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November 2, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
FREE Exhibit, The History of Mining in Jefferson County
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

The Conifer Historical Society is pleased to announce our FREE Exhibit on the History of Mining in Jefferson County!  With accompanying educational programs each month, this exhibit will share the stories, trials, and tragedies of mining life. Though gold may have brought many miners to our county, it’s not why they stayed. Discover how coal, clay, uranium, and more changed the face of our county. Children’s activities will be available! Open Sundays 11am – 3pm from December 16 – March 31, or by appointment.  To schedule an appointment outside of regular exhibit hours, please call (303) 396-5975 or email info@coniferhistoricalsociety.org. Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse Museum, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.  This exhibit made possible through a grant from Community First Foundation.


November 2, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Pikes Peak or Bust: Colorado’s Women 59ers – December 9, 1pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

On Sunday, December 9 at 1pm the Conifer Historical Society is pleased to welcome author J.v.L. Bell  as she presents Pikes Peak or Bust: Colorado’s Women 59ers.  Hear the adventures of well-known frontierswomen like Elizabeth Byers, Augusta Tabor, and Addie LaMont.  Life for these early women settlers was difficult, filled with long days of washing clothes, cooking, and running boarding houses, but several women established more unusual roles.  Elsa Jane Forest took on the guise of a man; Charlotte Card dressed like a man and mined her own claim; and Mary Randal became one of Colorado’s first African-American settlers.  Tickets are $8/$10 (m/n).  Purchase your seats today at www.ConiferHistoricalSociety.org or call (303) 396-5975 for more information.  Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


October 29, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Conifer Historical Society Awarded 2018 Norman and Ethel Meyer Award
Contact: Lin Rudy, Development Committee Chairperson, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

We are honored to announce that on October 18, 2018 the Conifer Historical Society and Museum (CHSM) was named the recipient of the 2018 Norman and Ethel Meyer Award, presented by the Jefferson County Historical Commission (JCHC). This award recognizes special contributions to preservation of our county’s valuable historic resources, with Norm and Ethel Meyer being the first recipients back in 2010. Many of us at CHSM knew Norm and Ethel Meyer, so it is very special to receive this award. The Conifer Historical Society was formed to preserve and share the history of the Conifer area. We continue to be inspired by the strength and persistence of the pioneers who came to Conifer in the late 1800s. THANK YOU to our volunteers, members, and donors for supporting our mission!  The award ceremony was hosted by the JCHC and held at the Boettcher Mansion. During the award ceremony, JCHC also unveiled the much anticipated edition of this year’s Historically Jeffco magazine, which will be available for free at the Little White Schoolhouse museum and other locations in the county.


October 15, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Conifer Historical Society Awarded Grant by Community First Foundation
Contact: Lin Rudy, Development Committee Chairperson, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

We are pleased to announce that the Conifer Historical Society and Museum was awarded a $5,000 grant by Community First Foundation! This money will be used over the next 12 months to support our goal of providing excellent educational programs and exhibits to the residents of Conifer, Jefferson County, and beyond. Exciting things are on our horizon as we finalize our winter exhibit on the History of Mining in Jefferson County and our monthly programs for 2019.  These funds will also be used to update and improve our Traveling Trunk educational outreach program. We can’t wait to visit all of our local elementary schools this year!

Since 1975, Community First Foundation has been helping generous donors and innovative nonprofits come together to improve the quality of life and create positive change in Jefferson County, the Denver metropolitan area and beyond. They are proud to use their energy, leadership and trusted stewardship of financial resources to energize giving across our state, strengthen nonprofits, support donors and find new ways to address community needs. For more information, visit CommunityFirstFoundation.org. Thank you, Community First Foundation, for believing in and supporting our mission to share our region’s legacy by collecting, preserving and exhibiting historical and cultural materials.


October 3, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
The Ghost of Harry Truman Visits the Little White Schoolhouse! November 18, 1pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

Extra! Extra! Read All About It! Harry Truman Holds Press Conference at Conifer Historical Society! November is election month. Join us on Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 1pm for a “Whistle Stop” visit from the past as Harry Truman comes to the Little White Schoolhouse. Hear the “ghost” of President Harry S. Truman recall his love of Chrysler Corporation cars and relate the adventures of his 31,700 mile Whistle Stop train tour, which was a key factor in his 1948 election upset.  Visitors are encouraged to ask questions about his personal life, politics, and presidential experiences!  Presenter Lloyd Barger is a winner of the National Freedom Foundation Award for public speaking and was awarded a Commemorative Diploma from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri. Tickets are $8/$10 (m/n). Reserve or Purchase your seats today at www.ConiferHistoricalSociety.org or call (303) 396-5975 for more information.  Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


September 5, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Ghost Towns of Jefferson County – October 14, 2018 1pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

On Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 1pm the Conifer Historical Society is pleased to welcome John Steinle for a program on the Ghost Towns of Jefferson County. Throughout history these little towns were founded for many reasons. All that remains today are traces of the past… or sometimes nothing at all! Tickets are $8/$10 (m/n).  This program is sure to sell out! Purchase your seats today at www.ConiferHistoricalSociety.org or call (303) 396-5975 for more information.  Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


August 3, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
FREE Exhibit, The History of Bradford Junction and the Yellow Barn
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

The Conifer Historical Society is pleased to announce our FREE Exhibit on the History of Bradford Junction!  2018 celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Yellow Barn at Bradford Junction.  If you’ve ever wondered about this amazing structure, now is your chance to learn more! In addition to the history of the Yellow Barn, this exhibit includes all available documented activity and residents at Bradford Junction pre-1859 to present.  Open Sundays 11am – 3pm now through October 28, or by appointment.  To schedule an appointment outside of regular exhibit hours, please call (303) 396-5975 or email info@coniferhistoricalsociety.org. Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse Museum, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer. 


August 3, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Kemp Family History – September 15, 2018 1pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

On Saturday, September 15, 2018 at 1pm the Conifer Historical Society welcomes presenters Lonnie and Joan Kemp for a program on Conifer’s Kemp Family History. One of the first families to settle in Conifer, the Kemp family name can still be seen in town today. A drive by the Kemp Cemetery off Pleasant Park Road may have sparked your curiosity into who this family was.  This special program will include the family’s historical timeline, family tree, photos, and more!   Tickets are $8/$10 (m/n).  Visit ConiferHistoricalSociety.org or call (303) 396-5975 for more information.  Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


July 18, 2018
Little White Schoolhouse Property Painting Update!

Contact: Tom Laubis, Facilities, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

We’d like to say a BIG Thank You to Bergen Park Paint in Aspen Park for donating over $2,100 in painting supplies for our recently completed painting project at the Little White Schoolhouse! Next time you’re in the market for paint, consider using Conifer’s best local store for Benjamin Moore Paint!


July 3, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Annual Chuckwagon BBQ and Concert, Featuring The Cody Sisters Band – August 19, 2018 12pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

The Conifer Historical Society is excited to host our annual Chuckwagon BBQ on August 19, 2018! Lunch will be served at High Noon (12pm) followed by a wonderful concert at 1pm, featuring The Cody Sisters Band.  These ladies will knock your socks off with their talent and assortment of instruments. The Cody Sisters experience blends Old Time, Swing, Gypsy Jazz, Jazz, Folk, and Modern Bluegrass together in a completely unique sound that will stay with you for weeks to come! Our famous homemade ice cream and dessert will be served at intermission. Advanced Tickets are $15/$18 (m/n). Any remaining will be sold for $20 at the door, but this event is sure to sell out early, so get your tickets today! To purchase tickets, visit ConiferHistoricalSociety.org, or call (303) 396-5975 for more information. Hosted at the Little White Schoolhouse Museum, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


June 3, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
Little White Schoolhouse Property will be Painted!

Contact: Tom Laubis, Facilities, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

We are excited to share that, with our community’s help, we have raised enough funds to paint the Little White Schoolhouse! You have been an amazing support system for us through your volunteer hours and monetary donations. This project would not be happening without you! After vetting many contractors we are very pleased with our selection of a local Conifer business – Mountain Elite Painting. This team will carefully follow the historic preservation painting guidelines provided by the Secretary of the Interior. Work is scheduled to begin later this month, and includes all four buildings on our property. If you’ve driven by lately, you’ve surely seen our facilities committee hard at work preparing the building for paint, working on window restoration, and countless other projects. WOW!


June 1, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release
C&S Railroad History, Presented by Tom and Denise Klinger – July 15, 2018 1pm

Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

Choo-Choo, All Aboard! On Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 1pm the Conifer Historical Society welcomes Tom and Denise Klinger, local authors and Railroad Aficionados. Take a trip into the early 1900s and explore the railroads of the C&S narrow gauge along the Platte ‘Canon’ District and Clear Creek District. The Klingers have dedicated years to researching railroad history and have wonderful slides and stories to share. Tickets are $8/$10 (m/n).  Visit ConiferHistoricalSociety.org or call (303) 396-5975 for more information. Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


May 3, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Ute Indian Prayer Trees – June 10, 2018 1pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

On Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 1pm the Conifer Historical Society welcomes author John Wesley Anderson as he shares the story of the Ute Indian Prayer Trees. You may be surprised to find some of these trees on your property here in the Conifer/285 Area! This is not just a story about Culturally Modified Trees; it’s about the advanced culture of the deeply spiritual people behind the trees.  The Ute were the indigenous people of the Pikes Peak Region and skillfully modified trees for navigational, spiritual, burial, medicinal, nutritional and educational purposes. Tickets are $8/$10 (m/n).  Visit ConiferHistoricalSociety.org or call (303) 396-5975 for more information.  Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


April 10, 2018
Invitation to Bid (ITB) – Painting the Little White Schoolhouse Properties
Contact: Tom Laubis, Facilities, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

Contractors are encouraged to provide bids for painting the buildings on the Conifer Historical Society’s property at 26951 Barkley Road, Conifer, CO 80433.  Please note that selected Contractor is required to be familiar with The Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation of
historic structures.
Please email the address above for copy of the bid documents. Bids in proper format will be accepted electronically through Monday April 30, 2018 11:59pm MT.


April 2, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Strokes After Stroke – May 20, 2018 12-4pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

Join the Conifer Historical Society on May 20, 2018 from 12-4pm for a Free Afternoon Exhibit, Strokes After Stroke, featuring the art of Earl Jaynes. After suffering a serious stroke ten years ago, Mr. Jaynes began taking art lessons from Susan McKelvy, an accomplished artist in Buffalo Creek, Colorado. His current works have all been done from memory and many show his Alaskan adventures when he was a young man with a plane and dog team.  This exhibit is here for one day only, so don’t miss out! Visit ConiferHistoricalSociety.org, or call (303) 396-5975 for more information. Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


April 2, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

An Evening With Friends Open House – May 4, 2018 4-7pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

Please join the Conifer Historical Society for an Evening of Friends, Fun, Food, and Photography! This is a free event, and all are welcome! Enjoy complimentary appetizers and wine while you explore the beautiful artistry of local photographer Lorrie McAllister. The 100th Anniversary of Bradford Junction’s Yellow Barn is here – enjoy a sneak preview of our Summer Exhibit about the history of this amazing structure. This is an open house event, join us anytime from 4-7pm. Current CHSM Members are encouraged to bring friends who have not yet been to one of our events! RSVPs appreciated so we may plan accordingly. Visit ConiferHistoricalSociety.org, or call (303) 396-5975 for more information. Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


March 2, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

High Altitude Gardening – April 22, 2018 1pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

The Conifer Historical Society is pleased to welcome back Gail Fischer of the Colorado Federation of Garden Clubs for a program on High Altitude Gardening. This fun and educational presentation will be Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 1pm. Learn secrets to a successful vegetable garden. Gail is also known for her beautiful flowers, so she’ll share some tips on those as well. Our gardening programs sell out every year! Get your tickets early so you don’t miss out on this fabulous opportunity to learn from an expert. This program is Part II of our Spring High Altitude Series. Tickets are $8/$10 (m/n). Visit ConiferHistoricalSociety.org or call (303) 396-5975 for more information. Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


February 9, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Conifer Historical Society Nominated for Non-Profi of the Year
Contact: Lin Rudy, Development Committee Chairperson, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

We are pleased to announce that the Conifer Historical Society and Museum has been nominated for the Conifer Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Non-Profit of the Year! We are very honored to be nominated and love serving our community. Voting will be open through February 22, with winners being announced at the Annual Awards Dinner on March 9 at Our Lady of the Pines Church.


February 8, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – On Behalf of Colorado Preservation, Inc.
Colorado Preservation, Inc. Announces Colorado’s 2018 Most Endangered Places

Contacts:
Danielle Dascalos at ddascalos@comcast.net 720.837.3845 or
Kim Grant at kgrant@coloradopreservation.or

Denver (February 2, 2018)—Colorado’s Most Endangered Places List was announced  today at Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s 2018 Saving Places® Conference at the Colorado Convention Center. Four diverse sites were named to the list and two important sites were recognized as SAVED. 2018 year marks the 21st anniversary of Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s Saving Places® Conference and Most Endangered Places list.  This program provides advocacy, awareness, and technical assistance to significant historic sites throughout Colorado that are in danger of being lost.  Colorado Preservation, Inc. devotes staff time and resources to raise funds and rally concerned citizens so that listed as well as un-listed sites can be saved.  In 21 years, the Colorado’s Most Endangered Places program has highlighted 117 historic sites throughout the state; 43 sites have been SAVED and only seven have been lost. The program has a wide reach, with sites located in every region of the state in 49 of the 64 counties.

During the Endangered Places Program luncheon, emceed by CBS4 Reporter Stan Bush, Jennifer Orrigo Charles Executive Director of Colorado Preservation, Inc. announced four historic sites were selected for the 2018 list of Colorado’s Most Endangered Places list: 

  1. Doyle School (Pueblo County)
  2. Downtown Underground (Statewide*)
  3. Historic Elk Creek Octagon & Barn at Shaffer’s Crossing (Jefferson County)
  4. Tarryall-Cline Ranch (Park County)

Two sites previously listed as Colorado’s Most Endangered Places were recognized as Saves:

  1. Greeley, Salt Lake & Pacific Railroad Grade (Greeley)
  2. Sullivan Gateway (Denver)

Colorado’s Most Endangered Places are located throughout the state.  The general public is invited to visit, learn and be inspired!  Experience Colorado’s history firsthand by picking a region detailed here http://coloradopreservation.org/programs/endangered-places/on-the-road-with-colorados-most-endangered-places/ and taking a self-guided road trip. This project is paid for in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant.


February 2, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

High Altitude Baking – March 11, 2018 1pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

The Conifer Historical Society welcomes Kristin Ledgerwood of Vivian’s Gourmet for a program on High Altitude Baking. This fun and educational presentation will be Sunday, March 11, 2018 at 1pm. Kristin will share tips and tricks of the trade to help you achieve success with your pastries, breads, and more. Originally from the “flat lands” of the Midwest, Kristin has spent years perfecting her high altitude skills. This program is Part I of our Spring High Altitude Series. Tickets are $8/$10 (m/n). Visit ConiferHistoricalSociety.org or call (303) 396-5975 for more information. Presented at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


January 2, 2018
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

Member Appreciation Happy Hour and Open House – February 10, 2018 5-7pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

 The Conifer Historical Society hosts their Free Member Appreciation Open House on February 10th, 2018 5-7pm. Join us for a little Happy Hour Fun, including complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres. We will also announce our Volunteer of the Year! Be sure to renew your membership before (or at) the party so you don’t miss out.  RSVPs appreciated so we may plan accordingly.  Visit www.ConiferHistoricalSociety.org, or call (303) 396-5975 for more information. At the Little White Schoolhouse, at 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.


November 11, 2017
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

History of Board Games – January 7, 2018 1pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

The Conifer Historical Society presents The History of Board Games at the Little White Schoolhouse at 1:00 PM on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Keith Meyers of Board Game Republic tells the age-old stories behind your favorite family board games.  He will also share secrets that board game designers use to make games we want to play over and over again. This program is a wonderful supplement to our free winter exhibit on the History of Games, open Saturdays in December and January, 10am-2pm. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for non-members.  The Little White Schoolhouse is located at 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer.  Proceeds help fund continued restoration of the 1923 schoolhouse which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.    Reserve or Purchase tickets at www.ConiferHistoricalSociety.org, or call (303) 396-5975 for more information.


November 11, 2017
PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release

A Winter of Fun and Games Exhibit – Saturdays 12/2/17 to 1/27/18, 10am-2pm
Contact: Lin Rudy, Events, Info@ConiferHistoricalSociety.org

Please visit the Conifer Historical Society for our Exhibit, A Winter of Fun and Games. Family games were, and still are, a staple during our long Conifer winters. Re-visit your favorites from the past and learn about some you may have never seen before. We will explore the history and evolution of games – board games, card games, yard games, even computer games! This FREE Exhibit is open Saturdays 10am-2pm, December 2, 2017 – January 27, 2018 at the Little White Schoolhouse, 26951 Barkley Road in Conifer. Call (303) 396-5975 for more information. Our Holiday Gift Shop will also be available, with beautiful hand crafted wooden bowls, vases, jewelry, historical books, note cards, hand-knit baby hats, and MORE!