Colorado Gives Day — December 4, 2018

Give where you live: Support the Eagle County Historical Society on Dec. 4

  It takes more than beautiful scenery and great skiing to build a healthy community. The Eagle County Historical Society is among dozens of non-profit organizations in Eagle County that work hard every day providing quality-of-life services for locals and visitors. Programs include educational and health services, housing assistance and cultural enrichment.

   Eagle County Gives, a coalition of 50 local and worthy non-profits, will once again participate in Colorado Gives Day on Tuesday, Dec. 4. This annual event simplifies philanthropic giving by providing a convenient on-line option for supporting local non-profits with a single website visit.

  Last year, the one-day event raised nearly $1 million for local organizations. Donors have the option of making contributions on the official Gives day, or scheduling donations in advance.

  Watch for posters, news articles, and sign -waiving volunteers in the roundabouts.  Take this opportunity to support your local community. Present and future generations will thank you.

  More information at eaglecogives.org.

 

Hiking through History: The McCoy fossil beds

The history lessons spanned thousands of years at our McCoy Fossil Beds “Hiking through History” outing with Walking Mountain Science Center. Geologist and guest teacher Neil Suneson led the fossil hike, which turned up hundreds of fossils, proof of the era when Eagle County was a warm shallow sea. The group then learned some of McCoy’s more recent history with a walk through the cemetery and a visit to John Comer’s historic waterwheel. What a great way to end the season … and we are already working on ideas for next year’s history hikes.

Stem fossil

Shark teeth

Waterwheel, photo by John Comer

In the wash

handful of fossils

Fossil bed

 

Hiking through History: The McCoy fossil beds September 25

Join the Eagle County Historical Society and Walking Mountain Science Center on Tuesday September 25 [8am to 3pm] for some time travel to an era when Eagle County was a warm, shallow sea. McCoy’s high desert ranching community is a treasure vault of fossils, including shark teeth and brachiopods. The tour will also include a visit to John Comer’s waterwheel, which dates back to 1923 when local ranchers devised an ingenious method of ensuring water from the Colorado river could flow into irrigation ditches. Put on your hiking boots and join us for a fascinating end-of-the-season hike.

Reserve a spot at https://www.walkingmountains.org/project/hiking-through-history-with-echs/

ECHS members get a 50 percent discount. Use the code ECHS at checkout.

Comer Waterwheel, photo by Raymond Bleesz

 

Honky-Tonk Night at the Museum September 7

We had some fun at “Honky-Tonk Night at the museum. Piano expert Jere DeBacker explained the workings of a player piano. Special thanks to 10th Mountain Distillery for providing a sampling of their brews. And lots of people learned they can play the piano (with their feet).

 

Honky-Tonk Night at the Museum September 7

The Eagle County Historical Museum gained a couple of notable artifacts over the past year: a 1911
player piano from the Nottingham family and a whiskey still from a homestead in West Vail.
Good time to have a party, right?

Welcome to “Honky-Tonk Night at the Museum” on Friday, Sept. 7, 5:30 – 8 p.m., at the history
museum in Eagle’s Chambers Park. The Eagle County Historical Society will be celebrating its new
possessions. Expect an interesting evening. Piano restoration expert Jere DeBacker will discuss the history and
workings of player pianos. Visitors will have an opportunity to “play” the piano like an expert … using their feet. Local pianist Linda Carr will also entertain with piano music and a sing-a-long of some old-fashioned tunes.

Refreshments, cash bar. Period clothing encouraged.
Tickets: $10 at the door ($5 for ECHS members)

Gypsum Saloon Tent

 

Red Cliff Cemetery Tour August 18

On Saturday, August 18th the Eagle County Historical Society will present a tour of the Greenwood Cemetery in Red Cliff, Colorado. Actors will share the stories of Eagle County’s most memorable pioneers.

Red Cliff is the oldest town in the county. The first grave in the mountain cemetery dates back to 1880. Over 600 people are buried in the graveyard, including some of the most notable (and sometimes notorious) pioneers of the county.

The first tour will begin at 10 AM. The last tour will begin at 3:00 PM and end about 4:30.

Participants should be prepared for an approximate 90 minute tour, which will involve walking on uneven ground.

Tours will meet at the Red Cliff Town Hall 400 Pine Street, Red Cliff for check-in. Parking is available nearby.

The cemetery is located up the hill from the Town Hall. Please allow at least 15 minutes to walk up to the cemetery. Transportation will be available from the Town Hall for those who choose not to walk.

Advance tour tickets are $20. There is a discount for ECHS members using code RC2018 [case sensitive]. Reserve Your Tickets Here.

Please either print or have a mobile copy of your ticket.

On the day of the tour walk-up tickets are $25 – cash or check only.

Advance ticket purchases are strongly recommended.

Hike Through History – Sweetwater Lake

with the Eagle County Historical Society and the Walking Mountains Science Center.

Tuesday July 31 8AM to 3 PM

Over the past couple of centuries, a lot of people have been drawn to Sweetwater Lake … the Utes, mountain men and even a Chicago gangster. Archaeologist Melissa Elkins and members of the Historical Society will share some fascinating stories on this daylong adventure.

To register, go to:

https://www.walkingmountains.org/project/hiking-through-history-with-echs/

50% discount for Historical Society members!

Please contact Peter Suneson, Community Programs Manager, at  peters@walkingmountains.org or 970.827.9725 x128 for additional information or with any questions.