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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.

January 2021 History & Heritage Events… Plus

Events (all virtual this month)


January 5

Zoom: The Fort Collins Historical Society has invited Ken Jessen to present his “Ghost Towns of the Rocky Mountains” talk. Tune in through Zoom for this presentation. A time for questions and answers will be hosted during and after the presentation. 7 pm. To join the Zoom meeting, go to: You’ll need to download the Zoom application on your computer, phone or tablet in order to view the presentation. If you’ve never used Zoom before and would like someone to help walk you through it, please email Meg. (We can do a practice Zoom meeting so you can get the hang of it.) 

January 20

Zoom: The 1917 Book Club, hosted by the Estes Park Museum, returns virtually with local title, Weaving Mountain Memories: Recollections of the Allenspark Area by Lorna Knowlton and second edition edited and expanded by Edie DeWeese. The book explores stories and tales from the Allenspark area. This program is free and open to the public and will take place over Zoom. Book Club attendees will have access to their camera and microphones during the program to better participate in the discussion. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each book prior to the program to take part in the discussion. 10 – 11:30 am. No registration is required. Use the following link to participate: Joining 5-10 minutes early is encouraged to make sure participant audio and video is working correctly. Questions about Zoom? Visit the Zoom support page beforehand to better understand this platform as staff will not be able to troubleshoot technological questions during the program.

January 21

Zoom: The Larimer County Genealogical Society is hosting “Using Family Search’s WikiTree To Search For Your Ancestors.” How WikiTree can help you in your genealogical research. Starting with you, adding your direct family lines and connecting to existing ancestors’ profiles. WikiTree is a global family tree with one profile per person who ever lived. It is an incredible tree with an overwhelming amount of information and cross-referencing and database and DNA features and… Whatever your family lines are, we will cover how to connect your lines and connect to some of the features that make WikiTree what it is. 6:30 pm. Be sure to register in order to get the link for the meeting. 

January 27 

Online: Dickerson Sisters-Folk Art and Ties to Nature. Learn from speaker Brian Carroll about the lives of Alice and Helen Dickerson and their ties to the areas mountain communities. Hear and see how these remarkable women are demonstrative of the spirit displayed by local early residents, in good times and bad, that contribute to who we are today. Complimenting a discussion of their lives will be a display of their artistic pine needle baskets, collages, and nature art from Brian Carrol’s collection. These will be available for viewing at the Center during the month of January. This event will take place from 2 – 3 pm, costs $6, and requires registration through Webtrac.  



Other Items of Note

The latest edition of “The Way It Was, a podpast podcast”, by Erin Udell of the Coloradoan, features the history of Old Town Fort Collins’s holiday lights. From its earliest streams of colorful electric lights to the thousands of LED-lit strings that now adorn Old Town Fort Collins’ streets each winter, learn about the evolution of Fort Collins’ sweet holiday lights tradition. 

The National Trust for Historic Preservation pulled together an interesting list of holiday movies that include some sort of historic preservation theme. Check it out at Preservation + Love = Holiday Movies!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) has published its list of winter/spring classes, and there’s quite a few history classes included. Osher classes require membership ($25/term) plus there is a fee per class. Some classes meet once, others meet multiple times over a period of weeks. All classes are currently being held online. Here are a selection of classes, all with topics related to history:

  • The U. S. in the 1950s, by Hal Smith.
  • Mines, Mills, and the Rise and Fall of Mining Towns, by Kenneth Jessen.
  • Beets, Beavers, Bandits – Larimer County History, by Kenneth Jessen. 
  • April 1865 – The End of the Beginning, by Brian Carroll.
  • Frontier Colorado: Stories of Early Violence, Gunfights, and Frontier Struggles, by Kenneth Jessen.
  • Odyssey of a Civil War Sabre, by Brian Carroll.
  • WWII, Battle of Britain, Germany’s First Major Set-Back, by Isaac Eliachar.
  • From Occupation to Unification: Germany’s Momentous Transformation, by Anette Isaacs.
  • History of Rock and Roll, part 2: 1970’s – 1990’s, by Jack Rogers.
  • Jazz; The Era of Swing, by Robert Joyce. 
  • The Birth of the Blues, by Robert Joyce. 

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. 

Contact Us

Historic Larimer County
PO Box 1909
Fort Collins, CO 80522