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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 History & Heritage Events

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September 3

Soapstone Prairie Natural AreaSmithsonian at Lindenmeier. Travel back in time to learn how Paleoindians survived the high plains and how Smithsonian Institution archaeologists uncovered their story in the 1930s. 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. This program involves an ADA accessible, 0.25 mile uphill hike to a covered shelter. Accessible parking and restrooms are available. There is limited cell phone reception at Soapstone Prairie. 10 am – Noon. Registration Required


September 5

Berthoud: Flap Jack Day is back! Free flapjacks, breakfast beer flights, vintage cars, 50’s dress, support for the Berthoud Historical Society and the Flapjack Queen Contest… bringing it ALL back in 2022!  In 1948 the Town of Berthoud created “Flapjack Day” to be celebrated on Labor Day to bring neighbors together and visitors from afar to enjoy one of the simple pleasures in life… flapjacks. From 1948 to 1958 the local Lions Club and Chamber of Commerce hosted Flapjack Day in Berthoud Town Park that drew hordes of people to “The Garden Spot.” On the first Flapjack Day (1948) an estimated 1,000 persons descended on Berthoud to devour 5,000 free pancakes. By 1949, The Berthoud Bulletin announced that 3,700 visitors from 21 states downed a whopping 7,400 flapjacks. Over its eleven-year span, Flapjack Day grew to include the crowning of a Flapjack Queen. spike-driving, swimming and diving contests, a baton twirling competition, pet-and-doll parades, a pig catching scramble, a tractor driving challenge. The last Flapjack Day was held in 1959 when the Chamber of Commerce decided to cancel; the event due to the high cost of hosting such a spectacle. City Star Brewing brought this annual tradition back to life in 2015: giving away 1,000 flap jacks, raising $1,000 for the Berthoud Historical Society, and crowning the first Flapjack Queen in 50 years – Caitlin Ascher.

Fort Collins: Happy Birthday, Lincoln Middle School!!!! On this day, 100 years ago, Fort Collins Junior High began its first classes. The Junior High was renamed Lincoln in 1939, and more recently the junior high became a middle school. Lincoln Junior High/Middle school has educated several Colorado government officials (including senators and representatives), musicians (such as Haeley Vaughn and Samuel Mouton, as well as the Gremlins), artists (such as De Wain Valentine), and of course several schools were named after former Lincoln staff (such as Hal Kinard and Margaret Shephardson). 


September 6

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. The first in our three-part series will cover the challenges and procedures of Larimer County Coroners. Case 1) A devastating disaster and deaths that brought fear and vulnerability into the heart of Fort Collins. Case 2) A saloon, drunken brawl, shoot out and ladies of the evening. The controversial first murder in Fort Collins and other 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. 

Estes Park: Estes Park History Hike. Join Estes Park Museum docents on a history hike of the historic Birch Ruins and Cabin at the Centennial Open Space at Knoll-Willows. This one-hour tour will explore the history of the site, including the fire that destroyed the bungalow, the growth and development of Estes Park, the landscape and nature of the area and its breathtaking mountain views, and F.O Stanley and his famous hotel. This tour allows you to enter and explore the inside of the Birch Cabin. This program is free and open to the public. Good walking shoes and a water bottle are recommended for the mile long hike, including hills along a gravel path. The tour will begin near the Enos Mills statue in Bond Park. No reservations are required. For information regarding paid parking, please visit: www.estes.org/parking.


September 8

GreeleyHispanic Women of Weld County: honoring local Hispanic achievements past, present and future. The presentation begins at 6 p.m. To kick off Hispanic Heritage Month, Brenda Madrid, Vice President of Hispanic Women of Weld County (HWWC), will speak about the organization’s mission and vision. Founded in 1988, HWWC promotes recognition and career advancement for Hispanic Women in our community. Free for museum members. $3-8 for non-members. 6 – 8pm.

Loveland: The Loveland Historical Society will host a presentation on The Black American West Museum. Elise Clark Gunnells’s presentation highlights the stories of some of the people featured in the museum…. people like Dr. Justina Ford, Founder Paul Stewart, famous cowboys, Buffalo soldiers, Dearfield, CO, and more. 6:30 pm at the Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln. 


 

September 9

Red Feather Lakes: The Meadow Tour, hosted by the Red Feather Historical Society. Meet at the RFHS Robinson Cabin in Red Feather Lakes at 8:30 am. We will leave promptly at 9:00 am and return by 5:00 PM. You must have read The Meadow by James Galvin to participate (trip will not mean anything without reading the book – Red Feather Library has several copies). Only 8 vehicles that are 4-wheel or all-wheel drive are allowed on the trip (we will need to car pool to fill all the vehicles). Bring snacks for coffee break & lunch & anything you would like to drink or eat for the day. There are no bathroom facilities on the trip (You will have to tree or bush it). We will be in vehicles most of the time so wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Cost: Members: $10 each, nonmembers: $15 each only if not full. RFHS members have priority. Register in advance through Pat Clemens. 

Loveland: Goodguys loves Loveland, so were heading back to the front range for our 24th Grundy Collector Car Insurance Colorado Nationals presented by Griots Garage. This high altitude weekend of fun features over 2,000 1997 & older hot rods, customs, muscle cars, trucks and classics. Enjoy our Vendor Exhibits, Nitro Thunderfest Vintage Dragster Exhibition, Burnout Contest, Swap Meet, Cars 4 Sale Corral, a Specialty Auto Auction on Saturday, Goodguys AutoCross timed racing competition featuring the Western Shootout, FREE Kids Zone, Model Car Show, Live Entertainment, Goodgals Gallery and so much more Join us Sunday September 11th as we showcase late model American made, or powered muscle cars, customs, and trucks for our All American Sunday celebration featuring an All American Sunday AutoCross Shootout Bring the weekend to a close at the Awards Show on Sunday, where we present the weekends winners and the Builders Choice Top 10 selected by Pinkees Rod Shop, with custom-made awards and congratulate them on their way cool cars. For complete details and to register your vehicle or purchase tickets, visit www.good-guys.com/cn. Featured attractions subject to change. Please check our website for the most up-to-date information.


 

September 10

New Raymer: 6th Annual Friends of Raymer Car Show! Featuring a Car Show, Vendors, Great Food, & Music! This year our goal is to lift our community up by featuring local businesses. All vendor spaces are free! September 10th, 2022 Registration starts at 9am. Event begins at 10am. Proceeds go to the restoration of the buildings along historic Centre Avenue in New Raymer, Colorado! Come enjoy the small-town atmosphere of New Raymer, CO with music, food, and fun! The whole family will enjoy BBQ and live music.

Johnstown: The Johnstown Historical Society & the Historic Parish House and Museum are holding their Annual Quilt & Craft Fair. Come join us at our annual Quilt & Craft Fair! Whether you’re a vendor, a crafter, a quilter, or a fan of all 3 – our fair has something for you! 9 am – 4 pm. 

Greeley: Potato day is back at Centennial Village Museum! Our closing event of the season includes living history demonstrations, an antique tractor display, a performance from the Buffalo Soldiers, live entertainment throughout the day, and a cake walk. Every ticket purchased includes a baked potato with all the “fixings.” 10 am – 4 pm.   $7/ticket


September 11

Windsor: The Northern Colorado Chapter of the American Historical Society for Germans from Russia quarterly lunch meeting. Cost for adults is $20; Children $10 Reservations are due at least 7 days in advance. Meetings are held at the Windsor Community Center, 250 N. 11th St., Windsor. 


 

September 12

Zoom: AHSGR Book Club: Cry Out of Russia. Sheri Rohn Ertl will host a book discussion for the historical fiction book Cry Out of Russia…escape from darkness, by Anna Fischer. The book is available through the AHSGR Bookstore. Please join us in discussing Cry Out of Russia by Anna Fischer. It is the heart-wrenching account of the struggles and hardships encountered during the Stalin Regime. Anna Fischer’s story depicts the long trek from the Ukraine area to West Germany during World War II and finally, to Canada, where her new life began. 6-7 pm via Zoom. Links are on the American Historical Society for Germans from Russia website. 


September 14

Loveland/Golden: Golden History Museum. The Golden History Museum is a warm, welcoming and vibrant public space for uncovering and sharing our past. The exhibits have a rich collection of historic and contemporary artwork by artists who lived in, worked in or visited the area. Afterwards, enjoy a stroll through downtown Golden and enjoy the shops. Have lunch on your own at one of the many restaurants. $32. Class #493039-1. Registration required for this City of Loveland Activity

Fort Collins: The Northern Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society is back from the dead! Vice-President, Jon S., will be the speaker. He’ll be talking about Old Man Mountain (with a tentative field excursion to Old Man Mountain set for Saturday, September 17 at 10 am!). This kick off meeting will take place at Los Muertos Urban Kitchen & Cantina, 1027 W. Horsetooth Rd. at 6 pm. Or get there at 5:30 for drinks and social time. 


September 15

Fort CollinsJazz in Paris is the theme for the 12th Annual Gala hosted by the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures.  The Gala is Thursday, Sept. 15, from 5-7:30 pm at the Fort Collins Elks Lodge, 1424 E. Mulberry.  Tickets are $75/person and include dinner and dessert with coffee.  A cash bar will be available.  Festivities will include live music by Lorna’s Swingset, live and silent auctions, a delicious cake auction, and fun games. 5 – 7:30 pm. 

Fort Collins: The September program of the Larimer County Genealogical Society will be “Using Often Overlooked Repositories, We Tell Amasa’s Story.” Our story is about a young man who leaves Vermont and travels on foot in 1816 to help settle an American Frontier town in Ohio. His original letter tells us of his amazing trip. The records found to illuminate his very successful life are often overlooked in pre-1850 records. Think out of the box to find some really useful information in your early American story. 6-8:30 pm at the Fort Collins Senior Center. 


September 17

Buckeye: The theme for Buckeye’s annual quilt and fabric arts show this year is “Stitches Through Time.” The Buckeye Community Club will host their 12th Annual  Quilt and Fabric Arts Show from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18. Admission is free, however donations are very much appreciated.  In addition to displays of quilts and other fabric arts, events include a Silent Auction on Saturday, a Yard Sale, and an Antique Tractor and Vehicle display. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11 am – 2 pm, featuring Les’s BBQ & Smokehouse (7670 5th Street, Wellington).

Fort Collins:The 38th Annual Historic Homes Tour, hosted by the Poudre Landmarks Foundation. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at a variety of places throughout Fort Collins. To preview some of the homes and find out all the great local businesses where tickets can be purchased, check out the Poudre Landmark Website. 10 am – 4 pm. See the opportunity to be a docent listed near the middle of this newsletter.

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”. 9 am – 1 pm. 


September 18

Fort Collins: Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month Community Celebration / Celebración comunitaria del mes de la herencia hispana y latina.  Every year, the Poudre Libraries observe Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month (September 15th – October 15th) as a way to celebrate the cultures, contributions, stories, and accomplishments of millions of Latinx and Hispanic people who, over the last centuries, have helped shaped the United States. Be part of this observance and join us as we host a community celebration filled with music, dance, art, stories, food and more! See you there! 2 – 6 pm at the Northside Azatlan Center. ****** Cada año se observa el mes de la herencia hispana y latina (15 de septiembre – 15 de octubre) para celebrar las culturas, contribuciones, historias y logros de millones de hispanos y latinos que, durante los siglos, han ayudado a definir y construir los Estados Unidos. Sé parte de esta conmemoración y acompáñanos en una celebración comunitaria llena de música, baile, arte, historias, comida ¡y mucho más! ¡Nos vemos allí! 2 – 6 pm at the Northside Azatlan Center. 


September 19

Loveland/Estes Park: Historic Fall River Hydroplant Tour. In 1908, F. O. Stanley broke ground for the Estes Park hydroelectric plant. By the time the Stanley Hotel opened for business in 1909, the plant generated enough power for the first all-electric hotels in the country and the village of Estes Park. The hydroplane was taken out of commission 73 years later from damage in the 1982 Lawn Lake Flood and reopened as an interpretive center in 2002. See original equipment, Stanley artifacts and photographs from the Lawn Lake Flood. Following the tour, have lunch at The Dunraven which overlooks Lake Estes (cost on your own for $20-25). Class #49304-1. Registration is required for this City of Loveland Activity.


September 21

Fort Collins: History Comes Alive: El Vaquero, America’s First Cowboy. Learn about El Vaquero in this living history show performed by Angel Vigil. El Vaquero’s story shows the origins and development of traditional cowboy practices in the American West. As El Vaquero talks about his clothing, tools, and lifeways, a clear picture emerges identifying his traditional Spanish practices as the source of the daily activities of today’s ranch worker. His stories illuminate the contrasts between the romanticized Hollywood depiction of the cowboy with the realities of the real working cowboy. This performance is presented by Front Range Community College and Poudre Libraries and is generously sponsored by Colorado Humanities. Noon – 1:15 pm at the Harmony Library FRCC Long’s Peak Student Center. 


September 22

Fort Collins: Ukraine in Context: An Historical and Personal Perspective will be presented Thursday, Sept. 22, from 6-7:30 pm at the Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures. The free program will feature John Olienyk, CSU Emeritus Professor of Finance, whose four grandparents were born in Ukraine. Dr. Olienyk is the former Department Chair and Associate Dean in CSU’s College of Business as well as former Academic Dean for Semester at Sea. 6 – 7:30 pm.  


September 24

Fort Collins/Wellington: Pioneer Living Day at the Bee Family Farm! The theme this year is “How Water Was Used.” 10 am – 3 pm. $8 Adults $6 Seniors 60+ $4 Children 3-12 under 3 are free. Come see what life was like over 100 years ago. Demonstrations include: Draft horse models, 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, Children’s Activities ,Trolley Rides. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the day of activities. Lemonade & Ice Cream for sale. 

Estes Park: Historic Larimer County is hosting a two-part tour in Estes Park that will include both of the Birch cabins as well as the Stanley Home Museum. Attendees are welcome to attend one or both of these tours. Derek Fortini, Director of the Estes Park Museum, will lead the short hike to both of the cabins and explain the history of Birch, a Denver newspaper man. Wear your walking shoes, bring some water, and if you have a walking stick, you might want to bring it along. The Stanley Home Museum is a gorgeous house that F. O. Stanley and his wife lived in during their summer trips to Estes Park. If you’ve been to the Stanley Hotel, then you’ll really enjoy this opportunity to see the Home that was the inspiration for the hotel. The directions for where to meet up are a little complicated, so click on through to Historic Larimer County’s website for details. And watch for RSVP links there that will be added soon. 


September 27

Zoom: The American Historical Society for Germans from Russia presents – Treffen Tuesday. Speaker TBA. 5:30 – 7 PM

Denver/Zoom: The Rocky Mountain Map Society presents, Mary Shaeffer Conroy: “Why do Ukranians Feel Different from Russians and Wish to be Independent” (History Colorado/Zoom link will be announced closer to the program date). Click here for directions/parking information. 5:30 pm. 


September 30

Fort Collins: History Underfoot Friday: Discuss original homesteaders from Paleo-Indians to the Arapaho and Cheyenne bands that call the area home. Hear stories about Chief Friday, the Buss family, George Strauss, and the Sherwood Ranch. Meet at the Harmony Transit Center parking lot near Arapaho Bend Natural Area. Meet at the NW end of the lot near the trailhead. This program has accessible parking and restroom access. The walk is up to 3 miles, and includes both on and off-trail hiking through varied terrain.  Dress appropriately for the weather forecast. Bring sunscreen, a hat, closed-toe, sturdy shoes, and plenty of water. You may wish to bring hiking poles to help navigate off-trail sections, but they are not required. 2 – 4:30 pm. Registration required. 

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

October Events – Mark Your Calendar!

Each event listed below has a link to more info or registration.
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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. The first in our three-part series will cover the challenges and procedures of Larimer County Coroners. Case 1) A deadly mining explosion revealed the needs of a minimally trained work force. Case 2) A deadly bar fight, lady of the evening, and multiple locations caused a complex investigation and other 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 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


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. 


October 23

Livermore: Join Historic Larimer County and the Northern Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society on this archaeological tour of important sites on Roberts Ranch


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.

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