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!

“We Can Do It: Jefferson County in World War II” Exhibit at Hiwan Homestead Museum

This limited time exhibit 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 for a limited time 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.