OCCHS president pleased with Founders Day activities

       Founders Day attracted hundreds of people to Bancroft Park Aug. 12. Commemorating the founding of the original Colorado City in 1859, the event featured musicians, Victorian dancers, historical speakers, Civil War demonstrations and a craft fair.

Founders Day scenes in Bancroft Park Aug. 12... Reenactors with the Castle Rock Civil War Unit march back to their encampment after a demonstration.
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       The annual event was organized by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
       “I particularly liked the activities that were available for children and families,” said OCCHS President Sharon Swint. “I also loved the dancing with Lincoln [a reenactor playing the former president] in the mix. The piccolo players were great and the drilling with wooden guns. The Castle Rock Civil War unit was certainly the hit. They performed above and beyond what was expected.”
       Swint also thanked the society's volunteers for helping put the event together, saying “the most amazing thing was how many people in our organization stepped up to participate.”
       The event has usually been held on the nearest Saturday to the Aug. 12 founding date, but this year the 12th itself fell on a Sunday.
       Another change in past schedules this year is the OCCHS planning its annual Cemetery Crawl Saturday, Sept. 22. The “visit” with local luminaries who are buried at Fairview Cemetery has been held in recent years around the same time as Founders Day. However, the OCCHS board decided to separate the two events to ease the load on volunteers and to seek cooler weather (considering that historical clothes often consist of heavier material).

Founders Day scenes in Bancroft Park Aug. 12... A familiar figure from American history showed up at the event, marching with the Civil War Unit and also joining the Victorian Society dancers.
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Founders Day scenes in Bancroft Park Aug. 12... Gene Orner, a Mohawk Indian, was one of the speakers in Bancroft Park’s Garvin Cabin.
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