Discovery and Medlen School Days
Discovery Days Sets Out on the Pioneer Trail
Discovery Days is for children who have finished kindergarten, first or second grades. This year's theme is "Pioneers," providing kids with hands-on, small-group opportunities to experience crafts, games, stories, chores and "vittles" authentic to the Colorado pioneers. Three sessions will be offered this year, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9 - 11:15 a.m., June 3-5, 10-12, 17-19 and 24-26.
We welcome Randi Marcos back as Program Coordinator for Discovery Days 2008. Randi's looking for teen and adult volunteers to serve as Activity and Group leaders. Here's your chance to learn, along with the kids, all about how to pack a covered wagon; whip up sourdough pancakes from scratch; and practice your "3 R's" in a one room schoolhouse. What's more, you'll be among the first to enjoy the brand new Bear Creek Mercantile exhibit.
No prior experience is required to volunteer; easy-to-follow instructions and assistance are provided for all activities. Free daycare is available for volunteers' preschoolers. It's a really fun and fulfilling way to share time with kids and adults in the incomparable setting of Heritage Grove in June. To find out more about Discovery Days offerings for kids and/or volunteers, give Randi a call at (303) 679-6797. Check out our website for program and registration details.
Discovery Days is a signature program of Jefferson County Historical Society. For more than 25 years, Discovery Days has been teaching history to the children in our communities with alternating program themes of "Cowboys," "Indians" and "Pioneers."
Medlen School Days Jumps Into Its Tenth Year
The Medlen School on South Turkey Creek Road is owned and maintained entirely by the Jefferson County Historical Society. This one-room schoolhouse was in operation from 1886 until 1952, when county-wide school consolidation closed its doors. The property was deeded to JCHS by South Turkey Creek residents in 1991 with the intention that we preserve the building and its history. Thanks to JCHS volunteers led by JoAnn and Pem Dunn, the property has been restored and its history has been celebrated each summer since 1999 with a wonderful program called "Medlen School Days."
For 2008 -- our tenth school year! -- three sessions will be offered on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings, 9 - 11:15 a.m., June 3-5, 10-12 and 17-19. "Headmistress" JoAnn Dunn invites adult and teen volunteers, especially Medlen School graduates, to help children who have finished grades 1-5 go back to the 1920s to experience "reading, 'riting, 'rithmetic and recitation" in a genuine one-room schoolhouse setting. In addition to lessons, children will enjoy games, songs and fun 1920s-Colorado-Country style! For more details about the program and opportunities for volunteers, call JoAnn Dunn at (303) 674-1695. You can also check out our website for program and registration details.
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- In keeping with the revived tradition of historical venues for the Annual JCHS Meeting, the historic Marshdale Lodge, now known as the Marshdale Bistro, has been selected. We will have a Sunday brunch on June 22 at 11 a.m. , with three wonderful choices of brunch items for $15.00. We've invited John Steinle, Hank Alderfer and Bud Weare to do a tag-team presentation on the history of the Marshdale area.
Celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Model T when Hiwan Homestead Museum showcases several vintage cars on Saturday, June 21. Check out these classics and chat with their owners.
Three authors have agreed to present their exciting new works at our second annual book-and-author event,"Reflections/Colorado Authors, Colorado Stories", scheduled for October 4, 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the beautiful Mount Vernon Country Club. Our authors are:
Diane Fuchs is once again heading up this event and she passes on this message from Tom Noel, "Mr. Colorado". A schedule conflict prevented him from joining us this year but he said, "Thanks for thinking of me. I am aware of the good work of the JCHS...." Of course Diane made sure he had our website link in her response.
- Jan Murray: Outlaw Tales of Colorado and Mysteries and Legends of Colorado. Jan grew up in Evergreen and is excited about doing our program to benefit Heritage Grove.
- Roger Baker: Clara is the story of an ex-slave in gold rush Colorado and Blackhawk. Roger is a former Gilpin County Librarian and Clerk & Recorder.
- Nancy Larner: A Mouse in the RabbiŐs Study. Yes, this is our very own JCHS member who will be presenting her first book, a delightful childrenŐs story with incredible illustrations.
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