History Center marks 10th anniversary

       The 10th anniversary celebration of the Old Colorado City History Center attracted about 100 visitors Nov. 3. Dressed for the occasion at the 10th anniversary
celebration Nov. 3 inside the Old Colorado City History
Center were (from left) Barbara Barbaro, Kathy McBride, Lucille Cunningham, Jan Knox, Don Ellis (as Luther McKnight), Kay Atteberry and Dave Hughes 
(holding up an 1860s-era cavalry sword).
Westside Pioneer photo
       “We got some new members and sold some books,” said Joanne Karlson, a board member of the all-volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), which owns and runs the converted church at 1 S. 24th St. “We just opened the doors to let people see what we are and what we have. Several people lingered a long time.”
       A lengthy effort by OCCHS members, aided by a large bequest and grants, enabled the center to be purchased, restored and opened to the public in 1997. The next 10 years are not precisely mapped out, but board members are discussing future plans at meetings, President Bev Disch said. One thing for certain is that the building exterior needs a new paint job, and this is anticipated next year, she said.
       The History Center serves as a museum for Westside artifacts and stories, free and open to the public. The OCCHS always likes to hear from people with information about the local past, Karlson said.
       Historical speakers are regular features - an example is Friday, Nov. 9, with a presentation on area mining at 11 a.m.
       The center is typically open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The phone is 636-1225.

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