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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.

March History & Heritage Events

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March 2

Lyons: Enjoy old-time reels, mixers, squares, waltzes and flat-footing to live fiddle/banjo music at the Lyons Old-Time Square Dance! All dances are taught and are beginner/family-friendly. Dances are easiest earlier in the evening and become more complex as the evening progresses. Come alone, bring family/friends/kids and join our mix of beginner and welcoming seasoned dancers. No experience, partner or special shoes required. **Please help us spread the word and hope to see you on the dance floor!** 7-10pm in the Oskar Blues event room, 303 Main St, $10/adult, $5 child, $25/family.


March 4

Fort Collins: The Civil War Roundtable should be taking place today. I’m hoping to get a copy of the schedule soon. In the meantime, you can always just try showing up. If they’re there, I can almost guarantee you’ll be welcomed with open arms. Meetings are at 1 pm at Harmony Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Boardwalk. 


March 5

Fort Collins: The Case sisters will talk about attending Eggers school in the Poudre Canyon as well as saving and preserving the school. This Fort Collins Historical Society presentation will take place at 7 pm at the Masonic Temple, 225 W. Oak Street. Free and open to the public.


March 9

Fort Collins: Fort Collins Community Barn Dance Come alone or with a partner – this is a great dance for beginners or experts alike. No experience is necessary – all dances are taught before-hand (circles, reels and squares). 7 – 10 pm at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, 144 S Mason St. The cost is $10 for adults and $25 for families. Youth 12 and under are free. Live fiddle music from Joe Vittetoe & Bob Zuellig with backup by John Carr, Chip Belcher, and Darrin Goodman; Chris Kermiet. 


March 10

Fort Collins: Hands-On History at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. 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 gallery. We might even have more fun than Auntie Stone at her dinner parties! Included with admission. 10 am – 1 pm. 


March 13

TBD: Northern Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society will be meeting. Speaker and location to be determined. Check the website for updated information. 

Fort Collins: From Silent Sam to Phnom Pehn: Monuments in History and Myths. Out of the chaos and pain of Charlottesville, museum professionals, public historians, and community leaders must move quickly to face the challenges of competing historical memory, claims of heritage desecration and the ongoing scourge of racism. This talk will take on the tough issues that communities across America—and analogous locales overseas—must face as white supremacy, political quagmires and visions of reconciliation with the past collide. 6 – 7:30 pm. Colorado State University Clark Building A 204.


March 14

Fort Collins: It’s “Discovery After Dark” at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Come learn about Frederick R. Baker – Soldier, Pioneer, Mayor. From serving as a guard for Abraham Lincoln, to arriving as a farmer in Fort Collins in 1873, to becoming a civic leader and four-term city mayor, Frederick Baker had life experiences that influenced the city’s identity today. Join us in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater and follow the footsteps of Frederick R. Baker, a fascinating Fort Collins historical figure. Local Fort Collins historian Brian Carroll will take us on a journey full of historical photographs and excerpts from Baker’s 1860s diary that detail his daily life and his reaction to President Lincoln’s assassination. This unique program is not to be missed! $10/$8 for members. Pre-registration is recommended. 6:30 – 8 pm.


March 15

Fort Collins: History Comes Alive – Helen Hunt Jackson. Take a step back in time and meet legendary lady Helen Hunt Jackson. She was a poet and an activist working for the rights of Native Americans. She drew attention to the conditions that Native Americans were experiencing through her two books “Ramona” and “The Indian’s Plight.” Helen Hunt Jackson will be portrayed by Doris McCraw, author, speaker, and historian who specializes in Colorado and women’s history. 7 – 8 pm. At the Harmony Library, in the Round. 


March 21

Fort Collins: Untangling Your New England Roots: An Overview from Settlement to Revolution with John Putnam. Do you share New England Roots with John E. Putnam from Pre-Revolutionary times? Do you know the history and migration patterns that your ancestors experienced during these times? Even though you may not share any roots from this geographical area, there are many factors that started in New England that still impact us all. As the second oldest area in the “New World” to undergo European settlement, many present-day Americans can trace their ancestry back to the Pilgrims or the Puritan Great Migration. For some, it is very easy to trace your ancestry back to these original settlers due to the extensive records that their largely Puritan forebears maintained for us. Others find tracing their ancestry more difficult for varied reasons. John will share the importance to understand New England’s history, its settlement patterns, and its town structure to improve your chances to tackle New England brick walls. This presentation is being hosted by the Larimer County Genealogical Society at the Good Samaritan Society from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. 


March 26

Fort Collins: Antarctic Lecture: 50 Years of Research on the Onyx River – Antarctica’s Largest. Join researchers, historians, and adventurers in this series of talks about the exciting world of Antarctic science and extreme expeditions. Each month features a new topic about life and science at the South Pole. 7 – 8 pjm. In the Old Town Library main meeting room. 


March 28

Greeley: The March History Brown Bag topic is A Soldier’s Memories of Vietnam. The presenter is Vietnam Veteran and Colorado resident John Thompson. 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. Noon – 1 pm at the Greeley History Museum, 714 8th Street. 

Loveland: The Loveland Museum and Gallery is hosting, “A Soundtrack to Estes History,” presented by Mike Estes Dixon. Mike Estes Dixon has spent 20 years researching his Estes family heritage and in this program, he will present the historic contribution of the Estes family from the 1400s in Italy and Scotland through 1875. Estes Dixon is a local singer, songwriter, musician, and playwright. He has created 19 songs about Estes family members and each song highlights a significant historic event that documents the American experience over several generations. 5:30 pm at the Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Ave. in the Foote Gallery. Free. 


March 30

Fort Collins: The 2nd Annual Poudre Pour is brought to you by the Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA) and Local Craft Brewers & Distillers. The Poudre Pour raises awareness about local water issues and brings community members together to celebrate our Poudre River heritage and our most important resource: water. It includes an afternoon of fun and learning with craft brews, local coffee, and natural soda tasting stations; appetizers made with farm fresh ingredients; presentations on the many facets of “water issues” in Northern Colorado; kids activities; live entertainment indoors and outdoors; costumed docents in historic cabins; art exhibitions highlighting the beauty of the Poudre River corridor; and a silent auction featuring art, trips, treats, tickets, and more! Proceeds will benefit the Poudre Heritage Alliance, the 501c3 managing nonprofit of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area. The PHA works to promote a variety of historical and cultural opportunities, engage people in their river corridor and inspire learning, preservation, and stewardship. The indoor/outdoor Poudre Pour will be hosted at the Carnegie Center for Creativity and Heritage Courtyard at 200 Mathews St. The venue reflects the region’s cultural heritage and ties directly to the event theme. The event will be held regardless of rain or snow, with contingency plans in case of inclement weather. Noon – 4 pm. Get your tickets before they’re sold out!

April Events – Mark Your Calendar!

April 2

Fort Collins: The Buckeye Community Club will be presenting on the history and ongoing use of the Buckeye School. The society will also be handing out their annual awards. This Fort Collins Historical Society presentation will take place at 7 pm at the Masonic Temple, 225 W. Oak Street. Free and open to the public.


April 6

Livermore: Come and join Gary McMahan and The Lynams at the Livermore Community Hall for a great evening of music and laughs. We start at 7:00pm, doors will open at 6:00pm. $20. Click through to the website for more information. 


April 11

Greeley: History Brown Bag: Jewish Soldier Experiences of World War II. The April History Brown Bag topic is Jewish Soldier Experiences of World War II. The presenter is Rampart Library District Director Michelle Petrazzoulo. This is part of Voices of the Holocaust a week long of memorial observances in Greeley and Weld County from April 7 through 14. Admission is free and no reservation is required. 


April 13

Fort Collins: Fort Collins Community Barn Dance Come alone or with a partner – this is a great dance for beginners or experts alike. No experience is necessary – all dances are taught before-hand (circles, reels and squares). 7 – 10 pm at Everyday Joe’s Coffee House, 144 S Mason St. The cost is $10 for adults and $25 for families. Youth 12 and under are free. Live fiddle music by Beth Mosko and Bob Zuellig with backup from Eric David, Chip Belcher, and Darrin Goodman; calling by Larry Edelman.

Fort Collins: Time Travelers Ball 2019. Travel through time with Poudre Landmarks Foundation at the Time Travelers Ball on April 13 in the Rio Grande Agave Room, 143 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, 7–10 p.m. Tickets are $50 each or two for $95. Costume attire is optional but encouraged. Food, Cash Bar, Dancing, Live Music, Live & Silent Auctions and more. Buy tickets online. Proceeds from this event 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.


April 14

Fort Collins: Hands-On History at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. 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 gallery. We might even have more fun than Auntie Stone at her dinner parties! Included with admission. 10 am – 1 pm. 


April 18

Fort Collins: Discovery After Dark: Once Upon a Playground. In conjunction with Once Upon a Playground special traveling exhibition, which offers a visual tribute to the vanishing playgrounds of our past and celebrates their place in American culture and the collective memories of generations, join us for this artist lecture with exhibit photographer Brenda Biondo. Brenda will discuss how the project came about and how she embarked on a years-long search for classic playgrounds across the country. She’ll also share on the surprising history of playgrounds and how she utilized vintage catalogs and materials to illustrate the evolution of these icons of American childhood. Once Upon a Playground exhibition will also be included in the ticket price. Speaker: Brenda Biondo Date: Thursday, April 18 Price: $10/$8 for members The schedule of the evening is as follows: 5:00 pm: Doors open – Arrive early to see the exhibit 6:30 pm: Lecture begins in the OtterBox Digital Dome Theater.

Fort Collins: Extra! Extra! Read All About It: Using Newspapers for Genealogical ResearchNewspapers are a great resource for researching one’s ancestors and, unfortunately, they are frequently overlooked by genealogists.  This presentation will provide an overview of the types of information that can be obtained from historic newspapers, the primary web sites for doing newspaper research, foreign language newspaper sources and tips on how to improve your chances for success.  The speaker, Del Ritchhart, will also discuss a couple of his successes and the methods he used to discover the information. This presentation is being hosted by the Larimer County Genealogical Society at the Good Samaritan Society from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. 


April 19

Fort Collins: FCMoD Collections Tour. Rain, rain, come discover something new today! Join us on Friday, April 19 join our curators on a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s collections. We’ll take a look at the world of artifacts and archives that lies beyond the gallery and share some fascinating stories too! This program is free, however due to limited capacity we do require registration. 2 – 2:30 pm. Recommended for ages 12+.


April 20

Fort Collins: Who is Russia? An Historical Perspective 2 – 4 pm. $5. Due to the overwhelming response, Who is Russia? An Historical Perspective will be presented again from 2-4 pm Saturday, April 20. Steven Seegel, Professor of Russian History at the University of Northern Colorado, has graciously agreed to repeat his lecture as the program on Feb. 16 was sold out. Tsars and mad monks, trolls and spies, painters and composers, rocket scientists and Nobel-prize winners. So what is Russia? Or maybe it is fairer to ask: Who is Russia? Professor Seegel examines the history of the world’s largest country from ancient conflicts and dynasties through to Marxism, the Cold War, the fall of the USSR, and Vladimir Putin, now entering his 19th year as the country’s controversial strong man. Note: The Global Village Museum is delighted to host excellent speakers for the Russian Retrospective program series. The flip side, however, is that the program room is filling to the brim for these educational presentations. Going forward, we will be opening the program doors one hour before the scheduled start time, so we suggest you arrive early to secure a seat. Because we do not take reservations, seating is on a first come, first serve basis. 


April 28

Fort Collins: Stitching Through Time: Velvet Paintings are Fur-Real “Stitching Through Time” is a crafting series where you’ll meet to make a project and learn about its history in the process. If you only know velvet painting from its 1970s parking lot sale incarnation dominated by Elvis, dog poker, and other tragic tropes you don’t know its full story. Painting on furry fabric has a history going back to at least the 14th century, hit a peak in popularity in the Victorian Era, and is actually well represented in Fort Collins Museum of Discovery’s artifact collection. Join us on Sunday, April 28 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to explore this oft-maligned art form. You’ll view painted velvet pieces from the collection and receive all the instruction and supplies needed to create your own furry masterpiece. 2 – 4 pm. Ages 16+, with exceptions for parents with children who would like to come along. $12/$10 for members. 

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

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