Westside Briefs:
Talk discusses ‘frozen’ postcard

       Tim Blevins, Special Collections manager for the Pikes Peak Library District, will present “Frozen on Pikes Peak: A Cold Case” Friday, Feb. 11 at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.

Mystery for the Old Colorado City History Center Feb. 11: Was this man really frozen on Pikes Peak?
Courtesy Special Collections, Pikes Peak Library District

       Starting at 11 a.m., the free program “will involve you in solving the mystery of a photo postcard labeled, “Frozen to Death on Pike's Peak Aug. 21, 1911,” a History Center press release states. “Was someone really frozen on the Peak during the middle of the summer? Was the picture real, or was it a hoax? The investigation will take you through the research methodology to decide for yourself if the card was a morbid joke, or if it documented a freak tragedy.”
       Also coming up... Next week will be the first meeting of a genealogy group led by Johnie Jackson, a board member of the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). The meeting will be Thursday, Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.at the center. OCCHS membership is required.
       For more information on either of the above activities, call the History Center at 636-1225.
      
       Optimist speech contest
       Students ages 19 and under are eligible to compete in an oratorical contest hosted by the Westside Optimist Club Tuesday, Feb. 15.
       Entrants will be judged on a speech of four to five minutes on the subject: “If I were leader of the free world, the first thing I would do is...”
       The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
       Club-level awards will be $100, $75 and $50, with an opportunity to compete for up to $2,500 in separate male and female scholarships, according to an Optimist press release.
       The contest will also “assist youth in gaining public speaking experience,” the release adds.
       There is no fee to enter.
       Contest applications are at the following website: http://www.optimist.org/Form/Oratorical_Rules_Pad_10-11.pdf.
       For more information, call 473-7455.

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