The Jefferson County Historical Commission (JCHC) is pleased to present its 17th Annual Historical Preservation Symposium. Due to the pandemic, this free educational program will be presented virtually (online) on three separate Tuesday evenings in October.
You can access the programs via You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0t7utpwouwy3OKOsFXBRrA?view_as=subscriber
Following is the schedule of topics for this year’s symposium:
7 PM, Tuesday October 6 — “Bootleggers, Moonshiners and Speakeasies of the Prohibition Era in Jefferson County”
Jefferson County was such an active center for moonshining, bootlegging, speakeasies, and roadhouses that the Rocky Mountain News stated that no one from Jeffco should be allowed into Denver! This program explores the reasons behind Prohibition (1920-1933), how the liquor laws were violated in Jeffco, who was responsible for enforcing them, and how Prohibition was finally rejected. It is narrated by JCHC member John Steinle, author, historian, and former History Education Supervisor for Jeffco Open Space.
7 PM, Tuesday, October 13 — “Cement Bill Williams and the Lookout Mountain Road“
This program illuminates the creation of the automobile road up Lookout Mountain by one of Jeffco’s most colorful characters, William “Cement Bill” Williams. Andrea Keppers, Curator and Education Specialist for the Hiwan Homestead Museum, will lead us through this fascinating insight into the determination, skill, and often herculean effort it took to complete this scenic highway in 1913. Cement Bill’s dedication to the success of Golden laid the foundation for what is still one of the county’s most popular attractions.
7 PM, Tuesday, October 20 — “Votes for Women: How Colorado Led the Way”
Gain greater understanding into the decades-long struggle by women to gain the right to participate in American democracy. Led by JCHC member Bonnie Scudder, retired teacher and administrator in the Denver Public Schools, author, and volunteer historian for Staunton State Park, this program traces the progress of women’s suffrage in America beginning in the 1800s. In 1893, Colorado became the first state to allow women to vote, attained by popular referendum rather than legislative action. Bonnie will feature some of the women who helped bring this crusade to success, both in Colorado and nationwide. Jefferson County women were also involved, and 62% of the (male) voters in Jeffco supported suffrage in Colorado.
For more information contact [email protected].
The vibrant history of Jefferson County comes to life at Hiwan Heritage Park. A magnificent, 25-room log lodge, now a museum, is the centerpiece of the grounds. This Colorado rustic architectural classic evolved from a one-room cabin constructed in 1893. The lodge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. Throughout the lodge are original and historic furnishings. Native American artwork is on permanent display.
With this newsletter, you are being reminded to renew your membership. Your membership ends on July 1, 2020.
These are unusual times and our revenue is considerably restricted this year. We have no summer programs, they have been cancelled. Regretfully, we will have no peach sale, due to the April freeze. Our wonderful Spring tea had to be postponed, as well.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER. We are asking you to renew online this year by selecting on a membership level below and paying your dues using Pay Pal or credit card or by sending in a check to EMAHS, P.O. Box 703, Evergreen, Colorado 80437. Please print the form and include with your check any changes in your address, phone number, or e-mail. You may also write the changes on an additional sheet of paper and please be sure to identify yourself. Diane Fuchs: Membership Chair, 303-674-9639 or [email protected].
Beginning Thursday, June 4, Hiwan Heritage Park and Museum is pleased to offer an outdoor version of Museum tours with “Hiwan on the Porch.” Tour guides will be available to share stories and pictures and show visitors around the grounds. Find us on the side porch Thursdays and Fridays from Noon to 4 p.m. and Saturday and Sundays from Noon to 4:30 p.m. We ask that visitors maintain social distance and wear a mask when interacting with staff and volunteers.
Hiwan Heritage Park is open daily from one hour before sunrise to one hour after sunset. The covered pavilion will remain closed.
Local Students Contribute to History Project
As we sought to grapple with changes in the face of the emerging COVID-19 pandemic this spring, one thing became clear: We live in historic times. Capturing it for those who will come after us is an important task, as lessons from the past help us to understand the present and consider the future. In this spirit, staff at Hiwan Museum began by reaching out to Evergreen-area schools.
For the Living through History: Pandemic Perspectives project, local students are creating essays, journal entries, articles, photographs and artwork to express what they are seeing, doing and feeling in these remarkable times. Hiwan staff are compiling the entries for the EMAHS local history files at the museum so that future generations can research what life was like in 2020, and we are making them available here on the website for everyone to see. They illuminate common experiences to which many can relate. The hope is to expand the project to other Evergreen-area residents and create a bigger picture of our community during this historic era.
If you would like to contribute an entry, please email it to [email protected] with the subject Pandemic Perspectives, or mail to: Living through History: Pandemic Perspectives, c/o Hiwan Museum, 28473 Meadow Drive, Evergreen, CO 80439. Anonymous entries are welcome if they are genuine. Please make a note if you prefer yours to remain anonymous or to not be posted online.
Hiwan Museum is closed to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 outbreak. All programs, meetings, events and tours are cancelled during this time. The outdoor portion of Hiwan Heritage Park (the Grove) remains open, including access to the public restrooms. Visitors are encouraged to spend time outdoors, including hikes around Evergreen, to quench their thirst for local history.