NEWS: Tuesday May 25, 2010

May 25th @ 5:02 pm in News by Scott Staley

Need plans for Memorial Day Weekend? In May 2010, cities and towns across the state will, once again, host events honoring Colorado’s past during Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. This year’s theme is “Pathways to Colorado’s Heritage” and the entire month will feature plenty of free or modestly priced tours, exhibits, lectures, displays and events. There are many activities that the entire family can enjoy while exploring our great state. The experience can be as close as your local historical society, or may inspire a grand day trip in the mountains or plains.

Glen-Isle Resort Lodge, Cabins, and Gift Shop Tours
WHO? Glen-Isle Resort
WHAT? Tour three gift shops, sixteen cabins, and one historic lodge built in 1900 and on the National Register of Historic Sites. The same family has owned the lodge for more than 70 years; its rooms brim with antiques. The lodge is open June through mid-September. The cabins are open all year.
WHERE? Glen-Isle Resort, 45 miles southwest of Denver on Hwy. 285 (near mile marker 221)
WHEN? Saturday, May 1, through the end of the year
FOR MORE INFO: 303/838-5461

Memorial Day Weekend at McGraw Memorial Park
WHO? Park County Historical Society
WHAT? View the park’s historic structures.
WHERE? McGraw Memorial Park, Hwy. 285 and County Rd. 68
WHEN? Sunday, May 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 303/838-7740,

“Power of Music” Exhibit Opening
WHO? Boulder History Museum
WHAT? Be among the first to view this traveling exhibit featuring photographic portraits of Americans and their musical instruments, 1860–1915, as well as photos and musical instruments from the museum’s own collection.
WHERE? Boulder History Museum, 1206 Euclid Ave.
WHEN? Thursday, May 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 303/449-3464,

Gilpin Historical Society 40th Anniversary Celebration
WHO? Gilpin Historical Society
WHAT? Grab a hamburger or hot dog beginning at 11 a.m. (first come, first served) and join David Forsyth, executive director, in honor of this landmark occasion. $4 museum admission and food donation.
WHERE? Gilpin History Museum, 228 High St.
WHEN? Saturday, May 29, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 303/582-5283,

Honoring Plateau Valley’s Heritage
WHO? Vega State Park
WHAT? See a display of historic local photos at the Vega Visitor Center during May and, over the Memorial Day weekend, attend interpretive programs with guest speakers highlighting the history of the park and Plateau Valley. Free, but all vehicles entering the state park must have either a $6 day pass or an annual pass.
WHERE? Vega State Park, 15247 County Rd. 64 6/10
WHEN? Saturday, May 29, and Sunday, May 30, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 970/487-3407,,

Archaeology Day Tour
WHO? Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
WHAT? Experience this hands-on lesson that teaches the history of the Ancestral Pueblo Indians (the Anasazi) who inhabited the spectacular Four Corners area hundreds of years ago. Visit for pricing and schedule.
WHERE? Crow Canyon, 23390 Rd. K
WHEN? Wednesdays and Thursdays, May through September
FOR MORE INFO: 800/422-8975, ext. 146 or 160,

Historic Preservation Happy Hour
Who? Colorado Preservation, Inc.
What? Curious about Denver’s Modern architecture? Want to learn about neighborhood revitalization, sustainable development, or cultural landscapes? Then join the Historic Preservation Happy Hour, a monthly event where young professionals, students, and supporters of historic preservation and affiliated fields come together to gain exposure to an expansive network of people and interests.
Where? Contact Jenny Buddenborg for details
When? Monday, May 31, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
For more info: 303/893-4260,

History of Hammond’s Candy Factory
Who? Hammond’s Candy
What? Tour an old-fashioned factory to witness how candy has been made since 1920. Candy canes will be hand-pulled and twisted in small batches.
Where? 5735 N. Washington St.
When? Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., every 30 minutes; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., every 30 minutes; closed Sunday
For more info: 303/333-5588, ext. 110

Curtis Family Homestead Celebration
WHO? Betty Thomas
WHAT? Bring the entire family to this 100-year-old Park County Historical Landmark. Enjoy a ceremonial blessing and drumming, live music, quilting demonstrations, wagon rides, an ice-cream social, and more. Ice cream is $1 a scoop; donations accepted.
WHERE? 4921 CR 100 (near CR 403)
WHEN? Saturday, May 29, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 719/748-3121

Fort Morgan Museum Exhibits
WHO? Fort Morgan Museum
WHAT? The Fort Morgan Museum has permanent and temporary exhibits showcasing archaeology, irrigation, Hillrose Soda Fountain, The Old Fort and Indian Wars, transportation, Native Americans, and Glenn Miller—Fort Morgan High School’s most famous graduate.
WHERE? Fort Morgan Museum, 414 Main St.
WHEN? Monday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Sunday and federal holidays
FOR MORE INFO: 970/542-4009

Georgetown’s Railroad and Mining Days
WHO? John Tomay Memorial Library
WHAT? Read books and view a movie about the historic Georgetown Loop Railroad. Little engineers can enjoy a train-themed storytime and craft.
WHERE? John Tomay Memorial Library, 605 6th St.
WHEN? Saturday, May 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 303/569-2620,

Ghost Towns and Boom Towns of Old Weld County Exhibit
WHO? City of Greeley Museums
WHAT? This exhibit showcases the more than 200 towns that are or were in Weld County since 1859. Learn how and where settlements sprang up and why they flourished or died out. Discover the importance of railroads, stage lines, agriculture, industry, charismatic founders, and a few charlatans.
WHERE? Greeley History Museum, 714 8th St.
WHEN? Wednesday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; exhibit runs throughout 2010
FOR MORE INFO: 970/350-9220,

Depot Opening
WHO? Fort Sedgwick Depot Museum
WHAT? Come view an intriguing exhibit on the Union Pacific Railroad Depot, as seen before and after the tornado and relocation, as well as a display on the new roof work funded by the State Historical Fund.
WHERE? Fort Sedgwick Depot Museum, 201 West 1st St.
WHEN? Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 970/474-2061,

2010 Elbert County Museum Opening Day
WHO? Elbert County Historical Society
WHAT? Explore the oceans, dinosaurs, and ancient forests of Elbert County, as well as the power and destruction that Mother Nature unleashes, with an encore presentation of the “Prehistoric Kiowa” exhibit and the opening of a new exhibit, “1930s: A Decade of Disasters.”
WHERE? Elbert County Museum, 515 Comanche St.
WHEN? Sunday, May 30, 1 to 4 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 303/621-2229,

Picket Wire Canyon Guided Auto Tour
WHO? US Forest Service, Comanche National Grassland
WHAT? This guided auto tour visits Picket Wire Canyonlands’ paleontological and archaeological resources: North America’s largest dinosaur tracksite, prehistoric rock art, a late 1800s Hispanic cemetery, and the Rourke Ranch National Historic District. Must have your own 4X4, high-clearance vehicle. $15 adults, $7.50 children.
WHERE? Comanche National Grassland, 1420 E. 3rd St.
WHEN? Saturdays throughout May, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 719/384-2181,,

Trails Across the Thompson Valleys Historic Bus Tour
WHO? Loveland & Berthoud Historic Society
WHAT? Hop aboard a chartered bus tour and discover the history of the region’s earliest thoroughfares—Trappers Trail, Cherokee Trail, and Overland Stage Route—and why modern roads closely follow routes traversed by diverse people of the past. Bring lunch. Reservations non-refundable after May 15. Limited to 45 seats.
WHERE? Meet at Loveland Museum, 503 N. 5th St. and Lincoln
WHEN? Saturday, May 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 970/290-0169,

100 Years of San Luis Valley Reservoirs
WHO? Monte Vista Historical Society
WHAT? Enjoy this fascinating exhibit of the history and construction of the reservoirs, featuring historic photographs and facts about water usage in the “desert.”
WHERE? Transportation of the West Museum, 916 1st Ave.
WHEN? Wednesday, May 12, through Friday, May 28, 2 to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays
FOR MORE INFO: 719/852-2490,

Chief Ouray and Chipeta in the Uncompahgre Valley
WHO? Ouray County Museum
WHAT? Learn the history of Chipeta, Chief Ouray, and the Utes in Ouray County. $5 adults, $3.50 seniors 60 or older, $1 children 12 and under.
WHERE? Ouray County Museum, 420 6th Ave.
WHEN? Throughout May; hours vary (see website)
FOR MORE INFO: 970/325-4576,,

Chimney Rock Archaeology Area Tour
WHO? Chimney Rock Interpretive Association
WHAT? Guided tours, including the Great House Pueblo, depart from the visitors’ cabin at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. Self-guided tours are between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. and do not include Great House Pueblo. $10 adults; $5 children (5 to 11); under 5, free. Half-price tours for locals during Local Appreciation Days.
WHERE? Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, San Juan National Forest; enter from Hwy. 51 (see website)
WHEN? Daily May 15 through September 30 (weather permitting); Local Appreciation Days: Friday, May 28, through Monday, May 31; visitor center open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 970/264-2287,

Chimney Rock Archaeology Area Tour – Local Appreciation Days
WHO? Chimney Rock Interpretive Association
WHAT? The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association offers daily tours from May 15th through September 30th (weather permitting).  Guided tours depart from the visitor’s cabin at 9:30am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:00 pm and typically average 2 ½ hours; these tours include the Great House Pueblo.  Self guided tours are available between 9:00 an and 2:00 pm and do not include the Great House Pueblo.  During Local Appreciation Days, tours will be half-priced for local visitors.
WHERE? Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, San Juan National Forest; Entrance to the area is from Highway 51.  Please see website for instructions
WHEN? May 28, 2010 -  May 31, 2010; visitor center open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.
FOR MORE INFO: Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, 970) 264-2287,
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Chimney Rock Full Moon Program
WHO? Chimney Rock Interpretive Association
WHAT? Watch the moonrise at Great House Pueblo and learn about the Ancestral Puebloans, archaeo-astronomy, area geology, and enjoy flute melodies by Charles Martinez. Arrive early for Great Kiva Trail Loop tour. $15; $20 with tour.
WHERE? Chimney Rock Archaeological Area, San Juan National Forest; enter from Hwy. 51 (see website)
WHEN? Thursday, May 27; gate open 5 to 7 p.m.; tour: 5:30 p.m.; program: 7:30 to 10 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 970/264-2287,

Colorado Creatures
WHO? The Wildlife Experience
WHAT? The Wildlife Experience is an educational and entertaining museum that connects visitors with wildlife and habitats in a fun learning environment! A unique blend of interactive exhibits, large format film, fine art, natural history and community educational programs and events is unrivaled and provides The Wildlife Experience the opportunity to present information on the world’s wildlife and ecosystems that encourages discovery and understanding through fun and entertainment.  Free parking is available in the museum’s parking lot, located on the south side of the facility.  Adults $10, Children $6
WHERE? The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria Parker, CO 80134
WHEN? Tuesday through Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: The Wildlife Experience, 720.488.3300

Heritage Center & Museum Open House
WHO? Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center
WHAT? The center is housed in the Denver & Rio Grande Western Freight Station. Museum exhibits include 700-year-old pictographs, railroading history, Pueblo Army Depot, and more. $4 adults; $3 children 5 to 12. Bring this announcement for half-price admission.
WHERE? Southeastern Colorado Heritage Center, 201 West B St.
WHEN? Throughout May
FOR MORE INFO: 719/295-1517,

Historic Union Avenue Walking Tour
WHO? Historic Pueblo Tours
WHAT? Walk one of Colorado’s most historic avenues as you admire the beautiful architecture of the many century-old buildings and hear stories of the driving forces behind the district’s development and rebirth. $10; under 12, free. Reservations requested.
WHERE? Meet at Pueblo/Puebla Plaza, corner of Grand Ave. and Union Ave.
WHEN? Friday, May 28, 6 p.m.; Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 719/406-0785

Hose Co. No. 3—Fire Museum Open House
WHO? Pueblo Firefighters Historical Society
WHAT? Slide on in for two open-house weekends including museum exhibits and historic fire trucks such as the 1928 American LaFance aerial ladder truck.
WHERE? Fire Museum, 116 Broadway
WHEN? Saturday and Sunday, May 29, and 30, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

19th-Century Eagle County “Efficient and Reliable Transportation” and Red Cliff Bridge
WHO? Friends of Red Cliff
WHAT? See a photographic display of transportation in 19th-century Red Cliff, the first county seat of Eagle County. Glimpse the photographic and narrative history of the beautiful arch bridge above the Eagle River and Denver and Rio Grande Western tracks on Hwy. 24 between Minturn and Leadville. Free; donations accepted to Historic Preservation, Town of Red Cliff.
WHERE? Red Cliff Museum, 400 Pine St.
WHEN? Throughout May, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 970/827-5303,

Shawnee Day
WHO? Shawnee Historical Society
WHAT? Historical presentations, 1910 dress and manners, and music will be exhibited and performed; later, help clean up the Shawnee cemetery.
WHERE? Shawnee Tea Room, Hwy. 285 Frontage Rd.
WHEN? Saturday, May 29, noon to 4 p.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 303/838-6106,

Historic Places Bike Tour
WHO? City of Steamboat Springs
WHAT? Laureen Schaffer, historic preservation program coordinator, and Alexis Casale, historic preservation planner, lead this tour viewing the historic architecture throughout a section of the city.
WHERE? Centennial Hall, 124 10th St.
WHEN? Saturday, May 29, 10 a.m. to noon
FOR MORE INFO: 970/879-2060,

Ute Mountain Tribal Park 10th Annual Open House
WHO? Ute Mountain Tribal Park
WHAT? Tour Porcupine House, see Ute pictographs and Anasazi sun calendars and petroglyphs, and enjoy a Ute mini pow-wow. $28.
WHERE? Meet at Visitors’ Center, junction of Hwy. 160 and Hwy. 491 (20 miles south of Cortez)
WHEN? Saturday, May 29; mini pow-wow: 8:15 a.m.; sun calendar tour: 9 a.m.; Porcupine House tour: 9:15 a.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 800/847-5485, 970/565-3751, ext. 330,

Strong Mine Tour
WHO? Southern Teller County Focus Group
WHAT? Tour the surface plant of the 1890s Strong Mine. Events also include a tour of the historic Gold Coin club and private Colorado Trading & Transfer museum. $10.
WHERE? Meet at Victor Lowell Thomas Museum, 100 S. 3rd
WHEN? Saturday, May 29, 9:30 a.m.
FOR MORE INFO: 719/689-2675,

“The physical remains of our historic sites preserve the experiences, and tell us the stories, of those who have gone before, and so the staff of the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation creatively engages Coloradans and their guests in partnerships to discover, preserve, and take pride in our architectural and archaeological resources,” Collins said.

The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and the sponsors of Colorado’s Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month have provided a complete listing of 82 events that can be found by clicking the “Colorado Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month” link on the website
Source: PSA   (Posted 4:53p)