By Kathleen Tomlin
December 27, 2020 Bent County Historical Society is proud to announce the winners of the 55th annual essay contest. This contest encourages students to learn more about Colorado History in Bent County with research and personal interviews. Bent County 7th Grade winners were: Emilee Smith, first place $25, homeschooled by Tamara Smith, for her essay, “The History of Shamrock School.” Mia Quintana, second place $20, Las Animas Middle School, for her essay, “Boggsville & Santa Fe Trail Day.” Cade Routh, third place $15, Las Animas Middle School, for his essay, “The Famous Ken Curtis of Las Animas.” Griffin Boyd, honorable mention $10, Las Animas Middle School, for his essay, “The Best Family.” Because of the pandemic, no event was held for the students to read their winning essays. Individual pictures were taken, and they were videotaped reading their essays. The pictures, tapes, and winning essays are filed in the Heritage Library at the Museum. There were 19 essays submitted and judged. We thank the panel of judges who were George Eidinger, Diane Baublits and Joyce Brooks, that took the time to read all the essays. We especially thank the teachers, Tamara Smith and Tyson Vigil, for encouraging the students to participate. The winning essay will be published in the next Bent County Chronicle. Contact the John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum if you have any questions at 456-6066.
MUSEUM AND BOGGVILLE OPEN
We are proud to announce that the Museum is now open for business! Restrictions are 10 or less visitors at a time, masks required, as well as maintaining social distancing (6 feet). Hours are Tuesday 9am – 4pm; Tuesday – Friday 1pm to 4pm; and Saturday noon-4pm. We are CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY, but available for private tours by appointment. Come and see our new additions – the volunteers have been busy. Ken Curtis in military uniform will welcome you! Boggsville Historical Site, with self-guided interpretive tour, is open daily year-round. The historic Boggs and Prowers houses with visitor center are open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am to 4pm. Call 456-6066 with any questions.
John W. Rawlings Heritage Center
560 Bent Avenue, Las Animas, CO 81054
Come In and Visit Our VR/3D Tour of the Museum
And Remember to Sign-In and Donate to the Tour. You can do it on the links to the left or in the Tour in the Tags.
All Donations made will go to the funding of the Museum and help being more exhibits to the Museum. Thank You..
The John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum is a dynamic place where history and culture come together to be experienced by a multi generational audience. Historic exhibits and events will interpret the influence of Bent County on the growth of the state and region. The facility serves as headquarters of the Bent County Historical Society where historical artifacts are displayed, preserved, documented, and interpreted for the public.
Open to the Public
Hours are Tuesday 9am – 4pm; Tuesday – Friday 1pm to 4pm; and Saturday noon-4pm. We are CLOSED SUNDAY AND MONDAY.
Restrictions are 10 or less visitors at a time, masks required, as well as maintaining social distancing (6 feet).
Admission are Adults, Seniors and Students $5.00
Children 6 to 12 $4.00
Active Military with ID Free
Groups of 10 $3.00 per person