March certainly came in like a lion! Moisture is the name of the game these days, however it arrives. Cold, cold go away...
Our March meeting will be at the Post Office, History Society meeting room at 10:00 a.m. this Saturday.
We are still in need of grandmothers' recipes so we can complete our book. Do you have any unusual recipes from the "old days" to share? Two or three of your grandmother's favorites would be appreciated. Include a short bio of her and a photo if possible.
A meeting of the Wayfinding Kiosk project will follow our meeting at approximately 11:00 a.m. Commissioner Attebery, Vivienne Wachholtz and I attended a meeting last Friday in Silver Cliff of the Southern Rockies - Crossroads of Culture. This was in regard to the Kiosk project so there will be an update given. We need to narrow our suggestions of conversation for the Wetmore Kiosk.
We will meet next Saturday, February 8th at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of the Society behind the Post Office.
We will include the Wayfinding Kiosk discussion, so bring your suggestions for inclusion on the signs. Southern Rockies Crossroads of Culture doesn't meet until February 28th in Westcliffe and had their meeting Friday cancelled due to the weather; no update from them.
Spring tour by the Hamiltons of Red Creek area to be updated.
Hardscrabble sign has been reinstalled after it's refurbishment. Remember, dues can be submitted for 2014: WHGHS, PO Box 211, Wetmore, CO 81253. Thanks to those who have paid!
Weather to be cold all week with possible moisture. We will take safety into consideration for Saturday's meeting.
Anne Hayward will conduct a first phase discussion about the Wayfinding System for Southeastern Colorado and solicit suggestions about the information to be included on the Wetmore kiosk. The meeting will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the Wetmore Historical Society's meeting room at 10 a.m.
Custer County Commissioner, Lynn Attebery, attended the Society's November meeting to explain the significance of the "Wayfinding System for Southeastern Colorado" and the signage proposal from CDOT. Attebery requested public input as to the verbage on the three panel kiosk approved for Wetmore. The Society agreed to undertake the responsibility with Anne Hayward and the Society's Board of Directors as the lead on the project.
"Wayfinding is an information system for travelers finding their way across Southeast Colorado. The Wayfinding System is comprised of two tiers of information - gateway installations and local kiosks. The gateways provide an opportunity to highlight regional histories and point out significant attractions. The local kiosks share stories most important to local communities. The information system encourages exploration and provides travelers both pre-notification and reassurance as they navigate their way across the region. It actively promotes heritage tourism; first within the immediate heritage region, and then into neighboring regions of the Southern Rockies."
The Wetmore regional kiosk will be located at the junction of Highway 96 and 67 where the former "Lone Pine" stood. Funds for the project come from a grant to CDOT. Kiosks will be located throughout southern Colorado from the Kansas and New Mexico borders north and west with both Custer and Fremont counties included. Completion target date is 2015.
The Wetmore Historical Society encourages Hardscrabble area residents to attend the meeting with their constructive suggestions. Please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
November has slipped upon us with no notice. Maybe I didn't pay attention because our weather has been so nice. But goodness, Thanksgiving will be here in 2 1/2 weeks.
However, I don't want to forget a very important day of honor - Veteran's Day on November 11th.
Veterans Day is an official United States holiday which honors people who have served in armed service also known as veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on November 11. It coincides with other holidays such as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect.)
Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day; Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving.
One celebration will be held at Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery in Cañon City on Saturday, November 9th at 11 a.m. We have just been designated as both a State and National Historic Site, so there will be a short recognition. There will be a veteran who will also speak.
This Saturday, November 9, at 10 a.m. will be our last meeting of 2013. We do not meet in December or January.
At this meeting, Custer County Commissioner Lynn Atterbery will talk about the Wetmore kiosk to get input for wording on it. This 3-panel "Wayfinder" will be set up on the old Lone Pine property in 2015.
Work has begun on the Hardscrabble sign for its repair and refurbishment. If you drive by mile marker 2 going north on Hwy. 67 and don't see the sign, it is okay. It is in safe hands and will be replaced upon completion of the work.
Happy Thanksgiving! to those of you who'll not be at the meeting. Remember the abundance of the harvest is a symbol of the abundance of God's love in our lives.
The Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical and Historical Society is the very proud sponsor of the Jack of Diamonds found in the deck of playing cards currently being sold by the Florence Farmer's Market and Florence Chamber of Commerce.
The deck of playing cards are being sold as a fund-raising project by the Florence Farmer's Market and Florence Chamber of Commerce. The price of a deck of cards is $10.00. For the
Farmers' Market, please contact Joanne Mohr, 784-6489 or Mohr's Wood
Items. For the Chamber, please contact Barbara Folger, 784-3544 or
the Chamber Office at the Belltower, 2nd and Petroleum in Florence.
And don't forget, the Wetmore-Hardscrabble Genealogical and Historical Society is selling our own deck of playing cards. Cost is $10.00. Click HERE to purchase or contact us by e mail: email@example.com
September 22nd was our official first day of Fall or Autumn. Let me share:
From The Old Farmer’s Almanac:
Autumn Folklore and Verse
Autumn days come quickly, like the running of a hound on the moor. - Irish proverb
If, in the fall of the leaves in October, many of them wither on the boughs and hang there, it betokens a frosty winter and much snow.
Of autumn's wine, now drink your fill; the frost's on the pumpkin, and snow's on the hill.
- The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1993
Autumn has caught us in our summer wear. - Philip Larkin, British poet (1922-1986)
We will have our regular monthly meeting next Saturday, October 12th, at 10 a.m. in the meeting room behind the Post Office.
Member Jeff Broome has written another book that will be published around Thanksgiving. It is titled Cheyenne War: Indian Raids on the Roads to Denver, 1864-1869. We hope to have him give a program next year for the Society, or possibly in January at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum & History Center (Cañon City) along with a book signing opportunity.
Our Hardscrabble sign needs some work done on it. It was blowin' in the wind on its south side when discovered by Peggy and Mike Martin. Temporary stabilization was done by Peggy, Mike and Bill Howell; thank you! We are soliciting bids for repair and refinishing.
The potluck luncheon on September 14th was a success with about 50 people in attendance and delicious food that was shared. Thank you to those who came and had neighborly conversation along with breaking of bread.
Jeannie Culpin has given the Society books and papers that will need to be catalogued this winter. Even though we don't meet in December or January, we will schedule project time to do this. If you have a few hours to donate, let us know.