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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.

February 2022 History & Heritage Events

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February 1

Zoom: Julesburg Station. Julesburg Station and Camp Rankin, located in northeastern Colorado along the South Platte River, became the focal point of the Native American response to the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. The location was chosen as the initial and last battle of a six-week campaign in early 1865 due to its isolated location and abundant stage company warehouses. Remarkably, the site has not been studied by professional historians or archaeologists. Unfortunately, the battlefield has been heavily disturbed by relic hunters but using new technology, a great deal can still be learned from it.  Little known to most residents of Fort Collins, the history or FOCO is deeply rooted in the early Indian War period and the history of Julesburg as well.  The story begins with our own town name – Fort Collins. Brought to you by the Fort Collins Historical Society. 7 pm. Click through for the zoom link


 

February 2

Fort Collins: The Normalization of Hatred. 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. Many have never heard, or know very little, about the rising tide of the KKK in America during the 1920s, especially right here in our own state of Colorado. Meg Dunn will give an overview of how the Ku Klux Klan was revived in 1915, invited to Colorado, and spread to every region of the state, including Northern Colorado. Coloradoans took what had previously been a Southern institution, and we made it our own, normalizing hatred in a way that made it not only acceptable, but highly regarded by many. While heartbreaking, it is part of our local history that we should all know and understand. 11:45 am – 12:45 pm. 


 

February 9

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, February 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. “Remember,” 2015. Directed by Atom Egoyan. The plot follows an elderly Holocaust survivor Zev (Christopher Plummer) with dementia who sets out to kill a Nazi war criminal who goes by an alias and is known to have escaped to North America. There are four men in Canada and the US who go by that name. Zev plans to track each one and determine if one of them is the mass killer. 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm.

Zoom: Professor Jason LaBelle will speak about the Lindenmeier site and the reinvestigation that he and several CSU students conducted this past summer. This is one of the most important archaelogical sites in America and its right here in our own back yard. Learn more about the site and what it tells us about the history of Indigenous peoples during this Historic Larimer County talk. 7 pm. The Zoom link will be available through the HLC website.


February 10

Loveland: The Fifty Years Rule: Does the National Historic Preservation Act Deserve Preservation? hosted by the Loveland Historical Society. This program by CSU Professor Dr. Thomas Adams will frame the National HistoricPreservation Act as an artifact of the 1960s. As such, it will address the ways in which NHPA, as well-intentioned as it is, often lacks the mechanisms to foster inclusive history and is openly hostile to certain styles and periods of architecture. The program will suggest ways improve inclusivity and preserve resources often outside the scope of NHPA. 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Loveland Museum. 


 

February 16

Zoom: The 1917 Book Club hosted by the Estes Park Museum returns with local title, “Images of America: Estes Park” by Sybil Barnes. This program is free, open to the public, and will take place over Zoom. It is strongly encouraged that participants read each book prior to the program to take part in the discussion. No registration is required. 10 – 11:30 am. Program link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81617579095


 

February 17

Loveland: History Comes Alive: Roundtable on Montgomery’s 1956 Racial Tensions. Have you ever wanted to take a step back in time and experience history firsthand? Here is your chance. Join us as we explore the racial tensions that Montgomery is facing in 1956. History comes alive as you sit down to talk about three potential solutions that Montgomery might use to resolve the situation. Please come prepared for a lively discussion. Suggested for teens and adults. This event is co-sponsored by the Loveland Public Library and the Loveland Museum.  To receive background materials for this program, please RSVP at 970-962-2410. This meeting is 6-8 pm at the Loveland Museum: Foote Auditorium 503 N. Lincoln Ave.

Zoom: Researching Your Norwegian and Swedish Roots is the February program for the Larimer County Genealogical Society. Visitors (not LCGS members) need to register through the website to receive the Zoom info and handout. President Glenn York provides a brief overview of our society with the latest committee reports followed by tonight’s program. Program Information The topic for the February monthly meeting will be “Researching Your Norwegian and Swedish Roots.” Andy Likins says, “Three decades ago, I went to Scandinavia to research my roots. Today, I can do much of the same research in my pajamas at home. We’ll look at basics of Norwegian and Swedish research including naming patterns, passenger lists, censuses, and church records.” Program begins at 6:30 pm. 

Greeley: “Black and White in Black and White” Exhibit Opening at the Greeley History Museum. This traveling exhibition from Exhibit Envoy features striking photographs attributed to African American photographer John Johnson. Using his neighborhood in Lincoln, Nebraska as his canvas, Johnson crafted these images of his neighbors, friends, and family between 1910 and 1925. The exhibit will also feature stories from Dearfield, Colorado. While Johnson was busy capturing his photographs, the town of Dearfield was thriving. Founder O.T. Jackson established the town in 1910 in hopes that it would become a place where African Americans could become financially independent through agriculture. “Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America” is curated by Douglas Keister, presented with support from California State University, Chico, and traveled by Exhibit Envoy. Exhibit opens February 17 through May 28, 2022, 10am – 4pm.


February 26

Fort Collins: The Fort Collins Municipal Railway is looking for volunteers! The Fort Collins Municipal Railway Society is seeking volunteers for its upcoming 2022 season, including motormen and women to drive the streetcar, conductors to give history and safety presentations, depot agents to man its depot and souvenir shop, and people to assist with streetcar maintenance. A volunteer orientation is planned for the morning of Feb. 26. To volunteer for the railway society (that operates the trolley that runs down Mountain Avenue), you can leave a message for the society — including your email address — by calling 970-224-5372. You can also email fcmrs1919@gmail.com.

March 2022 History & Heritage Events

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.
 

March 1

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


March 5

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.


 

March 9

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.


 

March 10

LovelandLife 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.


 

March 14

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. 


 

March 15

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, billnalitz@gmail.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. 


March 16

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, kent.c.brown@comcast.net, 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. 

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