All OCCHS Founders Day activities at History Center this year
The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) plans a three-hour celebration for Founders Day this year. The event will be Saturday, Aug. 10, featuring two performances by Denver's Frontier Army Band of Colorado and a speech by Dave Hughes on the 1862 Battle of Glorieta Pass.
The free gathering will celebrate the 154th year since Colorado City was staked out on the banks of Fountain Creek Aug. 12, 1859.
Unlike past Founders Days when the OCCHS rented Bancroft Park, all the activities will be at the OCCHS-owned History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
The center/museum will open at 11 a.m. and close at 2 p.m.
OCCHS President Sharon Swint said that renting the park (including insurance) has become too expensive for the all-volunteer society, and the previous remedy - leasing space to craft booths - seems to detract from the annual event's “historical celebration.” So this year, she said, “we decided to simplify and emphasize history.”
The band is scheduled to perform at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. According to an OCCHS press release, “they provide music of the 19th century using period instruments. Although they will appear in costume and represent a Northern Army band from the Civil War era, they will play Southern tunes as well.”
Hughes, a local historian and society member, will present an illustrated program at 12:30 p.m. about the 1st Colorado Infantry Volunteer Regiment and its march through Colorado City - including the recruitment of local citizens - before it defeated the Texas Confederate Army at the Battle of Glorieta Pass,
In conjunction with Founders Day, the Old Colorado City Library will offer its free, monthly Walking Tour of Old Colorado City at 10:30 a.m. The guided tour will leave from the library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
For more information on Founders Day, call 636-1225; on the guided walk, 634-1698.
Westside Pioneer/press release