FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, Museum Administrator, City and County of Broomfield,
Rosann Doran, Depot Museum Friends board member, (303) 469-8024
June Depot Museum Friends speaker series
takes on Rocky Flats story from 1952 to 1992
The Broomfield Depot Museum Friends June 1 installment of its speaker series brings Broomfield’s history to life in a talk by Murph Widdowfield of the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum who will discuss the history of Rocky Flats from an employee’s view.
Widdowfield began working at Rocky Flats in 1957 as a laborer, and went on to become an industrial contractor and consultant, completing many projects there. Through an introductory overview of the history of Rocky Flats, from Project Apple – the code name of the project to find an ideal site for the nuclear weapons plant – to its closure in 1992, Widdowfield will explain why the site was chosen, what was made there and what led to its closure: the end of the Cold War.
A major employer in the region for many years, Rocky Flats put the metro area on the map as a major defense operation for the country, producing nuclear warhead triggers. Since its closure, Rocky Flats has transitioned from a top secret government weapons facility to an open site with wildlife for the community to see and enjoy today.
Widdowfield is president of the Board of Directors of the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum, formed to ensure that the history of Rocky Flats was preserved. More information about this museum may be found by visiting www.rockyflatscoldwarmuseum.org .
The speaker series continues on the first Wednesday of each month through Oct. 5. There is no admission, but donations are appreciated. Most talks will be at the historic Crescent Grange building, 7901 West 120th Avenue, beginning at 7 p.m.
Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, Museum Administrator, City and County of Broomfield,
Broomfield Depot Museum Friends Set 3rd Annual Speaker Series
For the third year, the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends and the City and County of Broomfield Cultural Affairs and Museum Divisions are bringing Broomfield’s history to life in a dynamic speaker series on the first Wednesday of each month from May 4 through August 3. The talks begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the historic Crescent Grange building, 7901 West 120th Avenue. There is no admission, but donations are appreciated.
On Wednesday, September 14, at 7 p.m. there will be a special presentation featuring Tom Noel, “Dr. Colorado,” in the Broomfield Auditorium to benefit the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends.
The series wraps up on Wednesday, October 5, back at the Crescent Grange at 7 p.m. with “Grangers from the Grave.”
Here’s the lineup:
May 4 - “The American Hobo” presented by Lauren Giebler. Hobos are often thought to be a product of 1930s Depression America, but, in fact, the hobo experience spans more than 140 years of railroad history. Between 1870 and today, a cornucopia of different people rode the rails for free including immigrants searching for a better life, American socialists agitating labor movements, displaced war veterans searching for a little peace, adventure-seekers chasing the thrill, and even out-of-work railroad men looking for the next job. Come hear about the rich history of the American hobo and find out exactly what it is that keeps people “ridin' the rails.”
Lauren Giebler has an M.A. in History from Colorado State University and worked as Curator at the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden from 2009 to 2015. She currently sits on the Colorado State Historic Review Board which reviews nominations to the national and state historic register. She enjoys speaking before various history and railroad groups and when she isn't chasing trains, she runs her own sewing business in Golden, CO.
June 1 – Hear Shirley Garcia’s story of “Rocky Flats: Weapons to Wildlife.” Garcia worked at Rocky Flats for 17 years and will share her experiences adding the personal touch of how the plant was a city and family for the workers. She will discuss the transition of Rocky Flats from a top secret government weapons facility to an open site with wildlife for the community to see and enjoy today. She will also talk briefly about her experience on the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum board and some interesting experiences with the organization, including when a group of Japanese visitors came to interview the board members!
Garcia is the City and County of Broomfield’s Environmental Services Coordinator, a post she has held for more than 15 years. As part of her work, she oversees current activities at Rocky Flats. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science and an M.S. in Environmental Management with an emphasis in environmental law. Prior to Broomfield, Garcia worked at Rocky Flats from 1982 to 1997. To ensure that the history of Rocky Flats was preserved, she also served on the board of the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum for approximately seven years.
July 6 – Broomfield’s own museum administrator, Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, will moderate a panel of local Broomfield residents who were present “When the President Came to Town: The Eisenhowers in Broomfield.”
On July 7, 1963, former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and First Lady Mamie Doud Eisenhower attended the dedication of Broomfield’s first library, named in the first lady’s honor. Ainlay-Conley will explore the Eisenhowers’ connection to Colorado and Broomfield and local residents will share their memories of the day the World War II general-turned-president and his wife visited the community.
Ainlay-Conley is the Museum Administrator for the City and County of Broomfield. She has a B.A. in history from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in history and a Certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Colorado Denver. She currently edits the Colorado Book Review for The Center for Colorado Studies at the Denver Public Library.
August 3 - “When Dinosaurs Roamed Broomfield: Fossils, Claws, and Tetropods: Broomfield's Prehistory” will be presented by Depot Friends board chair Carol Lucking. Many people think of Broomfield as a city with a short history, but 67 million years ago, dinosaurs roamed the landscape in a lush environment. Now their bones, along with fossil plants and other traces of this ancient environment are literally falling out of the hillsides and drainages every day! Lucking promises a fun program on this little-known aspect of Broomfield’s pre-history.
Lucking took a lifelong passion for dinosaurs into a job at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where she worked as an earth sciences collections manager for six years and traveled around Colorado and the Southwest digging dinosaur bones, fossil leaves and mastodon tusks. She now owns her own financial practice and maintains her involvement with paleontology. Lucking has lived in Broomfield for five years and loves cycling and running the trails, keeping her eyes peeled for dinosaur bones, of course.
Sept. 14 – This talk moves to the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd., for an evening with Dr. Tom Noel—“Dr. Colorado”—who will discuss “Color-Oddities: Strange Things About the Highest State.” For this event only, a suggested donation of $5 per person at the door will benefit the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends.
Dr. Noel, will regale attendees with some of the strangest stories from the highest state. Those who have attended talks by Dr. Noel will enjoy his rich knowledge and conversational delivery of all things Colorado.
Dr. Thomas J. Noel is a Professor of History and Director of Public History, Preservation and Colorado Studies at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver). He has authored numerous books, articles and columns. Dr. Noel is a graduate of the University of Denver, CU Denver, and the University of Colorado at Boulder. He teaches courses of Denver and Colorado Heritage Tourism, Historic Preservation, Mining and Railroads, National Parks, U.S. West history, and Western Art and Architecture at CU Denver. He also conducts tours of the highest state and the Mile High City for the Smithsonian Institution and the History Colorado Museum. Dr. Noel writes a regular column for the Sunday Denver Post Perspective section and also appears on Denver KUSA Channel 9's "Colorado and Company" as “Dr. Colorado.” He also directs The Center for Colorado Studies at the Denver Public Library.
Oct. 5 – This month, the series moves back to the Broomfield Crescent Grange where Michelle Pearson and her students will present a Chautauqua-style performance in keeping with the month of Halloween. Local preservation students from the Colorado Youth Summit will talk about Grangers buried in Broomfield’s Lakeview Cemetery in “Grangers from the Grave.” Last year’s presentation by Pearson and her students was a hit, and this year’s offering promises more of the same.
Michelle Pearson currently teaches geography and social studies at Century Middle School. She was named Colorado Teacher of the Year in 2011. During her career, she has spent time with social studies and language arts teachers across Colorado as part of the History Colorado Preservation Programs team. Through the Preserve America Youth Summit, she works with youth, educators, and communities across the state to help them understand their cultural resources and work toward preserving them. Pearson received her B.A. in History, Geography, Education, and Historic Preservation from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., and earned an M.S. Ed. in Technology Integration from Walden University.
For further information about the Broomfield Depot Museum, call 303.460.6824 or visit the museum’s website at broomfielddepotmuseum.org. The museum, located at 2201 West 10th Avenue in Broomfield, is open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information about the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends, visit broomfielddepotfriends.org. To learn more about the Crescent Grange see crescentgrange.org
January 21, 2016
Broomfield Depot Listed on Colorado State Register of Historic Places
History Colorado just announced that the Broomfield Depot, which houses the Broomfield Depot Museum, was listed in the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties.
The Colorado State Register of Historic Properties is the official list of Colorado's cultural resources worthy of preservation. The program is administered by the Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation (OAHP) at the History Colorado. OAHP assists property owners in listing Colorado’s most historically and architecturally significant buildings, structures, sites and districts. The State Register currently contains over 1,800 properties. Properties listed in the State Register may be eligible for investment tax credits or for grants from the State Historical Fund (SHF), another program of the History Colorado. OAHP staff is available to assist with the initial assessments of eligibility and to provide guidance in the completion of State Register nominations. For more information about the register see http://www.historycolorado.org/oahp/colorado-state-register-historic-properties
The Broomfield Depot Museum is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is free. For further information about the museum see broomfielddepotmuseum.org. To schedule a weekend or weekday tour for a group of four or more please call 303-460-6824.
December 5, 2015
Cursive Writing and Fountain Pen Fun at the Broomfield Depot Museum
Every Saturday during December— including the day after Christmas—the museum will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for docent and self-guided tours. The museum has a Cursive Writing and Fountain Pen Fun activity station set up. Visitors can view a sample of inkwells and writing pens from the museum’s collection and try deciphering messages on 100-year-old postcards. Young and old can use fountain pens to write greetings on festive holiday cards that can be taken home or sent to family and friends. Admission is free.
The Broomfield Depot Museum is in Zang’s Spur Park at 2201 West 10th Avenue. For further information about the museum see broomfielddepotmuseum.org. To schedule a weekend or weekday tour for a group of four or more please call 303-460-6824.
November 19, 2015
The Broomfield Depot Museum will have special activities from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, during Thanksgiving weekend.
The museum’s staff and volunteers are excited for Cursive Writing and Fountain Pen Fun. Visitors can see old ink wells and pens, decipher script from some of the historic documents in the museum’s collection, and try writing with fountain pens. The event is perfect for anyone who needs a break from festivities or wants to entertain visitors here for the holidays.
The Broomfield Depot Museum is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for self and docent-guided tours. Admission is free. For further information about the museum see broomfielddepotmuseum.org. To schedule a weekend or weekday tour for a group of four or more please call 303-460-6824.
June 4, 2105
Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, Museum Adminstrator
3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield, CO 80020
Broomfield Depot Museum to Hold Knitting Event on Saturday, June 13
To celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day, the Broomfield Depot Museum at 2201 West. 10th Ave is hosting a public knit-in event from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 13. All levels of knitters, crocheters, and embroiderers are invited. The museum will have yarn, knitting needles, and crochet hooks on hand or visitors can bring their own projects. No food is allowed in the museum; however, participants may bring water in containers with lids.
For more information about World Wide Knit in Public Day see http://www.wwkipday.com/ To learn about the depot event call Andrea Vagelatos, 303-465-3242.
April 2, 2015
History Talks on Living in Train Depots
and Interurban railroads
Join Broomfield Depot Museum supporters on Thursday, June 25, for two talks by noted railroad historian Dr. H. Roger Grant. Both talks will be at the Broomfield Auditorium at 3 Community Park Road. Grant will present “The Living in Depot: A Community’s Front Door” at 1:00 p.m. and “Interurbans: The Electric Way” at 7:00 p.m.
A specialist in U.S. history and especially the Populist-Progressive era, Dr. H. Roger Grant is recognized as one of the world's leading authorities on transportation history and American railroads. He is on the faculty of Clemson University and currently serves as the president of the Lexington Group, an international non-profit educational organization that concentrates on all aspects of transportation history, particularly railroads.
All proceeds from the talks will be used for the Broomfield Depot Museum Restoration Project.
The Broomfield Depot Museum is located at 2201 West 10th Avenue in Zangs Spur Park. The train depot was built in 1909 to jointly serve the Colorado & Southern Railway and the Denver & Interurban Railroad— an electric commuter rail service. The historic building is an example of a live in depot, a depot that included housing for a station agent and his family in addition to providing ticketing and waiting areas for passengers and freight operations.
For more information on the museum see broomfielddepotmuseum.org; visit the museum on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/BroomfieldDepotMuseum ; or call 303-460-6824.
Tickets for the fundraiser are $7 for the 1:00 p.m. talk and $10 for the 7 p.m. presentation, and are available at brownpapertickets.com or at the Broomfield Auditorium box office. Call 720-887-2371 for more information.
January 10, 2014
December 22, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, Museum Administrator, City and County of Broomfield
Telephone: (303) 460-6824
Date: May 27, 2014
Second historic talk tells of massacre, wars
Colorado appeared to be on the edge of a civil war a hundred years ago. In May of 1914 the Colorado General Assembly convened a special session in the wake of coal miner strikes and violence across the state. In the second of a series of talks about local and regional history, on Wednesday, June 4, Ron Buffo presents “The Battle at the Hecla and Ludlow Massacre: the Colorado Coalfield Wars of 1914” giving a broad perspective on the history of the state’s coal mining disputes that includes the Hecla Mine in Louisville.
The speaker series is a partnership between the Broomfield Museum Depot Friends and the Crescent Grange in Broomfield designed to bring area history to life on the first Wednesday of each month continuing through Oct. 1. All the talks will be at the historic Crescent Grange building, 7901 West 120th Avenue, beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated.
Buffo, formerly editor of the Louisville Historian and member of the Louisville Historical Commission, is a retired Boulder Valley School District history teacher and has done extensive research into the labor unrest in the northern Colorado coalfields focusing on the Long Strike of 1910-1914.
The Hecla Mine conflict followed the Ludlow Massacre near Trinidad, Colo., in 1914 where Colorado National Guard and Colorado Fuel and Iron Company guards attacked a tent settlement of miners, killing men, women and children. This same group was sent to deal with strikers at the Hecla Mine.
Buffo will relate more details of the night of April 27, 1914, when 14 hours of gunfire took place between the striking Hecla miners, mine operators and the strike breakers brought in by the mine operators. He also brings photos to intrigue attendees.
Future talks in the series include “Social Life in Western Mining Camps” on July 2, “Bees, Broomcorn and Beer: An Agricultural History of Broomfield” on Aug. 6, “Railroad Stories: Tracks across Colorado and Broomfield” on Sept. 3 and “Phantom Towns, Disappearing Camps and Other Places near Broomfield” on Oct. 1.
The Broomfield Depot Museum is closed for the summer during restoration work, to reopen in the fall. For further information about the museum call 303-460-6824 or see the museum’s website at broomfielddepotmuseum.org. For more information on the Broomfield Depot Museum Friends go to broomfielddepotfriends.org.