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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.

November History & Heritage Events

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date and location of these events.

November 4

Fort Collins: The Civil War Roundtable continues with Cowards at Harpers Ferry by speaker Jim Madden. Meetings start at 1 pm at Harmony Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Boardwalk. Talks are free and open to the public. 


November 5

Fort Collins: Meg Dunn will give a presentation on Miles Maryott at the Fort Collins Historical Society meeting. Miles Maryott was well known in his time as both a skilled artist and a nationally recognized marksman. The Fort Collins newspapers proudly mentioned that he had local connections any time he received an honor, even when he wasn’t living in the area. That was, until the day he shot his best friend. 7 pm at the Masonic Lodge, 255 W. Oak Street. Free and open to the public. 


November 7

Fort Collins: The History Department at CSU is holding a public lecture on the 50th Anniversary of the Alcatraz Take-Over. This event is being held in the Public Lands History Center, 701 W. Pitkin St. Professor Kent Blansett will speak about his book, A Journey to Freedom: Richard Oakes, Alcatraz, and the Red Power Movement. 7 – 9 pm. 

Loveland: Head over to the Loveland Museum for Historical Reflections on Loveland. Dennis McClatchey and Fran Bostwick have conducted oral histories on topics such as Growing Up in the 50s, Hewlett Packard Comes to Loveland, and The Arts. They will be offering a presentation on their work. 5 – 7 pm. Free. 


November 9

Fort Collins: The Central Rockies Old Time Music Association (CROMA) is holding an old fashioned Barn Dance at Every Day Joe’s Coffee House, 144 S. Mason St. Door open at 6:30 with dancing from 7 – 10 pm. Music by Brownsville Thomcats with Calling by Bob Zuellig. Come alone or with a partner – this is a great dance for beginners or experts alike. No experience is necessary – all dances are taught before-hand (circles, reels and squares). Admission is $10 each, $25 for families, youth 12 and under are free. 


November 10

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.


November 11

Loveland: The Loveland Historical Society hosts “The American Legion: 100 years in Loveland” at the Loveland Museum, 503 N. Lincoln Avenue. Tony DuMosch will speak about the history of the American Legion and how it helped shape Loveland, a fitting topic to celebrate Veterans’ Day. 7 – 8 pm. 


November 12

Loveland: Veterans Monuments of Northern Colorado. Ron Sladek, president of Historic Larimer County, has researched several veterans monuments from throughout Larimer County. In this presentation, he will tell us about the history behind these monuments as well as their significance in terms of historic preservation. 6:30 pm. This talk is free and open to the public, so bring a friend!

Denver: Dr. Henry Lovejoy will be presenting  “Mapping Uncertainty and Unlocking Ancestry in Trans- Atlantic Migrations of the Historic Slave Trade.” Dr. Lovejoy’s interdisciplinary mapping project explores the relationship between conflict, slavery and abolition in the Atlantic world. While scholars have amassed large amounts of data related to the transatlantic slave trade, a more pressing question lingers: Where did those 12.7 million people come from within pre-colonial West Africa before boarding slave ships destined for the Americas? Africa lacks reliable historical maps compared to other heavily populated regions of the world. Dr. Lovejoy’s digital mapping project seeks to visualize and calculate the probabilities of African origins of enslaved people in diaspora. Henry Lovejoy is Assistant Professor of History at CU Boulder. He focuses on the political, economic and cultural history of Africa and the African diaspora, and teaches courses related to pre-colonial Africa and the history of slavery. Professor Lovejoy engages digital humanities methodologies and is currently directing two resources, www.SlaveryImages.org and www.LiberatedAfricans.org. Denver Public Library Gates Room, 5th Floor, 5:30 pm. Open to the Public.


November 13

Fort Collins: The Northern Colorado Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 6:30PM at Colorado State University in Building Clark A, room A26 (unless otherwise noted).


November 14

Fort Collins: CSU History Department Annual Lecture: Putting the ‘Land’ in Land-Grant University. The 39th annual Meyer-Nathan Lecture will be a panel discussion covering the legacy of federal land policy, the Morrill Act, and Colorado State University. The panel will include David Bartecchi, Villiage Earth; Autumn Bernhardt, CSU Anthropology and Geography; Derek Everett, CSU History; and Douglas Sheflin, CSU History. It will be moderated by Leisl Carr Childers, CSU History. 7 – 8:30 pm. Room A-205, Clark.


November 21

Fort Collins: Sylvia Tracy-Doolos will be speaking at the Larimer County Genealogical Society meeting in a presentation entitled, Brick Wall Demolition Kit: Linguistic Tools for Genealogists. Discover linguistic tips, tricks and resources that can help you find your most elusive ancestors. Missing ancestors often have more to do with language issues than you might expect. I will show you how to explore the language of your ancestors, to achieve better research results. 6:30pm – 8:30pm at the Good Samaritan Society, 508 W Trilby Rd.


November 23

Estes Park: On Saturday, November 23, at 2:00 p.m. learn from the locals at the Estes Park Museum during the fall series, Estes Speaks. For the third of four oral histories, staff will be sharing the 2013 interview with Jim Detterline. The interview was conducted with both video and audio components. Program attendees will be invited to share stories related to oral history interviews after each program which will be moderated by Museum staff. 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.

Fort Collins: Discovery Distilled: Game Night Come experience Game Changers at FCMoD – without kids! Live the video game evolution, from memorable Pong to the photorealistic, immersive games of today. Try your hand at operating a supersized Nintendo controller, play Tetris on a giant Game Boy, test your knowledge of retro video game music, and so much more! With a fully stocked bar and games situated throughout the museum, this is the perfect night to let your inner child out to play! Tickets $15/$10 for members. One drink ticket and entry to our newest special traveling exhibit: Game Changers included. Discovery Distilled is a 21+, casual, after-hours series at Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. Must be 21 to participate. Sponsored by: Odell Brewing. 6 – 9 pm. Tickets are $10 – $15 depending on whether you’re a member of the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery or not. 


November 30

Greeley: Holiday Open House at the Centennial Village Museum. This event is held in conjunction with the Downtown Development Authority’s annual Holiday Open House event. During the event, families can enjoy free admission to the museum, craft activities for the kids and Cowboy Santa. 10 am – 4 pm. 714 8th Street. 

Berthoud: Join the Berthoud Historical Society and the Pioneer Museum as we participate in Small Business Saturday, 2019. This will also be a Free Day at the Museum! Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum, 224 Mountain Ave. 

Livermore: Join in the 2nd annual tree lighting ceremony at the historic Livermore Community Hall

December Events  – Mark your calendar!

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December 2

Fort Collins: The Civil War Roundtable continues with Slavery by Another Name by speaker Jean Messinger. Meetings start at 1 pm at Harmony Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Boardwalk. Talks are free and open to the public. 


 

December 3

Wellington: Preservation on Tap. Have you ever wondered why some buildings are saved and others aren’t? Or wondered what criteria is used when buildings are landmarked? On December 3rd, at 6:30 pm, Historic Larimer County will be hosting a “class” on the basics of historic preservation. We’re calling it Preservation on Tap and we’re hoping that it will be the first in a series of free presentations that answers the What, How and Why of historic preservation. (The beer is not free and we do hope you’ll grab a pint to support our hosts.) This first talk will focus on the history of preservation in the U. S. and Northern Colorado and will provide a quick overview of the basics of preservation — What does it mean to “Preserve” a property? What criteria is used when determining whether a house can be designated as historic? What steps are taken to achieve landmark status? What can be done to a property once it has been added to the local, State, or National registers of Historic Places? What help is available to maintain a historic property? There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion, so if there’s something you’ve always been wondering about, now’s the time to ask! (If you have a question about a specific property, you might want to let us know that in advance in case we need to do a little research on that particular situation). This event is free. Bring a friend! 6:30 pm at Old Colorado Brewing Company, 8121 First St., Wellington.


December 7

Greeley: It's Homesteader's Holiday at the Centennial Village Museum, 1475 A Street. Tour festively decorated historical homes and enjoy activities for the entire family. Visitors can enjoy candle dipping, musical entertainment, as well as creating their own holiday crafts. Shop Selma’s Store for unique gifts, holiday items and local and regional history books. Admission to the event is only $3 per person, ages 3 and older. Youth ages 12 and under are free with each canned food donation for the Weld County Food Bank. 10 am – 4 pm. 

Loveland: Holy Places for the Holidays, hosted by Historic Larimer County. Many of our important historic places are related to religious or cultural meeting places. Join us this year for our second look at the history and architecture of holy places in Larimer County. Last year we visited three churches in Fort Collins. This year we’ll be exploring three churches around downtown Loveland: the Namaqua Unitarian Universalist Church built in 1915 as a Evangelical Lutheran church, the Christian Science Church, and Emmanuel Baptist. This is a cold weather tour. Please dress appropriately. We will be going into buildings… but they don’t always have their heaters running on Saturdays. And we do also stand outside and discuss the exterior architecture of the buildings. So… warm socks, hats, mittens, etc. are all recommended. 10 am. 

Johnstown: The Johnstown Historical Society is hosting their 2019 Holiday Home Tour and Tree Festival at the Historic Parish House and Museum, 701 Charlotte Street.


December 7 – 8

Fort Collins: Holiday Open House at the Avery House. See the Avery House decorated in Victorian holiday style on the first weekend in December: Saturday & Sunday Dec. 2-3 from 11 am to 4 pm. Live music and special appearance from Grandfather Christmas. Free & open to the public. 


December 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.

Virginia Dale: Old-Fashioned Christmas Party & Raffle Drawings at the Virginia Dale stage station. The Virginia Dale Community Club's Annual Christmas Program will be held on Sunday December 8th from 12:30 PM- 4 PM.  The covered dish dinner starts at 12:30 in the Hurzeler House followed by Christmas Carols, a Christmas skit and a gift exchange for those who wish to participate in the 1862 Virginia Dale Overland Stage Station next door. Gifts are to be $2 or less and should be marked adult or child. The highlight of the day will be the drawings for the Virginia Dale quilt and the .22 Henry rifle held at 3:00 PM. as well as a child's quilt and other prizes. Tickets will be available until the drawings. This is a community event and you do not have to be a member of the club to attend. Directions and information is at the website www.virginiadalecommunityclub.org. For more information the contact number is 970-495-1828.


December 9

LovelandIn Our Backyard: Kaplan-Hoover, a 3000 Year-old Bison Kill. This Loveland Historical Society talk will be made by Sharon Danhauer. Sharon will speak about a co-operative hunt of nearly 3,000 years ago, when Archaic-era people of the region cunningly herded bison into a steep arroyo, where they were trapped, killed, and butchered. The site is remarkable as the largest bison kill site from the Archaic era in America. 7 – 8 pm at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N Lincoln Ave.


 

December 14

Windsor:  The American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will hold their quarterly lunch meeting at 1 pm at the Windsor Community Recreation Center, 250 N. 11th St.. Reservations are due by December 7th. Cost for adults is $20; Children $10.

Berthoud: The Berthoud Historical Society is hosting a Holiday Tea at the McCarty-Fickel Home at 645 7th Street. The cost is $25 per person with all proceeds benefiting the Society. Included are a tour of the house, and a Victorian Tea with scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts. Seating is limited to 25 people. Seats are reserved upon receipt of payment. 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. For more information visit the historical society's Facebook page, or call the Pioneer Museum at 970-532-2147.

Fort Collins: The Central Rockies Old Time Music Association (CROMA) is holding an old fashioned Barn Dance at Every Day Joe's Coffee House, 144 S. Mason St. Door open at 6:30 with dancing from 7 – 10 pm. Come alone or with a partner – this is a great dance for beginners or experts alike. No experience is necessary – all dances are taught before-hand (circles, reels and squares). Admission is $10 each, $25 for families, youth 12 and under are free. 


December 15

Fort Collins: FCMoD Annual Member Holiday Party! Santa’s coming to town and this year, he’s bringing Mrs. Claus too! Join us for the annual Member Holiday Party on Sunday, December 15. Both Mr. & Mrs. Claus will be available for sittings and in typical FCMoD fashion, we’ll have holiday themed activities spread throughout the gallery. We hope you’ll join us! This event is free for members. Due to limited capacity, we can only accommodate members of FCMoD. Please RSVP to reserve your space today! 5:30 – 9 pm. 

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

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