Event Calendar

November '42: Watershed of the Century

WHEN: Tuesday, January 14 @ 6:30 pm

WHERE: The Schoolhouse at Mainstreet, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker, CO

By late 1942, the world had been fighting World War Two for a long time with no end in sight. November of that year saw campaigns and battles which set the course of the rest of the war. Specific battles, decisions, and actions contributed to the war's outcome. Those results continue to shape lives around the world. Come join us as Stan Moore, author of Seesaw: How November '42 Shaped the Future, discusses what led up to the battles and campaigns of late 1942, and looks at how specific decisions and their effects are important to today's world. Stan draws on new and unpublished letters and personal accounts. He also taps a wide range of books, journals, and research. In his fascinating presentation, Stan explores personalities known and unknown, pivotal battles and decisions, and underlying reasons and motivations.

Trails Across Douglas County: From Footpaths to Interstate

WHEN: Tuesday, March 10 @ 6:30 pm

WHERE: The Schoolhouse at Mainstreet, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker, CO

Did you know Parker sits at the conjunction of two ancient Native American trails? Or that Parker Road was once destined to become the route for I-25?

Across the Arkansas/Platte Divide Beginning with Native American footpaths along the base of the Rocky Mountains, the Monument Creek, Plum Creek, and Cherry Creek waterways have evolved into major north-south transportation corridors. The Trappers Trail, Smoky Hill Trail, and Cherokee Trail were used by mountain men, military expeditions, gold seekers, and homesteaders. The Denver & Rio Grande and the Denver & New Orleans railroads provided the transportation systems needed for Douglas County growth. Named “auto trails” such as the National Park-­to-­Park Highway, preceded U.S. Highway 85, also known as the “Ribbon of Death.” Colorado Highway 83, with its "Bridge to Nowhere," was the original planned route for Interstate 25.


Join Lee and Jane Whiteley, authors of five books on early transportation systems of the West and associate producers of the PBS documentary Paving the Way, the National Park-­to-­Park Highway, for an interesting look at how travel across Douglas County has evolved in the last 150 years.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 14 @ 6:30 pm

WHERE: The Schoolhouse at Mainstreet, 19650 Mainstreet, Parker, CO

In the 1800s, Christian organizations were established in several East Coast cities whose focus was placing urban street orphans, often immigrant children, in adoptive and “foster” homes in the West.  Over 200,000 children were placed out in several western states over the 75 years the system was in operation.  Colorado received 1,500 Orphan Train riders, who now have thousands of descendants.


Join us for this free program by Sharon Danhauer, a third generation native Coloradoan, who has devoted much time and effort to the preservation of local and regional American history. Sharon has served multiple terms on the Board of Directors of the Berthoud and Loveland Historical Societies, Colorado-Cherokee Trail Chapter of OCTA, Historic Larimer County, and the Association of Front Range Museums.    

Placing Out:

Orphan Trains for Eastern Cities’ Deluge of “Street Arabs”

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