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Past Monthly Presentation Programs

August 10, 2017

Our presenter was Dick Kreck on his book “Rich People Behaving Badly”.  Learn about the notorious characters that came through Colorado and the legends that followed them including gangster, Diamond Jack who hid out in Douglas County for awhile.

July 13, 2017

This presentation was on Guts and Glory: Modern Medicine and Surgery During the Civil War.  Featuring Dr. Bob Malin, who will speak about Civil War medical and surgical practices during the American Civil War.  Dr. Malin will discuss myths of “bitten bullets”, whiskey anesthesia, barbaric practices.  Dr. Malin is a retired surgeon who practiced in Anchorage, Alaska and retired to Santa Fe, NM.

June 8, 2017

Our presentation was by local historian Jerry Persall about the “Soul Melting Scenery” in our area.  He discussed the beautiful scenery of the area.

May 11, 2017

Dr. Max Frazier gave a presentation about the book “One of Ours” by Willa Cather.   A Pulitzer Prize winning novel about a young Nebraska man who enlists in World War I in order to find purpose and freedom.  Dr. Frazier is retiring as an Associate Professor of English and Senior Military Faculty member at the U. S. Air Force Academy.  She specializes in autobiography and women writing from the turn of the 19th to the 20th century.

April 13, 2017

Dr. Jack Ballard talked about the history of Fort Logan Army Base.  Most people think only of the cemetery at Fort Logan, but nearby there are fine, substantial brick buildings that mark the remains of a once-bustling military post.  Dr. Ballard holds a PhD in American history from UCLA, taught history at the Air Force Academy, served a career in the Air Force and worked at Martin Marietta Corp.

March 9, 2017

Our presenter was Roger Hadix of the Colorado Vintage Baseball Association.  Mr. Hadix discussed his book about old-time baseball along the Front Range and how the CVBA still plays baseball with the old-time rules, uniforms and bats, etc.

Feb. 9, 2017

Our presenter was  Rebecca Schwendler. PHD., RPA from Paleo West Archaeology.  She discussed the old Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp located in Castle Rock and the survey that was done for the current “Terrain” development in that location.  During the Great Depression the CCC built dams and other infrastructure in the Castle Rock area.  The camp included many buildings and even a baseball diamond.

 Jan. 12, 2017

Our presenter was Ed Weising.  He spoke about humorous hoaxes, sleazy scams & scurrilous schemes in Colorado history. In this entertaining presentation, we learned about the crazy things that people believed that bilked them out of their life’s savings during the early years of Colorado.  Hoaxes and scams were prevalent during the 19th century including the great “diamond hoax” and “McGinty,” the petrified man

Dec. 8, 2016

Our presenter was Author Rhonda Beck about the history of Denver’s Union Station. She explores the history and stories behind one of the Mile High City’s most iconic historic landmarks.  In 1881 Denver’s Union Station opened as the largest structure west of the Mississippi.  The station welcomed people from all walks of life, from pioneers and miners to U.S. presidents and Buffalo Bill Cody – and even royalty from abroad.

Nov. 10, 2016

Our presenter was Lisette Clemons from the Arlington Ladies of Arlington National Cemetery.  The Arlington Ladies are a group of volunteers who attend funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery to ensure that no Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Coast Guardsman is buried alone.  The ladies are an official part of the funeral service, representing the military service’s chief of staff or equivalent. The ladies present cards of condolence to the next of kin from the military service chief and spouse on behalf of the service family, and from the Arlington Lady herself.

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Oct. 13, 2016

Our speaker was Shaun Boyd from the Douglas County Library.  She regaled everyone with stories of ghostly happenings in Castle Rock and Douglas County.

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Sept. 8, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016 for a presentation by local author, Jeff Miller.  He will discuss his book, “Behind the Lines” about Herbert Hoover’s amazing efforts to save the Belgian people from starvation during the German occupation between 1914-18.  Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104.

Aug. 11, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 for a presentation about famed railroad painter, Howard Fogg.  His children will discuss his life and accomplishments.  Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104

June 9, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, June 9, 2016 for a presentation by Historic Douglas County, Inc. about the history of Douglas County, “In the Beginning”.  Speakers will include Jim Weglarz, Tim Weber, Larry Schlupp and Blake Graham.  Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104.

May 12, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, May 12, 2016 for a presentation by the Deputy State Librarian of New Mexico, Joy Poole.  Mrs. Poole recently edited the fascinating travel diaries of a doctor who traveled the Santa Fe Trail in 1825 and recorded his encounters with natives, mountain men, traders, clergy and others.  The book, “Over the Santa Fe Trail to Mexico: The Travel Diaries and Autobiography of Dr. Rowland Willard”, brings alive the truly wild west way before most of it was settled, at a time when John Quincy Adams was president and Missouri was the westernmost state of the 24 in the Union.  Plus, she will bring a water color of what Castle Rock looked like in 1821 as the Stephen Long expedition saw and recorded it.  Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104.

April 14, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, April 14, 2016 for a presentation by renowned broadcaster and former Channel 9 News anchor, Ed Sardella.  He will discuss interesting news stories he has covered in his career and how news has evolved over the decades. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104.

March 10, 2016

Please join us on Thursday, March 10, 2016 for a Tribute to Silent Movies in honor of the Academy Awards.  Come enjoy a 21 minute Buster Keaton movie and some Oscar Trivia.  Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Please note that the location will be in the conference room at The Douglas County Fairgrounds Events Center 500 Fairgrounds Dr. Castle Rock, Co. 80104.

February 11, 2016

Please join us on Thursday February 11, 2016 for a Member participation evening on “Love is in the Air”.  We’re asking people to bring in vintage valentine’s and other memorabilia about love in your family.  You can bring in old wedding photos of your parents or grandparents and share stories of how they met. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104.

January 14, 2016

Please join us on Thursday January 14, 2016 for a presentation by Paula Lasky from the Daughters of the American Revolution.   Have you ever wondered if you could be part of the DAR?  Ms. Lasky will be speaking on how to trace your ancestors to see if you could be part of the newly formed chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Castle Rock.  Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104.

December 10, 2015

Please join us on Thursday December 10, 2015 for a presentation by Joe Clements. He will be speaking about WWI. Mr. Clements is part of a group that gives OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute) lectures for older learners who want to keep learning throughout life. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104.  Admission if free.

November 12, 2015

Please join us on Thursday November 12, 2015 for a presentation by Nathan Boyles. He will be speaking on the Lamp Spring Archaeological site that is located by Chatfield Reservoir. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.orgwww.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org. Admission is free.

October 8, 2015

Please join us on Thursday October 8, 2015 for a presentation from Laura Ruttum from History Colorado, speaking on the Steven Hart Library that is located in the History Colorado Museum. . Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org, www.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org. Admission is free.

 September 10, 2015

Please join us on Thursday September 10, 2015 for a presentation from Reagan Harper from the Colorado State Library, she will be sharing information about their online project, Colorado Historic Newspapers. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org, www.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org. Admission is free.

August 13, 2015

Please join us on Thursday August 13, 2015 for a presentation from Doris McCraw, of the Colorado Chautauqua. She will be speaking on poet and writer Helen Hunt Jackson, who was an activist for the better treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. Government and she is buried in Colorado Springs. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org, www.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org. Admission is free.

July 9, 2015

Join us on Thursday July 9, 2015 for a presentation on Martin Marietta/Lockheed Martin: Space and Rocketry in Douglas County. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org, www.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org. Admission is free.

June 11, 2015

Join us on Thursday June 11, 2015 for a presentation on the 1965 flood of Castle Rock. Panelists will be sharing their stories from fifty years ago when Castle Rock was flooded. Attendee’s are also invited to share their stories. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org, www.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org. Admission is free.

May 14, 2015

Join us on Thursday May 14, 2015 for a presentation from Mary Taylor Young on the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org, castlerockhistoricalsociety.org

April 9, 2015

Join us on Thursday, April 9, 2015 for a presentation from Karen Kidd on the American Federation of Human Rights. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org, castlerockhistoricalsociety.org

March 12, 2015

Join us during Woman’s History Month for a presentation from Shaun Boyd on the Women of Douglas County. Thursday, March 12, 2015. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104 For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164, museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org, castlerockhistoricalsociety.org

February 12, 2015

Join us on February 12, 2015 for a presentation from local author Carron Barella on the book “More than 36 Days”. The stories of three men who served as US Marines during WWII in the battle for Iwa Jima island. She will be joined by WWII veteran Jim Blaine, who’s stories appear in the book. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104 For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum at (303) 814-3164, Museum@CastleRockHistoricalSociety.org

January 8, 2015

Grab your popcorn and join us on Thursday January 8, 2015 for a Double Feature!! January’s presentation will be a viewing of two of DC8’s films. The Monster of Plum Creek, and the Castle Rock UFO.  Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum at (303) 814-3164, Museum@CastleRockHistoricalSociety.org

November 13, 2014

Bob Easterly presents from his book “By an Act of Congress” A story on one of Colorado’s earliest pioneers Lewis Henry Easterly (Bob’s great-grandfather) an Illinois school teacher who moved west to the new state of Colorado in 1878 and lived in Douglas County. November 13, 2014 at the Philip S. miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum at (303) 814-3164, Museum@CastleRockHistoricalSociety.org

October 9, 2014

Join us for a presentation from Ed Bathke on the history of the Roxborough area located in Douglas County.  Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum at (303) 814-3164, Museum@CastleRockHistoricalSociety.org

September 11,2014

Dennis Potter will share on the Adolph Coors III murder that occurred in 1960. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. Philip S. Miller Library 100 S. Wilcox Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum at (303) 814-3164, Museum@CastleRockHistoricalSociety.org

 

 


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