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 2018

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 18, 2018  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 15, 2018 7:00 pm

“Otto Kuhler, Colorado's Renaissance Man" Mike and Sigi Walker profile the life and career of an artist and industrial designer of locomotives who became a Colorado rancher and landscape artist.

March 15, 2018 7:00 pm

"History of the Mt. Manitou Park & Incline Railway" Eric Swab presents an iconic part of Manitou Springs history wherein a pipeline was transformed into an 81-year tourist attraction.

April 19, 2018 7:00 pm

"Forging the West" Victoria Miller from the Steelworks Center of the West hosts a screening of Jim Harvey’s film on Pueblo's Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.

May 17, 2018 7:00 pm

“Daughters and Fathers: Family Secrets Behind Colorado’s Indian Massacres” Katherine Scott Sturdevant, History professor at Pikes Peak Community College, tells a surprising story about Sarah Chivington, daughter of the Sand Creek Massacre perpetrator.

June 17, 2018 Sunday 2-4PM

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

June 21, 2018 7:00PM

“Restoration of D&RG 1889 Tourist Sleeper Car 470” John Engs of the Pikes Peak Historical Street Railway Museum gives an update on the restoration and the trolley museum.

July 19, 2018 7:00 pm

"Hard Travelin': The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie" Daniel Blegen presents a musical portrait of the Oklahoma balladeer whose songs have enriched America's musical landscape for generations.

August 11, 2018 9 - 5 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.

September 20, 2018 7:00 pm

“The Harvey Girls Story” Jane Milne and Kathy DeHerrera tell about the young, single, intelligent, and adventurous women who worked as waitresses in Fred Harvey restaurant/hotels across the Southwest.

October 18, 2018 7:00 pm

"Above & Beyond, A Hero's Story" Jim Sawatski and Bob McLaughlin combine for a video and talk on Medal of Honor recipient and Palmer Lake resident William J. “Bill” Crawford.

November 15, 2018 7:00 pm

"The World War I Flying Ace from Denver" Dr. Charles Dusch, History professor at the Air Force Academy, discusses a Denver connection to World War I aviation history.

December 2018

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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