March 2022 History & Heritage Events
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Zoom: The Indigenous People of the Poudre During the Early Years of Fort Collins. Let’s take a look at the story of Chief Friday and how the Arapaho and Cheyenne are an important part of Fort Collins history. The forgotten history of the original stewards of the land in Northern Colorado have a story to tell and a story for all of us to remember. Local author and historian, Brian Carroll, will use original documents and first hand accounts to piece together the important influence that Chief Friday and his people had upon Northern Colorado. 7 pm. The Zoom link will be on the Fort Collins Historical Society website.
Loveland: The Pulliam Building. Constructed in 1938 for use as a community center, the facility was the civic and social center for Loveland for decades. During the past 80 years, the structure served Loveland well. Conventions, concerts, plays, graduations, school events, church services, dinners, and celebrations were the hallmark of the community building. A partnership between the Pulliam Community Building Foundation and the City has undertaken a rehabilitation project on the building that will be coming to a close soon. Historic Larimer County will tour Loveland’s Pulliam Community Building from top to bottom. The tour will cover the history of the building as well as the rehabilitation work that is being done and how the building will be made available to the community going forward. Norm Rheme and his committee have been involved in the renovation of the building for over 4 years now. We’re delighted that Norm himself will be giving us the tour of this building. The tour is open to the public. Invite a friend! 10 am at the Pulliam Community Building, 545 Cleveland Ave, Loveland.
Fort Collins: Front Range Forum goes to the Movies. The Twinberry Theater at the Fort Collins Senior Center is the venue for our next movie playing on Wednesday, March 9th. Doors open at 12:30 pm, the movie starts at 1:00 pm. There will be free popcorn available. Following the movie, a facilitator-led discussion will allow viewers to participate in a dialogue on the film. “To Be Or Not To Be,” 1942. Directed by Ernst Lubitsch. The film opens prior to the 1939 German invasion of Poland, and the structure is built around a group of actors led by Josef Tura (Jack Benny) and his wife Maria (Carole Lombard). They’re leading the rehearsals for a satirical play, “Gestapo.” The film was a risky production during World War II and there was much criticism regarding its content. Now it is considered to be one of the greatest movies directed by the legendary Ernst Lubitsch. 1 hour, 39 min. 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm. Please note the new times: doors open at 12:30 pm, film begins at 1:00 pm.
Loveland: Life Up the Buckhorn With the Dickerson Sisters. Share in the life of these two, last century “Up the Buckhorn” women. A collection of their pine needle baskets and collages will help to tell their story. Have a piece of their folk art? Bring it to share. This Loveland Historical Society talk is being given by Fort Collins historian Brian Carroll. 6:30 – 7:30 pm Loveland Museum, 503 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland.
Fort Collins: Russia After the Tsar. This course will pay attention to particular key points in Russian history concentrating on the events that took place in 1905 before the 1917 Revolution, followed by Vladimir Lenin taking power as Russia’s leader by creating the ideology of Bolshevism, inspiring and guiding the organization of the Communist system and instituting a series of innovative policies. Accordingly, this will be followed by the struggle of the various candidates who were vying to be his successors. These will include Stalin, Yeltsin, Khrushchev, Gorbachev, etc. The course will also provide a better understanding of Russia’s foreign policy and the presidency of Vladimir Putin. Presentations are required. I will be sending a list of suggested reading to the participants, therefore book purchase is not required. This is a Front Range Forum class. To participate, you’ll need to become a member. The class begins on March 14 and goes through May 2nd from 1:30 – 3:30 pm. The facilitator is Sylvia Panella. Readings will be provided. There is a 20 person limit on this class. Meetings will be held in Foxtail 2 at the Fort Collins Senior Center.
Fort Collins: Trials of the Century II. Last year this class discussed several of the most interesting and publicized trials in American history. In the current class we shall resume our inquiry with eight more trials (one per week), most of which in their day were as famous as O. J. Simpson’s trial. We shall consider the Australian trial of Crown v. Chamberlain (the dingo trial), the Scopes monkey trial, the trial of the Lincoln conspirators, the Chicago 8 (or 7) trial, the Fort Collins trial of Timothy Masters (perhaps not nationally known), and several others. Our classroom discussions will include selections from the movies that portrayed these events. Some presentations by class members focusing on some facet of the case under discussion that week will be requested.Facilitator: Bill Nalitz, email@example.com Dates: Tuesdays, March 15— May 3, 2022 Time: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM Foxtail 2, Senior Center. Class limit 20. You have to sign up as a Front Range Forum member in order to take this class.
Fort Collins: Frank Lloyd Wright Architect: Truth Against the World. Late in life, while on a visit to Wales, Frank Lloyd Wright met and spoke with a local architect also named Wright. When asked later by reporters what he thought of the other man’s work, Wright replied: “We’re both doing God’s work. He is doing it his way and I’m doing it God’s way.” Born in 1867, Wright’s mother’s passions were knowledge and nature, and his father taught him that the structure of music was the same as the structure of design. These influences Wright would carry throughout his life. His professional career would span some seventy years until his death in 1959. During his lifetime Wright endured great personal tragedies and scandals. He created several new architectural styles while designing some one thousand structures of which nearly one half, mostly private homes, were built. A genius of light, space and texture, he was controversial, notorious and unpredictable. He changed architecture for all time. Class members will be asked to give short presentations on Wright’s life, loves, his architecture, interior, and furniture designs, his legacy and impact upon the art of architecture. Participants will also be required to enthusiastically participate in this survey of America’s most unique architect. The facilitators’ combined their interests in architecture, travel, photography, reading, tall tales and true, route finding and the ability to occasionally get lost while tracking down and visiting many of the buildings in the U.S., England and Japan that were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Facilitators: Kent and Nancy Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, 970-672-8401 Dates: Wednesdays, March 16 – May 4, 2022 Time: 9:30 – 11:30 AM Text: To Be Determined Presentations: Required Location: Foxtail 2, Senior Center. Class limit 20. You have to sign up as a Front Range Forum member in order to take this class.