Events

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Taste of History

The 7th annual Taste of History Champagne Brunch & Social was Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Headwaters Center in Winter Park.

Click here to for a special thanks and some photos from the 2017 Taste of History >>

Then and Now Exhibits

Have you seen one of the many series of Then & Now photography exhibits around Grand County? Check them out while they’re still on display. Click here for details about Then & Now exhibits >>

Sep
29
Sat
The Powell Expeditions at 150: A Fresh Analysis on the 1868 Expedition of John Wesley Powell to Colorado. @ Pioneer Village
Sep 29 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Historian Ray Sumner will discuss the personnel, key events, and legacy of the 1868 Powell Expedition to Colorado and highlight how recent researched as redefined our understanding of both the 1868-69 expedition and the subsequent 1869 expedition down the Green, Grand, and Colorado Rivers including the first passage through the Grand Canyon. Of particular interest will be the influence of local residents on both expeditions and the focal point of the Hot Sulphur Springs played in the expedition. Ray’s research is driven through a close personal connection to the Powell Expeditions. Ray’s second great grandfather was Jack Sumner operated an early trading post at the Springs (1866-68) and he served as Powell’s guide in Colorado in 1867-69 and his lead boatmen on the 1869 River Expedition. Jack’s older sisters were Marietta Sumner Sheriff of the matriarch of the Sheriff Ranch here in Grand County and Elizabeth Sumner Byers wife of founder and editor of the Rocky Mountain News, William Newton Byers. Jack’s younger brother, William Lucas Sumner, took over the trading post when Jack went west in September 1868 and then later assisted Byers in the original survey of the town of Hot Sulphur Springs. He purchased the southern half of the townsite from the General Land Office later selling it to his brother-in-law

Oct
12
Fri
Chinking Workshop at the historic 4 Bar 4 Ranch! @ 4 Bar 4 Ranch
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Chinking Workshop at the historic 4 Bar 4 Ranch!

Historic Fraser, Inc. pleased to report that great progress is being made on the restoration of the Ford Barn on the historic 4 Bar 4 Ranch.  “The concrete foundation is in place, damaged logs are being repaired or replaced, and soon we’ll order trussing and the corrugated metal roof.  Our hope is to be basically finished before winter sets in so the Ford Barn will be secure against the weather once again,” says Kent Wehmeyer, HFI.

“During this process, we’ve received so much interest and support that we’ve planned a chinking workshop for those who are interested in working hands-on. The workshop will be taught by Kevin Murray, who specializes in historic preservation. At this workshop, you’ll learn how structures were chinked in the late 1800’s,” states Ronda Paschal, also of HFI.

The daub, burlap and wood block chinking was used by Colorado pioneers because it added much needed insulation and structural strength to the whole building. The wood blocks add structural strength to logs that can be as long as 25’ from notch to notch and the daub and burlap provide insulation in the winter.  According to Kevin Murray, the General Contractor on this project, “When we’re redoing it, we have to do the exact same thing because otherwise it’s a false history.”

 

Date:     Saturday, October 20th

Time:     10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Place:    On CR 5, between CR 5171 and CR 518

Let us know you’re coming: email rubydorchester@gmail.com.     Please include your name and best contact information.

Bring your hammer and come prepared to work and learn about our history!

Oct
30
Tue
Halloween Tricks and Treats @ Pioneer Village
Oct 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Come Trick and Treat to a Old Time School, Blacksmith, Jail, Courthouse and more. Wear your silliest or spookiest costume.

Free event.

Nov
12
Mon
Veterans of World War I & II, Korea, and Vietnam Exhibit @ Granby/Grand County Airport
Nov 12 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Annual Salute to our Military Aviation History & Veterans at Grand County Historical Association Aviation Museum on Monday, November 12, 2018. New exhibits about Grand County veterans of World War I & II, Korea, and Vietnam. Free and family-friendly. Emily Warner Field Aviation Museum is in the historic Rocky Mountain Airways airline terminal at Granby/Grand County Airport. Open House from 11AM to 1PM.