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 2017

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. SeeThe 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, event or museum opening 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 17, 2017  6:30 pm

"A Tale of Two Husteds" AT THE MINING MUSEUM   Jack Anthony presents a tale of two towns. East Husted and West Husted, about six miles south of Palmer Lake, sprang up as railroad "tank towns" for the D&RG and AT&SF railroads. Both were thriving communities until the early 1920s, and their depots midway between Colorado Springs and Palmer Lake were pick up points for passengers and agricultural product shipments.

January 19, 2017  6:30 pm

Annual Potluck Dinner and Membership Meeting  Don't miss this event! Bring a vegetable, salad, or dessert to share - the PLHS will provide the main dish. We begin the evening with a short business meeting and election of 2017 officers. Attendees are encouraged to renew their 2017 PLHS memberships or to join if they're not PLHS members. Joe Bohler caps off the evening with his honky tonk piano, along with a short visit from a historical figure.

February 16, 2017 7:00 pm

“John Cleveland Osgood: Colorado Coal Baron" Mike and Sigi Walker present - From humble beginnings, John C. Osgood at one time was said to be either the fifth or sixth richest man in America. He became the "Fuel King of the West," owning coal mines, coking facilities, company towns, steel mills, railroads, and a marble mine.

March 16, 2017 7:00 pm

"By an Act of Congress" Bob Easterly presents the story of his great-grandfather, Lewis Henry Easterly, who followed his cousin to Colorado in 1878 and taught school in Pring, Pratt, and Spring Valley. After driving a freight wagon to Gunnison for Allen Teachout in the summer of 1880, he homesteaded there, raised his family, and eventually became involved in the Grand Army of the Republic.

April 20, 2017 7:00 pm

"The Alexander Film Company" Steve Anotonuccio presents - the Alexander Film Company which moved to Englewood, CO in 1923, and then to Colorado Springs in 1928. The company purchased 260 acres on north Nevada, and the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce purchased an additional 90 acres of land for an airfield and raised $50,000 in private subscriptions to insure the firm’s relocation. By the early 1950s, between 2000 and 3000 advertisement films a year were produced.

May 18, 2017 7:00 pm

“Charles Goodnight in Colorado” Laurel Campbell and Lynda Crawford's talk is illustrated with both old and new slides, covers the history of Charles Goodnight’s life: his arrival in Texas, jobs as a youth and teen (including Indian Scout and Texas Ranger), early interest in Texas Longhorns, partnership with Oliver Loving and their cattle drives, the settling of Rock Canyon Ranch near Pueblo, CO, in 1868 on which he built his magnificent stone barn in 1870, and his eventual move to the Palo Duro Canyon in the Panhandle of Texas in 1876.

June 15, 2017 7:00PM

“Hummingbirds - Up Close and Personal” Just in time for summer, Jerry DalFerro shares the fascinating world of hummingbirds with a slide show of stunning photographs that highlight the natural beauty of this area.

June 18, 2017 Sunday 2-4PM

“Father’s Day Ice Cream Social.”” We continue a decades-old tradition. The Palmer Lake Historical Society, with donations from the Rock House Ice Cream Shop and the Monument Village Inn restaurant, invites Dads and their families from the local area to join us in this annual event. Special music will be provided.

July 20, 2017 7:00 pm

"Pete Seeger: A Musical Portrait" Sing along with Dan Begen. This program is an informative and entertaining evening for audiences all ages, both those who remember the music fondly and those who may be hearing it for the first time.

August 12, 2017 10 - 5 pm, Saturday

“Return of the Rocky Mountain Chautauqua.” A full day of vintage arts, crafts, portrayals of historic men and women, wildlife displays, activities for children, walking tours of Palmer Lake and The Glen, and bluegrass music is planned. The Friends of the Tri-Lakes Library will also hold their annual ice cream social during the afternoon.

September 21, 2017 7:00 pm

“Historic Homes of Colorado Springs & Vicinity” This program is based on the story of Historic Homes of Colorado Springs and Vicinity, authored by presenter Gordon Anderson's mother, Helen M. Anderson. The program will describe Mrs. Anderson’s life, give details on several homes in the book, and highlight two partnerships vital to the history of the Pikes Peak region: the partnerships between General William Palmer and Dr. W A Bell and between Spencer Penrose and Charles Tutt.

October 19, 2017 7:00 pm

"Potpourri of Rarely-Seen Rich Luckin Videos" Rich Lukin shows that variety is the spice of life - exemplified by this program of rarely-seen videos. Included are Tour of the Turbo, a 1971 film chronicling a year-long tour by Amtrak of this unique train; Mexico Rail Odyssey: The Tour of Discovery, GrandLuxe Rail Journeys' Copper Canyon Train; Arthur Stilwell, a short overview of the Kansas City Southern's history; a 2008 GrandLuxe promotional short filmed in Montana; and the recently completed City of Spokane - Denver to Cheyenne AAPRCO private car train..

November 16, 2017 7:00 pm

"The Star on Sundance Mountain" Jim Sawatski presents this film featuring the giant 500-foot Palmer Lake Star, the world's largest illuminated star, seen for over 20 miles shining on a ridgeline between Denver and Colorado Springs. It was built during the depths of the Great Depression by determined citizens wishing to spread a light of hope and goodwill during the Christmas Season and became an iconic symbol of inspiration for all. The Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department is the guardian of the Star.

December 2017

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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