“Honoring the Fallen: Reflecting on 9/11 through Betty Blanco’s Presentation and Memorial Wall Exhibition” Las Animas, Colorado – Join us at the John Rawlings Heritage Center as we come together to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks through a special exhibition showcasing the 9/11 Memorial… Continue reading

Boggsville History

150 YEARS OF HISTORY Boggsville played an important, and brief, role in the development of Southeast Colorado. The settlement’s local and regional historic value was recognized by its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places, as an early Colorado agricultural and trade center, and is also a certified site… Continue reading

Mission Statement

The Bent County Historical Society (BHS) preserves the history and heritage of Bent County through the facilitation of the Bent County Chronicle, Art Guild, programs and activities that interpret the culture and architectural history of the region, the operation and preservation of the John W. Rawlings Heritage Center and Museum… Continue reading

Vision Statement

The Bent County Historical Society (BHS) exists to promote the overall history and culture of Bent County. BHS supports the experience by a multigenerational audience and offers historical and cultural programs that will highlight the importance of Bent County in the growth of our state and region. BHS supports the… Continue reading


At this time, our Heritage Library is open on Tuesdays from 9am to 3pm. The John W. Rawlings Heritage Library are a small all-volunteer staff that work hard to keep our archives open to the public.  Our suggested donation for research requests is $10.00 per hour per each request, and… Continue reading

History of the Bent County Historical Society (formerly The Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County)

The Bent County Historical Society (BHS) exists to promote the unique history and culture of Bent County to a multigenerational audience. Founded in 1957 and officially becoming a non-profit in 1968, BHS operates the John W. Rawlings Heritage Center & Museum, the Boggsville National Historical Site, the Old Trail Art… Continue reading