Historical Commission

Happenings

The Jefferson County Historical Commission Presents its 
16th Annual Historic Preservation Symposium

Historical Tourism in Jefferson County

Gold wasn’t the only thing that glittered in Jefferson County’s fledgling days. 
Join JCHC to learn about early tourism, from scenic railways and grand plans for funiculars and hilltop mansions, to Foothills hikes amid ponderosa pines and along the famed “Lover’s Walk in Aspen Groves.”

Saturday, May 4, 2019

American Mountaineering Center, 710 10th St, Golden

Schedule

8:30 – 9 am Check-in, light breakfast

9 – 9:10 am Welcome and introductions - Lee Katherine Goldstein, JCHC, Chair

9:10 – 10 am
“John Brisben Walker: A Father of Foothills Tourism”
Andrea Keppers, Education Specialist & Curator, Hiwan Museum, Jefferson County Open Space. A Jefferson County native, Andrea Keppers earned a BA from Trinity University in San Antonio and MA in American art history from the University of Delaware. She served as Director of Education at the Wichita Art Museum, and has 10 years of teaching experience at the college level.

10 – 10:10 am Break

10:10 – 11 am
“The Role of Denver’s Mountain Parks in Early Jeffco Tourism”
W. Bart Berger, Chairman, Denver Mountain Parks Foundation. Bart Berger is a 4th generation Denverite. He founded the Denver Mountain Parks Foundation in 2004 to raise civic awareness and funds to revitalize the century-old mountain parks system in cooperation with the City of Denver. He is descended from several distinguished Colorado families, with forebears including two Colorado governors and a U.S. Senator.

11:10 – 11:20 am Break

11:20am – 12:10 pm
“The Impact of Railroads on Colorado Tourism”
Charles Albi, Board of Trustees Emeritus, Colorado Railroad Museum. Charles Albi is a Colorado native who has spent a lifetime studying the history of the American West and its railroads. He served as executive director of the Colorado Railroad Museum for 12 years and was editor of the museum’s publications. He now volunteers with the museum as well as in the Western History and Genealogy Department of the Denver Public Library.

12:10 – 12:20 pm Wrap-up and Thanks

12:20 – 1:45 pm
Enjoy lunch at one of Golden’s many restaurants, some of them alive with history. Visit Dining in Golden

1:45 – 2:30 pm
Walking tour of Historic Golden (optional) Debra Coogan, JCHC

This event is jointly sponsored by the Jefferson County Historical Commission and Friends of the Jefferson County Historical Commission, a Colorado non-profit corporation ("Friends"). The event is being funded by Friends; and net proceeds from this event will be used to further the Friends' mission of inspiring and supporting preservation, enlightenment and discovery of Jefferson County's heritage.

Registration deadline Saturday April 27, 2019 (register early, as space is limited!)
Cost $20 (includes continental breakfast, morning sessions and afternoon walking tour)
Register and pay online

Symposium flyer (PDF)
Parking and facility information 

Meetings

  • 2 p.m., 1st Monday of every month
  • Jefferson County Administration and Courts Facility
    100 Jefferson County Parkway
    Room 1566/1567
    Golden, CO 80419

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Members

  • Richard Gardner, District 1
    Term expires: September 2019, Year appointed: 2005
  • Cynthia Shaw, District 1
    Term expires: September 2021, Year appointed: 2010
  • Patricia “PJ” Jones, District 2
    Term expires: September 2019, Year appointed: 2018
  • Steve Engle, District 2
    Term expires: September 2020, Year appointed: 2017
  • Rita Peterson, District 3
    Term expires: September 2021, Year appointed: 1981
  • Bonnie Scudder, District 3
    Term expires: September 2020, Year appointed: 2015
  • Richard Scudder, At Large
    Term expires: September 2021, Year appointed: 2017
  • John Steinle, At Large
    Term expires: September 2020, Year appointed: 2017
  • Carla Opp, At Large
    Term expires: September 2021, Year appointed: 2018
  • Debra Coogan, At Large
    Term expires: September 2019, Year appointed: 2018
  • Lee Katherine Goldstein, District 2
    Term expires: September 2021, Year appointed: 2016

Commission Information

The Historical Commission is a volunteer group that promotes the preservation and use of historical resources and historic sites through educational activities, publications and research projects. The mission of the Jefferson County Historical Commission is to inspire, encourage and coordinate historical activities in the county.

The Jefferson County Historical Commission was established by a Resolution of the Board of County Commissioners on July 22, 1974. Initially, the primary purpose was to guide the observances of the Centennial - Bicentennial year of 1976. The Commission provided plaques for 25 sites of historical interest in the county and originated the "Festival of the West." All Jefferson County districts are represented equally on the Historical Commission.

Applying to the Commission

Applications for new members are always welcomed and will be kept on file by the County Manager's Office to fill vacancies.

Questions?

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