June History & Heritage Events
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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 email@example.com. $10 per person. Lunch nearby, TBD. Hosted by the Loveland Historical Society. 8:30 am – 3 pm.
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.
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.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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.)
Berthoud: Reckless 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.
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.
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.
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: email@example.com 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Greeley: Greeley 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.