Newsletter 2.22 ~ Historical Society of Idaho Springs

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TRACY STOKES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE TIME! PLEASE RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP

NEWS JOURNAL

ISSUE 2 VOL. 2.22

VOLUNTEERS!

HERITAGE TOURISM

ACCESSIONS NEWS

MEET OUR INCREDIBLE VOLUNTEERS

PRESERVING OUR HISTORY AND WHAT IT MEANS TO OUR COMMUNITY

THE MOSCH FAMILY DONATION

Many Hands Make Light Work

Without the devotion and hard work of our valuable volunteers, much work would go undone. Volunteers help maintain properties, perform maintenance work, and give time all to keep this Historic Society alive. We have made a lot of headway in our reopening during 2021. We are so thankful for our staff of dedicated volunteers who offered their time and talents throughout the year. Our organization cannot survive without the generous donation of these talents and time that are offered throughout various aspects of our organization. We are so happy to have you and so thankful for your efforts in 2021 and in all the years you have been with us! If you are interested in volunteering with the Historical Society of Idaho Springs please email me at execdirectorishs@gmail.com


MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS! Dan Keller - Technology Specialist Donna Davis - Accessions Lue Howard - Idaho Springs Cemetery Linda Yowell - Accessions and Underhill Gardens and Museum Ernie Martin - Accessions Jessamyn Hutchins - Accessions Kris Miller - Underhill Gardens and Underhill Museum Ann Hector - Underhill Gardens and Underhill Museum Sheila White - Underhill Museum Volunteer Nancy Spletzer - Bookkeeping and Accessions Dave Harvey - Photo Department, Printer Maintenance & Technology ________________________

We are so very grateful for all our volunteers. We are especially grateful for Chuck Harmon who has served the Historic Society of Idaho Springs for over 16 years as our Treasurer. Chuck has resigned to take on a critical role with the City of Idaho Springs as our new MAYOR and we are not only very excited to support him in this capacity - we know he is a strong leader and very talented in many capacities that will serve our city wonderfully. We are grateful for his dedicated gift of service! He will be missed and appreciated in his new job all at the same time. We have openings for volunteers in both our accessions department and our visitor information department, and at our Underhill Museum, (4-5 hour shifts). If you would be interested in volunteering please get in touch with us: Tracy Stokes, Executive Director executive directorishs@gmail.com

Historical Society News & Our Board of Directors President - Jan Bowland Vice-President - Amy Saxton Treasurer - Scott Lubinski Secretary - Patti Tyler Zuri Betz Dean Clark Dennis Johnson Amy Miley Scott Pennell Steve Schultz Rick Wells

___________________ WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE WE WERE ABLE TO SECURE A GRANT AWARD FROM COLORADO HUMANITIES FOR $18,000. THIS MONEY WILL HELP US WITH NEEDED FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE WITH OPERATING EXPENSES & OVERHEAD INCLUDING THINGS LIKE WAGES

The Heritage Museum hosted several events throughout 2021. We assembled a reel of highlights here!

2021 EVENTS


We Are Redesigning and Building the Upstairs Museum Space…… Our Journey Behind… As we crossed over from 2021 to 2022 amidst the most challenging of global circumstances and challenges, our attention at the Idaho Springs Historical Society was drawn to our community of devoted, tireless, and generous members. Without your support over the last year, we would not be able to continue our mission of promoting and nurturing historic preservation in our greater Idaho Springs community. In simple terms, we say, “Thank You!” for being a crucial part of the Idaho Springs Historic Society. We are all hoping for all of you that this year will be met with the same determination as the past but with fewer hurdles of epidemic proportions. Last year, the Heritage Museum and Museum Gift Shop located at the Visitor Center remained open to the public in despite many COVID ups and downs. We saw a record number of visitors to the Mining Heritage Museum, helped guide many local, regional and national visitors to the multiple activities and events available in the Clear Creek corridor, and greeted many new visitors to our Museum Gift Shop. Now it is time for our vision to look toward the future.

Our Journey Forward… Plans for the second-floor renovation of the Heritage Mining Museum have already begun. These new exhibits will highlight life during the Colorado gold rush, including a “Walk Down Miner Street.” The museum will honor the historic Beebee House (once visited by President Grant and many other dignitaries) a glimpse into a classroom from the Idaho Springs Elementary School, a peek at the office of Dr. Freeman Fowler (notable town doctor for many generations), and a look at the inside of the Merchantile and Marchington’s Grocery Store. Also included will be the Train Station, the Bell Telephone Company (including an historic cable phone bank) and several others business that catered to the 14,000 people who lived in the valley all working for a chance to strike it rich. As part of our journey, we have also located a direct descendent of Samuel and Eliza Marchington (who lived in Clear Creek from 1880) with their son, Clarence Marchington (a nationally recognized photographer). Many of the artifacts in our vault are from the Marchington family and we are hoping that this opportunity to gain an aural history from a direct descendent of our heritage will bring new highlights into the lives of the families who helped build our community.


We have secured the talents of a regionally, award-winning scenic artist who will recreate storefronts and building interiors that will display hundreds of historic artifacts currently in our vault. This multi-phased project will focus on I: Planning and Design, II: Budgets and Fundraising, III: Building, and IV, the Grand Opening. Our hopes are to be able to have work completed late fall 2022 / early winter 2023. We need your help! We believe that with the generous donations of members like you, we can achieve the completion of our Heritage Museum and preserve a lifestyle gem for future generations to see. Preserving and sharing the stories of our Colorado mining heritage is one of the the most important aspects of our mission. To give a glimpse into the daily lives of the miners and their families, local business owners and merchants, all set on the backdrop of the great Colorado gold rush, enriches us all. Their history is our history and with your help, our story can be told. As you renew your membership this year, would you consider giving above and beyond your membership renewal? Every little bit counts no matter the amount. We also ask that you start spreading the news to others and encourage them to become members of the Idaho Springs Historic Society and help us impact our community for generations to come. If you have questions, please contact Tracy Stokes executivedirectorishs@gmail.com We are pleased to recognize those who have already generously contributed to this effort including: Henderson Mine - $10,000 Elks Ladies - Elks Lodge, Idaho Springs - $1,000 Anonymous Donor: $500 Charlie Resonavich $500

Elks Ladies presenting a check to Historical Society Board Members for $1,000 to be allocated to the upstairs building fund.


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HERITAGE TOURISM ITS GROWING IMPORTANCE Cultural heritage tourism has a positive economic and social impact. It establishes and reinforces identity, preserves the cultural heritage, and with culture as an instrument it facilitates harmony and understanding among people, it supports culture and helps renew tourism. In Colorado, visitors stimulate the local economy and benefit hotels, meeting facilities, attractions, restaurants, cultural institutions, tour companies, transportation providers, local farmers and countless other businesses. The major difference between cultural tourism and heritage tourism lies in its location. In particular, cultural tourism is focused mostly in urban areas whereas heritage tourism is located predominantly in rural areas. The current process affecting this field explains the urban character of cultural heritage. The Historical Society of Idaho Springs is poised for fast growth in this sector, attracting a wide variety of tourism and we observe a growing demographic of heritage tourism in our historic town. We are unique in so many ways - most notably, the effort and expense in maintaining our historic buildings and assets. https://www.buses.org/news/article/insider-exclusive-heritage-toursim-facts-figures

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CONTACT TRACY STOKES EXECUTIVEDIRECTORISHS@GMAIL.COM


NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING: ATTEND IN PERSON OR VIA ZOOM ZOOM link will be provided via MailChimp email on 3.30.22

March 31, 5:30PM - 7:00PM

Historical Society of Idaho Springs Museum & Visitor Center 2060 Miner St. Idaho Springs, CO 80452 ___________________________________

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News From Our Accessions Department We had a wonderful year in accessions, taking in some very unique artifacts including a nearly complete set of Clear Creek Mining Journals and historic mining maps donated by the Mosch Family, owners of the Phoenix Mine. Ari Fillerup, our youngest accessioner to date, helped us archive these journals -

check out his video! The Historical Society of Idaho Springs is an archival repository for some of the most unique, one of a kind historical artifacts you can imagine. From objects, to books, to photographs, we have an amazing array of Idaho Springs and Clear Creek County historical artifacts here. Come and visit us! _______________________________________________________


PLEASE SUPPORT US BY JOINING OR RENEWING YOUR MEMBERSHIP TODAY! After experiencing one of the most challenging times ever due to the COVID epidemic, we wanted to offer our sincerest gratitude for your support over the past year. We are hopeful the 2022 will be a year of opportunity for all. As a result of epidemic, we had to close our doors for nearly ten months in 2020. During that time, we continued to press forward in remodeling the museum gift shop, obtaining new artifacts, accessioning them into our museum archives, and maintaining our photo lab work. We also developed plans for our future. Upon reopening the museum gift shop mid-November last year, we have seen a steady increase in community and regional interest in our heritage museum and gift shop. We’ve also seen a steady flow of new visitors to the museum either on their way to the ski areas, mountain day hikes, explorations of our historic downtown, road trips to Echo Lake and Mt. Evans or by floating down Clear Creek in a raft! Last year we were not able to hold our annual Gala and we also felt it prudent to forego the 2021 Gala for the welfare and safety of all. We are optimistic that 2022 will provide many opportunities to gather and celebrate our heritage. The Annual Gala, as our primary fund-raising event, helps keep our doors open for the upcoming year. We depend upon that support each year and more so in the upcoming year. We would be honored to have your financial support to continue our work into the future. Currently we are planning to finish the installation of several exciting exhibits on the second floor of the museum. This will increase the number of exhibits representative of our valley’s heritage, offer new educational opportunities, and new tour group bookings. The expansion will encompass a street scene representing different facets of life during Idaho Springs’ mining history including the Beebee House (where President Grant once stayed), the local school, Dr. Freeman Fowler’s medical office, “Ma Bell” the phone company, and several other fascinating visual displays. We continue to receive generous donations of artifacts, items, and publications that are unique to our area and to Colorado. But it is time for us open our vault doors wide and share these treasures. Our goals, however, cannot be met without your help and financial support. As a current member of the Historical Society and perhaps a past Gala’s attendee, we are sharing our plans with your first. It is our hope that with your contributions we will be able to accomplish our plans and much more. As always, your donations are tax-deductible, but more importantly, your investment and impact in the lives of history seekers is invaluable. Once again, thank you for your support of the Historical Society of Idaho Springs and to the many lives who deeply impacted. If you paid membership fees before September of 2021 they are due now.

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INFORMATION ABOUT OUR MEMBERSHIP LEVELS LEAD: (Individual-$35): One Free Museum Entry for one year. LEAD+: (Senior 65+ Individual-$25): One Free Museum Entry for one year. ZINC: (Family-$50): 4 Free Museum Entries for one year. ZINC+: (Senior 65+ Family-$40): 4 Free Museum Entries for one year. COPPER (Business-$100): 4 Free Museum Entries for one year, recognition in biannual newsletter. IRON (Founder-$250): 2 Museum Mugs, 4 Free Museum Entries for one year, recognition on Donor Wall and in bi-annual newsletter. SILVER (Corporate-$500): 4 Museum Mugs, 6 Free Museum Entries, Annual Recognition on Donor Wall and in bi-annual newsletter & a 10% discount at Museum Gift Shop on select merchandise. GOLD (Sustaining-$1000): 6 Museum Mugs, 6 Free Museum Entries for one year, Annual recognition on Donor Wall and in bi-annual newsletter, a 10% discount at Museum Gift Shop on select merchandise, Priority seating and 2 free tickets to select fundraising events. PLATINUM (Partner-$2500): 8 Museum Mugs, 8 Free Museum Entries for one year, a 10% discount at Museum Gift Shop on select merchandise, Annual recognition on Donor Wall and in bi-annual newsletter, Priority seating and one free table, 6 free tickets to fundraising events. MOLY (Patron-$5000+): In honor of the Henderson Mine, this level includes 10 Museum Mugs, 10 Free Museum Entries for one year, a 15% discount at Museum Gift Shop on select merchandise, Recognition on Donor Wall, in bi-annual newsletter and annual meeting. Priority seating and 12 tickets to fundraising events.

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