Palmer Lake Historical Society
Serving the Tri-Lakes/Palmer Divide Since 1956
P.O. Box 662, Palmer Lake, CO 80133


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Program Schedule for 2014

General membership meetings are normally held in the evening on the third Thursday of each month in the Palmer Lake Town Hall. Following a brief business meeting, there is an historical presentation followed by refreshments. Programs are free to the public, unless otherwise noted. See The Tribune Calendar/Events, The Community News, Posted Flyers or the Membership Program Email for Details.

Should a program be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness, the Membership will be notified as practical by email of the cancellation and the substitute program.  During the school year, the closing of the D-38 School District, usually for inclement weather, will also indicate the cancellation of a scheduled Historical Society program or event occuring on that day.  D-38 closure announcements are made on many local media outlets.

All Palmer Lake Historical Society events are planned, coordinated and carried out by the board of directors of the PLHS.

January 16, 2014  6:30 pm

Annual Potluck Dinner and Membership Meeting with special program:  Who Killed Officer Burchfield presented by Dwight Haverkorn.  Bring a side dish or dessert to share.  Got any antique items at home?  Bring them to show to everybody.

February 20, 2014 7:00 pm

“Tri-Lakes Ice Production, Storage, and Delivery”  Tom Van Wormer will describe and illustrate this important early industry in Palmer Lake and Monument.

March 20, 2014 7:00 pm

“Doctor at Timberline – Medicine in the Late 1800s and Early 1900s”  John Stansfield, will portray Dr. Charles Fox Gardner, a leader in the early days of tuberculosis treatment in the Pikes Peak region.

April 17, 2014 7:00 pm

“Restoration of Cumbres & Toltec Railroad Cars”  John Engs is leading a team in rehabilitating a car once used on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, still hauling passengers on a scenic narrow gauge run.

May 15, 2014 7:00 pm

“Maggie: She Went West for the Cure”  From her research on “Intrepid Women of Colorado History,” Mary Ann Davis will tell of one of them who came to the Pikes Peak area in the 1870s.

June 15, 2014 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Sunday

Father’s Day Ice Cream Social  Bring the family to the Palmer Lake Town Hall for free ice cream, pie, and music on the Village Green as we celebrate Dads!

June 19, 2014 7:00 pm

“Dragoons in the Revolution”  Brent Brown will explain and illustrate how these soldiers brought their European war skills to the American Revolutionary War.

July 17, 2014 7:00 pm

“Stories You May Not Have Heard”  Mel McFarland returns with another fascinating account of our early regional history.

August 21, 2014 7:00 pm

Finding Your Roots  PLHS member Chuck Loeffler will outline the basics of genealogical research in order to trace your family ancestors and other relatives.

September 18, 2014 7:00 pm

“A Palmer Lake Living History”  Dwight Haverkorn returns to tell of youth, disaster, and overwhelming success – Marian and Rogers McDonough, whose grandson Rogers Davis is Director of the Lucretia Vaile Museum and lives in the same 19th century house once owned by his Great-Grandfather.

October 16, 2014 7:00 pm

“Sheriff Rankin Scott Kelly, First Sheriff of El Paso County”  John Wesley Anderson, himself a former El Paso County sheriff, will tell of this 19th century lawman, who caught up with the infamous “Big Tooth Jim.”

November 20, 2014 7:00 pm

“Mountain Man Jedediah Smith”  Dressed as this legendary pioneer, Dave Wallace will bring to life his exploits as hunter, trapper, fur trader, trailblazer, author, cartographer, and explorer.

December 2014

No Meeting:  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

See The Tribune, Calendar/Events, The Community News, or Posted Flyers for Details.  All Programs are at the Palmer Lake Town Hall, and are Open to Everyone at no charge, unless otherwise noted.  Watch for Details.

Come one, come all!

Come One, Come All.

Step this way,
for a history making
good time!


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