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Docents man the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum


ince the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum in Berthoud was opened to the public on July 19, 1980, it has been manned by volunteer docents or trained Surveyor guides. In 1980 Columnist some of the museum’s first docents were volunteers from the Berthoud Historical Society Board of Directors. That year the directors included Aileen Mark Huppe, Frances French Nielson, Dr. R.B. Fickel, Dr. Helen Fickel, O.D. Mayo, Eunice Salomonson, George Deines, George Jensen and Preston Barrowman. They opened the museum on Saturday and Sunday afternoons during the summer months.

In the museum’s early years Hollow country school (2005) and docents led visitors through A.G. the Charles Meining1874 Homestead Bimson’s stone blacksmith shop. Cabin (2011) were added to the muFilled with old phoseum grounds. tographs and artiBy the early facts, the stone shop 2000s the days the was placed on the museum was open National Register were expanded to of Historic Places in Wednesday through 1981. Sunday from 1 to 4 Duties for docents p.m. In 2009 a gift increased later when shop was opened in the frame structure the Bimson Stone next door, Elmer Shop building and Carlson’s 1940 auto docent duties grew repair shop, was purto include the sales chased to double the of merchandise, size of the museum event tickets and complex. calendars produced With space annually by the available behind Berthoud Historical the Bimson and Photo by Mark French Society. Carlson buildings, In the year 2014, Jim Crisp who will soon celebrate his 90th birthday is the senior A.G. Bimson’s barn 34 years after the member of the Little Thompson (2002), a replica of Little Thompson John Bunyan’s back- Valley Pioneer Museum’s volunteer Valley Pioneer docents. Crisp and his wife moved Museum opened to yard observatory (2004), the Meadow to Berthoud in 1997 because they the public, regular


since childhood and also music and building things with his hands. He loved marksmanship, building bicycles and reading. Intrigued with the novels of Hunter S. Thompson, for example, he once found his phone number and spent quite some time in conversation with him. Leigh lived in Berthoud for a number of years at apartments on Fourth Street. He always had a big smile on his face, a patient ear and a kind word. Leigh cultivated a very dry wit, the unique turn of phrase, and a selfdeprecating humor. Mostly he was always finding a way to help out in any way that he could. Leigh gave of himself and of all he had. Megalacardia is listed as contributing to his

Leigh Josserand May 6, 1955 — Jan. 6, 2014 Leigh Josserand, 58, passed away during the night of Jan. 6, 2014, at his home in Loveland, Colo. Born May 6, 1955, to Hazel E. and Guy D. Josserand Jr. of Dodge City, Kan., he spent most of his career as a millwright, detailer and mechanic for Dodge City Corn Grain Elevator and later for Colorado Tractor Corporation in Loveland, Colo., until his forced retirement in 2012 due to degenerative scoliosis. Fishing was his great love

loved the town’s trees.

heart failure. His heart was twice the normal size, but many of his friends feel it was much, much larger than that. Leigh is survived by his parents; Hazel E Stos of Springdale, Nova Scotia and Guy Josserand Jr. of Dodge City, Kan., Letitia Josserand also of Dodge City and Guy ‘Josh’ Josserand III of Tucson, Ariz. Preceding him in death are his grandparents; Guy D. and Gertrude (Cleghorn) Josserand Sr. and Roland Leigh and Mabel Porter of Nova Scotia, Canada. A memorial service and reception was held on Saturday, Jan. 19 in Loveland. For more information call his brother Josh at 520-322-8020.

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volunteer docents include Jim Crisp, Dick Magee, Julia Magee, Linda Mathias, Kathy Mulder and Sam Waldo. Avis Haworth was among that group but recently retired from her duties after working as a docent for many years. Crisp, who will soon celebrate his 90th birthday, is the senior member of the group. Crisp, who is familiar to many members of the Berthoud community, moved to Berthoud in 1997 after a long career with IBM. Born in Panama, where his parents taught missionaries to be teachers, Crisp enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942 and worked as a flight engineer at a training field in La Junta, Colo. When the Korean War broke out he found employment with IBM who hired him, in part, because he was exempt from further military service. After he retired from IBM, Crisp volunteered as an EMT before he moved to Berthoud and hooked up with the Berthoud Historical Society to be a museum docent. Crisp is breaking new ground by

becoming the first individual in their 90s to serve as a docent at the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum. Also a stamp collector and history buff, Crisp generally docents every other Saturday but also fills other shifts when needed. And like Waldo, Crisp’s docenting service at the museum will soon be measured in decades rather than years. Since 1980, when the Little Thompson Valley Pioneer Museum opened its doors for the first time, the facility has grown and undergone many changes. The project that is currently underway will add an outdoor venue in the museum’s back yard as well as trees, bushes and gardens that have been badly needed for many years. One thing that remains the same is the group of friendly volunteer docents like Crisp, whose experience living in the community gives the museum a small-town air that is unique among the museums along Colorado’s northern Front Range.

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