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Historically Jeffco Magazine
Highlights County's Rich History

Newest Issue Features Historical Tourism Theme,
Will be Distributed in December

Jefferson County’s history is rich, diverse and significant. And for nearly 45 years, the Jefferson County Historical Commission (JCHC) has worked to ensure that everyone can learn about the places and people that have made it so.

“Part of the mission of the JCHC,” said Commission Chair Lee Katherine Goldstein, “is to convey our County’s history and help preserve the special places and stories that allow us to better understand ourselves and this place we call home.”

One way the JCHC achieves this goal is through its annual publication, Historically Jeffco magazine.

Following the theme of Historical Tourism, the 2019 edition highlights John Brisben Walker, who heavily promoted Jeffco tourism a century ago. Walker was a true visionary—he had even planned to build a Summer White House on Mount Falcon, designed to look like an ornate German castle.

Other stories reveal the glory years of the Golden Chautauquas in the early 1920s; the mysterious town of Apex and the Apex Toll Road; Golden’s beloved Holland House hotel; and the Morrison Trout Ranch, once a busy tourist attraction for both local families and the world famous such as Groucho Marx and John Denver.

Every year, history buffs, local citizens and folks who are just plain curious about our County’s history look forward to the coming issue of Historically Jeffco magazine.

In fact, the magazine is so highly regarded that the 2018 issue won three National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) awards, including Best in Show (out of 235 submissions). The NACIO Awards of Excellence recognize the great work being done by county communications professionals across the country. The 64-page, full-color publication was a combined effort of the Jefferson County Historical Commission and Jeffco employees Ronda Frazier (Editor) and the late Doyle Harrison (Design & Layout).

The JCHC is made up of citizen volunteers appointed by the Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners; members equally represent all areas of the County. The Commission’s purpose is to preserve Jeffco’s heritage, protect its historical sites, and celebrate the people and places that make the County rich, diverse and significant.

JCHC programs include an annual Historic Preservation Symposium; a Landmarks Program to recognize significant historic sites, structures or districts in Jeffco; and a Hall of Fame Awards evening to honor selected people and organizations for their unique roles in preserving Jeffco history.

The efforts of the JCHC are supported by the County as well as the Friends of the Jefferson County Historical Commission, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to funding preservation of Jeffco’s heritage. For more information, find us on Facebook at Jefferson County CO Historical Commission.

The 2019 edition of Historically Jeffco will be available at no cost to the public throughout December. For details, contact the Jefferson County Historical Commission Chairperson. Past issues of the magazine may be purchased through the Friends of the JCHC with proceeds going to fund JCHC programs and events, and are also available for free download at on our Historical Publications page.

 

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.

View Most Recent Agendas and Minutes

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?

Contact us with questions.