Haunted History: Eagle County’s Dark Side, October 23

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 6 pm

Haunted History: Eagle County’s Dark Side

Avon Library, Avon, Colorado

Eagle County’s early history involves more than adventurous miners and hard-toiling farmers. There are also stories to be told about murder, tragedy, and perhaps the ghosts of a pioneer or two who just don’t seem to be at rest.

And what about that shadowy monster that was blamed in early decades for the mysterious disappearances of miners and soldiers?

Join local historian Kathy Heicher for a Halloween version of local history and an entertaining evening at the Avon Library.

 

Eagle County Pioneer Talk: Sarah Doherty September 21

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 2 pm

Eagle County Pioneer Sarah Doherty

First Christian Church, 1326 N. 1st Street, Grand Junction, CO.

Sarah Doherty was a frightened Irish immigrant when she first arrived at the Red Cliff train depot in 1883. An independent, unmarried woman, Sarah eventually homesteaded at Dotsero where she became known as the “Cattle Queen of the Badlands.” Hear her story at a special presentation by local historian Kathy Heicher for the Territorial Daughters of Colorado, Western Chapter. Free.

 

Hike Through History: Mitchell Creek & Camp Hale, Sept. 8, 2019

  Sunday, September 8, 2019, 9 am

We covered about 80 years of Eagle County history in our recent Camp Hale history hike with Walking Mountain Science Center. Hikers spent the morning up on Tennessee Pass, checking out the 1880s charcoal kilns used to create fuel for mine smelters.

Camp Hale historians Flint Whitlock and David Little shared stories of the 10th Mountain Division and their training site in Eagle County. They even regaled the group by singing a few bars of some World War II soldier songs. History is fun in Eagle County!

Hike Through History: Mitchell Creek & Camp Hale, Sept. 8, 2019

  Sunday, September 8, 2019, 9 am

Join the Eagle County Historical Society and Walking Mountains Science Center for a Hike through History on Sunday, Sept. 8. The 3.5 mile hike will take us up on Tennessee Pass where Eagle County’s silver mining history is present in the remains of the charcoal kilns at Mitchell Creek, and to Pando (Camp Hale) where ice harvesting was a major factor in the county’s agricultural industry.

At Camp Hale, historian David Little from the 10th mountain Division Foundation will share the history of the U.S. Army’s mountain warfare training site where the skiing soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division were trained.

Sign up at Walking Mountains

\https://www.walkingmountains.org/project/hiking-through-history-camp-hale/

A 50% discount is offered for ECHS members!

 

Eagle County’s Agricultural History, Aug. 15, 2019

  Thursday, Aug. 15,  5:30-7 pm

Discover the human history of Eagle Valley and the use of its rich natural resources for food production. Kathy Heicher from Eagle County Historical Society will take us back in time to what gave rise to local names such as Potato Patch Drive and Everkrisp Trail.

Please note: Our evening speaker series will be held at the Vail Public Library this summer because our exhibit Exposed: the Secret Life of Roots is so big there’s no more room in the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center. Be sure to come check it out -there are roots hanging from the ceiling!

Vail Public Library, 292 W. Meadow Drive.

5:30-7 pm
Refreshments and light appetizers provided
No cost due to the generosity of the Friends of Vail Public Library
REGISTER HERE

The History of Eagle County + Museum Visit, Aug. 7, 2019

 Special offer for members only

Wednesday, Aug. 7,  9 a.m.

Eagle County Administration Building in Eagle, Garden-level classroom

Local historian Kathy Heicher will present a slide show and talk that will reveal Eagle County history stretching from the Ute occupation in the early 1800s to the development of the county’s ski resort economy in the 1960s. The lecture will be followed by a visit to the Historical Museum in Eagle.

To reserve a spot in the class, RSVP to: [email protected] by Aug. 6. Cost of the class is $10 for ECHS members. (Pay cash at the door or via the “Donation” button on our website, eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com.)

*** Note: Local realtors seeking “Vail Pro” education credit for the class must register through the Vail Board of Realtors (http://www.vbr.net).

Seasons of the Nuche: June 5 through mid-July

 Ute Traveling Exhibit Seasons of the Nuche: Transitions of the Ute People

Colorado Mountain College in Edwards

June 5 – mid July

Presented by The Eagle County Historical Society, 

working in partnership with the Aspen Historical Society.

History buffs are invited to view the exhibit at any time during CMC’s regular operating hours. 

Song of the Nuche  June 20, 2019

A crowd of about 100 people turned out for the Eagle County Historical Society’s ‘Tales of the Ute People’ program. Aspen Historical Society’s Nina Gabianelli shared the Ute creation story and the history of the Utes in Colorado. Skyler Lomahaftewa, a member of the Northern Ute Indian tribe who lives in the Roaring Fork Valley, described his upbringing, traditions, and offered a song and drum demonstration. Many thanks to program sponsors ECHS, Colorado Mountain College, Metcalf Archaeological Consulting, and Aspen Historical Society.

Last Stand of the Pack June 13

Event: The Last Stand of the Pack
What: A presentation about history of wolves in Eagle County, and their possible future in Colorado
Featuring: Fort Lewis College Professor and Historian Andrew Gulliford
When: Thursday, June 13
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Where: (Old) Exhibit Hall, Eagle County Fairgrounds, Eagle
Admission: $10 ($5 for Historical Society members).

In 1929, Forest Service conservationist Arthur Carhart and Bureau of Biological Survey hunter Stanley P.Young wrote “The Last Stand of the Pack,” the story of the extermination of the last wolves in Colorado
in the 1920s. Two of those wolves were from Eagle County.

Andrew Gulliford

Ninety years later, wolves are being viewed from a different perspective. College professor Andrew Gulliford and fellow author Tom Wolf have resurrected that 1929 book, reprinting it as an anthology that
includes the perspectives of ranchers and environmentalists. Gulliford will discuss the book in a special presentation hosted by the Eagle County Historical Society.
The public is welcome.

Special Cowboy Moments: Eagle County Fair & Rodeo Video

Television writer Kevin Holten and his crew from RFD-TV (a cable television network with an emphasis on rural lifestyles) spent several days at the 2018 Eagle County Fair last year, shooting scenes celebrating Eagle County’s rural history and traditions. The show, “Special Cowboy Moments” aired for the first time Wednesday, May 22. You’ll find a lot of Eagle County history and some familiar faces in this program. Several of the interviews were filmed in our history museum. The length of the program (including advertising) is 28 minutes, so give yourself some time and enjoy!

Horn Ranch Hike Thursday May 30

The Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle County Historical Society will lead a hike to the historic stone quarry at the Horn Ranch on Thursday, May 30, noon – 2 p.m. Learn about the Horn Ranch conservation project, and Historical Society President Kathy Heicher will share the history of the early ranch and the colorful characters that lived there.

More information at https://evlt.org/community-land-connection-series-horn-ranch-historical-tour-thursday-may-30-2019-12-2pm/

The moderate hike is about two miles round trip and gains several hundred feet in elevation. Wear sturdy shoes and bring sunscreen and water. No dogs.

The tour is limited to the first 20 people who RSVP to the Land Trust at [email protected] or call (970) 748-7654.

A tour is also scheduled on Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m. – noon.

These popular tours have limited space, and fill up quickly. Early reservations are recommended.

Directions and liability waivers will be forwarded upon registration.