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The Record

Summer 2007

Volume 34, Issue 2


Heritage Grove Not Closed, Mostly

Editor's Note: The following letter written by JCHS Board member Bud Weare was recently published in The Canyon Courier's op/ed pages. We want all JCHS members to understand what is happening in Heritage Grove and the reasons behind it; as such, we are grateful to Bud for writing this concise explanation and allowing us to reprint it here. The JCHS Board welcomes all members' input and/or queries regarding this matter. Please email us or write to JCHS, P.O. Box 703, Evergreen, CO 80437.

The sky is not falling, nor is the Hiwan Grove closed. Mark Twain had it about right when he observed that a rumor "can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes." In recent months, a well-traveled half-truth-"the Grove is closed"-seems to be circulating within the Evergreen community. The whole truth is that about fifteen percent of Heritage Grove (the magnificent stand of old-growth ponderosa pines adjacent to the Hiwan Museum) has been withdrawn from heavy public use for an indefinite period. While it is true that twenty years of intensive traffic from the summer art fairs contributed to unhealthy soil compaction in the Grove, and that this threatening condition prompted the Jefferson County Historical Society to intervene on behalf of the prize ponderosas, it is not true that the two art fairs-Summerfest and the Evergreen Arts Festival-have been evicted from the Grove. Both fairs are scheduled to take place in the eastern section of the Grove this summer.

Many Evergreen citizens are not aware that the Hiwan Homestead Museum and the Grove are under separate ownership: the Museum is owned by Jefferson County Open Space; the Grove is owned by the Jefferson County Historical Society (JCHS), a non-profit Evergreen organization founded in 1973. In 1977, with bulldozers at the doorstep, a valiant band of Evergreen citizens mobilized a "Save the Grove" campaign to halt an invasion of condominiums. Under the auspices of the non-profit JCHS (rendering contributions tax-deductible), the citizens bought out the developer and did, indeed, save the Grove.

For the past thirty years, then, the JCHS has been the owner of record and the official steward of the Grove; thus, it should come as no surprise that in 2004, when the JCHS became concerned that the majestic pines might be "loved to death," the organization set out to save the Grove once again. In October 2004, the JCHS Board appointed the Heritage Grove Advisory Committee, chaired by David Cuin. Eighteen months and an army of experts later, the committee delivered a sixty-four page report forming the basis for JCHS decisions that would follow. Key among those decisions has been the creation of a buffer zone, or a "preserve," of the oldest and largest trees nearest the Museum. In the short run, this front yard of the Homestead will be off limits to organized activity (elk exempted) as the JCHS Board implements a plan of rest and rehabilitation for this most precious portion of the Grove. The relief of severe soil compaction and the restoration of native plants constitute the heart of this plan, much of which will depend on raising funds and recruiting volunteers. In the meantime, major public events will be held in the other eighty-five percent of the Grove. So, it bears repeating that the Grove is not closed. The prettiest part is just resting, quite literally catching its breath.

Bud Weare Curmudgeon and JCHS Board member

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Old photographs from the Douglas and Buchanan days show an abundance of ground cover in Heritage Grove. Today, heavy foot traffic combined with many years of drought has stripped bare the ground closest to Hiwan Homestead.

At the end of June, JCHS set up a barrier around this area as a first step in the preservation project.

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News from the Library

by Josie Hoover

Gladys Pilz has done it again. She has donated a set of books about women pioneers. Called Covered Wagon Women: Diaries and Letters from the Western Trails, it is a set of 11 volumes detailing the life, and hardships, of the women who trekked across the Plains in the mid-1800s to make new homes in the West. The impact of women on the Westward movement is told. The Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail, the Mormon Trail: these major trails, as well as the minor ones, are covered in the diaries and letters. This collection and previous collections are changing our view of the role women played in the settling of the West.

Another book that has been donated is America The Beautiful: The Stirring Story Behind Our Nation's Favorite Song, a beautifully illustrated narrative of how that song was written and how we have come to love it. Many thanks to Sue Knepley for donating this and the excellent 300 Years of American Painting.

Some books about local history, including Ghosts of Clear Creek County and Guide to Ghost Towns and Mining Camps, were donated by Linda Wyman. She also gave several books on twentieth century fashions, including Elegance, Esquire Fashion Guide for All Occasions and After A Fashion. And if you think that working in the kitchen is not a fashion statement, check out Aprons.

Thanks to these members and volunteers who keep the JCHS Library in mind when clearing out their own libraries or when they come across something special that will add to the store of knowledge of our history.

JCHS has also purchased a set of items about the Coors Company. There is a 1939 Catalog of the Coors Porcelain Company, which predates the production of their dinnerware. The catalog is devoted to laboratory equipment, which Coors started producing in 1915 when the U.S. could no longer import German porcelain due to the war. There is also a cookbook, The Taste of the West, from Coors, published in 1981 with a variety of Western recipes and anecdotes of Western history. Not ALL of the recipes contain beer! A 1958 brochure details the method of brewing beer, and a magazine, "The Breweriana Collector," July 1991 issue, contains an article with the story of how Jacob Schueler and Adolph Coors started the brewery in Golden. Of interest are the advertisements from the early days, including some for the malted milk that Coors produced during Prohibition.

The JCHS Library gratefully accepts donations of books that meet the criteria of the Library: local history, Western and Colorado history, Antiques and Crafts, and information about exhibits in the Museum. For more information, talk to the Museum Staff or call Josie Hoover 303.674.7359.

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The President's Pen

by Diane Fuchs

With great appreciation and best wishes, I must announce that Graham Gibbard has decided to step down from the JCHS Board in order to concentrate on family business. Among the many contributions Graham made to the Board has been his role as Membership Director, which included sending individual renewal notices to each JCHS member.

Necessity is the Mother of Invention or Change ... Membership Made Simple

Faced with the "necessity" of filling Graham's shoes, the JCHS Board took this opportunity to make a "change" to save both time and money. We determined that we could streamline the renewal process by abandoning individual anniversary dates in favor of a common July renewal for all memberships (some may remember that a common renewal date was standard JCHS policy for years).

Doing this will reduce the number of volunteer hours spent throughout the year on membership, and we will save on paper and postage costs by combining renewal solicitations with our newsletter mailing. And fortunately for all of us, Juanita Weare and Barbie Alderfer, JCHS Recording and Corresponding Secretaries respectively, have kindly volunteered to manage our membership records.

If you have already renewed in 2007 (January through June), your membership is current until the next renewal period beginning July 1, 2008. Likewise, "Life Memberships" are always "current." That being said, additional donations are always appreciated ... read below to see how they are put to good use.

Welcoming New Board Members and Saying Adieu to Retiring Members

We are absolutely delighted and honored to welcome to the JCHS Board four new members, each of whom bring their enthusiasm and commitment to further JCHS's goal of "Preserving the Past and Enriching the Future." It is my pleasure to introduce them to you:

Mike Strunk: Mike comes to us with Board Director Bud Weare's encouragement. After retiring from a planning career with the National Park Service and other consulting work, Mike started Sagebrush Photography, Inc. He has recently completed a high-quality coffee table book, Portraits of Preservation, about the protected lands and historic ranches in the mountains west of Denver. This book will be featured at our Reflections book-and-author event on September 22nd. Mike works part-time for the Mountain Area Land Trust and is also a member of the Jefferson County Historical Commission.

Barbie and Hank Alderfer: Barbie and Hank have been long-time members of JCHS. Hank served on the Board in the early days of the Society and was instrumental in the establishment of Heritage Grove. Barbie was raised in Golden and Hank grew up on a ranch on Buffalo Park Road. After the sale and gifting of the ranch to Jeffco Open Space, they moved to Woodside in Pine Junction. Hank has been a consummate supporter and volunteer in the Evergreen community and the mountain area. In 1990 he was awarded the Evergreen Volunteer of the Year Award. He also received the Mountain Area Land Trust Stewardship Award in 2002 for service to MALT since its formation in 1993. He served on the Evergreen Parks and Recreation Board for 16 years.

The Alderfers have taken care of the old Evergreen Cemetery for 30 years. Barbie and Hank write articles for the Canyon Courier every other week. When not otherwise occupied, they operate Range Design and Construction. Last but not least, Barbie has also found the time to be an award winning consultant for Mary Kay Cosmetics for the past six years. We're glad to channel some of their unspent energy towards the JCHS board!

Dale Devine: Dale received her undergraduate degree from Carleton College and her Masters in Education from Cornell University. After spending four years in Germany she returned to the US with her husband and daughter, serving as a teacher and elementary school principal in Hinsdale, Illinois. After 28 years in Hinsdale, Dale and her husband Rick moved to Evergreen to be with their daughter Molly. Dale began volunteering at the Hiwan in 1995, donating her years of experience to our education programs. She was instrumental in developing the "Tribal Arts" program for third-graders. She wants to show her appreciation for all JCHS and Hiwan as done for her - and we promise that her tenure on the JCHS Board will give her a tremendous opportunity to do so!

We are saying adieu to three wonderful board members:

Gladys Pilz: Gladys is moving on to other endeavors, one of which is taking care of a new colt, which arrived on May 25th. We certainly are sad to see her leave the board, where she served with great intelligence and enthusiasm as the past treasurer and director, but we'll continue to enjoy her participation in JCHS and Hiwan in so many other ways.

Graham Gibbard: Graham leaves the board after many years as its membership director. His abilities as a complete communicator and skilled mediator will be missed. Since moving to Evergreen in the past decade, his commitment to the history of Jefferson County has been most genuine. Graham is one of the most caring persons I have had the pleasure of knowing.

Priscilla Stenman: Priscilla leaves us to live in Paris with her husband Ken for the next few months. I hope her absence from the board is only temporary. Priscilla has served as the corresponding secretary for the past year and she has also been an instructor at the Medlen School program for the past three years.

A Few Acknowledgements

We had a terrific turnout for the JCHS Annual Meeting on June 3rd at the Brook Forest Inn. 41 members were present for a wonderful brunch and tour of the inn. It was a delight to see members who often are unable to attend some of our other special events.

Congratulations to Heidi Markley, Discovery Days Coordinator and JoAnn Dunn, Coordinator for Medlen School Days. Both programs were full-of-fun and filled-to-capacity for all three sessions. Great job!

All hail the volunteers who joined yours truly at the Heritage Grove Work Party on June 23rd. Hank Fuchs, Randi and Juan Marcos, Pat and Mike Strunk and Rebecca and Simon Young assembled benches and flower pots to make an attractive reminder for Grove visitors - particularly the thousands expected at the art festivals in July and August - to "Keep Out" of the designated revegetation area.

Thanks to Randi Marcos and Susan Jones, we've got an on-line bookstore! Go to and check it out.

More kudos to Susan Jones who, with the help of John Steinle and Meghan McGinnes, developed a comprehensive proposal to revise five slide shows on Jefferson County history and while doing so, digitize JCHS's historic photo collection! The proposal - and the $1,450 to start it - were unanimously approved at the May Board meeting.

It's with great pleasure that I direct you to the announcement of our first annual book-and-author event, Reflections, on Saturday, September 22nd. With unflagging enthusiasm, energy and thoroughness, Jeannie Collopy-Bach has created a terrific roster of authors and fascinating books. You won't want to miss this inaugural event, so send your in reservation A.S.A.P.!

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How JCHS Memberships Really Work

While your annual contribution to JCHS may fall under a budget line item called "membership dues," only some of it actually goes toward member activities. Rather, like other JCHS income, most of your money supports the Society's educational projects and activities.

There's no better opportunity than renewal time to remind you that JCHS fully funds most of the programs and exhibits at Hiwan Homestead Museum. That includes children's programs like Discovery Days, Just Being Kids, Afterschool, Pioneer History and Tribal Arts. All the Museum exhibits are supported by JCHS, as are most events and classes. Your dollars maintain Medlen School and support Medlen School Days. It's true, several of these programs make money for the Society, but income from members helps to "grease the wheel" that gets these valuable activities cranked up each year.

For the past 30 years membership dollars have been invested in Heritage Grove, paying for the necessary maintenance, liking pruning and spraying, required by our prized Ponderosas. Member dollars paid in part for the Heritage Grove Pavilion and the installation of the beautiful xeriscape garden design contributed by Ken Ball.

Your dues are invested in improvement projects like the recently-approved plan to digitize our historic photo collection. They pay for the maintenance and insurance of the Society's collection of artifacts, housed and displayed at Hiwan, and buy books for our library. Most importantly, your membership honors the hard work done by JCHS members for the past three decades through today ... and ensures its preservation for the future.

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Hiwan Homestead Museum News

Summerfest comes to Heritage Grove on July 14th & 15th, when we look forward to hosting hundreds of visitors to the Museum!

Eye-dazzling Beauties: Navajo Weavings of the 19th-21st Centuries is on display through July 29th. This exhibit showcases JCHS's collection of Navajo weavings, some of which are Douglas family pieces. There are also several rugs on loan from private collections including two from award-winning Two Grey Hills weaver Lynda Teller Pete.

The Children's Summer Tea is set for Monday, July 23rd, 12 at 1:30 p.m. A tremendously enjoyable event for children from the age of six on up, this year's theme is "Creatures of the Deep!" Pre-registration is required and the suggested donation to JCHS is $8.

A field trip to the Sheriff's Rose Garden in Golden is planned for Monday, July 30th. This garden was the subject of Denver Rose Society's Dorothy Lohman's talk at Hiwan's Mother's Day Tea. Reservations are required for a tour of the gardens with lunch following (location tba). Meet at Hiwan Homestead Museum at 10:15 a.m. to carpool.

Baskets by Linda Aguilar will be on display August 6th through November 18th. A Chumash basket-maker, Linda uses horsehair in the majority of her work, which is exquisite. On Thursday, October 11th at 7 p.m. Linda will be at Hiwan to give a program on her basket weaving. Reservations are required and a $7 donation is requested

Just Being Kids adventures will be offered again this July & August for children, kindergarten through sixth grade. Individual classes present a chance to have fun doing things the way kids did many years ago. Time: 2 -3:15 p.m., Wednesdays & Thursdays; Cost: $ 2.50 per child, per class. Advance registration and payment are required at least two days prior to the dates requested. Classes are limited to 12 students and may fill early. Activities vary; inquire at registration.

Reading Adventures: Dig In is a new history book club for students finishing 4th grade or older. Our first book is John Wesley Powell, Soldier, Explorer, Scientist, by Jean Thor Cook. Meeting will be Tuesday, August 7th at 2 p.m; book cost $5. Lots of fun activities will help us learn more about this fascinating character. Books are available at the Museum office.

The annual Evergreen Fine Arts Festival will wind up the summer in Heritage Grove on August 25th & 26th. We are seeking crafters to demonstrate their skills and display their handiwork during museum hours, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Knitters, spinners, weavers, embroiderers, rug "hookers"--any manner of fiber arts enthusiasts are welcome! Contact the Museum office if you can contribute.

Evergreen's 3rd Annual Outdoor Quilt Festival happens on Saturday, September 29th; more details in the next issue of The Record.

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

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