NEWS FROM THE BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

FUN BEFORE THE STORM
By Kathleen Tomlin

Last week an amazing thing happened in Las Animas at the Museum! The Museum joined forces with the Senior Opportunity Center, the Bent County HealthCare Center, Prairie View Village, and all seniors to offer a free meal at the Museum with tours, music and a free pasta lunch. All partners donated food, and everything came together in a fabulous way. When I thought about cancelling due to the weather predictions and called Sonora, the idea was nixed, and we decided, the SHOW MUST GO ON! High winds, possible snow, and rain was predicted. Well I must say that the seniors of Bent County showed us how to do it! They came rain or shine and had the best time! Almost 70 people enjoyed the Museum, visiting with each other, winning door prizes, eating pasta with yummy Bent County Art Guild desserts, and listening to Bonnie Hoffman play some wonderful Irish tunes on the beautiful old Steinway Piano. Several of them said a little rain wasn’t going to stop them! Thank goodness everyone was home safely before those terrible winds hit! I think someone was watching over us survive the Bent County Hurricane of 2019! Thanks to all who came, helped, donated food and items, and especially to Rob who worked so hard to keep that coffee coming, and other important tasks. Yes, per your request, we will do this again!

 

NEWS FROM THE BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
By Kathleen Tomlin
February 18, 2019
BENT COUNTY CHRONICLE #29 ON SALE: A new edition of the Bent County Chronicle is on sale now. This issue features the Sena Family (a wonderful look at Las Animas in the early days) and the veteran’s story is Jess Garcia, Vietnam Veteran, and Bent County Hero. Issues are $5.00 each and members get them free with their subscription to the Bent County Historical Society.
COMING EVENTS: Free Senior Day at the Museum on March 13th and Boggsville Cleanup Day on April 13th.
CURRENT HOURS: Museum and the Old Trail Gallery are open on Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm; Wednesday – Friday 1-4pm, and Saturday noon to 4pm. Historical Society members are FREE! Visit the Old Trail Gallery for your shopping needs – NEW ITEMS AVAILABLE NOW including Wyatt Earp books and the recently printed Cattlewomen napkins. No admission charge to shop! Please call to arrange tours of the Museum afterhours at 456-6066 or 469-2721. Boggsville is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Contact 456-1358 or 281-6877 for any special arrangements. RESEARCH LIBRARY: Open on Tuesdays at 9am – please make an appointment for specific research requests by calling the Museum at 456-6066.
BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TIDBITS: Like us at Bent County Historical Society and Boggsville Landmark on Facebook!! If you aren’t on Facebook, try our webpage, bentcountyheritage.org; and for the technically challenged, just give us a call at 719.456.6066. Enjoy the virtual tours of the Museum and Boggsville right from your own home on our new website. Thanks to all of you for your continued support – we couldn’t do it without fantastic people like you! Kathleen Tomlin

 

CELEBRATION OF MARDI GRAS
By Kathleen Tomlin

The Bent County Art Guild celebrated a sit-down Mardi Gras Dinner at the Museum this past Sunday evening. 32 people enjoyed the celebration and learned more about the Mardi Gras tradition, coming to New Orleans through its French heritage in 1699. The Art Guild ladies did an excellent job of setting the mood and guests were encouraged to wear masks and beads which were provided. The Otero Junior College International Group and the True Blue volunteers served the guests dinner. Menu was New Orleans cuisine of Creole cole slaw, cornbread and gumbo, thanks to Steve Bourne, cook. Following the dinner, everyone enjoyed pieces of King Cakes and learned about that tradition, which was brought to New Orleans from France in 1870. A King cake is a bakery delicacy, crossed between a coffee cake and a French pasty, that is as rich in history as it is in flavor. It’s decorated in royal colors of purple, which signifies justice, green for faith, and gold for power. Hidden in the cake is a tiny plastic baby prize. If you find the prize, you are “King” for a day and must host the next party. This year the official Mardi Gras celebration will be Tuesday, March 5th. Following dinner, guests enjoyed music by MacKenzie King and Joseph Eubank, dancing, and taking pictures. Thanks to the Bent County Art Guild for a very enjoyable evening!

NEWS FROM THE BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
By Kathleen Tomlin
February 4, 2019
MARDI GRAS DINNER: It’s not too late! Make your reservations now for a wonderful sit-down dinner and entertainment in the Grand Hall at the Museum. Sunday February 10 at 5:30 pm – Mardi Gras Dinner with New Orleans cuisine sponsored by the Bent County Art Guild – reservations only – $20.00 each – includes meal, photos, entertainment. Call Linda Bourne at 688-2508 to make a reservation. Come in costume or just come and have fun!
CURRENT HOURS: Museum and the Old Trail Gallery are open on Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm; Wednesday – Friday 1-4pm, and Saturday noon to 4pm. Historical Society members are FREE! Visit the Old Trail Gallery for your shopping needs – NEW ITEMS AVAILABLE NOW and specialty gifts with no admission charge. Please call to arrange tours at 456-6066 or 469-2721. Boggsville is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Contact 456-1358 or 281-6877 for any special arrangements. RESEARCH LIBRARY: Open on Tuesdays at 9am – please make an appointment for specific research requests by calling the Museum at 456-6066.
BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TIDBITS: Like us at Bent County Historical Society and Boggsville Landmark on Facebook!! If you aren’t on Facebook, try our webpage, bentcountyheritage.org; and for the technically challenged, just give us a call at 719.456.6066. Enjoy the virtual tours of the Museum and Boggsville right from your own home on our new website. Thanks to all of you for your continued support – we couldn’t do it without fantastic people like you! Kathleen Tomlin

By Kathleen Tomlin
January 28, 2019
ANNUAL MEETING:  Thanks to all who attended our annual meeting – it was a great lunch and presentation.  Welcome new board members, Joe Frausto and Anita Pointon.  New officers are Larry Bourne, President; Kathleen Tomlin, Vice-President; Joyce Brooks, Secretary; and Linda Bourne, Treasurer.  Thanks so much to Larry Tucker and the Copper Kitchen for providing the roast beef and to all those that helped.  A special thanks to Chuck Hanagan for his excellent presentation which was enjoyed immensely by all those at attended!
COMING SOON Sunday February 10 at 5:30 pm – Mardi Gras Dinner with New Orleans cuisine sponsored by the Bent County Art Guild – reservations only – $20.00 each – includes meal, photos, entertainment.  Call Linda Bourne at 688-2508 to make a reservation.  Come in costume or just come and have fun!
CURRENT HOURS:  Museum and the Old Trail Gallery are open on Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm; Wednesday – Friday 1-4pm, and Saturday noon to 4pm.  Historical Society members are FREE!  Visit the Old Trail Gallery for your shopping needs – NEW ITEMS AVAILABLE NOW and specialty gifts with no admission charge.  Please call to arrange tours at 456-6066 or 469-2721.  Boggsville is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.  Contact 456-1358 or 281-6877 for any special arrangements.  RESEARCH LIBRARY:  Open on Tuesdays at 9am – please make an appointment for specific research requests by calling the Museum at 456-6066.
BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TIDBITS:  Like us at Bent County Historical Society and Boggsville Landmark on Facebook!!  If you aren’t on Facebook, try our webpage, bentcountyheritage.org; and for the technically challenged, just give us a call at 719.456.6066.  Enjoy the virtual tours of the Museum and Boggsville right from your own home on our new website.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support – we couldn’t do it without fantastic people like you!   Kathleen Tomlin

Chuck Hanagan, our presenter at the Annual Meeting The History Of Swink,Co with other Pictures of our board members receiving awards. 

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NEWS FROM THE BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
By Kathleen Tomlin
January 6, 2019
HAPPY NEW YEAR: We would like to take this time to thank all who attended and volunteered at our Christmas event and other events throughout the year – this includes Historical Society, Boggsville, Museum and Art Guild activities!! We would also like to thank you for paying your dues and donating to preserve Bent County History. We have had a fantastic year and are making plans for an even better 2019!
ANNUAL MEETING: Our annual meeting will be held on January 21st with a luncheon, annual meeting to elect new officers, and a presentation. This is when we take time to honor our friends, volunteers and partners. Victoria Miller, Museum Curator of the Steelworks Center of the West in Pueblo, will present, “Smoke, Steel & Fire: The Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.” The presentation will include a brief social and business history of the company from its founding in the 1870s through 1993.
FUTURE EVENTS: February 10th – Mardi Gras Dinner sponsored by the Bent County Art Guild from 5:30 pm to ? More details to be announced later.
CURRENT HOURS: Museum and the Old Trail Gallery are open on Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm; Wednesday – Friday 1-4pm, and Saturday noon to 4pm. Historical Society members are FREE! Visit the Old Trail Gallery for your shopping needs – specialty gifts and no admission charge. Please call to arrange tours at 456-6066 or 469-2721. Boggsville is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Contact 456-1358 or 281-6877 for any special arrangements. RESEARCH LIBRARY: Open on Tuesdays at 9am – please make an appointment for specific research requests by calling the Museum at 456-6066.
BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TIDBITS: Like us at Bent County Historical Society and Boggsville Landmark on Facebook!! If you aren’t on Facebook, try our webpage, bentcountyheritage.org; and for the technically challenged, just give us a call at 719.456.6066. Enjoy the virtual tours of the Museum and Boggsville right from your own home. Thanks to all of you for your continued support – we couldn’t do it without fantastic people like you! Kathleen Tomlin

NEWS FROM THE BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
By Kathleen Tomlin
December 17, 2018
CHRISTMAS AT THE MUSEUM THANKS: Thanks to all who attended and volunteered at our Christmas event. We would also like to take this time to thank all those that attended and volunteered for all our events this year for the Historical Society at Boggsville and the Museum. We have had a fantastic year and are making plans for an even better 2019!
FUTURE EVENTS: February 10th – Mardi Gras Dinner sponsored by the Bent County Art Guild; February/March Historical Society Annual Meeting – date to be announced.
CURRENT HOURS: Museum and the Old Trail Gallery are open on Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm; Wednesday from 1-4pm, Thursdays noon to 4pm, and Friday-Saturday 1-4pm. Historical Society members are FREE! Visit the Old Trail Gallery for your shopping needs – great gifts for Christmas giving and no admission charge. Please call to arrange tours at 456-6066 or 469-2721. Boggsville is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON. Contact 456-1358 or 281-6877 for any special arrangements. RESEARCH LIBRARY: Open on Tuesdays at 9am – please make an appointment for specific research requests – by calling the Museum at 456-6066.
BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TIDBITS: Like us at Bent County Historical Society and Boggsville Landmark on Facebook!! If you aren’t on Facebook, try our webpage, bentcountyheritage.org; and for the technically challenged, just give us a call at 719.456.6066. Enjoy the virtual tours of the Museum and Boggsville right from your own home. Thanks to all of you for your continued support – we couldn’t do it without great people like you! Kathleen Tomlin

 

NEWS FROM THE BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY

By Kathleen Tomlin

November 26, 2018

ESSAY CONTEST:  Winners are announced in a separate article!  Thanks to all the students who participated and to all those that attended.

CHRISTMAS AT THE MUSEUMDecember 8th from 11:30 to 4pm – Join us for our annual celebration!  Cost is $6.00 for adults, kids $3.00, and kids under 6 are free. Family fun with a delicious chili lunch and all the trimmings; crafts for kids, Christmas Storytime; accordion, piano, and music performances; Santa photo booth; ornery elves; craft sales, and LOTS of chances at several drawings!  Go on a new adventure with Drone Bros. virtual reality tent experience – play games or visit a destination of your choice!  

FUTURE EVENTS:  December 18th – noon – Ugly Sweater Contest and Luncheon for volunteers

CURRENT HOURS:  Museum and the Old Trail Gallery are open on Tuesdays from 9am to 4pm and Wednesday through Saturdays from noon to 4pm.  Visit the Old Trail Gallery FREE for your shopping needs – great gifts for Christmas giving.  Please call to arrange tours at 456-6066 or 469-2721.  Boggsville is now CLOSED FOR THE SEASON.  Contact 456-1358 or 281-6877 for any special arrangements.  RESEARCH LIBRARYOpen on Tuesdays at 9am – please make an appointment for specific research requests – by calling the Museum at 456-6066.

BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TIDBITS:  Like us at Bent County Historical Society and Boggsville Landmark on Facebook!!  If you aren’t on Facebook, try our webpage, bentcountyheritage.org; and for the technically challenged, just give us a call at 719.456.6066.  Enjoy the virtual tours of the Museum and Boggsville right from your own home.  Thanks to all of you for your continued support – we have many blessings to be thankful for! Kathleen Tomlin

 

 

ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS

By Kathleen Tomlin

November 25, 2018

 Bent County Historical Society is proud to announce the winners of their annual Essay Contest for 7th graders.  The contest entitled, “Giving Thanks to our Elders’ History” and the awards ceremony was held on November 20th in the Grand Hall at the Museum with 42 people attending.  Appreciation was expressed to the teachers that make the contest possible – Melissa Steinbrunn, McClave and Jean Wagner, Las Animas – and their efforts to encourage students to write.  Diane Baublits, Volunteer Librarian for the Heritage Library, told a moving story about a lady she had completed research for from Paradise, California.  The lady lost her home and 20 years of genealogy research in the fire, but luckily, she shared her research with us.  Diane encouraged families to write stories and share them with their families.  Eleven students from McClave and Las Animas Middle School competed.  The winners were:  First – Kenna McElroy, McClave, $25.00, “Hasty During the Construction of John Martin Dam”; Second – Alicia Deatherage, Las Animas, $20.00, “Papa’s Life Through Eyes of Granny,” featuring Mike and Linda Smith; Third – Antonio Marfil, Las Animas, $15.00, “1958 Las Animas Through Dad’s Eyes,” featuring Frank Marfil, Jr.; Fourth – Makayla Hall, Las Animas, $10.00, “The Life of Arlene Muriel (Rippetoe) West, Grandma”;  Fifth – Chanel LaBarge, Las Animas, $10.00, “Deborah Sue Bewley ‘Grandma ‘ ”, featuring Deborah Abdulla.  All the winners did a great job of reading their essays, and refreshments followed.   Thanks to all the students and teachers for participating in the contest; all essays are available in our Heritage Library.

 

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