Museum opening hours: Wednesdays 1 pm to 4 pm & Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm Special tours or research hours can be provided by calling 719-559-0837

Physical Address:

66 Lower Glenway

Palmer Lake, CO 80133

Mailing address:

PO Box 662

Palmer Lake, CO 80133

Events

PLHS hosts monthly historical talks and field trips on a variety of topics.  They are usually held on the third Thursday of the month at the Palmer Lake Town Hall at 42 Valley Crescent St.  Click here for directions.  To submit an idea for an event, email PLHSPresident@gmail.com.

The U.S. Army 10th Mtn. Division, Born in Colorado

Palmer Lake Historical Society 66 Lower Glenway St, Palmer Lake, CO

Presented by Col. Tom Duhs, USMC (Ret.) “The Ski Troops” trained at Camp Hale and were modeled on Finnish Winter-Warfare troops.

The Long Expedition on the Front Range, 1820

Palmer Lake Historical Society 66 Lower Glenway St, Palmer Lake, CO

John Stansfield presents. From Pittsburgh to the Rocky Mountains and back. Major Stephen Long’s U.S. expedition traveled by boat, horseback and foot in 1819 — 1820. They came through our area, named Castle Rock & Discovered the Columbine flower.

Father’s Day Ice Cream Social

Palmer Lake Historical Society 66 Lower Glenway St, Palmer Lake, CO

Join the community for an old-time celebration on the Village Green featuring free ice cream, pie, and music.

A History of the Monument Preserve – from CCC to Recreation Area

Join us for a walking tour with Bill Normile of the Friends of the Monument Preserve as we explore the Monument preserve and learn its fascinating history. Begun unsuccessfully on Pikes Peak, the Monument Tree Nursery (located just west of the town of Monument) ended up successfully producing over 72 million tree seedlings between 1906 […]

PLHS @ Family Day: History at the WMMI

Western Museum of Mining and Industry 225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO

Look for us at the Reynolds Ranch House! The Western Museum of Mining and Industry (WMMI) is hosting a history-themed family day on the museum grounds. Food, activities, and presentations will be provided throughout the day.  The Palmer Lake Historical Society will be in the Reynolds Ranch House with artifacts and historical information about the house.

Pikes Peak Trolleys

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce 166 Second Street, Monument, CO

The Colorado Springs area had a streetcar system that was one of the best to be found anywhere. This presentation will cover this history of streetcar service, how it affected the lives of residents, and what became of it. The presenter, John Haney, is a Colorado Springs native whose family has been in the Pikes […]

The Long Expedition

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce 166 Second Street, Monument, CO

Just over 200 years ago, Major Stephen Long’s U.S. expedition came through the Palmer Divide area. Long and nineteen other men traveled by boat, horseback, and foot from 1819-1820 to explore the Platte River and its sources. The team included soldiers, artists, and botanists and they were among the first Europeans in the area. They […]

Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce 166 Second Street, Monument, CO

The Colorado 10th Mountain Division, a WWII group of skiers and mountaineers, was trained to fight the Germans in Northern Italy. Presented by Col. Tom Duhs, USMC, ret.

CANCELLED – PLHS Annual Membership Meeting & Chili Supper

Tri-Lakes Chamber of Commerce 166 Second Street, Monument, CO

Regrettably, the PLHS Board of Directors has made the decision to cancel the Annual Membership Meeting that was scheduled for Thursday, January 20, 2022. Due to the spike in Covid in our area we have deemed it too risky to meet in person. No need to bring any potluck items! We'll bring the chili, cornbread, dessert, […]

Adventures on the Pikes Peak Cog Railway

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

Join Mel McFarland as he tells of his adventures working as an engineer and conductor on the iconic Pikes Peak Cog Railway. Mel will briefly tell the history of the Cog – as well as its uniqueness in the United States. He’ll explain the “ins and outs” of how a cog railway operates – and […]

Postponed “The Night of a Thousand Heroes”

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

Postponed due to inclement weather. Rescheduled for June 16, 2022. The Palmer Lake Historical Society invites the public to hear Tracy Beach present the program "The Night of a Thousand Heroes" based on her book of the same name. The presentation will include a short historical lecture on the history of the disastrous June 1921 […]

“The Bad Old Days of Colorado”

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

The Palmer Lake Historical Society invites the public to hear Randi Samuelson-Brown present the program "The Bad Old Days of Colorado" based on her book of the same name. Admission is free and open to all! Doors open to the public at 6:30 Light refreshments are served after the program.   The road to Colorado […]

Grand Re-Opening Celebration

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

Lucretia Vaile Library and Museum Come celebrate the formal re-opening of the Lucretia Vaile Library and Museum and the Palmer Lake Town Hall. These buildings in the heart of Palmer Lake endured lengthy closures due to the pandemic followed by extensive renovations to library and museum entrances and to the town hall. The re-opening features […]

Helen Hunt Jackson: The Colorado Years

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

Doris McCraw presents the story of Helen Hunt Jackson, American poet and author who became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. Government. She described the adverse effects of government actions in A Century of Dishonor, while her popular novel Ramona dramatized the mistreatment of Native Americans. After personal […]

“The Night of a Thousand Heroes”

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

After postponement due to bad weather in March, the Palmer Lake Historical Society invites you hear Tracy Beach's presentation of "The Night of a Thousand Heroes" based on her book of the same name. The program will include a short historical lecture on the history of the disastrous June 1921 Pueblo Flood, a slide show, […]

Father’s Day Ice Cream Social

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

 Join an old time Ice Cream Social on Village Green A Palmer Lake Father's Day tradition free and open to everyone Enjoy ice cream and pie on the Village Green along with music provided by Craig Walter. Bring a lawn chair to relax and visit with neighbors. Check out vintage cars on display in the […]

Walking Tour of Palmer Lake

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

Estemere Mansion Join a walking tour of the town Join local experts on small group walks through Palmer Lake. Tours start at the Village Green and include the Palmer Lake Town Hall, Lucretia Vaile Museum, Estemere estate, several historical buildings, and end at the Rock House Ice Cream Shop. Tours will last approximately 45 minutes […]

Elrey B. Jeppesen – Aviation Pioneer

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

The Palmer Lake Historical Society invites the public to hear Flint Whitlock and Terry Barnhart tell the story of aviation pioneer Elrey B. Jeppesen and to learn how Jeppesen’s “Little Black Book” contributed to airline safety. Admission is free and open to all! Doors open to the public at 6:30; light refreshments are served after the program.

The Alexander Film Company

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

The Palmer Lake Historical Society invites everyone to Steve Antonuccio's presentation on the Alexander Film Company. Established in Colorado Springs in 1927, the Alexander Film Company was the largest producer of advertising playlets for movie theaters in the country. The company created the concept of the television commercial and at one time, had 600 employees […]

Life and Times of General William J. Palmer

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

 This program was postponed due to inclement weather and will be rescheduled for a future presentation. In acknowledgment of Veteran’s Day, Jim Sawatzki presents a program on General William J. Palmer—namesake of the town of Palmer Lake, Civil War Medal of Honor recipient, founder of Colorado Springs, and builder of the Denver & Rio Grande […]

Annual Chili Supper and Star Lighting

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

Each year, the Palmer Lake Volunteer Fire Department hosts a chili supper followed by the lighting, of the Palmer Lake Star for the holiday season. Come and join the festivities including Christmas carolers, hayrides, pictures with Santa, and a raffle for the privilege of lighting the Star. Adults: $12.00 Kids: $6.00 Under 3: Free  

Annual Yule Log Hunt

Palmer Lake Town Hall 42 Valley Crescent Street, Palmer Lake, CO

A Palmer Lake tradition since 1933, the 89th Annual Yule Log Hunt will take place on December 11 at 1:00 PM. The Finder and friends straddle the Yule log for a victory ride into town. The Hider and the Finder then saw the log in half. Half is burned in the Town Hall fireplace during […]