Horn Ranch Hike

Horn Ranch Hike

Friday, May 29, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m

at the Horn Ranch

The Eagle Valley Land Trust and Eagle County Historical Society will lead a hike to the historic stone quarry at the Horn Ranch on Friday, May 29, 9 a.m. – 11 a.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.

Sign up through the Eagle Valley Land Trust website (evlt.org). Advance registration required. More information at Horn Ranch Hike .

These popular tours have limited space, and fill up quickly. Early reservations are recommended. Please email community@evlt.org for more information and to reserve your spot.

HISTORY TAKE-OUT: UTE STEM PROGRAM

History Take-Out: Ute STEM program

We are now practicing social distancing in an effort to slow the impact of the coronavirus. However, before that became an issue, we were able to test our new “hands on” educational program which focuses on Colorado’s Ute history.

Created by historians at History Colorado, this program utilizes STEM skills (science, technology, engineering and math) to teach students about the Utes. The kids used their STEM skills to build teepees, evaluate “basket”  water holders, identify plants, create beading designs, construct a moccasin, and calculate horseback travel times.

Our first outing with the program was in early February at Vail Mountain School. A half-dozen Historical Society volunteers, along with VMS teachers and experts from History Colorado, spent an entire school day sharing the program with a total of 156 students, grades kindergarten through fifth. We loved their enthusiasm and gained some valuable experience in presenting the Ute STEM program. We look forward to a return to the time when we can take this program to more Eagle County schools.

 

Meanwhile, we urge those who are homeschooling these days to take a look at History Colorado’s wonderful digital learning programs. https://www.historycolorado.org/digital-learning

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History of Eagle County + Walking Tour of Gypsum

History of Eagle County + a Walking Tour of Gypsum

First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 400 2nd St., Gypsum

Tuesday March 10, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Special Offer for Eagle County Historical Society members
And the First Evangelical Lutheran Congregation

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 walking tour of Gypsum’s Historic downtown.

To reserve a spot in the class, RSVP to: ECHS@eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com by March 8. 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)

History Snowshoe Hike February 22, 2020

History Snowshoe Hike: The Ranger Brown Trail

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Join the Eagle County Historical Society and Walking Mountain Science Center for a snowshoe history trek on East Brush Creek. Local historian Kathy Heicher will share stories about Ranger Brown, who tended the forest from 1920-1935. Working primarily by himself, Ranger Brown handled tasks including managing grazing allotments for local ranchers, building key trails and roads, building Forest Service cabins and offices throughout Eagle County, and handling predator control issues involving wolves! Brown also managed the Civilian Conservation Corps camp established in 1940. Come enjoy a half day snowshoe hike while learning about this fascinating character who helped shape many of the trails and forest resources in our valley.

Sign up at:

https://walkingmountains.doubleknot.com/event/snowshoe-through-history-east-brush-creek/2631665

CCC Camp, Yeoman; photo credit ECHS & EVLD

This hike will be a moderate 2.5 mile snowshoe. Snowshoes & poles are provided. Bring a lunch for a post tour picnic at Yeoman Park Campground. The program meets at Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon at 9am. If you would like to be picked up in Eagle, please reach out to nathanbr@walkingmountains.org.

Historical Society members are offered a 30 percent discount. Please contact us at ECHS@eaglecountyhistoricalsociety.com for the discount code.

 

History Happy Hour January 26, 2020

January 26, 2020  4:30-6:00 pm Bonfire Brewing

Eagle County’s early day miners and homesteaders were ambitious, daring, and hardworking. They also were not above being involved in a little mischief.

  Join us for some beer and history at a special History Happy Hour at the Bonfire Brewery. Free event, but we will also be accepting donations for our “Raise the Roof” capital campaign to put a new roof on the Eagle County History Museum. Our friends at Bonfire are helping us out by donating $1 for every beer sold during this special event.

  So come on out and join your friends for a beer and a good cause.

 

Minturn Walking Tour Saturday December 14

December 14, 2019

No doubt about it, Minturn has always been a railroad town.

The Eagle County Historical Society will celebrate Minturn’s 115th anniversary by offering walking tours during the Minturn Market. Historical characters stationed at various downtown businesses will share this community’s history. Tours run continually from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check in and pick up a map at our booth at Milhoan Studios (in the market). Free. Donations are appreciated.

 

 

Colorado Gives Day December 10

December 10, 2019

Colorado Gives Day

Support local history on Colorado Gives Day

The ECHS is thankful for the many opportunities we have had to share local history this year. We explored the history of wolves in Eagle County, shared a Ute exhibit and special program, enjoyed a Camp Hale history hike, and shared our knowledge with local students.

Please consider supporting our efforts by making a donation now or on Colorado Gives Day (Dec. 10) at coloradogives.org.

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!