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Call for Entries: 2021 Edition of Historically Jeffco

Each year the Jefferson County Historical Commission publishes it’s award winning magazine, Historically Jeffco.  This year’s theme is “Education & Diversity”; highlighting the educational heritage of the County, along with the many different groups of people whose lives have combined to create the patchwork pattern of history here.

The Commission invites you or your organization to contribute an article to the magazine. We are hoping that you will respond based on your unique perspective of the County’s heritage.

Please submit your article by email with the completed Article Submission Packet (PDF)* by May 1, 2021. Thank you for any contribution you and your group can make towards commemorating Jefferson County history!

* To fill out the Article Submission Packet on your computer: Save the PDF to your computer first before entering your information.

2020 Historically Jeffco Magazine Now Available

The Jefferson County Historical Commission (JCHC) invites readers to pick up a fresh copy of its annual publication, Historically Jeffco magazine. Following the theme of Legacy Trades and Businesses, the 2020 edition highlights numerous local commercial enterprises that have thrived through generations. Also featured in the 72-page publication are special anniversaries such as Prohibition and Women’s Suffrage, spotlights on Coors and Lockheed Martin, and much more!

How to Get Your Copy of Historically Jeffco

As always, all issues of Historically Jeffco are available for free download on our Historical Publications page. Once COVID public health restrictions are lifted, a limited number of hard copies of the 2020 edition of Historically Jeffco will be available for pickup at the Planning & Zoning Division offices (100 Jefferson County Pkwy, Suite 3550, in the Jefferson County Courthouse). Watch this space for updates!

Past issues of the magazine in hard copy format may be purchased through the Friends of the JCHC with proceeds going to fund JCHC programs and events. For details, please contact us.

Celebrate Our History!

Brighten your spirits this year with Jefferson County Historical Commission’s Hall of Fame celebration! Each year, the Commission brings new members into its Hall of Fame, honoring those individuals, living and dead, who contributed to Jefferson County’s vibrant history and to continuing its legacy into the future.

In 2020 COVID restrictions prevented the Commission from holding its usual in-person awards ceremony. Instead, a virtual program was created and posted on the Commission’s YouTube channel. The program was hosted by the Commission’s Chair, Lee Katherine Goldstein, and was held in the ruins of the historic 1859 Bradford-Perley House at Ken-Caryl Ranch.

This year’s inductees into the Jefferson County Hall of Fame were:

Katherine Craig, (1862-1934) noted educator and crusader for women’s rights. Craig, who grew up on Lookout Mountain, was passionately involved in education, becoming the state’s Superintendent of Public Education from 1904 to 1908. While serving in that office, she painstakingly surveyed and listed all modifications to Colorado’s education laws, an invaluable service to all succeeding educators. 

Linda Kirkpatrick, organizer, fundraiser, and supporter of Evergreen-area non-profit organizations such as Mountain Area Land Trust, Evergreen Parks and Recreation, Mount Evans Hospice, Leadership Evergreen, and many others. Kirkpatrick edited a newspaper, Upbeat, publicizing activities of local non-profits, and followed that with a webzine, JustAroundHere, also supporting schools and non-profit groups from the area. 

In addition, the Commission presented its annual Meyer Award for historic preservation to the Ken-Caryl Ranch Historical Society for its efforts in preserving and commemorating the archaeological and historic sites located within the Ken-Caryl Ranch properties. Through its outstanding work, no less than five properties have been added to the National register of Historic Places, including the Bradford-Perley House, John C. Shaffer Barn, Ken-Caryl-South Valley Archaeological District, and archaeology sites Bradford House II and III. 

The Hall of Fame celebration is available for viewing on the Jefferson County Historical Commission’s YouTube channel, which can be accessed here.external_site_marker

The Jefferson County Historical Commission members are appointed by the Board of Jefferson County Commissioner and represent all areas of the County. The members are assisted by staff members from Planning and Zoning and County Archives. Its mission is to promote and foster historic preservation, educate others about Jefferson County history, and honor those who value and enhance the County’s history. For more information visit the Historical Commission’s Facebook pageexternal_site_marker Opens in new window, Jefferson County CO Historical Commission. You may also contact the JCHC Chair with any questions.

Historically Jeffco Magazine Highlights County’s Rich History

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.

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).

Past issues of Historically Jeffco 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. For details, contact the contact the JCHC Chairperson.