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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 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.

October History & Heritage Events… Plus

Events (all virtual this time around)


October 1

Rocky Mountain PBS: The Great Experiment: CSU at 150. A full-length documentary about the history of Colorado’s land-grant university, produced in honor of Colorado State University’s 150th birthday will air on Rocky Mountain PBS at 8 p.m. on Oct. 1. The documentary, titled The Great Experiment: CSU at 150, was originally to be screened on campus last spring, but the COVID-19 pandemic prevented that and delayed its release. After its debut, the film is expected to be re-aired by Rocky Mountain PBS in the coming months; details will be posted on the station’s online programming schedule. Producer Frank Boring said making the documentary for the university’s sesquicentennial celebration was rewarding because it revealed the long-standing moral character of the institution.

October 3

Zoom: Researching Your Genealogy on the Internet, Creating Your Family Tree. Researching Your Genealogy on the Internet is presented by Bob Larson, instructor for Larimer County Genealogical Society. This is a FREE three hour class comprised of three Internet databases including Ancestry’s Library Edition, MyHeritage, and FamilySearch. Bob will provide information on accessing the databases, how to use the databases in researching your ancestors, how to save the genealogy records for future use, how to build a family tree online the correct way, and how to use the three popular message boards. 9 am – Noon. Please register in advance. 


October 6

Zoom“Which Rivers Go Where?: French Efforts to Understand and Map the American West, 1670-1700.” Speaker: Peter H. Wood is an emeritus professor of early American history from Duke University, best known for his pioneering work on African enslavement in colonial South Carolina. Ever since publishing an article on La Salle in the American Historical Review (April 1984), he has been interested in the extensive and muddled history of early French exploration in the America West.  Registration required: Please email to register.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. 5:30 pm.  

October 12

Zoom: The Professor Comes West: Major John Wesley Powell’s Expeditions in Colorado in 1867-1869. In 1867, Major John Wesley Powell, a Civil War artillery officer turned college professor and curator of the Illinois Natural History Museum, ventured west with a small part of friends, family, and students to explore and document the Rocky Mountains on the first of what would become over a decade of annual expeditions.  The most noted was theMajor’s 1869 expedition that took him and a party of eight men down the Green and Grand (now Colorado) Rivers including the first recorded foray through the length of the Grand Canyon. 7 pm. Hosted by the Loveland Historical Society. 

October 15

Zoom: Homestead National Monument with Jon Fairchild. Jon Fairchild will give a presentation on the Homestead National Monument, its historical significance and on utilizing homesteading records for genealogical research. Homestead National Monument of America is located in Beatrice, Nebraska. It sits on the site of the Freeman homestead, the first parcel claimed under the Homestead Act of 1862. President Franklin Roosevelt signed legislation designating this land as a National Monument in 1936. 6:30 pm. Hosted by the Larimer County Genealogical Society. 

October 17

Zoom: A Primer on Using MyHeritage Database & Website. MyHeritage has rapidly risen in status among the “Big Four” Genealogy Research Sites (Ancestry, FamilySearch and FindMyPast) since its inception in 2003. Over the past five years, in particular, it has added many technological innovations to its web site. This presentation will provide an overview of the best and most frequently used features of MyHeritage and will also provide a short introduction to it’s Personal Genealogy Software Program—Family Tree Builder. Family Tree Builder and MyHeritage work together like Family Tree Maker and Ancestry. MyHeritage has also developed a very effective set of tools for displaying and exploring your DNA data, for not only its own DNA tests; but, also, for data from other DNA testing companies. Incorporated into the presentation will be on-line demonstrations of many of MyHeritage’s key features, and a comparison between the Home and Library Editions. 9 am – Noon. Hosted by the Larimer County Genealogical Society and Poudre Libraries. Please register in advance.  

October 20

ZoomPrejudice and the Shaping of the American West. Chris Lane will be speaking. This meeting is hosted by the Rocky Mountain Map Society. Registration Required:  Please email in order to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 5:30 pm.  

October 22

Zoom: The Rich and Complex History of Día de los Muertos will be presented from 6-8 pm Thursday, Oct. 22, in a virtual program hosted by the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures.  Daniela Castillo, Senior Instructor in CSU’s Department of Journalism & Media Communication, will explore the magical history of Day of the Dead, a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico honoring family members and friends who have passed. $5. Hosted by the Global Village Museum of Art and Cultures.

Zoom: History Brown Bag: Time Capsule Opening. How do you send a message to the future? In October of 1967 and again in October of 1970, Greeley residents gathered together to do just that. They collected items that reflected who they were and what their lives were like and buried them in two time capsules. Both are set to open this year. Join the City of Greeley Historic Preservation Commission and the City of Greeley Museums as we unveil a selection of items from both capsules live via Zoom on October 22, 2020, at noon. Hint: Log on a few minutes early for an extra bonus. Noon – 1 pm. Free. 

October 24

ZoomIntermediate Genealogy Part II with Bob Larson. Now that you’ve looked at basic records such as the census and vital records, are you wondering what to do next?  Intermediate Genealogy Part Two will help you advance beyond these basic records. This Part Two class will teach you how to access and use the following records in depth: directories, land records, immigration, passenger, and naturalization records, court records, and lineage societies in depth. Learn new terms such as Gazeteer, grantor, grantee, metes & bounds, sections & acres, immigration ports, wills, probate process, testate, intestate, declaration of intent, final decrees, DNA testing, DAR, SAR, and other esoteric terms that tend to confuse novice record users and where to find these records. Please register in advance. 9 sm – Noon.

October 27

Zoom or Facebook Live: How Northern Colorado Has Faced Past Pandemics. We’ve been here before. Pandemics aren’t all the same, but there are themes that remain true from one to the next. And we’ve dealt with several pandemics in the past couple hundred years here in Northern Colorado. In this presentation, you’ll hear from several of Historic Larimer County’s board members on how past pandemics affected the part of the county that each board member represents. 7 pm. Free.  

October 29Zoom: Hanal Pixán:  Day of the Dead in the Yucatan Peninsula will be presented from 6-8 pm Thursday, Oct. 29, in a virtual program hosted by the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures.  María Inés Canto Carrillo, Assistant Professor of Spanish in CSU’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, will explore the cultural practices and traditions around Hanal Pixán, the name given to the Day of the Dead celebration of the Maya people who live in the Yucatan Peninsula. $5. Hosted by the Global Village Museum of Art and Cultures.

Sad News

Pinehurst, Homesteaded in 1885, Lost in Cameron Peak Fire – The Cameron Peak Fire has had some devastating effects upon our local history sites. One of the properties where multiple historic buildings were wiped out was at Pinehurst in the Poudre Canyon. Check out this North 40 News article by Annie Lindgren on the history of the property. 

As Cameron Peak Fire claims historic cabins, here are others that could be at risk – The Coloradoan also had an article written by Erin Udell on historic buildings at risk due to the fire. 



Other Items of Note

Blog posts from Historic Larimer County: 

Forest Fires and the Poudre Canyon – In late August, Historic Larimer County published an article by Sue Schneider on previous fires in the canyon. Sue is part owner of Pinehurst (mentioned above), though she wrote the article before Pinehurst succumbed to the fire. 

Gooch-e in Loveland – Nomination forms for historic districts can be a great way to find out the history of various historic buildings. Check out this article on a historic building in downtown Loveland that  once housed the H. A. Gooch Dry Goods Company. (How many of my readers have never heard of Gucci and won’t get the pun? All the same, I’m glad to  have all you young folks on board!)

Blog posts from History Colorado: 

1904: The Most Corrupt Election in Colorado – In the early months of 1905, the whole state of Colorado was in an uproar. Miners were on strike, an election clerk had just jumped out of a moving train while fleeing the law, and nobody knew who the governor really was. And it was all caused by one of the most corrupt elections in American history.

History Need Not Repeat Itself – This is a unique moment in American history, for the nation is grappling simultaneously with a pandemic and an economic catastrophe.

The Historic Homes Tour…  pandemic style: 

Due to COVID, Meg is only putting together one month’s worth of events at a time. Once things pick back up again, we’ll have two month’s worth of events added here regularly again. 

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Fort Collins, CO 80522