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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.

September 2019 History & Heritage Events

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September 2

Fort Collins: It’s Labor Day and the Fort Collins Municipal Railway trolley will be traveling down the tracks not only on the weekend but on Labor Day as well.


September 3

Fort Collins: The Fort Collins Historical Society speaker series is starting up again for its 45th season. This year’s theme is “The Eccentric People and Places of Fort Collins and Beyond.” On Tuesday, September 3rd, in the Masonic Lodge at 225 W. Oak Street in downtown Fort Collins, Eva Sue will give a presentation on Lady Moon. “Lady Moon gave the town a lot to talk about. Catherine (Kate) first showed up as Mrs. Gartman whose husband had a homestead on the Upper Pine Creek. She worked part-time at the Elkhorn Lodge taking in wash. Her life changed one day when Cecil Moon dropped by….” (from the Fort Collins Historical Society website) Stories of Lady Moon include people locking their doors when they’d hear her coming towards town rip-roarin’ drunk and festive events at her house in the mountains where fresh steaks were cooked (though they might have been seasoned with a little dog slobber before hitting the fire). Come learn more on Tuesday night at the Masonic Lodge (225 W. Oak St) at 7 pm. Historical Society talks are free and open to the public.


September 7

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area: The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas program presents Loren Eiseley: Scientist, Poet, and Time Traveler Experience the amazing prose and poetry of naturalist Loren Eiseley and learn about his critical archaeological discovery at the Lindenmeier site. Please bring water, sun and wind protection, and closed-toe shoes. Location: Soapstone Prairie, approximately one-hour drive time from Fort Collins. Registration opens on August 7th on the City of Fort Collins website. Meet at the north parking Lot. 10 am – Noon.

Fort Collins: Happy Anniversaries to the ECC and Washington School! The Early Childhood Center at Colorado State University is celebrating its 90th birthday this year, and it is also the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Washington School where ECC now resides. So the ECC is holding an Open House at Washington School from 10 am – Noon to celebrate. Mark your calendar for this Open House because the renovation of the old school by CSU is extraordinary and the ECC program is remarkable!


September 8

Fort Collins: Experience Hands-On History at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. 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.

Livermore: Dave Stamey will be in concert at the Livermore Community Hall at 3 pm. $20. Come join us for a wonderful afternoon with Dave. What a great guy and an outstanding entertainer. This event helps to support upkeep of the 71 year old community hall.


September 9

Loveland: The Loveland Historical Society presents Hammering Out Human Rights: Eleanor Roosevelt and the UN. Dubbed “First Lady of the World” by President Truman, Eleanor Roosevelt speaks of the ground-breaking, grueling, tempestuous, and eventually triumphant development of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a Magna Carta for humankind. You may be surprised to find out how important Human Rights are to your life, and to the potential longevity of the United States. 7 pm at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N Lincoln Ave.


September 10

Fort Collins: 35th Annual Historic Homes Tour Pre-Show Architectural Panel Discussion. Join the Poudre Landmarks Foundation for an event series surrounding the 35th Annual Historic Homes Tour. The subject of this presentation and discussion is ‘Architectural Darwinsm: Fort Collins Evolves’. This event is separately ticketed and will be held before the tour on September 10, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Edwards House Montezuma Room, 107 N. Meldrum St. in Fort Collins. Houses change over time, and the older the house, the more likely it is that something has been done to change its character or function. Open porches are enclosed, kitchens are remodeled, enlarged, or moved entirely. Windows and doors are often removed or replaced. What clues should you look for to determine a previous layout or function? How did older homes offer comfort during very hot or very cold weather? Learn all this and more during our third annual architecture presentation and discussion! Speakers include local historians Barbara Fleming, Robin Stitzel, and others. Each home on the tour will be discussed, as well as a discussion of Fort Collins history, and general architectural styles & terms. Tickets are $10 and available separately for purchase below or at the door. Purchase tickets to this event and the 35th Annual Historic Homes Tour at: https://plf-historichomestour2019.eventbrite.com.

Denver: The Rocky Mountain Map Society presents Dr. Craig H. Jones, Professor of Geological Sciences at CU Boulder who will present “How the Sierra Nevada Made Colorado.” 5:30 PM at the Denver Public Library, Gates Room, 5th Floor.


September 12

Loveland: The Loveland Archaeological Society is hosting a talk at the Loveland Museum entitled, History of the Stone Age Fair. This year marks the 85th anniversary of the Stone Age Fair. Learn about the beginnings of this long-established fair, its connections to Loveland, Colorado, and how the Museum’s founder, Harold Dunning, was involved. 6 pm in the Foote Gallery.


September 12 – 15

Colorado Springs: The Road to Sand Creek, hosted by The Order of the Indian Wars will include a traveling tour and several speakers. This multi-day conference includes too many events and opportunities to include them all here, so click through to the website for all the details.


September 13

Fort Collins: The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery presents, Stitching Through Time: Decoupage with a Beverage. Join us for a magical and crafty evening on the Rooftop Observation Deck! Use the art of decoupage to create your own decked-out cigar box (perfect for storing little treasures) by attaching copies of local historic photos along with other trinkets, baubles, and gems with glue. Enjoy the view of the sunset and a spiritous beverage while we create! “Stitching Through Time” is a crafting series where we meet to make a project and learn about its history in the process. Tickets include all crafting supplies. Wine, beer, and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the class. Space is limited to 18 people. Ages 21+. 5:30 – 8 pm. $7 for members. $10 for non-members.


September 14

Windsor: The Northern Colorado Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will hold their quarterly dinner meeting at 1 pm at the Windsor Community Center, 250 N. 11th Street. Cost for adults is $20 and for children, $10. Reservations are due at least 7 days in advance.

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area: The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas program presents Bison-Archaeology Connection. Learn about the acquisition of Soapstone Prairie, the history of the American bison, and the treasures uncovered at the Lindenmeier archaeological site. Hike of 0.25 miles, easy. Meet at the south parking lot, approximately one hour drive time from Fort Collins. 9 – 11:30 am. Registration opens on August 14th on the City of Fort Collins website.

Greeley: It’s Potato Day at the Centennial Village Museum! The entire family will enjoy a full day of living history demonstrations, toe-tapping musical entertainment, tasty food and kids’ activities. Sink your teeth into a baked potato with your choice of delicious toppings. The event is a major fundraiser of the Friends of the Greeley Museums. Since 1987, the group has raised and donated nearly $400,000 to the City of Greeley Museums for educational programs and preservation projects. Admission to Potato Day is $7, for everyone ages 3 and older. Learn more about the Friends of the Greeley Museums at friendsoftgm.org. 10 am – 4 pm. 1475 A Street.

Fort Collins: 35th Annual Historic Homes Tour. Poudre Landmarks Foundation’s annual Historic Homes Tour takes place from 10 am to 4 pm. This late-summer event opens six private residences, an historic Inn, and two historic city-owned properties to tour guests. This year’s tour showcases many styles of Old Town Fort Collins historic homes built between 1879 and 1961: Victorian, Italianate, Cottage, American Foursquare, Masonry Ranch, and Minimal Traditional. The Edwards House Inn and the city-owned 1879 Avery House and 1883 Water Works are also part of the tour. The Avery House, Edwards House, and 2 of the private tour homes are accessible from the Mountain Avenue trolley. Guests visit the homes and travel between tour properties at their own pace and in any order. (A handy bike route map has already been prepared if you’d like to travel under your own power!) Knowledgeable docents guide attendees through each location, pointing out architectural features, historical highlights, and details about how each home has been preserved and upgraded over the years. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on tour day, with tickets available for purchase at several locations on tour day. Advance tickets are available online now at poudrelandmarks.org and will be available at several local outlets beginning August 14. Click through on the link above for all the details.

Red Feather Lakes: Historic Women of Red Feather Program by Lucille Schmitt, hosted by the Red Feather Historical Society. Meet in the RFL Library, Stenzel room. Free. RSVP by September 12th. 10 – 11:30 am.


September 15

Fort Collins: The Poudre River Public Library District and The Lyric, invite you to celebrate the long and important presence of Hispanic and Latinx communities in North America with the screening of Roma followed by a short facilitated conversation. Yalitza Aparicio stars in this film as Cleo, a young domestic worker for a middle-class family in Mexico City. The movie’s title comes from the 1970s neighborhood, Colonia Roma, where the family lives. The plot and setting of the movie are based on Mexican film director Alfonso Cuarón’s own childhood and the young woman who worked in his house as he grew up. Rated R. Black and white, Spanish/Native American language, English subtitles Free. Limited seats, registration is required, first come-first serve basis. 6 pm.


September 15 – Date may change

Livermore: Historic Larimer County will be hosting their Third Annual Roberts Ranch Tour! Despite the fact that this is an annual event, HLC has yet to cover the same ground twice. This time around we’ll be visiting a trappers cabin from around the 1850s, a historic Roberts family home (where we’ll also talk about some of the struggles with preserving older homes), the old alabaster shop (that has burned, but the old tools remain in place), a native American buffalo jump, and… if there’s time, we might even see a few more bits and bobs around that part of the ranch. (Perhaps a historic old car? or a stone milk barn? It all depends on the time.) This tour is free for Historic Larimer County members and only $5 for non-members. 10 am – Noonish. (There’s some talk that the date of this tour will need to be changed in order for tour guides to be able to attend. Watch the HLC Facebook page and website for updates if you intend to join in on this tour.)


September 17

Fort Collins: History affects us. Whether we know it or not, whether we understand it or not, the ramifications of our past often come back either to haunt us or to undergird us. Having a better understanding of history around the globe can help us to better understand what’s going on today in our world. I believe that this is true for all history in all places, so I’m including an item in today’s History Now that may, at first glance, seem political. And yet I believe it is just an extreme example of something that I believe holds true for all places and all histories. The Global Village Museum is hosting a talk entitled, “Outmigration and Political Development in the Northern Triangle” by CSU Professor Stephen Mumme. The current surge in Central American asylum-seeking migration to the United States has roots in decades of civil conflict and economic underdevelopment in much of the region.  This presentation looks at the situation in the Northern Triangle’s sending countries of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.  The enduring problems of governance contribute to social despair and the willingness to accept the considerable risks of migrating north with hopes of obtaining asylum in the United States. 5 – 7 pm. $5 at the Global Village Museum, 200 W. Mountain Ave.


September 19

Fort Collins: The Larimer County Genealogical Society presents How To Plan Your Digital Afterlife with Julie Potter Miller. Program Description Your digital presence has grown at a rapid speed. After you are gone, what will happen to your electronic information and photos? Learn how to take control of your digital afterlife. Presentation will be held at the Good Samaritan Society from 6:30 – 8:30 pm.


September 20

Red Feather Lakes: The Meadows Tour by Debra Hawkins & David Frydendall, hosted by the Red Feather Historical Society. 8:30 am – 5 pm. Meet at the RF Historical Society Cabin in Red Feather Lakes at 8:30 am. To attend this tour you must have read The Meadow by James Galvin. Info on page 5. Cost for RFHS members $10, nonmembers $15. RSVP by September 17.


September 21

Fort Collins/Wellington: It’s Pioneer Living Day at the Bee Family Farm! Come see what life was like over 100 years ago. Demonstrations include draft horse models, goat herding, working with horses, milking, miniature hay stacking models, spinning, quilting and sewing demonstrations, blacksmith, bread and butter making, household chores, the beet farmer’s wife, food preservation, dress up photo booth, craft and vendor booths, children’s activities, and trolley rides. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day of activities. Lemonade & Ice Cream for sale. ​Admission $7 Adults, $5 Seniors 60+, $3 Children 3-12, under 3 are free. 10 am – 3 pm.

Loveland: The Loveland Historical Society will offer a historic bus tour of Loveland proper from 8:30am to 2:30pm on September 21, 2019, leaving and returning to Old Fairgrounds Park on South Railroad Ave. Seats will be $40 each. BYO picnic lunch. The bus is air conditioned and has a restroom. Join us for a fun and interesting ride through Loveland’s past as we learn about our community’s history. RSVP with name(s), phone number, and check number to sadanhau@gmail.com. Then mail a check to LHS, (memo: 2019 Bus Tour), PO Box 7311, Loveland, CO 80537. Payment needs to be received by Sept. 17. The only reason for possible cancellation/refunds would be for ticket sales of less than 40 seats. Bring a friend!

Fort Collins/Laporte: 2nd Annual Community Apple Juicing Day Fall Festival. Poudre Landmarks Foundation and The Friends of the 1883 Water Works are pleased to announce the return of the “Community Apple Juicing Day and Fall Festival”. The 2nd annual event sees PLF team up with Scrumpy’s Cider to once again provide convenient bulk apple juicing in a fun environment. Community members are encouraged to bring their own backyard apples (fresh only, no groundfall) to press in Scrumpy’s large mobile juicing trailer. The apples are pressed, pasteurized, and packaged before guests’ eyes. Juicing price is $10 for a 5-liter box of fresh cider – growers that bring 2 bushels will receive a free box. Hard cider makers with their own containers may sign a waiver to get their juice unpasteurized. The event is free and open to the public (no apples necessary). There will be plenty of fresh and hard ciders available for purchase! Food for the event will be provided by Vern’s. Water Works tours are offered, and the City of Fort Collins Forestry Department will be on hand to answer questions about fruit tree pests and pruning. 10 am – 3 pm.


September 21 – 22

Greeley: It’s Civil War Weekend at the Centennial Village Museum. Visitors to the museum will enjoy this Civil War living history event. Witness a day in the life of a Civil War soldier as they recreate drills, and a battle reenactment at 1 pm each day. Costumed reenactors will have their tents set up on the southeastern corner of the facility and are living that weekend as they would have during the Civil War—many using historic wares true to the time period. Visitors are encouraged to visit and interact with soldiers in the encampment. Admission to the museum is $25 for a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children or $8 per adult, $6 per senior (ages 60+), and $5 per youth (ages 3-17). 10 am – 4 pm. 1475 A Street.

Buckeye: The 10th Annual Buckeye Community Club Quilt Show will have a “Home Grown” theme this year. Open from 10 am – 4 pm, you’ll seeing quilts by Ed Harris and others at the historic Buckeye School, 935 W. County Road 80 northwest of Wellington. There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated as this is a means to raise funds to keep the historic school in good shape. Scroll down for more information on the flyer for the quilt show.


September 26

Greeley: The September History Brown Bag topic is Teetotalers, Stuffed Shirts & Canoe Paddlers: Union Colony Letter Writers. The presenter is City of Greeley Museum Manager, Dan Perry. 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. Greeley History Museum – 714 8th Street.


September 27

Fort Collins: History Comes Alive: Maria Josefa Jaramillo Carson. Dr. Evangeline Sena will share the story of Maria Carson in this program hosted by the Poudre River Public Library. As Kit Carson’s third wife, Maria’s story is one of sacrifice, joy, loneliness, and loyalty. It’s also a true love story of the times. Maria was descended from one of New Mexico’s oldest and most respected families. At just 14 she caught the eye of the famous frontiersman, Kit Carson. With their marriage Maria steeped center stage into a world she never imagined. 7 pm in the Round at the Harmony Library.


September 28

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area: The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas program presents Hike through the Ages. 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. Location: Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, approximately 1 hour drive time from Fort Collins. Meet at the South Parking Lot. 9 am – 3 pm. Registration opens on August 28th through the City of Fort Collins website.

Estes Park: Learn from the locals at the Estes Park Museum during the fall series, Estes Speaks. For the first in a series of three programs, staff will be sharing the 1984 interview with Ron Brodie (1908-1987).  Starting in the late 1970s, Museum and Library staff began gathering interviews from local individuals.  Interviewing has continued up through the 2013 flood and a series in 2014 with prominent local climbers/mountaineers.  With a variety of topics and eras spanning across more than 150 interviews, the Museum has taken the platform to let those who experienced history tell it themselves.  Please join us as we explore the collection. 2 pm.

Loveland: Larimer County Genealogical Society’s 2019 Conference for a Cause will be under the theme, “The Genealogical Toolbox: From Court Records to DNA.” Judy G. Russell will be presenting over four sessions. 9:30 am – 4:30 pm in the Community Room at the Medical Center of the Rockies. $55 to attend. Register online.  All profits go toward the Archives in Loveland.

October Events – Mark your calendar!

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date and location of these events.

October 1

Fort Collins: The Fort Collins Historical Society continues its 45th year of talks with the theme “The Eccentric People and Places of Fort Collins and Beyond.” Stay tuned for more details about the speaker for the Society’s October 1st talk. 7 pm at the Masonic Lodge (225 W. Oak St.). Talks are free and open to the public. 


October 3

Fort Collins: Proud to Wear: CSU Athletics Apparel History with John Hirn. The Avenir Museum is hosting a free public lecture on the history of athletic apparel at CSU. CSU Athletics history expert John Hirn will speak about athletic apparel at CSU over the years and will provide a glimpse into his extensive personal collection.  7pm in the Avenir Classroom, University Center for the Arts-East Building, 216 E Lake St. Free. Items from Hirn will be on view in the exhibition Proud to Wear: CSU150.


October 5th

Greeley: Heritage Culturalist Fall Rendezvous will take place at the Von Trotha-Firestien Farm at Bracewell, 30951 Co Rd 27. Stay tuned for more details. 


October 5th (or 6th)

Poudre Canyon: Batty About Historic Preservation. Join Historic Larimer County for a tour of the water filtration plant at Gateway Natural Area where you’ll learn not only about the history of water for the city of Fort Collins, but also about the bat colony that lives in the building today. There is a $7/car charge to enter Gateway Natural Area. We encourage everyone to carpool. There will be no other fee for this tour. (We are also in discussion with the City of Fort Collins to see if we can get the entrance fee reduced, so stay tuned for more information on that.) This tour was originally planned for August but had to be rescheduled due to the popularity of Gateway Park during the summer. Details may shift a little before the date so watch for updates on the Historic Larimer County Facebook page and website.  10 am. Or maybe 1 pm. *sigh*


October 7

Fort Collins: The Civil War Roundtable starts back up again with Sultana – A Tale of Greed and Corruption by speaker Kay Long. Meetings start at 1 pm at Harmony Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Boardwalk. They are free and open to the public. 


October 8

Denver: The Rocky Mountain Map Society will be hosting a lecture by Dr. Dennis Reinhartz entitled “Rationalization of Empire: The Cartographic Legacy of Spanish Military Engineers for the Greater Southwest.” Denver Public Library, 5th Floor, Gates Room, at 5:30 PM.


October 12

Fort Collins: Sugar Skulls and Bread of the Dead: Understanding Día de los Muertos will be presented from 2-4 pm Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. Christopher Muscato, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of History at the University of Northern Colorado, will trace the history of the holiday from its role in the Aztec Empire to its place in modern Mexico. Admission to the program is $5/person and includes entry into the Museum’s four galleries. In the Museum’s Main Gallery, Day of the Dead ~ Día de los Muertos showcases community altars from Northern Colorado residents and organizations. 2 – 4 pm. 

Fort Collins: Slip in to History at the Little Black Dress Soirée. Join Poudre Landmarks Foundation and fans of fashion and history as they celebrate the “Little Black Dress” through the ages with a fancy cocktail party! Enjoy drinks and appetizers while local historians discuss the evolution of this timeless wardrobe staple. Cocktail attire is encouraged, so wear your best LBD or suit as you walk the red carpet to tour the Avery House, listen to live music, and commemorate your visit with professional photographs. The presenter for this event is Dr. Gwyneth I. Williams, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of History and Politics at Webster University in St. Louis, MO. She has been involved in several interdisciplinary research projects on the topic of dress and identity, and has studied various questions and controversies surrounding the increasing number of fashion exhibitions in museums of art and history. Professor Williams is a recipient of the Kemper award for Excellence in Teaching and has served as President of the Faculty Senate at Webster University. Her presentation for this event is “The Little Black Dress: Its History and Evolution”. 5 – 8 pm at the Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Ave.


October 13

Fort Collins: Experience Hands-On History at the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. 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.


October 14

Loveland: The Loveland Historical Society presents Doc Susie. Dr. Susan Anderson, or “Doc Susie” as she was called, was the first woman doctor in Fraser, CO. She arrived in 1907 and practiced medicine until 1956. The story tells of Doc Susie’s life, of how she became a doctor and moved to the Fraser valley and set up her practice. It tells of her struggles, challenges and triumphs in treating the lumberjacks, ranchers and railroaders of the area over the many years. It also tells of the many changes she saw over the years, like the building of the Moffat Tunnel. 7 – 8 pm at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N Lincoln Ave.  


October 17

Fort Collins: Larimer County Genealogical Society Program: How-to with Who Do: Inside “Who Do You Think You Are?” with One of their Talking Heads. Dr Ann Little will be speaking. She has made two guest appearances on the popular genealogy TV show, first in 2015 with Tom Bergeron, and more recently in 2018 with Jean Smart.  She will show a portion of the more recent show, and then describe the process she went through with the Who Do researchers, producers, and directors to get to the final filming. 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the Good Samaritan Society. 


October 19 – 20

Greeley: Howl-O-Ween Trick or Treat – 2019. Wear your spookiest (or silliest) costume and head to Centennial Village Museum for tricks and treats as you stop at our historical buildings. Try your hand at Halloween carnival games, check out the not-so-scary haunted house, and participate in the costume contest.  Admission $3 per person, ages 3 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 3 – 7 pm at the Centennial Village Museum – 1475 A St.


October 24

Greeley: In October, discover the history of the Colorado Model Railroad Museum and its artifacts. Michelle Kempema, the Executive Director of the Colorado Model Railroad Museum will lead this presentation and tour. 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 Colorado Model Railroad Museum – 680 10th St.

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

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