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The Record

Fall 2007

Volume 34, Issue 3


JCHS Fundraiser Focuses on Local Historyy

by Rebecca Young

You, your family, friends, neighbors - anyone who's interested in local history, good writing, outdoor adventures, or the sublime art of photography --are invited by Jefferson County Historical Society to spend Saturday, September 22nd with four writers who have captured the stories of some of the remarkable people and places that made Front Range History.

Please join us at Mt. Vernon Country Club for our first annual book-and-author event, Reflections: Colorado Authors, Colorado Stories. Specially designed to acquaint our community with its history and the local authors who bring it to life, this full-day event promises to be educational and entertaining! All proceeds from the event will go to support the Preservation Project for Heritage Grove.

Click Here to link to a Reservations Form for the event, including luncheon. Here's more about the day's featured authors and their works:

  • Ben Fogelberg and Steve Grinstead of the Colorado Historical Society will present their book, Walking Into Colorado's Past: 50 Front Range History Hikes. Enjoy a unique slide show from the book that, says Tom Noel, "... proves that human history enriches natural history." Hikes for all skill levels take you to homesteads, abandoned railroad lines, mines, rock art, dinosaur tracks, a petrified forest, the Hayman burn zone, even a crashed B-17 bomber! Along with fascinating history, "Walking" also features trail descriptions, maps and photographs.
  • Debra Faulkner will discuss Touching Tomorrow: The Emily Griffith Story, her award-winning biography of Denver's remarkable education pioneer and founder of the Opportunity School. Faulkner will also talk about writing the recently published Colorado: An Illustrated History of the Highest State, co-authored with Tom Noel.
  • We are pleased to be among the first to introduce the stunning new book by JCHS board member Mike Strunk: Portraits of Preservation, Protected Lands & Ranches of Colorado's Front Range. Mike will share some remarkable photography and fascinating tales of old-time mountain families, their historic ranches and the success stories behind local land preservation.

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President's Pen

"Nothing Will Work Unless You Do"

-Maya Angelou

by Diane Fuchs

Certainly, when it comes to the operations of JCHS, Ms. Angelou's quote is "right on." As a volunteer society, everything we do depends on committed individuals donating their time, talents and energy. I want to share with you the phenomenal contributions the following wonderful people make to your historical society:

On June 23, 2007 eight board members and their spouses assisted in the planting of flower pots and building benches to create a boundary for the recently designated "preserved area" of Heritage Grove. Rebecca Young was responsible for arranging for the discount flowers, gravel, potting soil, and pots with our friends at Evergreen Nursery. Simon Young helped Hank Fuchs put together the wagon wheel benches that provide an attractive and useful barrier. Randi and Juan Marcos and Mike and Pat Strunk gave up their Saturday mornings to plant and paint.

While we prepared the garden in front of the Heritage Grove Pavilion for the summer season, Pat Strunk taught me what Yarrow looks like!

Rebecca Young is responsible for our newsletter, "The Record", and all of our marketing material, including the ones promoting the upcoming "Reflections" event. Without Randi Marcos, JCHS would not be as financially viable. She has done a wonderful job distributing our books for sale through out Jefferson County. Randi also manages the rental contracts for Heritage Grove. Susan Jones has assisted Randi in making our books available on our website and setting up the Paypal system. Susan is absolutely fantastic in understanding and maintaining our website along with other necessary computer needs.

Our other members contribute in so many ways. Hank Fuchs spends time keeping track of our finances and submitting tax information. He helps to maintain Medlen School along with JoAnn and Pem Dunn. Juanita Weare and Barbie Alderfer keep our membership lists in order -- and this is in addition to serving, respectively, as Recording Secretary and Corresponding Secretary for the Society. Bud Weare, Mike Strunk, and Hank Alderfer serve on the board as general directors and are very committed to the preservation of Heritage Grove. Susan Halama serves not only as one of our directors, but has written and published some wonderful articles in behalf of JCHS in several of our community newspapers and magazines. Dale Devine, a new board member has, for the past several years, helped in the development of education programs at Hiwan Museum. Jeanne Collopy-Bach serves as the Society's Program Coordinator and has been instrumental in putting together our "Reflections" event.

Hiwan staff members have been wonderful to work with and a huge thank you goes out to John Steinle and Rod Matlock. John is always willing to carry a ladder, help arrange grove tables and just be generally helpful in all manners. Rod watches out (in an entirely unofficial capacity) for Heritage Grove just because he is a caring individual. He noticed a potential beetle attack on one of the trees when helping to set up for Summerfest. Lam Tree Service was called in ASAP, and after Mike Goldblatt's personal inspection, all the Grove's pines were sprayed. The suspect tree is being carefully monitored.

Jefferson County Historical Society would not exist without these wonderfully committed individuals - and there's always room for more! If you would like to serve on the board or help out with any of a variety of tasks please let me know. In particular, we currently need help with:

  • Making up a "Reader's Basket" door prize for the "Reflections" event. Put together a basket with a value of about $50 with reader type goodies. You will be reimbursed for your costs.
  • We still need individuals to serve as Grove Maintenance Director and Oral History Coordinator.

Come join the committed individuals who do so much to make JCHS work. And when you come across any one of these fantastic folks, please THANK THEM FOR ALL THEY DO.

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JCHS Bookstore

"Books" Thomas Jefferson wrote to John Adams, "I could not live without books."

In many ways, the same could be said by JCHS. Our "Reflections" fundraising event on September 22nd is dedicated to presenting new takes on local history from local authors. In addition, we offer a variety of local history titles, available on-line; at Hiwan Homestead Museum; and local retailers. The complete selection will be available for purchase at "Reflections" and at Evergreen's Alternative Christmas Fair, November 10th & 11th, Evergreen Lutheran Church.

Remember, JCHS's mission is to "preserve, protect and promote" local history. Your purchase of these titles for friends and family helps to spread the word about our community's fascinating history, and all proceeds go to support JCHS's educational activities and programs held throughout the year. So this holiday season, or anytime of the year, consider a gift of local history!

Click here to link to our on-line bookstore.

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Hiwan Homestead Museum News

Horsefeathers! The Art of Horsehair Basketry by Linda Aguilar

Be sure to stop in and see our newest exhibit, open now through Sunday, November 18. Aguilar, who is a Chumash basket weaver originally from California, will be at Hiwan on Thursday, October 11 at 7 PM to give a program on her basket weaving. We do require reservations for this special program and request a donation of $7 to cover costs.

From Pots to Pianos ...

We have had several fantastic donations to the museum recently. A man doing research on the Hopi tiles in Dr. Jo's room has given us a ca. 1900 San Ildefonso pot, a ca. 1880s Rio Grande rug, and his entire collection of pot shards (to be used in our education programs). We are also pleased to announce the donation of Father Douglas' piano from the Church of the Transfiguration. Very exciting!

And speaking of pots, if anybody has any teapots that they would like to donate, we are looking to acquire a few more to use during our teas. Please call Meghan if you have one you would like to donate.

Evergreen's Third Annual Outdoor Quilt Festival Seeks Entries!

On Saturday, September 29th, 2007, from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M., the grounds around Hiwan Homestead Museum will be filled with the colorful artistry of more than 100 handmade quilts gathered from the Evergreen community. Last year's Festival was an outstanding success with 75 quilts displayed. Quilters from around the Evergreen area and beyond loaned their handiwork to Hiwan Homestead Museum for the colorful display.

Two quilts per person may be entered in this non-juried show, on a first-come-first- served basis. There is no charge to enter your quilts. Entry forms are available at Hiwan Homestead Museum.

Hiwan Halloween Celebration

Tuesday, October 30th, 4-7 P.M. This free celebration is open to the public and all are welcome to wear their Halloween costumes! The Museum will be decorated in scary Halloween style. Halloween treats and presents will be given out. Non-scary stories will entertain the younger ghoulies and ghosties, while older children and adults can enjoy watching "Nosferatu", the 1922 silent film version of "Dracula."

To inquire about or make reservations for any of these activities, call Hiwan Homestead Museum, 303-674-6262

Hiwan News provided by Sue Ashbaugh, Meghan McGinnes and John Steinle.

Adult Craft Classes for Fall at Hiwan Homestead Museum


October 3 & 10 - Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.

Come join us as we explore different types of felting to make Christmas ornaments. Make one for yourself and some for JCHS to sell at the Alternative Christmas Fair. Week 1 we will knit and/or needle felt the basic ornaments, week 2 we will embellish them. Basic knitting skills required for knitted ornaments, no experience necessary for needle felting. Fee of $5 includes all materials and instruction. Instructor: Susan Jones.

Pine Needle Baskets

October 17 - Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.

Learn the fine art of making pine needle baskets with Chumash Indian artist, Linda Aguilar, whose exquisite baskets are on currently on exhibit in Hiwan Museum. In this class, you will complete a basket while learning the cultural background of Linda's heritage. This class complements Linda's presentation at Hiwan Museum on October 11. $25 fee includes all materials and instruction. Instructor: Linda Aguilar

Perforated Paper Embroidery

October 25 - Thursday, 1:00 p.m.

Originating in England and Germany in the 1830s, perforated paper for embroidery found its way to America in the 1840s and has been popular periodically ever since. In the class, you will complete a small gift tag or ornament and learn a bit of history as well. All materials and instruction will be included for the fee of $7. Instructor: Sue Knepley

Please Note: All Craft Classes are filled on first-come-first-served basis. Pre-registration is required. Register early, space is limited. Call the Museum, 303-674-6262, to learn more or to register.


Volunteers are currently being recruited for the Education Programs at Hiwan Homestead Museum. Training for the Pioneer History Program, which serves 4th graders, includes spinning lessons with a professional spinner. Arts of the Tribal Southwest is a program serving 3rd graders. Training for this activity will be on a less formal basis. The After School Program offers crafts and activities for grade school age children. Volunteers may pick those crafts that are most interesting to them and training will be on an individual basis. Call Sue at 303-674-6262 to learn about the exciting opportunities to be involved with history! You'll be glad you did!

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...Make a Note of These Important Fall Dates!

Evergreen's 3rd Annual Outdoor Quilt Festival, Saturday, September 29, 2007, 10am - 4pm. Over 100 quilts from our community will be displayed inside and outside Hiwan Homestead Museum. A feast for the eyes on a beautiful Fall day (Susan Grannell promises)! Call Susan at 303-674-6262 for details.

Alternative Christmas Fair, Saturday & Sunday, November 10 & 11, 2007, Evergreen Lutheran Church. Non-profit organizations from around the world are represented at this unique holiday shopping event. Get your shopping done and help JCHS staff our booth to sell our "wares". This is a very important (and profitable) opportunity for JCHS to reach out to the community. We need 2 staffers for each 3-hour shift, 10am-1pm and 1-4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Email us if you can help us out.

The Titanic Code: Legends, Lies & Lifeboats, Wednesday, September 5, 2007, 5:30 p.m at The Tattered Cover Bookstore on Colfax. Free Admission. Come hear our own John Steinle as he separates fact from fiction about the famous ship. This event is sponsored by the Molly Brown House. Call John at Hiwan, 303-674-6262, for more info.

The Record is published four times per year by the Jefferson County Historical Society. Editor: Rebecca Young. The deadline for the Winter 2007 issue is November 15th. Email your submissions to

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