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 2016

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 21, 2016  6:30 pm

Annual Potluck Dinner and Membership Meeting  Bring side dish or dessert to share. Renowned artist and piano player, Joe Bohler, will provide entertainment for the evening.

February 18, 2016 7:00 pm

“Young Boys That Fought in the Civil War.” Benny Nasser highlights experiences of some of the more than 100,000 young boys less than 16 years old who fought in the Civil War.

March 17, 2016 7:00 pm

“Early Automobiles in the Pikes Peak Region.” Dwight Haverkorn discusses the first autos in the area, early Colorado Springs traffic ordinances, traffic controls, and licensing of drivers and vehicles.

April 21, 2016 7:00 pm

“Spinning in the Western Region.” Charlease Elzenga-Bobo talks about spinning, the development of spinning tools, the movement of spinning wheels from Europe to the West, and the WPA Project at Estemere in Palmer Lake (1936-37).

May 19, 2016 7:00 pm

“Spencer and Julie Penrose: Colorado's Community Collaborators.” Joyce Lohse presents her research on this dynamic couple who gave the area many famous landmarks and other important community resources and attractions.

June 19, 2016, Sunday, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

“Father’s Day Ice Cream Social.” Bring the family for free ice cream, pie, and bluegrass music on the Village Green as we celebrate Dads everywhere.

July 21, 2016 7:00 pm

“The Goodnight Legacies.” Larry Schlupp covers the life and legacies of Charles Goodnight (1836-1929), a major influence in the mid-nineteenth century growth and breadth of the cattle industry in the West and Colorado.

August 6, 2016 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Saturday

“Return of the Rocky Mountain Chautauqua.” Bring the family to relive Palmer Lake as it was over 100 years ago thru portrayals, re-enactments, demonstrations and exhibits.

2016 Chautauqua Schedule

September 15, 2016 7:00 pm

“Colorado Inventions and Inventors of the 19th Century.” Bill Reich looks at Coloradoans who invented a variety of devices and processes to help them survive and prosper during the 19th century.

October 20, 2016 7:00 pm

“The Legacy of Juan Bautista De Anza.” John Anderson describes the little known influence of this Governor of the Northern Spanish Frontier across Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado in the 18th Century.

November 17, 2016 7:00 pm

“A Tale of Two Husteds. Jack Anthony discusses the Husteds, two former “tank town” communities that served the Denver & Rio Grande and the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroads, but which were much more than railroad towns.

December 2016

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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