute Mountain Casino & Hotel ($39.95 + $4 tax = $43.95) on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation and breakfast/lunch/dinner is available at Kuchu's Restaurant (conveniently located inside the Ute Mountain Casino).   

Friday morning we will meet at 8:30am in the hotel lobby to carpool to the Ute Mountain Tribal Park for a Ute guided tour starting at 9am (then back to the hotel for lunch on your own).  At 1:30pm we will meet again in the lobby and carpool to the Anasazi Heritage Center (which also serves as the visitors center for the Canyons of the Ancients National Monument). 

Dinner Friday evening will be back at Kuchu's Restaurant (featuring an all-you-can-eat seafood & prime rib buffet for $19.99) and conversation with Dr. Jefferson (who is staying over in Towaoc and planning to join us for breakfast each morning).  Saturday morning we will depart the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation and head to the Southern Ute Reservation, where we will meet Dr. Jefferson at 10am at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum (followed by lunch at the Sky Ute Casino Resort, 14324 Hwy 172 North, Ignacio, CO 81137).     

Suggested Travel Route:  From Colorado Springs take I-25 south to Walsenburg, then west on Highway 160 to Cortez, then south on Highways 491/160 to Towaoc (11 miles south of Cortez, CO) on the Ute Mountain Ute Reservation at the foot of Sleeping Ute Mountain.  On the way home Saturday afternoon, if you have the time, you might enjoy exploring the collection of projectile points and other Native American artifacts on exhibit at the Gunnison Museum Pioneer Museum, 803 E. Hwy 50, Gunnison, CO 81230 (970.641.4530).   

Please let Dr. Jefferson and I know if you are able to join us.


John W. Anderson, Author/Historian



iPhone: 719.651.2337    

Subject: Homesteads of Roxborough State Park

The 2017 fall Homestead Hike of the south trails of Roxborough State Park will Saturday, October 7 starting with a short lecture in the auditorium at 9:00am.

The total hike is 7 miles (6 hours) and visits ruins of multiple homesteads in the south end of the park.  There are turn around points for a 1.5, 2.5, or 4 mile total hike length. The hike to the last two remote stops is steep but worth it.

Expect to see colorful aspens and scrub oak.  We just cleared the way to the hundred year old Lawrence Waterhouse horse shed, so it'll be a new structure to explore. That's 1.2 miles from the visitor center, in case you like your hike on the shorter side.  The hike to the last two remote stops is steep but the views and homesteads are worth the time and effort.

Led by Naturalists Mike Thomas, John Healey, and Betsy Healey.
Bring water, lunch, and appropriate gear for the weather and your hike duration.
Sign up at

Quintessential Guided Colorado Hikes at Cherokee Ranch

August 26 ~ Geology

This hike focuses on interpreting the beautiful landscape of Cherokee Ranch. The hike goes over Raccoon Knob and Cherokee Mountain. Participants will learn how to interpret the sedimentary layers and decode the past. Massive floods, deadly volcanic eruptions, and the floodplain of an ancient river containing trees are just some of the amazing geology.

August 27 ~ A Walk Through Time

Don't just walk the trails ... live them!  History comes alive on the 3,400 pristine acres surrounding The Castle.  Get a fascinating glimpse at unique fossils and into the lifestyles of area American Indians and frontier settlers. Our knowledgeable guide will make your outdoor hike truly an exercise in the early Colorado experience.  

Bring your water, sunscreen, proper footwear and be ready for moderate to strenuous  

hiking and the most majestic of mornings.

Guided Hikes continue all Fall. Details and tickets at

For Reservations visit
or call our Reservation Hotline at 303-688-5555. 



Community open house - Senior Feasibility Study--HR Metro District

Are you an older adult, an adult child or caregiver? 

Join HR Metro Distric on  Tuesday, Aug. 15 from 4 to 7 p.m. to share your input on senior services, programs and activities you would like to see offered in Highlands Ranch. Adults of all ages are welcome. The open house will be held at the Hendrick Office building, 62 Plaza Drive, Highlands Ranch. Registration is not required.

For more information call 303-791-0430 or click here.

















Don't miss out on the presentation program Thursday night from the

Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum!!

Please join us on Thursday, August 10, 2017 for a presentation by Dick Kreck about his book "Rich People Behaving Badly".  Learn about the notorious characters that came through Colorado and the legends that followed them including gangster, Diamond Jack who hid out in Douglas County for awhile. 

Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm.  Admission is free.

Also this month, join us for a walking tour of Downtown Castle Rock on Sat. Aug. 26, 2017.  Tour begins in the Courtyard at 3rd & Perry at 10:30am.

Coming Next Month --------

Sept. 14, 2017 - Monthly presentation by Bart Berger about Denver Mountain Parks.

Sept. 16, 2017 - 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Castle Rock Museum 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm at the museum.

Sept. 23, 2017 - Walking Tour of Downtown Castle Rock.  Tour begins in the Courtyard at 3rd and Perry at 10:30am.  It's free and no reservations required.

For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum at 
 (303) 814-3164,,  

Louviers 100th Anniversary Celebration!

Come celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Louviers Village Club House and tour the newly renovated Library, too. 

Enjoy ice cream, old-fashioned snacks, games, crafts and more.  

August 26, 2017 || 10:00am to noon || 7865 Louviers Blvd., Louviers, CO 80131

Preserving Roxborough History – Silica Kiln

The Roxborough Area Historical Society (RAHS) is hosting a Presentation & Fund Raiser for the Silica Kiln. Join us for light refreshments while learning about the rich history and extensive efforts to preserve a local landmark right in our own backyard. Original bricks made in the Kiln will be on display and available, with all proceeds going to the “Save the Kiln” fund. This event will be held at the Roxborough Fire Station Community Room (6222 Roxborough Park Road) on Saturday, August 19th from 10am to noon.

For more info go to

Patsy Moore Passes....

Patsy W. Moore, age 81, a resident of Franktown, Colorado, and former member of the Douglas County Historical Preservation Board and the Franktown Historical Society, died on March 19, 2017 in Parker, Colorado. Patsy was extremely active in Colorado politics and associated organizations. You can read Patsy’s full obituary and information about her final arrangements at Parker and Elizabeth Funeral Homes.

Patsy was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and sisters, by her Husband Leo Moore on December 13, 1996 and her friend Kenneth Hodge on November 10, 2016. Survivors include her son Tommy from Metairie, Louisiana, son David from Highlands Ranch, Colorado and many nieces and nephews.


Highlands Ranch Senior Club March 2017 Newsletter    Click HERE

Thursday night from the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum!!

Please join us on Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017 for a  a presentation by Rebecca Schwendler, PHD., RPA from Paleo West Archaeology.  She will discuss the old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp in Castle Rock and the survey that was done for the current "Terrain" development that is in that location.  During the Great Depression the CCC built dams and other infrastructure in Castle Rock. The camp included many buildings and even a baseball diamond.

Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm.  Admission is free

Highline Canal 2017

Here's to an exciting 2017 for the Highline Canal Conservancy

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Castle Rock Historical Society Happenings

Lots going on.   Click here for the latest activities

Keep up to date on CRHSM happenings at


Volunteer Fair at Southridge Rec Center    Tuesday, April 25 from 5-7 pm

Click HERE for the flyer

Make a difference in our community, volunteer!   This is a great place to find many opportunities.

Stop by the HRHS table to say hello, and perhaps get involved with the Wranglers, our Volunteer group!


National History Day Judges Needed             

Happy New Year! It is time to once again begin planning for our Denver Metro Regional National History Day contest. I am writing to ask you to consider judging again this year. As you may know, our amazing Judge Coordinator, Susan Gustin, retired from National History Day after last year's contest. I miss her organization and dedication to NHD more than you could possibly know! But the show must go on, and I am realizing that having a strong judging corps is vitally important to having a successful contest--in any year, but especially THIS year! I hope you will consider giving a day to this great cause.

The contest will be held on Saturday March 11th, 2017 on the UC Denver/Auraria Campus, just as it has been for the past several years. We ask judges to report for a short on-site training at 8:00 am, with judging beginning at 9:00 am. You may choose to judge just the preliminary rounds, which end around 12:30, or you could register to judge in both the preliminary and final rounds.  We will provide all of our judges with training and the materials you will need to judge. In addition, we will feed you breakfast and lunch, and send you home with our undying thanks for helping.

The Greater Denver Metro Region is one of the largest in the state of Colorado. We will have 500-600 students at our competition. As you can imagine, it takes quite an effort to organize and provide evaluation for this many students. I am hoping to register 75-100 judges to accomplish the task. Please consider judging again this year, and please consider introducing a friend to National History Day.

The registration form can be found here: Judge Registration Form

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

Thank you for considering judging for this great student contest.

Thank you,

Kory Franken

Greater Denver Metro

NHDC Regional Coordinator

HR Metro Senior Services presents The Fundamentals of Estate Palnning and What it Means for You

Wednesday, Jan 18 from 6-7:30 pm

Cost $7

Register at

For more info contact Jodie McCann   720-240-4922 or

HR Metro Senior Services presents Roadmap to Positive and Purposeful Aging

A 3 part series to help you live a whole life   $47 for all three parts,  10 am to 12 noon on

Saturday, Jan 14

Saturday Feb 11

Saturday March 11

Registration and more information at

Contact Jodie McCann for more info:  720-240-4922 or

Click HERE for the flyer


Sedalia Winter Fest, Saturday, December 3

Welcome to Sedalia's 2016 Winter Fest!

By Cherry Ellis       Click HERE for the Poster

Begin at Sedalia Museum’s Open House, from 11am to 2pm.  Help yourself to a cup of hot cider and delicious homemade cookie, and take a look at the displays.  This year's displays include the pioneer Lambert family, early fire fighting equipment, a very formal table-setting and formal gown worn at a Sedalia soiree, and Bev Larsen's special holiday display of Matryoshka—Russian nesting dolls.  Enjoy the antique toys and dolls around the Christmas tree, and sing-along with carols played on the pump organ. Bring an instrument and share your music with us. Children can make simple ornaments with our volunteers, too. We look forward to visiting with all our neighbors!

For mass transit Sedalia style, hop on Lance Peterson's Hay Ride Taxi for a tour of the town and for transportation to all the shops and restaurants.

Stop at O'Brien's Cafe for a complimentary cup of coffee. You might want to treat yourself to some pie to go with that coffee. 

Buckskin's Saloon's lunch special from 11-2 will be a “pony burger” or half-size burger and fries for $5.00.

With cold weather coming on, check Jarre Mart's fly fishing supplies and talk fish psychology with Dan. He recommends midges, very small insects, which call for technical fishing. Fish are easily spooked in the low flow of winter streams, so use a Black RS2 or very small Baetis Patterns.  For the fish who like some color in their diet, Rainbow Warriors work all year round, but best in winter.  Red or Chartreuse Copper Johns or Icicle PTs (pheasant tails) would make sparkly gifts for your favorite fisherman.

Cross Manhart Street to The Different Drummer, filled with wonderful antiques.  From 12-4, the friendly resident cats Tyler, Libby and Toby will greet you and insist on being petted.  Enjoy the lovely holiday decorations, and enter a drawing for three decorative wooden apples.

Smell the pizza?  Stop by PieZano's to say “hi” and enjoy a free slice of pizza again this year from 11 to 2 pm.

A  trip to Sedalia is not complete without a stop at Bud's Bar. Besides the always-delicious hamburgers (NO fries), Nanc says Bud's will have a drawing for a $20.00 gift certificate.

Around the corner on Plum Street, stop by Alexander's General Store for a cup of popcorn and a visit. 

Catch the taxi and cross the railroad tracks to Daisy's Front Porch.  In the cozy shop you will be treated to snacks and drinks, plus a discount on all purchases and a drawing for a floral arrangement!

Don't forget to stop at Sedalia Bakery for your complimentary cookie and free aromas.

At Deby Williams’ Farmer's Insurance office, Santa will check his big red mailbox for children's wish lists before Christmas Eve. Letters need to include an address so Santa can reply.   At Santa's Workshop December 3rd from 10-2, children can purchase gifts for parents for $1 and see Santa for special requests.  To help Santa, contact Deby at (303) 660-4149.

Gabriel's Restaurant and Tuscan Bar will open at 1:00 pm for Sedalia's Winter Fest. Owners Matthew and Jan Bundy thank all their wonderful customers who have supported them over the years. They invite you to "Come in and see the decorations while warming yourselves with a complimentary cup of Gabriel's homemade soup. Happy Hour drink specials will be offered as well. All of us at Gabriel's wish each and every one of you a Holiday Season filled with love, health and happiness."

Senior Health and Information Fair

Lots of fun and great information to be had!  Stop by and say Hello!   We will have a booth and plenty of candy!

Click HERE for the flyer

When:           Saturday, November 12

9:00 a.m. to Noon

Breakout sessions follow the Vendor Fair

Where:         The Recreation Center at Eastridge

9568 University Blvd.

Highlands Ranch, CO  80126


Veterans Day Tribute, November 11 in Douglas County

The Douglas County Office of Veterans Affairs in conjunction with the Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation will conduct a Veterans Day Tribute on Friday, November 11, beginning 11 a.m. at the DC Veterans Monument Plaza located at the corner of Wilcox and Fourth Streets in downtown Castle Rock. The program will feature a special remembrance and will honor all veterans – past and present.

Featured speaker will be David Liniger, Air Force Vietnam Veteran, Chairman of the Board & Co-Founder REMAX, LLC.

October 12, 2016 Larkspur Historical Society Program

Don’t forget our Larkspur Historical Society program this Wednesday evening at the Larkspur Fire Station.  Adam Speirs will be presenting  Your Media and Research Lab of the Future ...Wednesday evening, October 12, 6:30PM.  Light refreshments served.

…the voice of history for southern Douglas County and Divide country


Xcel Proposal for NW Douglas County 12" Pipeline Project.
Pipeline and Regulator Station proposed near the HR Mansion and Historic Park
Read more information about it HERE

 There are various documents and links to explore.

Xcel Informational Website: HERE
To send an email comment to the Douglas County Planning Commission, click  HERE
To read the HR Herald article about it, click HERE

There are public hearings on this topic:
o  Monday October 17th at 7:00pm the Douglas County Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing at 100 3rd St. in Castle Rock at the Phillip Miller building, Commissioner’s room. This is an important chance for the public to voice its opinions prior to a final decision by Oct 30th.

o Tuesday October 18th at 6:30pm the HRCA Board and Delegate meeting will be held at the Eastridge Recreation Center, 9568 S. University Blvd., Gordon Von Stroh room

Highline Canal Public Informational Meetings October 2016 


We are again asking the public to weigh in on their priorities for the Canal and share new ideas for how the vision can help sustain the High Line Canal for future generations.

Adventure on the High Line Canal, Charting our Course for the Next Century

Chapter 4: Looking Ahead

Join us at one of these final open houses to participate in the interactive High Line Canal Vision Plan process. We’ll share strategies for implementing the community-developed vision for the Canal and ask you to share your ideas and priorities. Mark your calendars and invite your friends and neighbors to help shape the future of the High Line Canal!

All three sessions will be identical, so you can choose whichever event is most convenient!

Wednesday, Oct 19, 2016 – 4-8pm*

Dry Dock Brewing Co. North Dock, 2801 Tower Rd, Aurora, CO 80011

*Starting at 5pm, celebrate with us with food trucks and a taste of our exclusive Dry Dock High Line Plum Saison-Brett beer.

Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 – 2-5pm 

Eisenhower Recreation Center, 4300 E. Dartmouth Ave., Denver CO 80222

Thursday, Oct 20, 2016 – 6-8pm

Goodson Recreation Center, 6315 S. University Blvd, Centennial, CO 80121

Missed some or all of the first three chapters? Not a problem, there’s still plenty of time to share your thoughts and priorities with us in Chapter 4. Get up to speed on past open house materials and information by visiting:

Please use the attached flyer to share this information with your networks to ensure their voice is heard. In addition, there is always up-to-date information on our website and social media channels:, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. If you would like a square formatted jpeg of the attached flyer, please let me know.

This has been an unprecedented community effort for the High Line Canal, bringing together Denver area residents spanning 71 miles to develop a shared vision for the future of the Canal.  

Castle Rock Historical Society October 2016 Events

Plenty of events to keep one busy during October!

Click HERE


Homesteads of Roxborough State Park Hike, Saturday Oct. 22

Roxborough State Park volunteers Betsy Healy,  Mike Thomas and Richard Crabb and will be leading the annual fall homestead hike on October 22, 2016 to the south end of Roxborough State Park.  

A short lecture starts promptly at 9:00 am in the visitor center auditorium 

We will then hike to visit more than 6 homesteads in the park.  The hike will cover 7 miles with options to turn around for  1.5, 2.5, or 4 miles.

 Expect history, great views, fun stories, and fall colors.  

Bring water, lunch, and appropriate gear for weather and duration.  

Free with park admission.  Reservations required. Please contact the Park directly at (303-973-3959)

Join us this Saturday for a day full of history and great views!

 The hike to the last two remote stops are steep but worth it. Bring water, lunch, and appropriate gear for weather.  Meet at the visitor center. Call (303) 973-3959 to register 24 hours prior to the event.

Hope to see you there!

History Camp Colorado November 12, 2016

9 am-5 pm Tivoli Student Union on the Auraria Campus, Downtown Denver

Click HERE for more info

First ever History Camp in Denver!

Schweiger Ranch Lone Tree Fall Festival, Saturday, Oct. 8 

Visit the website HERE

Saturday, October 8th, 2016
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Come and join us for Lone Tree’s annual Schweiger Ranch Fall Festival. Pick out your favorite pumpkin in our pumpkin patch or take a hay wagon ride provided by Colorado Carriage Company. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Activities:

  • Hay wagon and Tractor Rides provided by Colorado Carriage Company
  • Pumpkin patch – pumpkins $5 each (cash only)
  • Storytime with Douglas County Libraries - 10:30am
  • Kids Crafts
  • Ranch Tours
  • Cave of Confusion
  • Bluegrass Music
  • Vendors including Food Trucks

Castle Rock Historical Society Needs Help!

Castle Rock Historical Society (CRHS):

CRHS is looking for two,  history minded individuals, to volunteer for the positions of President and Vice - President of the CRHS.  

If you or anyone you know are interested, please contact:

 Dorothy Kelly

Castle Rock Museum  (303) 814-3164


Castle Rock Historical Society News September-October

Lots going on from our friends in Castle Rock

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Calf's Lowell Ranch Harvest Festival

Harvest Day is Here!!!

Saturday, September 24

10 am to 3 pm

Bring the whole Family!

Free Admission and Parking.

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Roxborough Park Fall Activities

Hello From Roxborough,

We will host three big events here at the park.  Please mark your calendars and come join us!

More Information...

  • Geology Rox!  Sunday, Sept.11
  • Archaeology Fair  Saturday, Oct.15
  • Homestead Hike  Saturday, Oct. 22

It's fun for all ages! 

Roxborough State Park, 4751 East Roxborough Dr.,   Roxborough, CO 80125  or 303-973-3959

History Camp Colorado 2016 -  November 12, 2016

Register and find out more at:

History Camp Colorado will be on November 12, 2016 at the Tivoli Student Union on Auraria Campus in this historic building in downtown Denver!  

If you’re a history lover, History Camp is for you. It’s a unique opportunity to spend a day with others from all walks of life who have a passion for history, from authors, teachers, genealogists, and students, to park rangers, museum volunteers, librarians, and individuals from other professions and backgrounds.

History Camp Colorado will the first History Camp in the west.

History Camp started in Boston in 2014, and they’ve grown larger every year.  This year’s sold out more than five weeks in advance.  Other History Camps include History Camp Iowa in Des Moines and History Camp Pioneer Valley  in Holyoke, Massachusetts, which also sold out weeks in advance.

Here’s what some people have attended some of these have had to say:

  • There was such a variety of people and backgrounds that it made things very interesting.
  • I did not realize when I signed up that there would be that many sessions to choose from all day. Solid presenters, great venue, good support.
  • The topics were great and varied enough that I wouldn’t have gotten the breadth of knowledge at any other single event.
  • I was impressed with the number of talks that were offered and the professionalism of the speakers. Also, the event was extremely well organized, the space was perfect, and the lunch was very nice.
  • It was exciting to, each hour, be able to, on a whim, pick a fascinating topic to explore in depth. It was very social too.
  • It was fun to meet people from such a wide variety of backgrounds and interest.
  • The people were great and genuinely interested in what everyone was doing and what they had to say.
  • I was interested and impressed with the topics of discussion.
  • There were so many different subjects and genres of history, all of them interesting, that it was difficult to choose which lectures to attend. I wish I could have been in 2 or 3 places at once.

You can learn more about History Camp, including see photos from past History Camps and read press articles and listen to radio programs about History Camp on the About page.


Unlike a typical conference, at History Camp, anyone can speak, provided we have a time slot.  Here are the sessions as of August 24, 2016.  Read descriptions and learn who will be presenting each one on the Sessions page.

  • Surviving the Titanic – Margaret “Molly” Brown
  • The Lonely Hearts Club: Correspondence Ads during the Civil War & the process of research
  • The Editor is Mostly Right: Tips on Writing and Publishing History
  • The Minting of a Commemorative Coin – A Long Journey
  • Would the Real Molly Brown Please Stand Up
  • Joe the Plumber: The Story of Microhistory
  • Buffalo Bill: Scout, Showman, Visionary
  • The Politics of Coinage: Messages on Early Modern Coins 
  • Colorado’s Favorite Ghost Towns
  • Strong Sisters: Elected Women in Colorado
  • Change and Transition: The Evolution of the Denver Fire Department over 150 Years
  • Carriers of News and Knowledge: Post Office Records
  • Titanic, the Colorado Connection
  • Discovering the Connections Between the Lewis and Clark Expedition’s Corps of Discovery and the War of 1812
  • Sons of the American Revolution Patriot Chest
  • Our National Pastime in the Centennial State 
  • Medal of Honor: General Walker’s Disappearance of January 5, 1943
  • Royal Genealogy and Territory of an Ancient Mixtec Kingdom in Oaxaca, Mexico 
  • Denver’s Brick Sewers
  • Anti-German Sentiment in the Centennial State During WWI
  • Using Emigrant Guides for Research
  • Englewood Colorado’s Amazing History
  • Denver’s Amusement Parks: A Story of Fun
  • Everyday Stuff – Extraordinary People: Resources at the Denver Public Library
  • Cassells Among the Pines: A Once Renowned but Now Forgotten Grand Resort in the Colorado Rockies

Pioneer Cemetary Tour  (Riverside Cemetery)   Saturday, September 24th

Back in 1876, most citizens made the difficult trip west for a better life and finally settled down in Denver. But in the year Colorado became the 38th state, life in the small western town was anything but easy. A cemetery was needed. Those early pioneers’ resting place may not be in Denver’s trendy LoDo, but many of the 66,000 occupants who dwell in Riverside knew Lo-Do before it was called Lower Downtown.

Garry O’Hara has been walking through Riverside Cemetery--- the “pioneer cemetery”---for 15 years.  He knows where their bodies are buried and the stories their graves conceal.  As a volunteer tour guide with the Fairmount Heritage Foundation, O’Hara will escort Roxborough Area Historical Society members and other interested folks through the oldest areas of Riverside cemetery.     

Since the cemetery is located in Denver at 5201 Brighton Blvd, an hour's drive from Roxborough, and according to O’Hara, difficult to find, RAHS suggests that participants carpool from the Roxborough Market Place located at Rampart Range and Waterton roads.  If interested, meet in the parking lot on the east side of the Sonic Drive-In at 8:45 on Saturday, September 24. 

The charge for the tour is $7 for non-members and $5 for members.  Funds will go toward preserving and disseminating the history and heritage of Riverside and Fairmount Cemeteries. 

For more information, check RAHS’ website or email RAHS at  RSVPs are appreciated.

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Roxborough Area Historical Society

History in your own backyard

Visit the Roxborough homestead cabin with a century old story to tell

In the late-1800s, Amos Miksch was a veteran of the Union Army. As a result, he was able to obtain 160 free acres of land in a remote area of the western frontier, build a small cabin and plant his first crops.  After a few years, the small cabin was no longer large enough for Miksch’s growing family so he sold it and moved on.  When he left, the young cavalry soldier never could have imagined his home would still be standing exactly where he built it more than 140 years later!

Miksch’s tale is a small part of the cabin’s history. You’ll hear the rest of story on Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m. when the Roxborough Area Historical Society holds an open house at the cabin, located along Rampart Range road just north of the intersection of Waterton and Rampart Range.

Parking at the cabin is limited, so carpooling is encouraged.  Meet at 9:45 in the parking lot near the Sonic restaurant in the Roxborough Market Place, located at the corner of Waterton Road and Rampart Range.  To RSVP email RAHS at, or for more information check RAHS website

Art Fair launch of ROXBOROUGH book is a huge success

RAHS would like to thank the Roxborough Park Art Committee for allowing co-authors, Flo Tonelli and Char Nauman, to launch their book on the history of Roxborough at the art fair June 4-5.  Flo, Char, Willi Miller, Linda Goodrich and Shelly Stephens sold 132 books.  Eight-hundred dollars was raised for RAHS.  Thanks to all those who purchased the book.

For those unable to purchase ROXBOROUGH at the fair, we’re happy to announce that it is for sale at the P.A.S. S. (Packaging and Shipping Services) store in the Roxborough Marketplace.  Hours are Monday-Thursday 10-6; Friday 10-5 and Saturday 9-1. (Saturday hours may change for family reasons.)

RAHS August Event: The Fly’n B history

Come visit the historic Fly'n B Park for a potluck picnic on Saturday, August 13, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. We'll enjoy good food and a talk by Susie Trumble on the history of the Fly'n B.

The Fly’n B House, formerly known as the Plews House, was built by Matthew Plews in 1906. Mr. Plews was a talented horticulturalist who ran a truck garden on the property for many years. In 1937, he sold the house to O.E. “Smiling Charlie” Stephens, who ran an illegal gambling operation from the house. In 1944, the Stephens family sold the property to Fred and Marguerite Eberhardt. In 1967, the Eberhardt family sold the property to the Gates Rubber Company who traded the site with the Bowen family for their ranch located at Broadway and County Line Rd. In the mid-1980s, construction of C-470 was routed through the heart of the Fly’n B Ranch. The Bowen family held onto the property until 2004 when they sold it to Erickson Retirement Community. In 2006, the house and surrounding five acres were conveyed to the Highlands Ranch Metro District. Fly’n B Park was built and opened in 2010.

Bring your own protein and a dish to share. RAHS will provide utensils, napkins, water and plates. Park rules are listed below. No alcohol please.


The following are prohibited at Highlands Ranch Metro District parks:

  • Littering and dumping
  • Fires, except in grills
  • Fireworks
  • Firearms
  • Archery, paintball, pellet and BB guns
  • Golf
  • Model rockets and airplanes
  • Overnight camping
  • Harassment of wildlife
  • Glass
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