May History & Heritage Events
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Fort Collins: Monuments in History: Session 1. Public panels on monuments in history / history through monuments by CSU History Students. Event will take place in Clark Building, Room A 102, on CSU campus. The panel will also be available live on streaming on our Facebook page. 6 – 7 pm.
Fort Collins: It’s Opening Day for the Fort Collins streetcar! Take a ride on Birney Car 21 summer weekend afternoons and holidays beginning May 4th. Each 3-mile round trip between City Park and Howes Street (downtown) along Mountian Ave. takes about 1/2 hour. The streetcar is run by the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society (FCMRS), an all-volunteer organization working with the city of Fort Collins to provide a heritage streetcar experience. Adults: $2, Seniors & Children: $1, under 3 are free. Noon – 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Nunn: It’s also Opening Day for the Northern Drylanders Museum in Nunn. The museum is open from 11 am – 4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the summer. It’s an old fashioned museum that’s a delight to wander through. If you’ve never been there, you’ll definitely want to make sure you visit this place over the summer.
Loveland: Tour de Pants. Join the Historic Preservation Commission, the Loveland Historical Society and the People’s Market on Saturday, May 4th 2019 from 10AM- 2PM at the Historic Milner-Schwarz House at 710 S Railroad Avenue in Loveland to celebrate May is Historic Preservation Month. The annual Tour de Pants Bike Ride and Festival will feature the New Garden Railroad, the German from Russia Schwartz Family, Mariano Medina’s Mountain Man Leather Breeches, the famous frozen pants contest, the Smarty Pants Game, tours of the historic house, tours to the historic Fairgrounds Bridge, the People’s Market artist vendors and more. The Free Historic Bike Tour will begin at 8:30AM and end at the Milner-Schwarz House in time for the Festival. Reservations and a Waiver of Liability are required for the bike ride. For reservations and more information contact Nikki Garshelis at email@example.com.
Between Fort Collins and Wellington:
The Bee Family Farm is hosting their Spring on the Farm
event from 10:00 to 3:00. Meet all the newest animals, enjoy hands-on activities, and trolley rides. There will be cookies and lemonade for a small donation. The cost is the same as the price of admission to the museum: $7/adults, $5/seniors, $3/kids (3-12), kids under 3 are free.
Fort Collins: African Americans in the Union Navy will be presented at the Civil War Roundtable at 1 pm. The speaker is Henry Weisser. The Civil War Roundtable takes place each month at Harmony Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Boardwalk. Free.
Fort Collins: Teri Johnson will portray the first teacher of the Lone Tree Schoolhouse, giving a “first hand” view of the history of one of Larimer County’s first schools. 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.
Denver: Images of Colorado, A Century of Printed Views, 1822-1922. There were only a few printed images of what is today Colorado before the Pikes Peak gold rush of 1858-59. Once gold seekers poured into the region, followed by other settlers, prints began to appear of the settlements and natural beauty of Colorado. The history of these printed views provides a unique window on Colorado over the years. 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Denver Central Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Fort Collins: Short Historical Documentary Films on local history. Join us for this free screening of 5 short historical documentary films made by CSU students. Screening will be in Clark Building A, Room 202. Topics will include: History of Prohibition in Fort Collins, History of Floods in Fort Collins, Student Liberation Campaign at CSU in the 1960s, African American Rights on Campus in the 1960s, Women and Children during World War II. 6 – 7:30 pm.
Loveland: The Pioneering Past of the Big Thompson Valley Newspaper Stories by Zethyl Gates. Book Signing with Editor Diane Brotemarkle. This book features newspaper stories about the early days of Loveland, Colorado and the region told by Loveland native and historian, Zethyl Gates, during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. 6:30 pm in the Museum Lobby. Free.
Berthoud: 2019 Spring Festival and Plant Sale! from 9 am – 2 pm in the Berthoud Historical Society Pioneer Courtyard. There will be over 100 varieties of flowers and vegetables available for sale as well as baked goods and items from other vendors. There will also be CSU Master Gardeners on hand to take any gardening questions you may have. Get your yard ready for spring and support the Berthoud Historical Society in one fell swoop!
Laporte / Fort Collins: The Water Works kicks off the year with their first open house day. Come learn about the historic 1883 Water Works. Take a guided tour led by The Poudre Landmarks Foundation and the Friends of the Water Works, who administers the ongoing preservation work at the property. Free. Drop in any time between 10 am – 3 pm. 2005 North Overland Trail.
Fort Collins: Moms ride the Fort Collins streetcar for free on Mother’s Day! You don’t actually have to be a mom, but you do have to be a gal with a paying child in tow to get a free ride. Noon – 5 pm. $2 for non-mom adults, $1 for seniors and kids. Under 3 are free.
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.
Fort Collins: Stitching Through Time: Macra-May (We’re Knot Knitting!) Stitching Through Time is a crafting series where you’ll meet to make a project and learn about its history in the process. Often considered a craft cliché of the 1970s, macramé is actually a versatile fiber art form which originated among Middle Eastern weavers in the 13th century and was all the rage during the Victorian Era. The artifact collection at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery includes lovely macramé objects from that period. Join FCMoD on Sunday, May 12 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm to explore this fiber art form with local macramé artist, Lucie Wenzel. You’ll view “knotty” pieces from the collection and then receive all the instruction and supplies needed to create your own charming macramé wall hanging. Ages 16+, with exceptions for parents with children who would like to come along. $12/$10 for members.
Fort Collins: The Poudre River Public Library hosts an afternoon in the park with Geoffrey Chaucer. He served under three kings, his duties ranging from foreign diplomatic missions to controller of customs for the Port of London. However, he is most known as one of the best poets of the English language. His masterpieces include “The Canterbury Tales,” “Troilus and Criseyde,” and “The Books of the Duchess.” Chaucer will be brought to life by Thomas Napierkowski, Professor of English at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. 3- 4 pm. Old Town Library stage.
Loveland: A Look at Boulder County History Through the Lens of Rocky Mountain Joe is a re-enactment by Dave Pence. After serving in the Civil War and scouting in the Dakotas, Joseph Sturtevant settled in Boulder in 1876. He worked as a paper hanger and a sign painter until taking up photography in 1884. Soon he was Boulder’s most prolific photographer. He was a character, a teller of tall tales who wore the buckskins of his scouting days. His mysterious death was the topic of the times. Hosted by the Loveland Historical Society. 7 – 8 pm at the Loveland Museum.
Denver: The Cartographic Roots of Colorado: 1540 to 1861. This presentation provides a history of the discovery and exploration of the place that became Colorado and how this information is revealed on maps from 1540 to 1861. The story is told in six chapters: the mythical mapping of New Spain, mapping the Rio Grande valley in the 1600s, discovery of the Mississippi valley and the western plains, new Spanish expeditions from Santa Fe into Colorado in the late 18th century, official government expeditions of the early 19th century, and the 1859 gold rush that puts Colorado on the map. 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Denver Central Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Fort Collins: The Larimer County Genealogical Society is hosting Family History – Color Commentary, by Susi Hickman. When you tell stories about your ancestors, what kind of information do you include? What stories do you tell and how do you tell them? This presentation will give you some ideas on writing rich details about emigration, immigration/Ellis Island, and homesteading, including photographs-passage through time, and demographics. 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Good Samaritan Society.
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.
Fort Collins: Historic Larimer County’s 2019 Annual Members Meeting and Tour. Whether you’re a member (yet) or not, we’d love to have you join us for our 2019 Annual Members Meeting & Tour in lovely downtown Berthoud. We’ll begin at 2 o’clock with an overview of all that Historic Larimer County has done in the past year followed by our annual awards ceremony. We’ll then hold a very short member meeting in which board members will be elected and any other organizational business will be taken care of. Following the meeting, local historian Mark French will take us on a tour of both commercial and residential downtown Berthoud. All members will receive one free beer from City Star Brewing. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available as will a few snacks provided by HLC. The food truck at City Star that day is Monzu, serving pastas and paninnis, if you’d like to get more food than just some snacks. We’ll meet at City Star Brewing — 321 Mountain Ave, Berthoud. Click through on the link above to RSVP.
Fort Collins: Happy 100th Birthday Birney! You are invited to Birney’s Birthday Party Trolley Depot, City Park, Fort Collins (Depot is adjacent to the tennis courts at the corner of Roosevelt and Oak) Sunday, May 19 from noon-4:00 pm Come meet Birney, the Fort Collins Streetcar and take a historic ride on the rails between City Park and Old Town on the 100th Anniversary of the Fort Collins Municipal Railway. Enjoy live music, gelato from Gelato Amore, balloons, face painting, children’s book signing, and a coloring table where you can make a birthday card for Birney to display in the train depot. Kids of all ages welcome. “Bring me a birthday card and I will give you a free ride!” – Birney
Fort Collins: Opening day for CAPCOM GO! The Apollo Story. What did it take to get humans to the surface of the Moon? What challenges did the engineers, scientists, and astronauts who worked to achieve that goal face? From award winning fulldome producer NSC Creative comes their latest show, an immersive historical documentary that showcases the achievements of the Apollo program and what it took to put the first human on the Moon. Runtime: 25 minutes. 11:30 am – 12:00 with a second showing 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm. $2 – $4. Click through on the link above to see the trailer.
Denver: The Mapping of Colorado: 1861-World War I. Learn about the early mapping of Colorado, starting with the decades of the 1860’s, 70’s and 80’s. Antique Colorado maps reflect population drivers such as mining, ranching and the development of transportation in our state. The talk will also touch on how the early settlers interacted with the indigenous population. 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Denver Central Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.
Fort Collins: Germans from Russia – From Catherine II’s Heimat to Colorado Farms and Homes. In 1763, Russian tsarina Catherine the Great, herself a German national, signed a decree inviting foreigners – especially Germans – to settle in Russia. The decree marked the beginning of the history of Russia’s Volga Germans. Professor Rock and Cheryl Glanz will trace the communities of Volga Germans in Russia to their eventual migration to the United States and settlement in Colorado. Kenneth Rock, Professor Emeritus, CSU Department of History Cheryl Glanz, Board Member International and Northern Colorado chapters of Germans from Russia 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. 5 – 7 pm $5
Greeley: History Brown Bag: Manzanar: An American Concentration Camp. Marge Taniwaki will be presenting. 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.
Windsor: Pedaling the Poudre with the Poudre Heritage Alliance. Come pedal along the Poudre bike trail while learning about the history and heritage of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area. As one of only 49 National Heritage Areas in the country, participants will discover what makes this river corridor so special as Heritage Culturalist volunteers guide them along a three hour tour of historic and natural sites. This tour will begin at River Bluffs Open Space and end near Eastman Park in Windsor. This event is open to all skill levels. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions. General tour topics include: Early history and settlement of Windsor and Northern Colorado, The Poudre River’s importance as it relates to Western Water Law, Water management systems that were developed and/or utilized along the Poudre River, Modern happenings along the Poudre River corridor including new trail construction in Windsor, ecological restoration at Natural Area/Open Space sites, and new storage/diversion projects. 9 am – Noon. NOTE: Participants must create an account and register through the Town of Windsor’s website. (Activity Code 245310).
Greeley: Opening Day at the Centennial Museum. Spend Memorial Day weekend touring the 8-acre living history museum. Check out blacksmithing, historical house tours and more. Opened during the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Centennial Village Museum preserves and interprets American western heritage in the Colorado high plains region over the last 150 years. Some of Weld County’s oldest structures are located in this museum. Admission to Centennial Village Museum is $8 per adult, $6 per senior (60+), $5 per youth (ages 3-17). The museum also has a special family rate of $25 which includes admission for 2 adults and up to 4 youth. 10 am – 4 pm.
Loveland: Mariano Medina Remembers. Master storyteller Angel Vigil will bring to life Loveland’s colorful pioneer, Mariano Medina. Experience Mariano Medina as he reminisces about his younger days as a mountain man, father and Colorado pioneer. 1:30 pm in the Foote Gallery of the Loveland Museum. Free.
May 25 – 26
Greeley: Centennial Celebration. Spend Memorial Day weekend touring the 8-acre living history museum. Check out blacksmithing, historical house tours and more. Opened during the nation’s bicentennial in 1976, Centennial Village Museum preserves and interprets American western heritage in the Colorado high plains region over the last 150 years. Some of Weld County’s oldest structures are located in this museum. Admission to Centennial Village Museum is $8 per adult, $6 per senior (60+), $5 per youth (ages 3-17). The museum also has a special family rate of $25 which includes admission for 2 adults and up to 4 youth. 10 am – 4 pm.
Fort Collins: Take a ride on Birney Car 21 this Memorial Day. Each 3-mile round trip between City Park and Howes Street (downtown) along Mountian Ave. takes about 1/2 hour. The streetcar is run by the Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society (FCMRS), an all-volunteer organization working with the city of Fort Collins to provide a heritage streetcar experience. Adults: $2, Seniors & Children: $1, under 3 are free. Noon – 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays… and Memorial Day.
Denver: The First Comprehensive Survey of Colorado: F.V. Hayden, 1869-1876. After the Civil War, the U.S. government realized the great need for accurate surveys of the American West. Between 1867 and 1879, four great surveys were established, covering much of the region west of the 100th degree of longitude. One of these was F.V. Hayden’s survey of Colorado, which when finished made Colorado the best mapped state in the Union, a fact demonstrated in Hayden’s great Atlas of Colorado (1878). 5:30 – 6:30 pm at the Denver Central Library, 10 W. Fourteenth Ave. Pkwy.