Upcoming Programs & Monthly Meetings
April 3, 2019 at 7p.m. Ghost Towns of the American West – Multimedia Lecture at Historic Colorado Chautauqua
Ethan Knightchilde will present Ghost Towns of the American West at the Chautauqua Community House on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 PM. Advance purchase of tickets is strongly recommended. The venue’s capacity is 125, but 72 seats were already sold as of February 27. Ticket prices are $12, or $9 for concert members.
Visit www.chautauqua.com/portfolio/ghost-towns-of-the-american-west for more information or to purchase tickets.
April 13, 2019 from 12:30-4:00p.m. ANNUAL BANQUET
The Annual Banquet will be held at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, 7401 South Clinton Street, Englewood, Colorado from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. There will be a cash bar open at 12:30, with the meal to follow at 1:00. The meal will be served family style at each table. It will include: 2 appetizers, 1 salad, 3 entrees (1 vegetarian pasta, 1 fish dish and 1 beef dish) and 2 desserts.
We are privileged to have as guest speaker the distinguished ERNEST HOUSE, JR. Mr. House served for more than a decade as liaison between American Indians and the State of Colorado as the Executive Director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs. His great grandfather was the last hereditary chief of the Weeminuche Utes. He speaks for all 48 tribes of American Indians who have cultural affinity to the land of present-day Colorado. Thanks to John and Connie Martinez, for securing Mr. House as our guest speaker. The cost is $40 per person. Email us to obtain a banquet reservation form.
May 9, 2019 at 7:30p.m.
Lee Whitely will present a great program titled, “Entering Colorado.”
Monthly Meeting Schedule
We hold ten regular meetings per year on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7:30p.m. We meet at the Grace United Methodist Church located at 4905 East Yale Avenue, Denver, Colorado (just west of I-25 and Yale). Additional parking is available in the church parking lot on the north side of the building.
Upcoming Field Trips
From Ancient Indian Cultures to Space Exploration: A Trip to Southern New Mexico – May 8 – 15, 2019
Please join us for a unique and fascinating eight day Motor Coach Trip of Southern New Mexico. We will visit museums, historical sites, and ghost towns spanning the times of the Mimbres and Mogollon Indian Cultures, to Billy the Kid, to the story of reaching Outer Space. The trip will include visiting museums, forts, petroglyph sites and the culture of Southern New Mexico. We will top it off with a visit to National Historic Sites & Parks and the history of Space Exploration.
Places we will explore are: Fort Stanton, Capitan, Lincoln, Ruidoso, Three Rivers Petroglyphs, New Mexico Museum of Space History, Alamogordo, White Sands National Monument, Zuhl Museum and New Mexico Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, Fort Selden, GHOST TOWN OF SHAKESPEARE, Luna Mimbres Museum in Deming, Village of Hatch Museum, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos Pueblo and More.
Price includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, upscale hotel accommodations for seven nights, baggage handling, entrance fees to all attractions, local interpreters and guides, breakfast daily, six lunches and two KickBack suppers. The cost is $1,495 per person for double occupancy and $1,995 for single occupancy.
Flyers and reservation forms can be obtained by emailing us or calling us at 303.659.4858.
Western Slope Field Trip: Grand Junction, Then And Now – Sept. 30 – Oct. 3, 2019 (optional hike on Oct. 4th)
- Potluck dinner – Berries and model trains: HO scale indoors and 2,100 feet large scale outdoors.
- Tour of Orchard Mesa Irrigation District pump and power houses led by head of OMID. See early 20th century irrigation equipment and learn about the history of turning the Grand Valley into a farming area.
- Visit an alpaca farm and see how the fleece is made into yarn and apparel
- Cross Orchards Museum: Visit restored Uintah Railroad rolling stock, ancient farm equipment, guided tour of living history museum; learn of future plans for the museum.
- Museum of the West” After hours tour by Curator and Director who will explain the complex investigation of Alferd Packer including his pistol and other items found near Lake City
- Real ghost town – Raber Cow Camp and Cabins. Tour Grand Mesa and visit the only remaining cow camp and cabins; lunch at Alexander Lake Lodge
- Quick stop at Red Mountain Ranch for apples and other seasonal delights.
- Pioneer Town in Cedaredge consisting of 23 buildings that were brought from their original locations
- Fort Uncompahgre on the Gunnison River and the Old Spanish Trail. This was Anton Rubidoux’ fur trading post from 1820’s to 1844. Re-enactors will give tour. Dutch oven meatloaf dinner.
- OPTIONAL HIKE on last day. 7 mile round trip hike in Dominguez Canyon to see Indian Rock Art. Route is along the original Rio Grande Narrow Gauge and Gunnison River.
- Eagle Rock Shelter – Oldest ghost town in Colorado.Watch for further details.
For additional details about any of the field trips listed please email us or call us at 303.659.4858.
Do you enjoy our field trips? Have you ever thought about leading one?
It’s easy! Find a friend, team up, and plan a trip for the club. Field trips can be for a few hours, a morning or afternoon, a full day, a weekend, or a week long excursion.
Want more information? Check out our printed guide on planning field trips for a step-by-step how to guide. Remember it’s always easier and more fun to work together. Some of our greatest field trips were been led by people who had never planned a trip before. Let’s go exploring together!