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Northern Colorado History & Heritage Events

This list includes as many history talks, tours, and reenactments as we could find. Also included are fundraisers being held by local historical societies, museums, and other history-related organizations.

Though this is the most comprehensive list of history and heritage events available for Northern Colorado, it sometimes happen that an event is missed. If you know of an event that’s not included here, please hop over to our Contact page and send us a note about what’s missing. It also occasionally happens that a typo sneaks its way into the text and a wrong date or time is listed. So we recommend that whenever you find an event that you’d like to attend, please click through on the link provided to get more information directly from the source.

This list is compiled by Meg Dunn who is a member of the Historic Larimer County board. Meg also publishes articles at NorthernColoradoHistory.com and produces this events list as an eNewsletter sent out under the heading of “History Now.” If you would like to receive this list directly to your inbox, sign up here. The newsletter is published around the end of each month. If you’re not seeing it, please check your spam folder.

June History & Heritage Events

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date and location of these events.

June 1

Berthoud: Get your Berthoud Day off to a running start when the Berthoud Historical Society hosts its first Berthoud Day Pre-Parade Party and Free Museum Day in the Pioneer Courtyard. Live music begins at 9:30 am and will be provided by the Blue Mountain Ramblers. The parade begins at 11:00, please feel free to stay and sit in the chairs set up in front of the museum, a prime viewing spot! The Museum will be open and free of charge from 12:00 pm to 4 pm, immediately following the parade. A local youth group, along with the BHS Garden Group, will be planting the “Three Sisters” courtyard garden with corn, beans, and squash. Berthoud Day is a prime time to see pavers and flagstones ordered over the winter and inscribed this spring. 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum, 224 Mountain Ave.

Greeley: Theme Day: Scandinavian Heritage at the Centennial Village Museum. Members of the community will present aspects of Scandinavian history and culture at the Friends Pavilion at Centennial Village Museum during this theme day. 10 am – 4 pm. Presentations are: 11 am — Sharran Martin will wear a native dress. She will bring dala horses of various sizes and discuss how dala horses came to be symbols of Sweden. In addition, she will talk about her personal Swedish heritage. 12 pm — Peg Isakson will demonstrate how to make a Swedish star ornament from ribbon. 1pm — Sandy Magnuson will make a presentation assuming the role of her grandmother (ala Chautauqua) and then segue into Swedish folks stories.
$8/Adult, $6/Senior, $5/Youth.

Aurora: Field Trip to Plains Conservation Center. Take a trip back in time to Colorado’s high plains and pioneer life in the mid-1800s. After a stop at the Gift Shop, a wagon will take us to the various stops, including a true-to-life homestead and a Native American village. Car pool leaves Loveland’s 5th St/Lincoln parking lot at 8:30am. You must register through the Denver Botanic Garden’s website. And please RSVP to sadanhau@gmail.com. $10 per person. Lunch nearby, TBD. Hosted by the Loveland Historical Society. 8:30 am – 3 pm.


June 3

Fort Collins: A Civil War Reenactment will be presented at the Civil War Roundtable at 1 pm by Curt Cochran and Donnie Barrett. The Civil War Roundtable takes place each month at Harmony Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Boardwalk. Free.

Greeley: Lone Valley School Summer Daycamp. It’s time for school—in the year 1922! Students will learn about local history, practice proper penmanship, and play historical games. Enroll your child to experience learning in a one-room schoolhouse at the Centennial Village Museum. Participation is $60 per youth, ages 6 through 11. Cancellations must be made at least 7 days in advance of the camp. Register at MyGreeleyRec.com. 9 am – noon. $60.


June 6

Greeley: History Brown Bag: Battlefields, Cemeteries and Monuments of WWI in Europe. Military History Enthusiast and Geology and Geochemistry Professor Emeritus Don Runnells will present about Battlefields, Cemeteries, and Monuments of World War I in Europe. In this travelogue presentation of WWI sites he has visited, Dr. Runnells will explain how these places and events changed world history. Noon – 1 pm. Greeley History Museum – 714 8th St.


June 7

Virginia Dale: Western Dance & Pie Auction at the Virginia Dale Stage Station. Come enjoy a good ‘ole fashioned Western dance with music by Barely Gettin’ By, and take home a delicious home baked pie to boot! $10 Admission/person (Free for kids under 12). (See flyer below for directions.) 7 – 11 pm.

Red Feather Lakes: The Red Feather Historical Society is holding its Annual Dinner from 5 – 9 pm at Beaver Meadows Resort Pavilion. $20 per person. RSVP by May 24.


June 8

Fort Collins: Culture in the Courtyard: Home Sweet Homestead. Culture in the Courtyard is a drop-in program. With fun, hands-on activities along the way, visitors of all ages can peruse three historical cabins from Fort Collins history and a schoolhouse from 1905. Washing clothes by hand, tying knots, and panning for gold… just a normal day in the life of a 19th century Homesteader! Stop by FCMoD’s Heritage Courtyard in Library Park to learn some homesteading skills to help you survive out here in the West. Suggested donation: $3. This program is located in the Heritage Courtyard in Library Park at 200 Mathews Street. 10 am – 1 pm.

Virginia Dale: Swing by for the Open House & Craft Show at the historic Virginia Dale Stage Station. Meet historical speakers, including Virginia herself. A mock trial will be put on by the Laramie Widowmakers. Local artisans will have booths, there will be book signings with local authors, there’s a wine tasting from 12 – 3 pm with Ten Bears Winery and a whole lot more! Scroll down to the flyer at the end of the June events list for all the details! 9 am – 4 pm.

Eaton: The American Historical Society for Germans from Russia is hosting a lunch-time potluck in Eaton at the Community Center.

Horsetooth Reservoir: Stout: the City under Horsetooth. 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm. After a decade of prosperity, Stout quickly became an abandoned ghost town that now sets the foundation underneath Horsetooth Reservoir. Come listen to stories about the town itself and how it became the reservoir we know today. Contact Email: borlanan@co.larimer.co.us Contact Phone: (970) 619-4489 Contact Name: Angela Borland Department: Natural Resources Horsetooth Reservoir 4200 W County Rd 38 E. Hosted by the Natural Resources Department of Larimer County.


June 9

Fort Collins: Hands-On History, Here at FCMoD, we know that history is so much more than words in a textbook. Explore the fascinating world of our region’s past with a hands-on craft or activity in the exhibits gallery. We might even have more fun than Auntie Stone at her dinner parties! Included with admission. 10 am – 1 pm At the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.


June 10

Loveland: Enos Mills: Crusader for the Wisdom of Wilderness. Enos Mills: Crusader for the Wisdom of Wilderness is a reenactment by Kurtis Kelly. For his tireless efforts, Enos Mills (1870-1922) is remembered as the father of Rocky Mountain National Park and a visionary who heralded the modern field of guided nature interpretation. His 1884 arrival in Colorado at age 14 was the start of an abiding reverence for the mountains and nature. 7 – 8 pm. (I assume this is happening at the Loveland Museum, though I couldn’t find a location listed on the website.)


June 12

BerthoudReckless Abandon kicks off the 2019 Concerts in the Pioneer Courtyard summer series! The gates open at 5:30 pm, and music begins at 6:30. As always, the concert is free, and we will have food and drink available for purchase. Bring your favorite lawn chair and join us in one of the more unique and intimate outdoor venues in Northern Colorado for an evening of great music and wonderful food! Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum, 224 Mountain Avenue.

Loveland: Loveland History Fun for Families: Mountain Man Rendezvous. Come by the Loveland Museum for an open house style workshop where you can explore Loveland’s history with projects, scavenger hunts, and maybe a surprise visitor or two! 12 – 2 pm.

Greeley: Skål! A Guided Talk and Taste. Join us for an evening talk and taste at the Greeley History Museum and Tower 56 Distilling! All the way from the Museum of Danish America, Curator Tova Brandt will lead an in-depth tour of Skål! Scandinavian Spirits exhibit followed by a guided tasting of the Scandinavian liquor aquavit along with several food pairings. The evening will finish at Tower 56 Distillery, 825 9th St. Unit B, with a guided tour detailing their distilling process. Buy your ticket soon! Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by calling 970-350-9215 or visiting the Greeley History Museum’s front desk. Event is limited to 25 participants. Must be 21+. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable. Presented by Aalborg and Linie Aquavits, Skål! Scandinavian Spirits was created by the Museum of Danish America. Catering will be provided by Cat’s Kitchen. 6 – 8 pm.


June 13

Greeley: 1930s Garden Party. Participate in a 1930s era garden party complete with light refreshments and characters from Greeley’s history. Historical reenactment elements of this gathering are based on a meeting of the local Want to Know Club in 1931. Guests can choose to participate as characters from history, biographies provided upon arrival to the party, or they can come as themselves! Tickets must be purchased in advance for this program and are available starting May 1, 2019 at the Greeley History Museum or by calling 970-350-9220. Tickets are nonrefundable. $25. 1 – 3 pm. Centennial Village Museum – 1475 A St.

Fort Collins: Digital Earth: Beer. Take a global journey about beer with your guides: geologist Dr. Bob Raynolds, Digital Dome Manager Ben Gondrez, and guest presenter Travis Rupp – instructor of classics at the University of Colorado Boulder and research & development manager at Avery Brewing Company. Rupp will explore the origins of beer in the ancient Middle East and Egypt, and its journey across the world, using immersive satellite images projected onto the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater. Then you’ll have the opportunity to sample beers inspired by your recent immersive travels! Pre-registration is recommended. This event is 21+Must be 21 to purchase & participate. $10/$8 for members. Lecture begins at 6 pm at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery, 408 Mason Ct.


June 14

Fort Collins: FCMoD Collections Tour. Our museum collection contains more artifacts than we could ever hope to display in our exhibits. Step behind the scenes and get a special tour of our full collection. Our curators will be there to show off the unseen world of Fort Collins’ past… and to answer any burning questions you might have! This program is free, however due to limited capacity we do require registration. Recommended for ages 12+. 2 – 2:30 pm at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

Red Feather Lakes: The Red Feather Historical Society is hosting a talk on the US Forest Service in Red Feather Lakes – Past History & Future. 3 pm. Meet in the RFL Library Stenzel room – Free. RSVP by June 12.


June 15

Soapstone: Hike through the Ages. 9 am – 3 pm. Explore with experts in geology, ecology, and history to learn how Soapstone Prairie came to be, the creatures that keep in functioning, and the homesteading and ranching history of this area. Visit several homestead ruins and hear stories about pioneer families! Please bring a lunch, sun protection, plenty of water, and closed-toe shoes! The program will include a 6-7 mile off-trail strenuous hike. Meet at the South Parking Lot.

Fort Collins: The Museo is open for visitors! Drop on by and check out the latest donation — an adobe dollhouse. The Museo is located at 425 10th Street, just northeast of the Lincoln/LeMay intersection. 10 am – 1 pm.

Fort Collins/Laporte: Big Splash at the Waterworks! Poudre Landmarks Foundation invites the public to its annual Big Splash at the Fort Collins Water Works on June 15, 2019, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 2005 N. Overland Trail. This free event is a Fort Collins favorite that offers fun for all ages. Take a journey into the past and discover how this facility began delivering our most precious resource to a thirsty town in 1883. The event includes tours of the historic buildings; bucket brigade, fire engine, and history booth from Poudre Fire Authority; blacksmithing demonstration; water trivia and educational games and activities; live music and entertainment; food vendor. Commemorating the month the facility first delivered water to Fort Collins in June 1883, the Big Splash event is free to the public. Donations are welcome and go toward the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area.

Estes Park: Bird and Bierstadt. 7 – 8 pm. Come learn about 2 of the best known tourists, Isabella Bird and Albert Bierstadt. This program will include their stories, examples of their work, and the opportunity to make your own travel journal! Contact Email: borlanan@co.larimer.co.us Contact Phone: (970) 619-4489 Contact Name: Angela Borland Department: Natural Resources Hermit Park Open Space 17 Hermit Park Road. Hosted by the Natural Resources Department of Larimer County.


June 16

Fort Collins: It’s Father’s Day, which means dad’s ride the streetcar for free (with a paying child). Due to high ridership on this day, City Park will be the only boarding location for new riders. Riders hopping off at Howes that want to hop back on again later will need to grab a transfer.


June 18

Fort Collins: The Development of History and Identity in Central America. The building of museums helped shape the national history and ethnicity of Central America, and Christopher Muscato looks back in time to examine the origins of the artifacts.  The presentation follows the history and development of Central America through the colonial period and into the early years of the republics.  The debates and questions about creating national identities and national histories impacted Central America as a region and as individual countries. Presented by Christopher Muscato, Adjunct professor at UNC Department of History. Non profit MAIA (Denver) [education of rural Mayan girls in Guatemala] will speak about their nonprofit prior to the presentation. 5 pm – 7 pm. $5.


June 19

Red Feather Lakes: Morning Fresh Dairy/Pleasant Valley School Tour & Horsetooth Reservoir, hosted by the Red Feather Lakes Historical Society. 9 am – 4 pm –   Meet at Glacier View Gate 8 at 8:45 am. Bring water, sack lunch, sunscreen, wear hat and good walking shoes. Info on page 3.  Cost is $10 for RFHS members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by June 16


June 20

Fort Collins: Discovery After Dark: Women’s History in Fort Collins. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrage in the United States, the Collections and Archives staff of Fort Collins Museum of Discovery will share stories and photographs of notable Fort Collins women in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater. Highlighting the paths of many local luminaries, this will be an inspirational evening full of historic images, audio recordings, and fascinating information! The program is one hour with time for questions at the end. $7/$5 for members. Pre-registration is recommended. 6:30 – 8 pm.

Fort Collins: Genealogy Educational Opportunities with Glenn York. This presentation will explore the range of learning opportunities available to advance your genealogical skills and knowledge. We will discuss free and low cost opportunities that require little or no travel. We will also discuss the National Conferences and Genealogical Institutes. Glenn York is the current president of the Larimer County Genealogical Society, and also the leader of the DNA Study Group. He has been doing genealogy since 1983. His current focus is on genetic genealogy.At the Good Samaritan Society, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.


June 22

Laporte: Explore Bingham Hill.  Historic Larimer County hopes to provide a tour of the Bingham Hill Cemetery and Bingham Hill Farm. Stay tuned for more details! This tour is free for Historic Larimer County members and only $5 for non-members. 10 am. HLC members often like to get together for a meal after tours like this. If you have a favorite restaurant in this area, ping Meg with your suggestion – Meg@historiclarimercounty.org.

Livermore: Join the Livermore Community Club for an evening of fun, laughter and music. Wayne Faust, Comedian and Musician, will charm you with his humor and talent.  Doors open at 6:30pm and the concert starts at 7:30pm. $15. This event supports the Livermore Community Hall.


June 26

Berthoud: Concert in the Pioneer Courtyard with Roz Brown. The gates open at 5:30 pm, and music begins at 6:30. As always, the concert is free, and we will have food and drink available for purchase. Bring your favorite lawn chair and join us in one of the more unique and intimate outdoor venues in Northern Colorado for an evening of great music and wonderful food! Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum, 224 Mountain Avenue.

Loveland: Loveland History Fun for Families: Cherries, Cherries, and More Cherries. Come by the Loveland Museum for an open house style workshop where you can explore Loveland’s history with projects, scavenger hunts, and maybe a surprise visitor or two! 12 – 2 pm.


June 29

Loveland: Loveland Historical Society members picnic.  We’ve reserved Shelter #1. First we’ll hear from President Abraham Lincoln at 11am, then he will join us for a pot luck lunch, so please bring plenty. LHS will provide tableware and bottled water. 11 am – 3 pm.


June 29 – 30

GreeleyGreeley Stampede at Centennial Village Museum. The Greeley Stampede is Colorado’s premier summer western celebration. This longstanding event has grown in diversity and popularity since its inception and has provided music and rodeo entertainment to hundreds of thousands of people every summer. The event includes concerts, world class rodeos, a demolition derby, midway games and rides, food vendors, a beer garden and so much more. Those who purchase admission to the Stampede can enjoy Centennial Village Museum as part of their entrance as well. During the Greeley Stampede, the museum’s entrance is moved to the north side of the Village and guests must enter through the Stampede’s gates and purchase Stampede admission. Centennial Village Museum is a living history experience that features over 35 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Visitors step back in time and learn about the early pioneer settling of the western high plains, a time when grand houses, growing businesses, extensive prairies and agriculture were all a part of daily life. Demonstrations vary each day and may include blacksmithing, historic printing, tortilla making, chuckwagon cooking, and more. For more information about the Greeley Stampede visit GreeleyStampede.org. Noon – 4 pm.

July Events – Mark your calendar!

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July 4

Fort Collins: Old-Fashioned Fourth Of July At The 1879 Avery House. Celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth of July at the 1879 Avery House, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 328 W. Mountain Ave. Admission is free and offers fun for all ages. This event coincides with the City of Fort Collins July 4th Parade, beginning at 10 a.m. that runs west on Mountain Avenue from Meldrum Street in front of the Avery House, finishing at Jackson Avenue near City Park. Celebrants can enjoy the parade and then head to the Avery House lawn to continue the festivities. 10 am – 2 pm.

Fort Collins: The Fort Collins Streetcar will be running today, which means this is a great way to get around to see all that’s happening between City Park and downtown.

GreeleyGreeley Stampede at Centennial Village Museum. The Greeley Stampede is Colorado’s premier summer western celebration. This longstanding event has grown in diversity and popularity since its inception and has provided music and rodeo entertainment to hundreds of thousands of people every summer. The event includes concerts, world class rodeos, a demolition derby, midway games and rides, food vendors, a beer garden and so much more. Those who purchase admission to the Stampede can enjoy Centennial Village Museum as part of their entrance as well. During the Greeley Stampede, the museum’s entrance is moved to the north side of the Village and guests must enter through the Stampede’s gates and purchase Stampede admission. Centennial Village Museum is a living history experience that features over 35 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Visitors step back in time and learn about the early pioneer settling of the western high plains, a time when grand houses, growing businesses, extensive prairies and agriculture were all a part of daily life. Demonstrations vary each day and may include blacksmithing, historic printing, tortilla making, chuckwagon cooking, and more. For more information about the Greeley Stampede visit GreeleyStampede.org. Noon – 4 pm.


July 6

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area: Bison-Archaeology Connection, 9am – 11:30 am. Learn about the acquisition of Soapstone Prairie, the history of the American bison, and the treasures uncovered at the Lindenmeier archaeological site. Hike of 0.25 miles, easy. Meet at the south parking lot which is approximately a one hour drive time from Fort Collins. Registration opens June 6th through the City of Fort Collins website.


July 6 – 7

GreeleyGreeley Stampede at Centennial Village Museum. The Greeley Stampede is Colorado’s premier summer western celebration. This longstanding event has grown in diversity and popularity since its inception and has provided music and rodeo entertainment to hundreds of thousands of people every summer. The event includes concerts, world class rodeos, a demolition derby, midway games and rides, food vendors, a beer garden and so much more. Those who purchase admission to the Stampede can enjoy Centennial Village Museum as part of their entrance as well. During the Greeley Stampede, the museum’s entrance is moved to the north side of the Village and guests must enter through the Stampede’s gates and purchase Stampede admission. Centennial Village Museum is a living history experience that features over 35 historical buildings, costumed interpreters, heritage farm animals, and 8-acres of beautifully landscaped grounds. Visitors step back in time and learn about the early pioneer settling of the western high plains, a time when grand houses, growing businesses, extensive prairies and agriculture were all a part of daily life. Demonstrations vary each day and may include blacksmithing, historic printing, tortilla making, chuckwagon cooking, and more. For more information about the Greeley Stampede visit GreeleyStampede.org. Noon – 4 pm.


July 8

Loveland: Colorado Inventors and Inventions. Bill Reich will regale us again on a topic related to his book series about Colorado industries. It should not be a surprise that today CO has many high-tech industries and that cutting-edge technology is not new to our state nor to our time. “Necessity is the mother of invention” is a saying attributed to Plato, but Coloradoans took the saying to heart and invented a variety of devices and processes to help them survive and prosper during the nineteenth century. There were patents for all kinds of devices: railroad, mining, bicycles, agricultural equipment, inventions by women inventors, me… (Sorry. The entry just ends there.) At the Loveland Museum. 7 – 8 pm.


July 10

Berthoud: Concert in the Pioneer Courtyard with Caitlyn Taussig. The gates open at 5:30 pm, and music begins at 6:30. As always, the concert is free, and we will have food and drink available for purchase. Bring your favorite lawn chair and join us in one of the more unique and intimate outdoor venues in Northern Colorado for an evening of great music and wonderful food! Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum, 224 Mountain Avenue.


July 13

Fort Collins: Sweet Treats. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Cool down with ice cream and fresh-squeezed lemonade at FCMoD’s Heritage Courtyard, located in Library Park. Culture in the Courtyard is a drop-in program from 10:00am – 1:00pm. With fun, hands-on activities along the way, visitors of all ages can peruse three historical cabins from Fort Collins history and a schoolhouse from 1905, all of which are a part of the museum’s collection. Suggested donation: $3 This program is located in the Heritage Courtyard in Library Park at 200 Mathews Street. 10 am – 1 pm.

Fort Collins: The 2019 Avery Edwards Edson Sisters Tea. Experience a traditional Victorian tea in the fine tradition of Sarah Avery and Phoebe Edson, the storied Edson Sisters. Through a long-awaited partnership, this year’s tea celebrates the family at both the ladies’ homes, nestled next door to each other in Old Town Fort Collins. Take a catered tea and hors d’oeuvres at the regal Edwards House, Phoebe’s 1904 home and tour the lush grounds, gardens, and interior of the historic 1879 Avery House. Sip tea and indulge in sweet and savory bites and enjoy the Avery House’s new exhibit Mabel Avery: a Portrait in Garmenture. Delicious tea and food are catered, and there are two seatings, at 10 am and 2 pm, with docent-guided tours throughout the day. Proceeds from ticket sales and the silent auction go toward the nonprofit Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s mission to preserve, restore, protect, and interpret the architectural and cultural heritage of the Fort Collins area. For more information, email poudrelandmarks@gmail.com, call (970) 221-0533, or visit poudrelandmarks.org. Admission $40 per person/seating. Tickets on sale soon! All sales final.

Greeley: Happy Birthday, Mr. Meeker! If Nathan Meeker were alive today, he’d be 202 years old! Join the City of Greeley Museums for a celebration of historic note…the city founder’s birthday! Enjoy games, light refreshments and brief tours in celebration of Nathan Meeker. Admission is free. Built in 1870, the Meeker Home is a unique adobe two-story home listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1929, Greeley residents organized and purchased the home to be Greeley’s first official museum and today it’s one of three city museums open to the public. Original Meeker family furnishings and other items from late 19th century Weld County homes can be viewed inside the museum. The museum’s lawn is part of the city’s public park system and includes interpretive panels that show some of Greeley’s history. 10 am – 2 pm. Free and open to the public.


July 14

Fort Collins: Hands-On History, Here at FCMoD, we know that history is so much more than words in a textbook. Explore the fascinating world of our region’s past with a hands-on craft or activity in the exhibits gallery. We might even have more fun than Auntie Stone at her dinner parties! Included with admission. 10 am – 1 pm At the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.

Timnath: Totally Timnath. 10 am. HLC is still putting together the details for their historic Timnath tour. Watch this newsletter for more details, or check out the Historic Larimer County website. This tour is free for Historic Larimer County members and only $5 for non-members.


July 15

Loveland: Devil’s Backbone Historical Hike. Enjoy a two-mile hike to the Keyhole and back along the lower trail. The group will stop at multiple places along the trail for short history updates. Local historian Ken Jessen makes the hike enjoyable for all abilities. Transportation provided, meet at the Chilson Center. $42. Sign up through the Chilson Center.


July 16

Fort Collins:  Panama and the Canal Zone & The Panama Canal’s Newly Completed Third Set of Locks. 5 – 7pm. $5. Klaus Lorenz has traveled to 99 countries spanning all the world’s continents. He traveled to Panama for three weeks in November 2017, and his presentation will discuss the history, geography, and population of the country as well as his visits to unique locations. Dan Gessler worked on the final hydraulic performance testing of the third set of locks at the Panama Canal.  He will discuss why the new, larger locks were constructed and how they use less water than the older, smaller locks.  The newer locks work using only gravity flow without pumps.


July 17

Red Feather Lakes: History of Wellington & Historic Bender Farm. Meet at Glacier View Gate 8 at 8:30 am. Bring water, sack lunch, sunscreen, wear hat and good walking shoes. 8:30 am – 3 pm. Cost is $10 for RFHS members, $15 for nonmembers. RSVP by July 14.


July 18

Fort Collins: Discovery After Dark: Humans In Space. July 20, 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the Moon (Apollo 11). NASA’s recent Twins Study represents a number of important landmarks as well, including their first One Year Mission and involvement of identical twin astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly to help scientists better understand the effects of long duration spaceflight on human health. Dr. Susan Bailey, Professor, Radiation Cancer Biology and Oncology at Colorado State University, was one of the principal investigators on the Twins Study and will present her work and findings and what they mean for future long-term space travel and habitation. Presentation will begin at 6:30pm followed by Q&A. Tickets: $10/$8 for Fort Collins Museum of Discovery members.


July 20

Fort Collins: A Colorful History of the Poudre River. 9:30 – 11 am. Enjoy a leisurely hike to consider the origins of the Cache la Poudre River and explore both the history and future of people along the river. We will also explore current development and restoration projects. Please bring water and sun protection.1-2 miles; easy Location: Meet at Heritage Park behind the Northside Aztlan Community Center. Registration will open on June 20th on the City of Fort Collins website.

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area: A Day in the Life of Your Ice Age Neighbor. 10 – 11:30 am. Come on a journey back in time to learn what it was like to live in this area for the Paleoindians who thrived here during the last Ice Age. What was it like living here more than 10,000 years ago? Walk through the day in the life of your Ice-Age neighbors. You’ll begin by reviewing the discoveries made during the Lindenmeier Archaeological study and then whisk back in time to see how people lived, hunted, cooperated, and thrived. Please bring water, closed-toe shoes, and sun/wind protection. 0.50 miles; easy. Location: Soapstone Prairie, approximately one-hour drive time from Fort Collins. Meet at the north parking lot. Registration will open on the City of Fort Collins website on June 20th.

Greeley: Theme Day: Quilt History. Join us for an opportunity to see and learn about historical and modern quilts in the Centennial Village setting from local quilters. 10 am – 4 pm. $8/Adult, $6/Senior, $5/Youth.

Livermore: Joe Smith & The Spicy Pickles are playing at the Livermore Community Hall. Their music is 30’s, 40’s Jazz. They put on an outstanding show!! Purchase tickets online. This event helps to raise money for the Community Hall.

Red Feather Lakes: “Artistry in Stone” The Colorado Alabaster Industry by Jason Marmor – Meet at the RFL Library Stenzel room. 3 pm. Free. RSVP by July 18.


July 24

Berthoud: Concert in the Pioneer Courtyard with Jim Deeming. The gates open at 5:30 pm, and music begins at 6:30. As always, the concert is free, and we will have food and drink available for purchase. Bring your favorite lawn chair and join us in one of the more unique and intimate outdoor venues in Northern Colorado for an evening of great music and wonderful food! Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum, 224 Mountain Avenue.


July 25

Greeley: History Brown Bag: Young Chautauquans Perform. Local Young Chautauquans will present as various important historical characters as part of the Historic Preservation Program’s History Brown Bag Series. The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission presents the  2019 History Brown Bag series held generally on the 4th Thursday of each month from January through October. Admission is free and no reservations are required. Free.


July 26 – 27

Greeley: Centennial Village Museum at the Weld County Fair. Experience the Weld County western frontier with demonstrations, chuck wagon cooking, historic games, and more. Admission is $3 per person ages 3+. For information about the Weld County Fair, visit weldcountyfair.com. 10 am – 4 pm. Centennial Village Museum – 1475 A St. $3/Person ages 3+.


July 29

Estes Park/RMNP: Rocky Mountain National Park Historic Hike. Everyone knows RMNP is full of beauty and iconic images, but what about the history of the area? Local historian Ken Jessen will take you to a number of different sites within the park to show you remnants of long-gone structures and tell stories of the early days. Enjoy 1.5 miles of hiking at an elevation of 9,000 ft on uneven surfaces. Bring water and a sack lunch. Transportation provided. Meet at the Chilson Center. $60.


July 30 – August 2

Berthoud: The Berthoud Historical Society is hosting a History Day Camp for kids. 9 am – 3 pm., Tuesday, July 30 to Friday, August 2, 2019. School marm Teri Johnson will introduce 12 students to daily themes that include life as a Native American and an early settler, a typical day in a one-room country school, and life in Berthoud, circa 1900. Tuition is $95 per student ($10 discount for an additional sibling). Call the museum at 970-532-2147 for more information, and to reserve your spot.

If you know of any July events that aren’t listed here, please let me know at meg@northerncoloradohistory.com. Thanks!

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Historic Larimer County
PO Box 1909
Fort Collins, CO 80522