Hiwan Homestead Museum is very excited to announce a very special presentation in conjunction with its exhibit “We Can Do It: Jefferson County in WWII”: The Edge of Disaster” with Flint Whitlock.
On Wednesday, August 12 at 6 PM, learn more about Operation Overlord, the Allies’ D-Day invasion of June 6, 1944. The invasion is seen today as a highly successful military operation that hastened the defeat of Nazi Germany. In reality, however, so many aspects of Overlord unraveled that it nearly ended in failure. Had it not been for a handful of courageous soldiers, World War II might have ended very differently.
Denver-based military historian Flint Whitlock, the editor of WWII Quarterly magazine and author of a dozen books (including two on Operation Overlord), will present “D-Day: The Edge of Disaster,” an illustrated lecture about how close the invasion came to failing.
The presentation will be held at Hiwan Homestead Museum and require reservations. There is a fee of $10 for the program. Please call the Museum at 720-497-7650 for reservations or more information.
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Miep Gies (1909-2010) is one of the unsung heroes of the Holocaust. This petite, humble woman helped hide Anne Frank and her family in the Netherlands during WWII. Miep provided them with food and other basic necessities. She linked them to the outside world. Her emotional support gave them a beacon of hope. Without the protection Miep and her husband gave, Anne might not have survived to write the diary. After the Nazis arrested the Frank family, Miep discovered Anne’s diary and protected it through the rest of the War. Had it not been for Miep, Anne’s story would have been lost to the world.
Miep will be portrayed by Judy Winnick. Judy is on the Colorado Humanities/Chautauqua Speakers Bureau and has performed internationally. During her teaching career, she received one of Colorado’s Distinguished Teacher Awards.
Come learn about Miep and her brave actions at Hiwan Homestead Museum on Saturday, May 30 at 1:00 PM. This program is sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society; there is a fee of $10 per person. Please call the Museum at 720-497-7650 to reserve your spot!
A new exhibit opening May 8 at Hiwan Homestead Museum tells the story of Jefferson County’s role in World War II and will include 10th Mountain Division equipment, an authentic Japanese flag that flew over a prison camp and paraphernalia from the Denver Ordnance Plant.
The exhibit, “We Can Do It: Jefferson County in World War II,” covers both the home front and the valiant men and women who served overseas in the fight against the Axis powers. It will run from May 8 to November 15 at Hiwan Homestead Museum, 4208 Timbervale Drive in Evergreen.
Highlights of the exhibit include an original pair of skis and a rucksack full of its original contents from a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division; a giant Japanese flag that flew over the Ofuna prison camp, which was recently featured in the movie Unbroken; uniforms and other items from a Filipino guerrilla unit; and posters and photos from the Denver Ordnance Plant, which produced millions of rounds of ammunition during the war.
In addition, learn how Jefferson County was transformed in the 1940s as thousands of war workers flocked to the area. Today’s suburbs owe their development to these workers, many of whom stayed in the county and raised families after the war.
The exhibit will kick off Friday, May 8 with a Victory in Europe (VE) Day Commemoration featuring World War II collectors and reenactors. Admission is free. Hiwan Homestead Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. from September to May and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in June, July and August.
Overcoming personal hardships, seven Legendary Ladies became part of the lore of the West. Portrayed by members of the Legendary Ladies non-profit educational women’s performance organization, you’ll meet Mother Jones, Emily Griffith, Mother Cabrini, Rosamond Underwood, Captain Jack, Helen Hunt Jackson and Prairie Rose Henderson. Learn which pioneering lady advocated for Native Americans; mining safety; education; and traveled alone without “fear of man or devil.” Come enjoy a fun afternoon and meet these unconventional spirits who became part of the lore of the West on Saturday, April 11 at 1 PM at Hiwan Homestead Museum, 4208 S. Timbervale Dr., Evergreen CO 80439.
The Legendary Ladies program will be held at the Timbervale Barn, adjacent to Hiwan Homestead Museum. This program is sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Society; there is a fee of $10 per person. Please call the Museum at 720-497-7650 to reserve your spot!
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ANTIQUES GROVE SHOW
Hiwan Homestead Museum
Saturday, June 27, from 10 AM to 4 PM
Do you have some family heirlooms that have been stashed away for years? What are they worth? Jefferson County Historical Society has arranged for professional antiques experts to evaluate your antiques and give verbal appraisals. The appraisers have a wide range of expertise including paintings, prints, Native American artifacts, glassware, books, toys, collectibles and more. Special guest Sandy Cooper from Evergreen’s Silver Arrow will evaluate vintage Indian jewelry. So clean out those attics and basements and see just how valuable some of your “junk” may be! The appraisal will be held at Hiwan Homestead Museum on Saturday, June 27, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The fee for each item appraised is $5 cash with a limit of 5 items per person. All proceeds from the appraisal will benefit Hiwan Homestead Museum’s programs and activities sponsored by JCHS. The museum will be open for guided tours during the appraisal. Pre-registration for the appraisals is encouraged. To pre-register call 303-233-5351. No furniture, firearms, gold or precious stones, please.
Visit Here for more on the ANTIQUES GROVE SHOW and to download a registration form.
Pioneerpalooza will take your child back to a simpler time as they explore the pioneer history of Colorado through activities, crafts, tours and games. Meet Buffalo Bill and other famous people from Colorado’s glorious past! Enjoy pioneer food including a journey cake for your arduous trip out West!
Junior Pioneers make their homestead at eh Hiwan Homestead Museum and learn about pioneer life on the Front Range! Pioneers visit a different Open Space park each afternoon and learn about the amazing history of Jefferson County!
Your child will discover the past through enriching and engaging activities in a nurturing summer experience to remember!
Pioneer Pioneerpalooza 2015 Program
Dates: Monday – Friday, Jue 22nd – 26th ONE WEEK ONLY!
Who: Junior Pioneers (7 – 9 years old) and Pioneers (10 – 12 years old)
Time: 9:30 – 3:30 PM (campers get free supervised lunch)
Fee: $125 for the Week
Please join us on Friday, February 13, 2015 at 6:00 PM for a romantic candlelight dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day! Dinner will be accompanied by harpist Maria O’Bryan. Ms. O’Bryan has been performing professionally since 1980 and has played harp extensively throughout Italy as well as on cruise ships. A Julliard graduate, she has previously been a member of the Boulder and St. Louis Philharmonics. Food will be provided by Fresh Tracks, a local Evergreen catering company. Enjoy a delicious dinner with romantic music in the delightful atmosphere of the 125-year-old log mansion!
Cost for the dinner is $30 per person. All proceeds benefit the Jefferson County Historical Society. Registration is required; for registration or information call the Museum at 720-497-7650.
The Holidays begin with a bang in Evergreen with the annual Evergreen Holiday Walk on Friday, December 5th. In the spirit of this exciting and fun community-wide celebration, Hiwan Homestead Museum will host its own activities from 6 to 9 P.M. on that date. Shuttles for the downtown festivities will leave and return to the Museum parking lot. For the people waiting for the shuttle, Museum volunteers will be roasting chestnuts on an open fire and offering hot cider and popcorn.
Inside the Museum, the Christmas decorations with a Wildlife theme will be hung throughout the 25-room log mansion dating from the late 1800’s. An 18-foot-tall Christmas tree will decorate the huge living room. Holiday crafts for children will be offered in the 1876 Centennial Schoolroom. The Museum will be filled with the magical traditions of Christmas past during this gala celebration. Visit with Santa and tell him what you want for Christmas this year. This event is free to the public and no reservations are required.
CONTACT: Meghan Vickers
Check out the lastest happings of the Jefferson County Historical Society in the Winter 2014 issue of The Record.