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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.

October History & Heritage Events

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October 1

Fort Collins: Walking Tour of Tres Colonias: Hispanic Residents & the Fort Collins’ Sugar Industry. Explore the stories of Hispanic Americans in Northern Colorado on this guided tour with the City of Fort Collins Historic Preservation Services team where we’ll walk through Tres Colonias, the three neighborhoods on Vine Drive built for the workers of the Great Western Sugar Factory. Registration required. 10 am.


 

October 1-2

Estes Park: A Special Event hosted by the Stanley Home Musuem: Elkfest. In 1913, long after hunting had eliminated the local elk, Stanley Mountain Wagons were used to help transport a herd from Yellowstone that continues to thrive here today. You can hear this remarkable story during a 90-minute tour of the home once owned by F.O. and Flora Stanley. The ticket price for tours on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, will be discounted to $10 per person, with children under 12 free. Tickets must be purchased in advance online using the button below. Guests must be picked up and dropped off by our shuttle at the Estes Park Visitor Center. A clearly marked shuttle bus will be in the east parking lot (near the electric charging stations) for pick-ups and drop-offs at the top of the hour. Sign up through the museum website


October 4 

Fort Collins: The Fort Collins Historical Society presents, Larimer County Coroners in the 1880s. Walk in the boot prints of old west coroners. These educated determined men were responsible in Fort Collins, local towns, and the far reaches of Larimer County to the Wyoming border. The coroners were businessmen, attorneys, and occasionally doctors. They traveled by buckboard or horseback and were tasked with obtaining evidence and interviews, establishing an Inquest Jury, and coordinating efforts to determine cause of death. Lyn Devers Iannuzzi will take us through the second of this three part series. Case 1) A deadly mining explosion revealed the needs of a minimally trained work force. Case 2) A drunken deadly bar fight, a lady of the evening, and multiple locations caused a complex investigation. Plus, additional cases. Join the FC Historical Society at 7 pm in the Masonic Lodge at 225 W. Oak Street. Park on the street or behind the building. Meetings are free and open to the public. 


October 5

Fort Collins:  Bring your brown bag lunch and join us for Lunch & Learn. The program starts at 11:45 am in Twinberry Auditorium and will end at 12:45 pm.. We hope that you’ll stay, eat your lunch, drink a cup of coffee and connect with other Front Range Forum members. Lunch and Learn is held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month. You must be a member of Front Range Forum to attend. Working with Studs Terkel — Heaven in a Heavenly Madhouse presented by JoDean Culbert. 11:45 am – 12:45 pm. 


October 6

Fort Collins: Blackwell Gala: Conserving Couture. Join the Avenir Museum for a celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of the birth of fashion designer Mr. Blackwell! Hear stories of the legendary designer from those of us at CSU who knew him best, and from the Apparel Design students who have been inspired by his legacy. Funds raised through this event will support the conservation of items in the Blackwell collection, and are deeply appreciated. Be sure to register by Friday, September 30. Thursday, October 6, 2022 – 6 p.m. MT /Program will begin at 6:45 p.m. Menu: Heavy hors d’oeuvres/ Wine-Beer-Signature Cocktail Attire: Will you make the best-dressed list? Formal ‘Black(well) Tie’ attire encouraged Cost: $50 per person – Register online.


October 7

Greeley: Bittersweet Harvest: Stories from the Fields. Bittersweet Harvest: Stories from the Fields Join the Greeley History Museum for an impactful, story-telling event featuring Mario Gonzalez and Carmel Solano. Each speaker will share their life experiences related to the Bracero program and broader themes of migration and field work. The event is free and open to the public and includes a facilitated tour of the “Bittersweet Harvest” exhibit. 5:30 – 8pm


October 8

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area: A Hike Through the Ages – To the Pines. Experts in geology, ecology, and history show how Soapstone Prairie was formed, the creatures that keep it functioning, and the homesteading and ranching history that is part of our heritage. The hikes offer participants unique off trail experiences. This hike will visit the ecologically rich ponderosa pine stand with its rich homesteading history.  This program involves a 6 mile, strenuous, off-trail hike through potentially wet conditions. Hiking poles highly suggested (there will be a few extra pair for those who don’t have their own). Accessible parking and restrooms available. Dress appropriately for the weather forecast. It is generally a little cooler and windy at this site. Bring sunscreen, a hat, closed-toe, sturdy shoes, and plenty of water. Pack a lunch and snacks. Snake gaiters to protect feet and ankles will be provided and highly encouraged. There is limited cell phone reception at Soapstone Prairie. 9 am – 3 pm. You’ll need to register in advance

Fort Collins: Walking Tour of the Holy Family Neighborhood: Hispanic History in Fort Collins  Walk through some of Fort Collins’ Hispanic history in the Holy Family neighborhood with the City of Fort Collins Historic Preservation Services team. Hispanic Americans are part of the foundation of Fort Collins, and this tour will explore the story of Hispanic Americans in northern Colorado through the experiences of those who made the Holy Family neighborhood west of downtown Fort Collins their home. We’ll talk about what opportunities drew them here, the challenges they faced, and why preserving the places where their stories took place is important to us today. 10 am – Noon. Washington Park. Register in advance

Estes Park: Join the Estes Park Museum as they host local artist Greig Steiner for an exclusive presentation. Starting in the Museum meeting room, Mr. Steiner will discuss his life, inspirations, and artistic career that has spanned nearly eight decades. The audience will then have the opportunity to view a collection of works currently on display in the temporary exhibit, By Greig: The Art of Greig Steiner located in the Historic Boyd Building. Be sure to attend this unique program to ask questions and gain first-hand knowledge from the artist. This program is free and open to the public, no reservations are required. 2 pm. 


October 9

Windsor and Weld County: Family Farm Tours – 2022. Visit 3 historic area farms, the Von Trotha-Firestein Farm at Bracewell, the Historic Halfway Homestead located on the Jacoby Farm, and Tigges Farm Produce & Pumpkin Patch. Cost is $10 for children under 12 and $20 per adult. To sign up for the tour, participants must register for the Windsor Town Website and then continue to Registration. If there are issues with online registration, please call 970-674-3500 and a representative will assist you in your registration for the “Family Farm Tour 2022”.  1-5 pm. 


October 13

Loveland: Charles A. Varnum, In Performance of His Duty, by Michael Dreher. Charles A. Varnum faithfully served his country in both war and peace for over 50 years as a career line officer in the US Army. At his death in 1936 he had outlived all of the 1876 7th Cavalry officers and most of its enlisted men. Historians have tended to overlook junior officers’ contributions and have instead focused on generals who led the regiments, received all the press, and enforced government policy. Join the Loveland Historical Society at the Loveland Museum, 503 N Lincoln Ave, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm for this presentation. 


October 15

Windsor: Poudre Pour. Come celebrate the heritage and history of the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area! The event features local craft beer tastings, food trucks, and live music from local bands Wendy Woo and Sugar Britches. Children’s activities include live storytelling, interactive educational exhibits, tours of the Town of Windsor historic cabins and caboose as well as a rides on a vintage fire truck! The Poudre Heritage Alliance is hosting the 5th Annual Poudre Pour on Saturday, October 15, 2022, in partnership with the Town of Windsor and the Windsor Chamber of Commerce, the Poudre Pour will be hosted at Windsor History Museum in Windsor, CO. The venue reflects the region’s cultural heritage and ties directly to the goals of this event. 1 – 5 pm. 

Fort Collins: Join the Poudre Landmarks Foundation for a Scotch Tasting Event. The evening will include a guided tasting of 5 fine Scotches with Hors D’Oeuvres. $100. The Avery House, 328 W. Mountain Avenue, 6 pm. 


 

October 20

Fort Collins: The Larimer County Genealogical Society hosts, October Program: The First Frontiersmen: The Scots-Irish. Some refer to them as Ulster Scots, others as Scots-Irish.  Whatever their name, they are the U. S. descendants of those who were “planted” in the Ulster province of Ireland in the 17th century and subsequently immigrated to the American frontier.  Their famous sons include Daniel Boone and Andrew Jackson, and we see their cultural influence in square dancing and country music.  This presentation will review the history of the Scots-Irish and suggest resources for researching their family histories. Fort Collins Senior Center, 6-8:30 pm. 


October 22

Estes Park: Judge Florence E. Allen, Dr. Elizabeth Vincent, and their Moraine Park Cottages. Join the Estes Park Museum as they host historian Joan Organ, Ph.D. as she presents her work regarding Judge Florence Ellinwood Allen. Judge Allen was the first woman to serve on a state supreme court and the second woman appointed to the federal judiciary, earning her commission in 1934, serving on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While away from the federal bench, Judge Allen was a frequent visitor in Estes Park and owned a cottage in Moraine Park. Dr. Organ will present her original research regarding Judge Allen and her time in the Colorado mountains. This program is free and open to the public, no reservations are required. 1 pm. 


October 22-23

Loveland: Colorado Archaeological Society (Northern Colorado Chapter) Annual Conference. Registration begins at 8 am. Keynote speaker is Dr. Jason LaBelle. Sign up on or before October 1, 2022 for the early bird rate! Visit https://casncc.org/annual-conference for information.


October 23

Livermore: On Sunday, October 23, Historic Larimer County will join with the Northern Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Archaeology Society on their tour of the Robert’s Ranch.  NCC CAS is sponsoring the tour as part of the Colorado Archaeological Society’s annual meeting which is being held on 22 October 2022 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland. The tour will be divided into two segments.  The first will be a tour of the homestead area of the ranch off of Red Feather Lakes Road.  It will include a discussion of the archaeological sites near the North Fork of the Poudre River including the Roberts Ranch Buffalo Jump.  It will also discuss recent work at CSU field schools on this portion of the ranch.  While we will not be going in any buildings, we will highlight the original homestead cabin which is an amazing demonstration of vernacular architecture in the American West. The second portion of the tour will be conducted on the northern portion of the ranch off county Road 80.  It will include looking at the prehistoric and historic archaeological sites on this portion of the ranch and include looking at a stone circle site and Signature Rock and Devil’s Washboard from the Overland Trail days.  It will also discuss recent CSU field school work on the ranch. You will be able to attend one or both segments of the tour.  Each segment will be conduct twice.  The tours will start at approximately 9:30am.  However, HLC tour participants will meet at the forks at 9:00am.  And then divide into segment groups and move to the tour start locations.  As parking on the ranch is limited, carpooling is recommended. Please RSVP. 


October 25

Denver/Zoom: The Rocky Mountain Map Society presents, Steve Hoffenberg: “The 1850 Topographical Engineers’ map of the trans-Mississippi West.” Stay tuned for more details. 


 

October 27

Loveland/Denver: Immigrants Tour w/Treasure Box Tours. Tour Denver with us and hear the history of Americans who crossed the prairies in search of gold and founded Denver in 1858. Learn about the successive waves of immigrants from all over the world who have made significant marks on the city, giving it some of its most noted buildings and richest flavors. Come hear the tales of triumph, conflict, racism, redemption and more. The tour includes a break for lunch (cost on your own for $15-20) and then we’ll hop back on the bus and finish the tour! $52. Class #493041-1 through the City of Loveland Recreation Department.

November Events – Mark Your Calendar! 

Each event listed below has a link to more info or registration.
If you’re not seeing the links in orange, try viewing this email via computer
rather than on a phone or tablet.

November 1

Fort Collins: Larimer County Coroners in the 1880s. Walk in the boot prints of 1880s Larimer County Coroners, men who had to deal with murder, explosion, poison, and suicide. These educated determined men were responsible in Fort Collins, local towns, and the far reaches of Larimer County including the wilderness of North Park (1909 est. Jackson County) to the Wyoming border. The coroners were businessmen, attorneys, and occasionally doctors who traveled by buckboard or horseback carrying writing supplies and a bible to swear in witnesses and investigation jurors. They were tasked with obtaining evidence, interviewing witnesses, and when required establishing an Inquest Jury to “diligently to enquire into, and true presentment make, how, in what manner, by whom, or what means the said body came to its death.” Join us as Lyn Devers Iannuzzi finishes the third of this three part series. Case 1) Revenge, greed, lies and deliberate planning lead to a brutal and shocking murder. Case 2) Drunken violence and murder thrust Fort Collins into a deadly incident that created shock waves throughout the state. Plus, additional cases. Meet at 7 pm in the Masonic Lodge, 225 W. Oak Street. Free and open to the public. 


November 5

Fort Collins: History Along the Poudre River. Join Historic Larimer County as board president, Ron Sladek, takes us for a history tour along the Poudre as it passes by downtown Fort Collins. 


November 8

Denver/Zoom: The Rocky Mountain Map Society’s November meeting is tentatively on Maps on Stamps and Ephemera by Steve Nadler. 


 

November 9

Fort Collins: Northern Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society meeting. This meeting will be focused on election of 2023 officers and planning of upcoming events. If you’re interested in a greater role in the organization, be sure to attend! Los Metros Urban Kitchen & Cantina, 1027 W. Horsetooth Rd. Social hour begins at 5:30, business meeting begins at 6 pm.


November 10

Fort Collins: Collector Conversations with Jeannine Pedersen-Guzman, Archaeological Repository of CSU and Ollie Bode of the Fort Collins Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. Collector Conversations with Jeannine Pedersen-Guzman, Archaeological Repository of CSU and Ollie Bode of the Fort Collins Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures Jeannine Pedersen-Guzman of the Archaeological Repository of Colorado State University and Ollie Bode of the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures in Fort Collins will present as part of the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Collector Conversations series. This series profiles collecting institutions on campus and in the community through presentations and collaborative conversations. Sponsored by a grant from the Lilla B. Morgan Memorial Endowment, a premier supporter of arts and culture at CSU. 7 – 8:30PM MST.

Greeley: Fiber Arts Then and Now: a brief history and spinning demonstration. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. Museum volunteer Laurette Hoagland will give a brief presentation on the roles Fiber Arts have played at different points in history. She’ll also be giving spinning demonstrations throughout the night. Friends of the Greeley Museums members receive free admission, learn more about membership. $3-$8 for others.

Loveland: The Loveland Historical Society is presenting Remembering Apollo 51 Years Later at the Loveland Museum, 503 N Lincoln Ave., 6:30 – 7:30 pm. John Blankenship’s presentation will honor the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Program, which ran from 1961 to 1972.  Aided by a scale model of the Saturn V, it will cover the history of the Apollo Program, a little rocket science, and the Apollo 11 mission profile from liftoff to splashdown.


 

November 30

Loveland/Denver: Brown Palace Afternoon Tea & Tour. No visit to Denver is complete without experiencing the iconic afternoon tea at the historic Brown Palace, especially during the holiday season! Sit tea topped with Devonshire cream, shipped directly from England while listening to the soft sounds of the grand piano float through the eight-story atrium. Enjoy handmade pastries, scones and tea sandwiches while admiring the natural light streaming in from the stained-glass ceiling. Following our tea, take a tour of the historic hotel. $114 Class #: 493055-1. Register in advance

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

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