May 2021 Our Broomfield™

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VOLUME 1 • ISSUE 11 • MAY 2021

Congrats

to the Class of

2021!

Exploring the City’s

Public Art Exhibits New Mental Health Partners Location Opens

Summer of Literacy, Story Times, and More

New Exhibit Set to Open at the

in Broomfield

at the Library

Veterans Museum

Plus! Anchor House Update, Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks, and More! Photo by Pat Eichner

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MAY 2021

CONTENTS

Our Broomfield™ is a magazine for all of us because it’s our community. It’s Our Broomfield.

ON THE COVER

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Beautiful Broomfield

Exploring the City’s Public Art Exhibits

Spring is here! The natural beauty and amazing amenities of Broomfield are all around us, and in an exploration of the City’s massive parks and trails system, visitors will find that public art is also alive and well in Broomfield, if you just know where to look.

FEATURE ARTICLES 16 18

Refresh and Renew Your Home with Window Treatments

North Metro Fire Rescue District Offers Helpful Reminders for Summer Safety

Pre-Planning for End-of-Life Passages with Local, Personal, Trusted Provider In Memoriam

New Mental Health Partners Location in Broomfield Opens Its Doors

Broomfield Library Plans Summer of Literacy, Story Times, and Family Activities

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021 Anchor House Prepares for First Residents This Summer

DEPARTMENTS 06 From the Editor 08 About 10 Community Events

New Exhibit Set to Open at Broomfield Veterans Museum

12 Inspiration for Busy Families

You and Your Dog – Simple Techniques Help with Teaching Tricks

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FROM THE

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With 290 miles of biking and walking trails and 63 official parks, Broomfield’s natural and outdoor amenities are hard to beat. Throughout COVID-19 I am guessing I am one of thousands of people who have been thankful on a regular basis for our beautiful parks and trails. I am a walker. I admit to being a fair-weather walker, but I am a walker nonetheless. If the temperature is greater than 50 degrees, the winds are slight, and I can find a free hour on my calendar, I will be grabbing my headphones and sunglasses and heading outside. I’m rarely alone. It is wonderful to see so many residents from every demographic taking advantage of our parks and trails on a daily basis. I recently sat down to breakfast with Paul Derda and among dozens of other Broomfield topics, we talked about our parks. Paul was reflective about the heavy parks and trails use that he also witnessed during COVID and how important Broomfield’s great outdoors are to our community. A great collaborative effort with many participants, the vision for Broomfield’s parks and trails came to be during Paul’s time as Director of Parks and Recreation in the early 2000s and is part of Broomfield’s Open Space, Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan. The plan includes that there be a neighborhood park and safe access to the trail system within six blocks of every home. This is just a small part of a carefully mapped approach that we all enjoy today; elements that Paul is proud to note. When I walked our trails last summer and fall, I was able to transport myself away from all of the upsetting and distracting happenings in our world, and enjoy the beauty, peace, and art that surrounded me. In this issue we take a closer look at Broomfield’s Public Art in Bette Erickson’s article on pages 24-25. Our cover photo of Dancing Family, by Boris Kramer, is a favorite exhibit along the Broomfield Sculpture Trail, and I thank my husband Pat for his beautiful photo of it on this month’s cover. Broomfield’s numerous parks and trails, accessible about every six blocks, are hard to miss, but if you have not explored them recently, the warmer spring days and evenings are a perfect time to do so.

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INSPIRATION FOR

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As Mother’s Day approaches, I tend to reflect on my worth as a mother. Have I done enough, seen enough, felt enough, shown enough, grown enough, cleaned enough, made enough healthy meals? Was I a good role model this past year? How many regrets do I have and what could I have done better? Were all the other mothers in this world out performing me? And why should it even matter what other mothers are doing? In other words I beat myself up and feel a lot of shame when I would rather be looking at all the positive things I have done. Why is it so hard to see all the good? It’s easy to be overwhelmed by motherhood. When I first had my children, I didn’t realize how in one instant I could feel so much love for someone and feel so incredibly exhausted and irritated at the same time. It was always two extremes. There is complete joy in watching your baby squeal with delight one minute and instant defeat when they diarrhea up their back in their church clothes on the way out the door. There are all of the proud tears when they do well in school and seem really happy, and the next day the gut-wrenching tears when they share how mean friends can be and how lonely they feel. I was not prepared for any of this. It’s a constant guessing game and it’s easy to always wonder if we are being a good enough mother. It took me a long time to realize that my worth as a mother doesn’t come from worrying enough or buying enough or wondering if I am keeping up with all the other moms. It doesn’t matter the clothes they wear or the presents they receive. At the end of the day of all of the doing and driving and laughing and crying, what makes me a good mother is my connection with my children. They don’t care how fancy the lunchbox food is, but they feel really loved by a note I stick in there. They don’t care if we buy them a trampoline to go play on, but they light up from within when I go jump on it with them. They know their dad and I love each other, but they gain security knowing we go on date night each week so that we can “keep the love alive” which enables us to be better parents to them. It’s being able to apologize to my kids when I’ve yelled too much. It’s playing the “try to kiss me” game they made up and that last cuddle at night. I’ve realized it’s all the small things I do for my children that matter the most. Try asking your children tonight what makes you a good mom. You may be pleasantly surprised by their answer. Better yet keep a Mother’s Day journal and have them write their favorite thing about you in it each year. My husband started that for me years ago and it is my favorite thing to look back at each year. It reminds

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me that it is always my unconditional love and dedicated time with them that makes me a good mother. Both are free and both create that connection I crave. Happy Mother’s Day! I wish you a day filled with enjoying the simple things. Lisa Payne writes about family-related topics. You can reach her at lisa@paynefam6.com.


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Backyard BBQs, outdoor sports, swimming, camping and more – it wouldn’t be a Colorado summer without these activities. With the fun, though, comes risks for unforeseen emergencies. North Metro Fire Rescue District wants to help your family stay safe this summer with these safety tips.

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Pre-Planning for End-of-Life with Local, Personal, Trusted Provider

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Planning for life’s events and stages is part of how we live each day, but planning for our final passage is one preparation that can be uncomfortable and difficult to talk about. Having a caring, experienced, compassionate funeral-guide can make a huge difference.

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BEAUTIFUL BROOMFIELD

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Spring is here! The natural beauty and amazing amenities of Broomfield are all around us, and in an exploration of the City’s massive parks and trails system, visitors will find that public art is also alive and well in Broomfield, if you just know where to look.

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By Bette Erickson


Since 2004, Broomfield’s Public Art Committee (PAC) has managed an art in public places program, when the city and county adopted a 1% for art program funded through capital improvement projects. Using capital improvement funds from developers, Broomfield has benefitted with enlivened public spaces that serve to nurture a sense of community identity. Take the Sculpture Trail for example. Located just south of the dog park at Broomfield County Commons (13200 Sheridan Blvd.), a saunter along the wide, paved footpath yields a discovery of more than a half-dozen unique sculptures including Aardvark, a fabricated life size, three-dimensional aardvark and Who Rescued Who, a dog and person looking at each other nose-to-nose. Another monument sized sculpture is Dancing Family by Artist Boris Kramer. “I am a sculpture,” said Kramer. “I heat and form metal until it emulates expressions of human relationships. When heated, metal is very forgiving, which is why I choose it as a medium. Through art, I explore humanity. In particular, the ways in which we are drawn together.” “If you think about it, art is meaningful in everyday life,” Broomfield resident Kevin Newhouse explained on a recent walk along the Sculpture Trail. “Art in public spaces offers opportunities for visitors to connect, showcases a community’s unique identity and sense of pride and maybe even offers value to our wellbeing.”

Indeed, the Mission of the PAC states, “The mission of Broomfield Public Art is to reflect community spirit, enrich conversations, engage community, and elevate a sense of belonging.” Another important and vibrant art endeavor in Broomfield is the first large-scale mural project in the community. The PAC sought to bring conversation, representation, and awareness to complex issues of mental health, diversity, suicide prevention, and inclusion with its eight murals installed on the brick wall at the intersection of Hwy 128 and US 287. And the result was nothing short of amazing. The PAC’s goal was to give voice to essential conversations in our community through this multi-artist project. Rising teen suicides, increasing awareness of necessary equality work and more, were the cornerstones of the project’s theme. Multiple artists created works which complemented other artists’ visions at a critical traffic junction in the city. If you’ve walked, cycled or driven by the southeast corner of 136th Avenue and Main St., you may have noticed a large traffic box wrapped in floral vinyl. With that project, the PAC is hoping to beautify city corners by covering existing traffic boxes with original art. The vinyl wraps, which cost about $1,800, are popular and are an inexpensive way to add color and art around the city and county.

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www.broomfield.org/145/Public-Art-Committee. Bette Erickson writes about people, places, and events in Broomfield. Contact her at bette_erickson@hotmail.com with your story ideas. May 2021 | Our Broomfield™ Magazine

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New Mental Health Partners Location in Broomfield

Opens Its Doors By Kristen Beckman

Mental Health Partners celebrated the grand opening of its new Broomfield location in March with a virtual event featuring MHP representatives and clinicians, the teams who designed and built the building, members of Broomfield’s local government and organizations that partner with MHP.

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attendees waited for the event to officially get underway, Susan Bellas, MHP program manager, took guests on a virtual tour of the various spaces, including the reception area, offices for prescribers and care coordinators, conference rooms, and therapy spaces. The walls are adorned with art provided via a partnership with the Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities. Each piece of art is available for purchase, and MHP will receive a percentage of each sale as a donation. During the virtual event, MHP’s Broomfield providers and team members introduced themselves and talked about the services they provide to the community. “Unfortunately for reasons we all know far too well, we cannot conduct this celebration in person,” said Seth Patterson, chairman of MHP’s board of directors. “In fact, COVID underscores the urgent need for all of MHP services. A silver lining of the pandemic, if that’s even possible, is that the widespread depression and anxiety triggered by the necessary social isolation has accelerated the erosion of the stigma surrounding mental illness. Maybe someday it will be just as routine to seek medical treatment for mental illness as it is for a broken leg. We simply will not be able to properly address mental health issues if we cannot talk about them.” Mental Health Partners is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community mental health center with seven locations in the north metro area. The organization provides whole-person care focused on outpatient therapy and addiction recovery services along with other services that address factors that impact mental health. Those services, coordinated through MHP’s CARE team, include medication management, housing support, life skills training, peer support and wellness coaching. Construction on the building located at 897 U.S. Highway 287 began in November 2019 and received its Certificate of Occupancy in February of this year. The 14,000 square foot building has two floors. The top floor houses the Broomfield office of Mental Health Partners, and the bottom floor is available for rent, with the potential for four businesses to operate with their own private entrances. The building was designed by Battista Design Group and built by Waner Construction. LAMM Developments Ltd. is the developer.

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“MHP asked us to maximize the available space in terms of the most functional sized practitioner offices possible within the space, storage, administrative and staff areas, code required restrooms, a comfortable waiting room, and a large conference room for meetings and group activities,” said architect Paul Battista. “We had to meet their space needs so as to better serve their staff and clientele, within a fixed budget, and then make it as beautiful and long lasting as possible within the given parameters.” Battista said the building was an ideal “infill” project, meaning it was built on an existing underutilized parking lot and required very little in the way of public improvements or infrastructure. The building provides much-needed new office space in the area without requiring new land or any new city streets, he said.


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Summer of Literacy, Story Times, and Family Activities By Kristen Beckman

The Broomfield Library has a full and fun lineup of reading and literacy activities for kids and their families to enjoy this summer.

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Summer Library Adventures The library’s Summer Library Adventures program encourages reading and literacy development activities, including singing, talking, playing, and reading aloud for babies and young children, and listening to audiobooks and being read aloud to for older kids and teens, said Suzanne Linder, library programming manager for the Broomfield Library. “Anything that keeps kids engaged in reading and exploring and interacting with the world around them helps to build their capacity for literacy,” Linder said.

TAILS & TALES The library is using the Tails & Tales summer reading program, developed by the Collaborative Summer Library Program, which focuses on books and activities about animals and folktales. The program runs from June 1 through July 31. All ages are encouraged to sign up, and programming is tailored to several different reading levels and abilities, including programs for babies, youth, teens, and adults.

SUMMER READING PROGRAM The library will officially kick off its summer reading program on June 5 during its Summer Reading Celebration, which will include hands-on activities and the opportunity to sign up for the program. Registration may be required depending on COVID-19 restrictions at the time of the event. Participants can track their reading and activities online and get books and materials curbside for the program. This year, participants who finish the program will receive a book and a bowling pass at Chipper’s Lanes, subject to COVID-19 restrictions. The library had to adjust its traditional lineup of completion prizes to account for COVID-19 limitations, Linder said. The summer reading program is a popular activity for the library. In 2019, nearly 7,000 people participated,

Linder said. Last year, the library was closed until July and had to adjust its summer reading program by offering virtual activities and eliminating completion prizes.

OUTDOOR STORY TIMES The library also has other activities planned for the summer to keep children engaged in reading and literacy. Outdoor story times will begin June 8 for preschoolers aged 2-5 and June 10 for babies from newborn to age 2. The outdoor story times will continue through the summer on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Linder said the library moved story times outside last year in response to COVID-19 and decided to continue them this year because they were well received. “We really like having them outside and we think outdoor story times in the summer are a thing that might hang around,” said Linder. “It allows a lot more families to be out there.”

WONDERFUL WEDNESDAYS The library also will offer its Wonderful Wednesdays performances geared toward children 5 years and older and their families. Four performances are scheduled on June 9 and 23, and July 7 and 21. Families can also visit the library’s inventHQ makerspace on a drop-in basis this summer, where they can spend time inventing, learning, playing, and building. The makerspace has a laser cutter, 3D printers, digital embroidery machines, sewing machines, electronic cutters, and small board electronics for kids and their families to use.

LEARN MORE Visit Broomfield.org/library to find up-to-date schedules and information, as well as the latest information on restrictions related to COVID-19. Register for the summer reading program at broomfield.beanstack.org. Find up-to-date information about drop-in open hours for the makerspace at Broomfield.org/inventHQ.

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Congratulations to Editor’s Note: In the spirit of providing opportunities to give our young people a voice and a platform, Our Broomfield™ is pleased to bring back a tradition. Each year, we look forward to inviting one senior from each of our three high schools to share a reflection on growing up in Broomfield and their high school career on behalf of their class. We thank this year’s seniors for their thought provoking columns, and the entire staff of Our Broomfield sends all 2021 graduates sincere congratulations and best wishes for the future.

With Proactive Fortitude, Brooomfield High Senior and Peers Reclaim Senior Year By Mia Gallegos

Saturday, May 22, 2021. The date we all knew was coming but never thought would arrive. Graduation is something that my fellow thirdgraders and I would talk about like it was some sort of distant ideal that only happens in the movies. Those same kids that I daydreamed about senior year with are the same who will be walking up the stage stairs with me to receive our diplomas. It is for this reason that I believe Broomfield and Broomfield High School are special. The kids that we will graduate with are the same who we sat by in kindergarten while learning our ABCs and addition and subtraction. We’ve watched each other grow up, and now we will watch each other start the rest of our lives. COVID-19 was the most unexpected event to occur in the course of our high school careers. Condolences for the class of 2020 turned into deeper pity for our own class of 2021. While last year’s seniors only had the tail end of their year ripped from them, we were forced to spend the bulk of ours doing school in our bedrooms. Friday night lights ceased to exist, fake homecomings were held in small gatherings, and the raging flame that once lit the school spirit we used to have became a mere spark. We had waited three long years to stand at the front of the Broomfield High School student section and lead the underclassmen through cheers, chants, and songs in support of our football team. Yet when football season arrived, we gathered around computers at home to watch the team play for a tiny crowd of parents. However, despite all the challenges we walked blindly into, our hope never was extinguished. We started petitions, put together virtual meetings, and have been able to pull back several aspects of the senior year we worked towards yet never received. Prom is in the near future, spectators are allowed at more outdoor sporting events, and graduation is on the horizon. Although this wasn’t the year we hoped for, my classmates and I have banded together and made it a memorable one nonetheless. I look forward to seeing the strength that we’ve gained throughout this year be put to use in our futures. This class is a resilient one, which will make for a remarkable group of doctors, writers, engineers, and leaders for years to come. Myself, I look forward to continuing my education next year at at Gonzaga University to study Journalism.

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Holy Family Provides Lifetime of Values and Support Punctuated by Invaluable In-person Senior Year By Caitlin Johnnides

As a kid, I always looked forward to Broomfield Days. The joyful sounds of the parade, the vibrant whirlwind of colors, the smells of the food trucks - it was all so enticing and exciting. I was thrilled when I got to be a part of Nativity of Our Lord’s float in elementary school, donning my polo shirt and plaid pleated skirt. What was even more exciting was seeing the glimmer and shine of Holy Family’s purple-and-gold cheerleaders marching in the parade, their smiles and skirts both sparkling. I couldn’t wait to be a Tiger in a few years, and my four years at Holy Family have been just as dazzling as I expected. Throughout my high school career, I have been pushed to not only be a better student, but a better person. Through the support and guidance of my fantastic teachers, I’ve learned important lessons both inside and outside the classroom. The curriculum at Holy Family has taught me the importance of hard work, dedication, resilience, and accountability, while also instilling in me the Catholic values of prudence, fortitude, faith, hope, and charity. I’ve been very blessed to have received such a wonderful education while simultaneously learning about and expressing my faith. I feel even more blessed to have had fully in-person classes and extracurriculars my senior year. Senior year classes are extremely important, as nearly all of the AP classes


the Class of 2021 Community, Resiliency Carry Legacy Senior Through Unimaginable Challenges By Allyson Bunch

I’m taking directly lay a foundation for what I’ll be studying in college. The fact that I’ve been able to have all of these critical classes in-person has truly been such a blessing, as I feel very prepared for college next fall at Vanderbilt University. I’ve always been grateful to have such supportive and involved teachers, but this past year has really shown me how fortunate I am. Many students from other schools haven’t had the chance to participate in their usual extracurriculars, much less in-person, so I’m very grateful that my teachers were willing to go the extra mile so that myself and others could still participate in our beloved hobbies. As graduation approaches, all I can do is count my blessings. My senior year has been relatively intact: fully in-person classes, extracurriculars, basketball games, an upcoming outdoor prom, and an in-person graduation. This year has shown me that Holy Family truly cares about its students, and a sense of community has never been more prevalent.

My peers and I would agree that we were not at our prime freshman year. We attempted to fit in, but our strategies were impaired. We followed a non-existent rule book on “how-to be a highschooler” written by conformity and sameness. True belonging never asks us to change, and true community never requires fitting in, but instead builds a foundation on a joyful embodiment of originality. I’ve had the honor, alongside my peers, of learning to embrace our inherent uniqueness, our passions, purposes, personalities, and values. Through our pursuit of individuality, our class established a community that we didn’t know how much we would eventually need ... The unexpectedness of COVID-19 and the lengths to which it has a universal impact on daily life go without explanation. Many of the traditions that make Legacy, “Legacy” were lost: no student sections, party chants, pep assemblies, nor a conventional senior year. High school seniors everywhere are struggling with the effects of COVID-19, and on top of these circumstances, Legacy’s seniors experienced the loss of two students in the span of one week. Rebecca Kreeger and Kelli Glueck both radiated an abundance of light in their smiles, laughs, and spirits. Legacy may be a large high school, but that week, it couldn’t have felt smaller. Our school was tested time and time again. We needed that community we spent the last four years forming more than ever, and my class did not disappoint. If I’ve learned anything this year, it’s that my peers are the strongest people I know. My class’ response to unimaginable loss - grieving the loss of a traditional senior year and the loss of peers and friends - taught me two invaluable lessons: 1. Community is best established on the foundation of an eager pursuit of diversity 2. Resilience is a product of devout togetherness In my time growing up here, Broomfield has repeatedly displayed resilience through togetherness as a response to difficult circumstances; we have always been able to rise above when unified. I’d characterize my freshman year as awkward and uncomfortable; however, now, as Legacy’s Senior Class President, I couldn’t have more pride for the people I’ve grown up with. I believe that our class experienced tragic circumstances because we’re strong enough to handle them. Our foundation was tested, and it survived because of our tenacious unity. The lessons and values that I’ve learned throughout my childhood have prepared me for life after Legacy and beyond Broomfield where I will be attending Stanford University. I hope to carry on the legacy of Broomfield and, one day, return to enhance it. May 2021 | Our Broomfield™ Magazine

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Prepares for First Residents This Summer By Megan Mayes

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ack on August 19, Anchor House broke ground on a project to provide affordable housing to teenagers who are leaving the foster care system. Now, almost nine months later, the end is in sight. The brand new transitional housing facility is expected to be finished by the end of June. John Bosio, board president for the Anchor House project, gave us an update in April saying “We are about 50% complete … all of the mechanical trades are working now. They will be working for another month, one month for drywall, and then final finishes will take a month.” While there only seems to be a few steps left to the finish line, many teams of volunteers will be putting in a heroic final effort to bring the project to fruition.

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The project was started in 2014 by clergy from the Lutheran Church of Hope, who wanted to address housing needs in the Broomfield community. The formerly vacant plot of land will soon be home to an eight unit apartment building. Anchor House will provide safe and affordable transitional housing to young people who will be newly emancipated from the foster care system in Broomfield, Boulder, and Adams counties. Of the more than 500 kids who will turn 18 in these programs in the next four years, most will be without support systems and an affordable place to live. Anchor House can help meet these needs for some by providing a roof over their heads, case managers, and mentors who will help them learn valuable life skills. Each apartment will be fully furnished and equipped with every necessity, including kitchen utensils and linens. A tremendous number of volunteers were responsible for nearly all of the work to build Anchor House. According to John, the volunteers have come from a variety of metro area cities with “some just being interested in what [they] are doing, and others having a connection to the foster care system.” Besides mechanical jobs which were done by contracted professionals, groups of volunteers have completed framing,


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If you have not seen it yet, there’s still time to visit the Broomfield Veterans Museum’s fascinating Civil War exhibit, which chronicles the important role Colorado troops played in the conflict. The exhibit will remain open for a few more weeks before making way for a new exhibit at the end of May, said Jim Groh, who leads the museum’s marketing and public relations efforts.

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Colorado troops were instrumental in countering the Confederate Army’s attempts to enter Colorado and other western territories to gain access to gold at the outset of the Civil War. The 1st Colorado Infantry joined the battle of Glorieta Pass on March 26, 1862, in New Mexico territory. The Confederate Army won the battle, but was forced to retreat after Union forces discovered and destroyed its supply wagon train and killed or drove off its horses and mules. The battle was one of the Union’s first victories during the Civil War. The museum’s exhibit and several events during the past few months have focused on the Civil War, including a Civil War encampment and an artifacts presentation by the museum’s Civil War expert, Bob Moulder, in March. The museum is preparing to replace the current Civil War exhibit with a new Forefather Exhibit, which is a recurring exhibit program that is a collaboration between the museum and a person or family that wants to honor a deceased veteran family member. A recent Forefather Exhibit featured Five-Star General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, who had a strong connection to Colorado, thanks to his marriage to Colorado resident Mamie Geneva Doud. On May 22, the museum is planning a special event to kick


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Groh noted that the museum is in need of several volunteers, including a treasurer, a social media expert, and an outreach coordinator. Volunteers do not need to be military members or veterans, he said.

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