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Events 2017

New Exhibits in 2017

Newspaper Exhibit Dollhouse Exhibit Lyons Redstone history museum opening for the summer, tells the story of Lyons, including its famous sandstone quarries, arts/music/cultural heritage, historic buildings, and more, through exhibits, posters, photograph "aisle", displays and more. The entrance to the museum has been renovated, newly painted, and new fascinating photographic history graphics grace the walls. Get a map of local Historic Buildings. THREE enhanced exhibits, and THREE new exhibits open this summer. Learn about the famous campaign to stop the building of Coffintop Dam. See "First Editions" of five newspapers that covered news in the area beginning in 1890 (see below "May History Month"). Thrill to the sight of extravagant Doll Houses (opens in June, closes Oct. 1). Read the stories of History Preservation campaigners and researchers over the decades. See popular 2016 exhibit: 125 years of Cameras. New: Lyons Senior Golden Gang Albums going back to the 1980s are available for viewing. The senior group closed its doors a year ago. Thanks to Dolph Swift who donated a display they prepared recognizing the Swift, Bohn, and Smith families (1889-2003).

MODERNIZATION OF MUSEUM:


NEWSLETTER: Be sure to send us your mailing address to get our annual Newsletter. Thanks go to Kathleen Spring for taking the 4x6 postcard and turning it into a full page newsletter beginning in 2015! and for coordinating the digitizing of the address labels, and getting a discounted postage license. Your donations are needed to help cover the costs.
PAINTING! We are always striving to modernize the museum operations. This year the entrance hallway was painted and the old exhibits were replaced with graphics and photographs. Stop by and see the changes!
UPDATED exhibits include: the Dairy equipment exhibit; Ramey's bank; Minnie Hutchinson and the Ladies Club; Stop Coffintop Dam. Also see Lyons Businesses Over the Decades (2015); Lyons Antique Kids Korner (2016); Schoolhouse Remembrances; Lyons Post Offices (2015); Great Flood of 2013, including video (2014); two exhibits of Arrowheads of Colorado; Electric Insulator Collection.

DIGITIZING: Aisle of Photosthe part-time staff in Lyons is on their fifth year of digitizing its newspapers, and has now expanded to include items and photographs. This winter items were being entered in the Past Perfect software program. And, photos were scanned from the 2nd floor "Aisle of History," and the graduation photos dating back to the 20s/30s. Thanks to the many grants that made this possible, incl. from the Town of Lyons, and Lyons Community Foundation.
ORDER PHOTOS: Now you can order a copy of those photos for your home!
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PIONEER INTERVIEWS:Pioneer Interviews on DVD Lyons Oral History of its Pioneers: Stop by the museum to check out the DVDs of the 60 pioneers who did life-story interviews for the Lyons History Video Project, and view them on the museum's TV monitor (as of June 1). -- Donations are needed to transcribe the videoes into text-format, and eventually a book. Send donations to: Lyons History Video Project, POBox 274, Lyons, CO 80540. Many thanks!!

TUESDAY TALKS: TUESDAY TALKS: The Second and Fourth Tuesday History Talk at 5:30pm is free and new each week, including the return of popular Camera Obscura on 7/11. See local newspapers and facebook for listings. 5:30-7:30pm Program of Lyons History or by Historian “History Conversations” (Programs July 11 & 25; Aug.8 & 22; Sept 5th & 19th)

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==OPEN weekends in May, daily 5/29 to 10/1, 9:30am to 4:30, but opens 12:30am on Sundays == Free, or by donation.
==HISTORY CAMP NEW SPONSOR this year! Lyons Automotive is donating $500 to help educate Lyons kids on its town's history. Offered to Lyons kids 6 to 10 years old from July 31 to Aug. 4. This very popular camp teaches local children about old-time life in Colorado. This year emphasis is on wildlife and transportation.
==Thanks to staff, part-time staff and volunteers: Teri Weir, Kathleen Spring, Monique Sawyer-Lang, Baiba Lennard, Priscilla Cohen, Ron Pederson, Jerry Johnson, Steve Lang, and Director LaVern Johnson.
==Happy 90th Birthday to Ms Johnson, who will be celebrating on July 22, from 6 to 7:15pm before the Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance! And going to a Rockies ballgame on Sunday for $10. Everyone is invited! Call (303) 823-5925 for more information.

Annual 41st Good Old Days Program 6/24/17

TOWN EVENTS: 5K RIVER RUN–8:00am. in Sandstone Park. Register at the Town web site.
In Meadow Park: LaVern Park and 90 yearsPublic Dedication of LaVern M. Johnson Park (formerly, Meadow Park) tentatively at 11 a.m. // followed by Square Dance Exhibition by Yonder square dancers & Dave Guile. // All other activities at Sandstone Park: everyone welcome to participate or attend! // 10-3pm-Car Show // noon-5pm-Kids Games and Vendors. Live Music and Beer Garden in evening.==These times are effected 5/1/17.
History program at Museum: 1pm to 2pm (recognize Class of 1967 as Mr\Mrs Good Old days; Lyons Pioneer Families, Classes of the ‘07’s; 2017 graduates from Pioneer families) – Open House, come and see 3 New and 4 updated old displays. (Program repeated, 5:30 pm – Sandstone Park.
Good Old days Square Dance at Lyons Elementary Gym, with Leroy Shade-Rounds-7:30pm; Dave Guille-Squares 8:00pm-10:15pm.
= Tell us about your Alumni reunions or picnics, and we will post it online and in the local newspaper. A 30th Year Reunion of the Class of 1987, will take place at Smoking Dave’s BBQ. Kelly (Mcconnell) Duff from Silt, Co. was in town to make arrangements. Note, there is no parade, nor amusement rides. Events are only on Saturday.


MAY HISTORY MONTH/Annual May Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month Program

restoredDepotLyons Museum open Weekends in May (Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun 12:30-4:30pm) = Opening new permanent exhibit: Lyons Newspapers: A History = Opening "Open-House" reception: Saturday, May 6th, 5:30-7:30. It chronicles the newspapers that have been a part of Lyons history. The museum is fortunate to have in it collections the original first editions of a number of Lyons newspapers including: the Longs Peak Rustler, which began publication in 1890 with publisher Ben Durr; the original Lyons Recorder published from 1900 to 1943, the Lyons News which began publication in 1946; The New Lyons Recorder in the 1960s and the Redstone Review which began publication in February 2000. Additional interactive materials are also available.

Lyons Railroad Depot restoration gets 2017 Heritage Roundtable Local History and Preservation Honor Award, given to Project Director Christina Wells, May 2017. Annual May Boulder County Program.
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Events/Exhibits 2016

QUASQUICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION 2016

125yr-lyons The museum and Town of Lyons are celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Lyons Incorporation April 6, 1891-2016. Thanks to LaVern Johnson, Museum Director, Stevie LaRue, artist Ruth Wilson and Jacque Watson, Lyons EDC, for help in planning the April 4th Celebration at Town Hall. Past Mayor John O'Brien and new Mayor Connie Sullivan spoke about the Town's progress. Mike and John Loukonen gave quarrying history back to the 1890s. LaVern Johnson told about the town's beginnings. And Lyons poems were read. The full house enjoyed live old-time music, cake, and free souvenirs. An additional event will be presented at Good Old Days; 1pm-Museum; 6pm-Sandstone Park.

Want in on the Celebration? === The event was video-taped by Kathleen Spring and will be available for viewing at the museum soon. We have developed a commemorative envelope with a sketch of the town in 1881 by Ruth Wilson, with postmark cancel April 6, 2016. It contains the history of the town and copies of black and white historical photos. Buy in Town $5 or mail $7.00 to the Museum, P O Box 9, Lyons 80540. An additional program will be done during Good Old Days.

Annual 40th Good Old Days Program 6/25/16

Good Old Days

TOWN EVENTS: 5K RIVER RUN–8:00am- Sandstone Park; 10am-3pm Car Show, Sandstone Park; 11am-1pm Kidspace, Sandstone Park; 1-6pm Kids Games (Climbing Wall, Kayaking Tank, Water Balls, Slide, Obstacle Course) Sandstone Park; TBD Legendary Ladies; TBD Mayama Dance Performance. Evening: Stage Area in Park: Live Music; Food Truck, Chamber Beer Garden - TBD.

MUSEUM EVENTS: 1 pm - 3 pm Museum Lawn, History Program and New Exhibits. 6pm Sandstone Park, Historical comments and Introductions.
HISTORY PROGRAM: Celebrate 125th Town Anniversary; Good Old Days 40th Anniv.; Honor Class of 1966 as Mr\Mrs. Good Old Days; Alumni stories and Reunions; Honor Classes of ‘06’s (1926, 1936, etc.); Honor Pioneers attending and Lyons Grad Class of 2016 from Pioneer families. 9:30am-4:30pm Museum Open House. = Tell us about your Alumni reunions or picnics, and we will post it online and in the local newspaper.


125 YEARS OF OLD TIME CAMERAS 9/11/16

camera-exhibitA dozen Cameras from 1890s to 1960s will be on display at the Lyons Redstone Museum. Lyons is celebrating its 125th year of incorporation, and Lyons native Ron Pederson will be digging out of his esteemed archive several unique cameras representing the different eras. They will be added to the museum's current collection to make up a dozen cameras for the Exhibit Opening. From a subminiature 2" x2" camera in a leather case, to a fine wood and brass 8 x 10 glass plate camera.

Three professional photographers will be describing the unique qualities of each camera. Included will be an informative handout, examples of the photo process ("why is the picture upside down?"), and samples of photography paraphernalia. Hands-on items to view and interact with. See the inside of a camera. Try out different viewfinders. See a negative reflected through an enlarger.

Celebrate Grandparents day by getting a professional photo for a small fee. Bring a card with the story about your grandparents' first camera, and we'll post it with their photo.
Opens at 1 p.m. Sunday 9/11, and closes at 4:30 p.m. Sunday 10/2; Pederson's collection will close. Museum's camera collection will continue on display when museum opens next spring.

MAY HISTORY MONTH/Annual May Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month Program

Museum open Weekends in May (Sat 9:30am-4:30pm, Sun 12:30-4:30pm) "Art at the Redstone Museum" exhibition. Explore 103 years of Lyons history through its artists from the 1911 works of Newt Thomas to the 2014 series of prints by artist Larry Cohan depicting scenes of the 2013 Lyons flood. Bring forth your “inner artist” in the Creative Corner, take on the “I Spy” challenge. On display for the 2016 season. Opening reception: Saturday, May 7th 5-7pm. Free admission.

LYONS ORAL HISTORY

Continuing the final stage of the Lyons Pioneer Oral History Project over the next year, transcribing them, and publishing them in a book later in 2017. While the videos are treasures, it will be easier to do research if the interviews are typed up. This cannot be done without the support of the community. Send donations to: Lyons History Video Project, POBox 274, Lyons. Contact Kathleen Spring to be a major sponsor for upcoming events and book acknowledgements, or if you know a Pioneer who has not been interviewed. Museum Office: (303) 823-5271.

LYONS HISTORY DAY CAMP, August 2016

kids camp 2016This very popular camp is in its 7th year. It takes place 2 weeks before school restarts in fall; crafts and interactive education; large scrapbook album allows kids to share their lessons. Themes include Lyons history and old-time lifestyle. 2016 will include discussing the beginning of Lyons 125 years ago; play "what if?" game where you chose the business you would have opened up in 1880 if Edward Lyon had not come here; and name that town; education and hands-on old-fashion cooking and food lessons; and see and create with old-fashion and modern day construction toys. Each year kids paint a piece of local sandstone (see photo). For Lyons kids only, ages 6 to 10. (supported by Lyons Community Foundation)

2016 EXHIBITS

NEW EXHIBITS: (see Opening dates on Facebook): ** Art at the Redstone Museum ** Kids Corner (Antique Toys & More) ** Honoring 40 years of Museum Workers ** 19th & 20th Century Camera Exhibit ** 125th Anniv. Display

PLUS 2015 Continuing EXHIBITS: ** Honoring Lyons Significant History Preservationists ** Chronicling Lyons Long-Time Businesses ** Ute & Cheyenne Indians in Lyons ** Lyons Buddhist Monk ** 2013 Flood Memorabilia & Media (expanded 2016) ** Expanded Pharmacy Exhibit

Meadow Park renamed LaVern M Johnson Park

RenameMeadowPkIn appreciation for 50 years of service to the community of Lyons, the Lyons board of trustees voted on a Resolution to rename Meadow Park. The Park was severely damaged during the 2013 flood and will be considered a new park, and so the Town Trustees gave it a new name. The Park will be partially opened this May/June and dedicated September 4, 2016, begining 4 p.m.


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Events 2015

Annual Good Old Days Program 6/27/15

MUSEUM EVENTS: Redstone Museum "lawn" 1-3pm: Honoring all high school graduates who graduated 50 years or more ago as Mr & Mrs. Good Old Days. Honoring 2015 grads from Pioneer Families (50+ years). Welcoming Pioneers and Alumni/Reunions. !SHINDIG! History Community Party 5-8pm Rogers hall: 3 hrs of entertainment (see description below). Fundraiser for Oral History Project.

TOWN EVENTS: 7am pancake Breakfast//. 8am River Run 5K // KidSpace by River Church//Car Show 10am-5pm// Live Bands on Stage all day 11am to 5pm // Library Book Sale// Avid & Adventure Kayaking Tank and Climbing Wall/ Airborne Games Bungee Trampoline, Water Balls & Human Gyroscope Ball // 11am - 8:30pm Chamber Beer Garden & Food Trucks // Yellow Design Kids Bike Clinic 4-5pm// Yellow Design Stunt Team Big Air Show 5-5:30pm// Mayama Dance Performance 5:15pm-6pm (cancelled)// Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance 7:30-10:15pm, Elementary School Gym (fee). // Music at night at Oskar Blues.
Events take place at Sandstone Park in the middle of town, unless otherwise indicated. This year the annual event is only on Saturday.

Shindig! Community History party w/food & 3 live entertainment 5-8pm Rogers Hall (fee)

Honor retiring Librarian Merlyn Williams


FIRST Annual May History MONTH:
Special New Events Every Weekend!

gatew-dbl Lyons' historical heritage is an integral part of the Town. Town residents will have the opportunity this year to learn more about their town's history through special events taking place throughout the month of May. Enjoy entertaining speakers, live music, tours, prizes and more. The Redstone Museum is opening early this year, on May 1st, and it will have a new stimulating program each weekend. Project Director is Kathleen Spring.
* Three free Saturday History Programs, 1 p.m.- 3 p.m., and Unveiling New Exhibits
~~ Lyons History PRESERVATIONISTS - crusaders re-living events from 1970s to today! Learn the saga of who saved the Town's buildings and history. Sat. May 2
~~ 135 years of Lyons Businesses & their Historic Buildings - Tales, Tours and Maps of Lyons oldest businesses and historic buildings. Sat., May 16. Followed by guided tours of Historic Area provided by seven local teens.
~~ Video & Speakers with Personal Flood Stories, Music & More (added to existing 2013 Flood Exhibit) ~ Sat. May 23
~~ Play about Lyons History ~ weekend of May 30th (fee) **NOTE** The play was not organized by the Historical Society, and the (independent) gentleman doing it was not able to put it on. flood damage

enosmills * !'SHINDIG'! Community History Party with Old-Fashioned Potluck, live Old-Time Music, Historical Speakers, Silent Auction and More. RESCHEDULED due to flood waters; now 6/27/15 ***Featuring*** an Enos Mills re-enactor telling how he became known as the Father of the Rocky Mt. Natl. Park, helping establish it 100 years ago this year. Tales of Lyons Pioneer Griff Evans who had roots in the establishment of Lyons' quarries. He is infamous in Estes Park, for shooting Rocky Mt Jim. Live Performance of Americana music, with some bluegrass, to wrap up the night. Huge Silent auction with Gift Certificates from almost every business and restaurant in town. Plus Rockies tix and Planet Bluegrass tix, and several bottles of local gin and liquers. *** Fundraiser to "Preserve Lyons Pioneer Oral History." Sat., May xx at 5p.m., Rogers Hall, High Street and 4th, next to the Old Stone Church. Ticket donation $10 with potluck dish for 6+ =or= $18 flat donation. SEND DONATIONS TO THE POBox indicated below.

Sign up for a Golden Ticket, which entitles the holder to chances at prizes for those who attend multiple events. Attend all events, and get a free history book. Note, the party and the play Pre-sale of tickets at Lyons Reruns or the Museum. will take place off museum grounds. Updates weekly on museum's Facebook page.

Supported by CDBG-DR Tourism Grant, Lyons Historical Society, State of Colorado Recovery Office & Lyons Tourism, Lyons Community Foundation -and- Participant in Colorado Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month
Contact Kathleen Spring, Project Director, for more information or to make a donation. Mail to: Lyons History Video Project, POBox 274, Lyons, CO 80540. Email: lavern921@aol.com or call 303-823-5271 and ask for Ms.Spring. Opening Early for the Entire Month of MAY 2015. Daily 9:30am-4:30pm (Sun. opens 12:30pm)

June Update:
The May History Month was a big success, with approximately three to eight speakers arranged for each event by Ms. Spring, along with videos, photos and music. History preservation awards were given to the 1st Historical Society President, to LaVern Johnson for 40 years of service, to the four authors who have covered the entire history of Lyons, and to the person gathering the oral histories. An updated Flood exhibit, and three town officials' speeches updated the progress since the flood. Almost 200 businesses were honored in the new Lyons Business Display, going back to 1900. Highlighted were women owners, sandstone quarries, lodgings and food.

Still on hold are the completion of the past three years of scanning newspapers; completion of the interviews of flood survivors; establising the Past perfect program; getting grant money to do garment exhibits. Major progress was made in cleaning up the old filing, obituaries, and article clipping.

In addition to the three new exhibits presented in May, two others were completed in the fall 2014: Buddhist monk; Indians in Lyons. Cleaning up existing displays, and adding new ones over the past four years has been done by Kathleen Spring.

January Update:
The exterior enovations of the museum building are completed. The next focus will be on assisting the Lyons History Video Project in transcribing the approximately 60 video interviews of pioneer families. funds are being raised. Sponsors and doners can contact Ms. Spring. // The Historical Society is working with the Town and Chamber tourism offices to put on a month-long History Month in May. The museum will open May 1st and remain open all month. This will include entertainment and educational events. More details to come. // Scanning of the 2013 and 2014 newspapers is under way, and this will get the museum caught up by spring. Patrons can do genealogical research on the museum computers. // A grant was received in 2014 to work on the archives of objects donated. The digitalization program is called Past Perfect, and should start in spring 2015 by Ms. Cohan. This will include a more aggressive accessioning of past donated items by Ms. Lang in spring. // Flood Stories are still being collected all year by Ms. Cohan. It is anticipated that she will complete the compilation documentary video possibly by the May History Month event. // Nominations for Flood Hereos are still being collected by Ms. Spring. Missed names and new nominees will be added on a matching poster to the existing one, and presented in September 2015.




Events 2014

Christmas Events: Gift Bazaar, Fireworks, Synchronized Musical Light Display, Lights Parade: December 6. Bazaar continues Sunday Dec. 7th. Almost double the number of participants. See last year's write up for more details.

Lyons Elementary School: all 2nd and 3rd graders came to learn about Lyons history and get a tour of the museum in November 2013 (approximately 120 children, plus sponsors) by curator Kathleen Spring. The first draft of a children's book on Lyons history was produced by Ms Spring, and distributed to the students.

LYONS ONE YEAR RECOVERY ANNIVERSARY

Flood Commemoration PROGRAM - go to http://www.lyonsoneyearstrong.com/ for full list of events Friday/Satur/Sunday
-- "Town-wide" Activities Scheduled: September 11-14, 2014 --

HISTORICAL SOCIETY SPONSORED EVENTS:
We invite you to come to one or all, if possible
Sunday, Sept. 14th,
==1-2pm- Honoring Gerald Boland, our longtime Coach, Teacher, and Friend, who lost his life in the Flood - at Lyons Elementary School, 4th & High. Dedication of the bus lane to Boland Lane with sandstone bench and plaque (donations can go to Lyons Community Foundation-Boland Scholarship, Box 546, Lyons, Colo. 80540) Brief Talks by: School District, Alumni, Family, LHS
==2-3pm - Dedication of the *Flood Display* and *Flood Heroes* at the Lyons Redstone Museum (inside) Brief Talks by: LaVern Johnson, Kathleen Spring, Priscilla Cohan, Monique Sawyer-Lang, Baiba Lennard.
We are remembering our stressful year since the September, 2013 flood, with 20" of rain, 30,000 cubic feet of water a second, the 170 that lost their homes; the 200 that are still having to live-out-of town, but We are All Ever Thankful that we Survived. Lyons-Strong! Come Join Us. LaVern Johnson, President LHS

== 38TH LYONS “GOOD OLD DAYS” JUNE 27-28, 2014, BOHN PARK==

NOTE: Due to the "100 year Flood" damage, Bohn Park and Town staff services are not fully restored, and the Town of Lyons has reduced the event to two days this year (closed Sunday); no baseball tournament, no pancake breakfast, no parade, no Library book and bake sale. The library was also damaged in the flood, and requests people to send their used books to local Longmont used book stores, and mark the profits to go to the Lyons Depot Library. The history museum was not damaged, and will be producing an abbrievated "Flood" exhibit at Good Old Days, and an extended exhibit beginning on the anniversary of the flood in September 2014. There may not be a "Kids Space," but there will be a few fun bike events, like costume contest. NEW: Mayama dance exhibition. There will be two car shows on Saturday near Fourth and Main Streets.

==FRI: JUNE 27,5-11pm-BOHN PARK: Food, Carnival, Beer Garden, Music; Kid Animals (SEE Satur. for more details on activities); 8-11pm-DANCE; 9:15pm- Crown MR\MS “GOOD OLD DAYS” Honoring of Lyons FLOOD HEROES:
***Nominations are being gathered by the Society. Send to: lavern921@aol.com with a little story. OK to mention others who helped significantly, in addition to your nominee.***

Mayor John O'Brien will present the awards, incl. Ex-Mayor Julie VanDomelen; and Past\Present Town Boards: Honoring: FLOOD HEROES: First Responders-Firemen\Sheriff; Town Board\Staff\ Volunteers; Lifebridge Church, School staff; Red Cross, Salvation Army, Army Corps of Eng, Nat’l Guard, FEMA, State, County, DOLA, Church Disaster Relief Groups AND MORE.~~ALL Helpers receive a Thank You Certf. There will be a brief Memorial to Gerald Boland, who passed away in the flood. The public is invited. All Pioneers and Alumni present will be introduced. ; Honor: LHS-ALUMNI CLASSES-of-04’s=1934,’44,’54,’64,’74,’84,’94,’04,’14.

==SAT. JUNE 28 8am 5K RUN, Sandstone Park=9:30am Awards, Vasquez Stage //10am-11pm GODaysEvents@BOHN PARK Food, Carnival, BeerGarden, Music, Vendors, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides (EIGHT Bands! over two days);Avid 4 Adventure Climbing Wall; Mayama Dance Performance 7pm. New this year=10am-11:30am Costume Bike Prade in Bohn Park, and Stunt Team Bike clinics (and again at 2pm=clinic). // 11:30-12:30pm lunchtime= ALUMNI JAMBOREE, Meet-your-school-friends @BohnPark,Stage area// 10am-12 VETERANS’CAR SHOW, museum parking lot; 10am-3pm on 4th betw Main & Broadway=YORK’S CAR SHOW.

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM= 1:00pm-3:30pm HISTORY PROGRAM: HONOR MR\MRS GOOD OLD DAYS "FLOOD HEROES"; Brief memorial to Gerald Boland, who passed away in the flood. HONOR 2013-HS GradSeniors-Pioneer Families: Tyler Bernhardt, Jeffrey Boxrud, Annie Von Tribble, Olivia Vasquez, and Logan Watson; Honor LHS-ALUMNI of ’04’s . There will be a dedication of the new sandstone bench and sidewalk repair, donated by Boulder Stagecoach Questers. Dedication of initial 2013 Flood display. Cake and refreshments will be served.

7:30PM-SQUARE DANCE-ElemSch Gym-RED ROCK RAMBLERS SQUARE DANCE 7:30-Rds-L Shade; Sq Dance 8:00-D GUILLE; 9:30- //8:00-11:00p.m.-STREET DANCE, Beer Tent, Food; Carnival. Lots of fun!

==SAT 9:30-4:30 and SUN. 12:30-4:30pm-MUSEUM “OPEN HOUSE” View exhibits, enjoy cake, and Arrange to Meet Your Classmates.


LYONS 2014 EVENTS: : Sandstone Concerts=every Thurs. June-Sept; Red Rock Ramblers Sq.Dance-Sats, Sun 9/1(PLUS)Elem Gym; ==RockyGrass 7/25-27; Bluegrass/Folk-8/15-16; Kinfolk Fest.9/12-13== 8/29-Community BBQ Football; 10/25-Halloween Parade; Comm.Dances 10/25 1st Sats,7pm; 12/6-7-Christmas Bazaar,6:30-Sat-Parade, Fireworks

GARAGE SALE FUNDRAISER for MUSEUM: Weekends of May 31-June 1//and//June 7-8 10am-4pm. The museum is trying to find volunteers to staff it during Good Old Days. All proceeds go toward exterior repairs of museum. Donations welcome.

COLORADO FLOOD STORIES 2013-2014flood damage The state of Colorado suffered a flood disaster September 10, 2013. It has been called the 100-year flood,and 1,000 year flood, depending on which scientific terminology one is referring to. The Lyons Historical Society, along with the Town of Lyons, is collecting information about the tragedy and recovery, to preserve in the museum's archives. September flood stories are being collected every Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m., at the Walt Self Center, 315 Railroad, Lyons, thru June 22, and at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29 during Lyons Good Old Days. Contact Priscilla Cohen to confirm dates, time and location: redstonehistory@gmail.com People are encouraged to bring their own videos, photographs or artifacts for the museum exhibit and archives. An abbrievated exhibit will open during Good Old Days, June 28, at the Redstone Museum. The full exhibit will open during the anniversary week of the flood in September.
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UPDATE ON MUSEUM RENOVATIONSmuseum repairs MAY 2014: After five years, phase two of the renovation plan for the history museum's exterior was completed in May, at a cost of $80,372.00. A large portion of the funds came from the State Historical Fund, which requires contractors to make repairs using the original techniques and/or material that were used when a historic building was originally built. In Phase One, this meant using wood shingles and replicating the cupola. In Phase Two, it meant that the mortar between the sandstone blocks on the first story of the building had to be repointed with rounding tools. In addition, the second story got new rustproof paint, and the 19th century fire escape was refurbished. The director, LaVern Johnson, hopes that the building will be good for another 100 years.

In addition to state funds, the three parties who co-sign the lease chipped in $5,000 each; namely, the Historical Society, the St. Vrain Valley School District, and the Town of Lyons. Many history supporters sent in donations to make up the Society's share of matching funds. Due to the added years it took to get the work done, the price went up, and the museum is in the midst of a second fundraising program, to raise $8,095. Donations can be sent to P. O. Box 9, Lyons CO 80540, marked "Restoration."
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. MUSEUM OPENING FOR SUMMER May 31stThe history museum will open for the season Saturday, May 31, at 9:30 a.m HOURS are: Monday to Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm and Sunday 12:30-4:30pm. (closing day, Sunday September 28) The museum has the three published books on the flood for sale. Watch here for additional exhibits opening up this year.

SUMMER HISTORY CAMP 2014: Kids who love history will be treated to lessons and acting out scenarios involving the mail system of the Old West and early Lyons, including the Pony Express, and reading and writing old-time diaries and letters. They will learn about William F. Cody, also known as Buffalo Bill, who rode in the Pony Express, and was an American soldier, conscientious buffalo hunter, and a world-renown showman, with his Wild West Show. The half day program includes lessons, crafts, drama, scrapbooking, and nutritious light lunch. It is supported by the Lyons Community Fund, who promote Lyons history preservation, which keeps the cost down to $50 per child. All Lyons children are invited to attend, grades 1 to 5, July 14 to 18. Call for more information and to reserve one of the ten spots by July 10. (303) 823-5271.




Events 2013

== 37TH LYONS “GOOD OLD DAYS” JUNE 28-30-BACK IN BOHN PARK==


2013 Mr & Mrs Good Old Days are Lyons "long-time" Volunteer Clubs and Organizations

==THURS FRI SAT SUN: June 27-6PM ;Thur\Fri\Sat\Sun, BASEBALL TOURN.,BOHN PARK:AWARDS-Sun.-5PM

==FRI: JUNE 28,5-11pm-BOHN PARK: Food, Carnival, Beer Garden, Music; 8-11pm-DANCE; 9:15pm- Crown MR\MS “GOOD OLD DAYS” Honoring of Lyons LONG-TIME VOLUNTEER CLUBS and ORGANIZATIONS: Oddfellows Lodge, PTO’s; School Committee; Boy\Girl Scouts; Lions Club; Chamber Commerce; Lions Booster Club; Red Rock Ramblers Square Dancers; Historical Society; Depot-LibraryFriends; Garden Club; and Dam Concerned Citizens; Honor: LHS-ALUMNI CLASSES-of-03’s-1933,’43,’53,’63,’73,’83,’93,’03,’13.

==SAT. JUNE 29 (NO PANCAKE BREAKFAST OR PARADE!) 8am-3pm SCOUT GARAGE SALE@East end SandstonePark//10am-11pm GODaysEvents@BOHN PARK Food,Carnival,BeerGarden,Music,Vendors;Climb Wall//10:30am-2:30pm-KidSpace:Games\Snacks@ElemSch.Playground-SponsorbyRiverChurch// 3-6:00pm; 6:30-9:00pm–BINGO Sponsor by GoldenGang-Bohn Pk.Tent//3 pm; ALUMNI JAMBOREE, Meet-your-school-friends @BohnPark,Stage area// 12:00-12:45pm-Longmont Senior Singers @BohnStage; 9-4pm LYONS DEPOT-LIBRARY BAKE\BOOK SALE in RTD Parking Lot.

12:30-4:30pm MUSEUM(1) OPEN HOUSE (2)MeetYourClassmates (3)View DVD’s “Lyons Pioneer Interviews” LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM//1:00pm-3:30pm HISTORY PROGRAM: HONOR MR\MRS GOOD OLD DAYS(Lyons Long-Time CLUBS and VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS); HONOR 2013-HS GradSeniors-Pioneer Families: MACRAE FALCE, CLINTON HIRSCHFELD, BRITTANY KING; Honor LHS-ALUMNI of ’03’s

7:30PM-SQUARE DANCE-ElemSch Gym-RED ROCK RAMBLERS SQUARE DANCE 7:30-Rds-L Shade; Sq Dance 8:00-D GUILLE; 9:30-55th ANNIV PROGRAM//8:00-11:00p.m.-STREET DANCE, Beer Tent, Food; Carnival. Lots of fun!

==SUN. JUNE 30-8am 5K RUN, SandstonePk=9:30am Awards, Vasquez Stage//9-2pm-LIBRARY BK\BAKE SALE//12:30-4:30pm-MUSEUM “OPEN HOUSE”//11-2pm-Lyons OLD-TIME NEIGHBORHOOD PICNIC-Meadow Pk. SponsorByLyonsRecorder

LYONS 2013 EVENTS: SandstoneSummer Concerts-All Thurs. July-Sept; Red Rock Ramblers Sq.Dance, All Sat.& Sun 9\1(PLUS), ElemSch Gym; 5/31-6/1 Outdoor-Games; 6/7-9 ArtWalk; 6/14-16 Sounds of Lyons(music); July/Aug=Bluegrass/Folk\Kinfolk Fest.; 8/30-Community BBQ Football; 10/26-Halloween Parade; 10-26 & 1st Sats,7pm, Comm.Dances; 12\7-8 Christmas Bazaar,6:30-Sat-Parade, Fireworks


Museum Opening for Summer: June 1, 2013

RedstoneStore The history museum will open for the season Saturday, June 1, at 9:30 a.m HOURS are: Monday to Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm and Sunday 12:30-4:30pm. (closing Sunday September 29)
LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM,
located on High Street, west of the Lyons Elementary School, 340 High Street, (take 3rd Street north off of Main St., and take the first left-hand turnoff, which will be the school AND museum parking lot.)

See depictions of History of the Lyons area in displays: Special Collections:
(1) Collection of telephone insulators by Grandpa Colt, builder of Trail Ridge Road, the North and South St. Vrain roads and the Foothills Highway
(2) Artifacts of Lyons Historical Buildings: Old bank's teller cage; a dentist chair, creamery canisters, player piano, etc.
(3) Old B & W Photographs of Old-Time Lyons--dozens more photos were added in our upstairs gallery: Main St., School Activities, Quarries, Road to Estes Park, Foods, Fun Activities, Mountain Views, and more.
(4) Genealogy Records: if you are from an old-time family or live in Lyons, look up your file. Also on display are all High School Graduation group photos and yearbooks. Buy a copy of the decades of graduation lists, or a copy of the cemetery burial list.
(5) Oral Histories: Come for a couple of hours and watch some of our Oral Histories of Lyons long-time families (most are 2 hrs. long and cover: their connection to Lyons, their family history, and what life was like in early 1900s.)

Lyons Art Walk, June 8-9Newt's Painting Highlighted will be the landscape paintings of NEWT THOMAS (1860-1940):
Newt was often seen in the vicinity painting one of his canvases of the natural beauty of our area. His depictions of Steamboat Mountain are the most popular. He also did portraits; and many of his paintings are privately owned in the area. People enjoy studying the boulders and streams in the paintings to see if they can place the location he sat in.

Bi-Weekly History Talks Learn historical details about Lyons! A brief history of Lyons and the schoolhouse is provided to all visitors. For more detailed History talks and tours, individuals, families or groups may come to the Museum on every other Wednesday (July 10, 24, Aug.7, 21, Sept. 4, 18) at 1pm. Kids welcome with adult supervision. Each week a new topic, and occasional surprise speakers. Museum Director LaVern Johnson will give an one hour talk, including time for questions. Topics can include: schooling, Coffintop Dam, old-time Main Street, floods, sewer plant, Meadow Park, town hall departments, Apple Valley Rd., Old South Vrain, pioneer family history, and more. Option to stay after and tour museum on your own. Call 303-823-5271 by 4 p.m. Tuesday to reserve your spot. Donations appreciated.

Summer History Day Camp: This year kids will learn about covered wagons travelling the West.== Learn about the turn-of-the-century and local history through stories and crafts. Contact class instructor Kathleen Spring for changes or restrictions. To sign up call 303-823-0997. Lyons residents can register their children, ages 6 to 9 for the one-week Summer History Day Camp July 29-Aug 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., including crafts and snacks, taking place at the Redstone Museum, cost $50 per student (subsidized by LyCommuFund). Minimum 5/max 10 students. Deadline to register: NOON July 26 Fri. (but there is usually a waiting list, so sign up early!).

Thanks to GRANTORS: StateHistFund; Town-Lyons; SCFD; LyonsCommFound; BlueMtn.Found.,Questers.

Garage SaleWe still need to raise $2,000 matching grant funds; Two Weekends: Community Garage Sale Fundraiser SatSun==6/1,2,==FriSatSun==6/7,8,9==304Evans, next to Lyons post office. from 10am to 4pm. Tons of good books. Lots of Buddhist related items--photos, books, posters, etc. Well-organized clothing & household items. Suitcases/backpacks/tents. Kids stuff mostly clothes, a changing table, stroller, big-old-trucks. A few gift items; silverware; vases. Drop off your stuff during sale; or send in a donation. See Facebook or Craigslist for photos of items.
NOTE: After the Sale many of the better items, including the Buddhist and Wellness books, objects, and photos will be for sale at the museum.


Re-enactment Performance, Helen Hunt Jackson, Advocate for American Indians, 1800's

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Where: Dave's Smokin' BBQ, 228 Main Street,Lyons, CO; When: Mother's Day, May 12, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. (in the back log cabin); cost for performance and lunch: $15
Performer: Bonnie Kohl, former educator and member of Territorial Daughter of Colorado

Celebrate Mother's Day or come alone! $15 includes speaker and buffet lunch, including barbecue beef/pork sandwiches. All profits benefit the 2013 restoration work on the Lyons Redstone Museum, formerly a 1881 schoolhouse.

Helen Maria Hunt Jackson, (1830 – 1885), became an activist on behalf of improved treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. government through two major books that she wrote. She detailed the adverse effects of U.S. government actions in her book =A Century of Dishonor= (1881) and was appointed Chief of Indian Affairs. Her novel =Ramona= dramatized the prejudice toward mixed marriages among the Indians/Mexicans/Americans. The novel has been adapted for other media, including three films, stage, and television productions. While meant to be political, Hollywood emphasized it as a romance. Critics call the book "unquestionably the best novel yet produced by an American woman" and named it, along with Uncle Tom's Cabin, one of two most ethical novels of the 19th century. It has been republished approx. 300 times, with 600,000 copies being sold.

Jackson's =A Century of Dishonor= remains in print. Travelling with US Indian agent Abbot Kinney, throughout Southern California, she documented despicable conditions, involving health, education and reservations. In 1883, she completed her fifty-six page report, which called for a massive government relief effort ranging from the purchase of new lands for reservations to the establishment of more Indian schools. A bill embodying her recommendations passed the U.S. Senate but died in the House of Representatives. A portion of their home has been reconstructed in the Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum and furnished with her possessions. The largest collection of the papers of Helen Hunt Jackson is held at Colorado College. She is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, CO.




Events 2012

Lyons Christmas Bazaar, Light Parade, and Fireworks

Lyons annual Christmas Bazaar is bigger than ever. With help from the school PTO group, they have expanded from 25 vendors to almost 65 vendors. Everything is handmade! No imports and mass marketing. It takes place in the Elementary School Gym (4th & High Street, one block north east of Main Street) on this Sat. and Sun., Dec. 1 from 10am to 5pm and Dec. 2 from 11am to 4pm. Several local nonprofits, like Scouts, history museum, seniors meals and more will have booths. The seniors will have their traditional (large selection) of chilli soups, in addition to their craft table. (They have moved from the closed Odd Fellows hall).

PARADE: The floats and people! will be decorated with lights, for a Bright Christmas celebration. They will go up and down the two-way Main Street, beginning at 6:30 pm. The River Church will offer hot drinks for a donation, and the Redstone History Museum will offer bbq sandwiches and baked goods, all for a donation, in front of the Visitor Center before the Fireworks on Saturday evening. Stop by the Community Church before hand for a free bowl of chili, and socialize. FIREWORKS follow the parade. It's a sight you will never forget! Remember to park on side streets, to allow passage of the floats, and dress warm.

Update on Grant for Museum Repairs

The State Historical Preservation Grant is on its way. The contract is being prepared to complete the rehabilitation of the Lyons Redstone Museum (the 1881 schoolhouse). Ongoing fundraisers are scheduled to raise the $8049 needed in matching funds, so we need your help!

(1) garage sales are scheduled for Saturdays and Sundays, October 13, 14, and 20, 21, at 306 Evans Street (next to the post office). All proceeds go toward this fundraising. Drop your items off at the back gate on October 12 and 19 (more sales will be scheduled if needed).

(2) BUFFET DINER: at Dave’s Diner, 160 Main Street, on Sunday, November 4, from 2 to 6 p.m. (history presentation on the museum at 3, 4, 5 p.m.) with a silent auction (donated items appreciated) $25 per person, $15 for seniors/students, and $5 for kids under four years old.

The matching funds for this restoration project need to be raised by the time the job is finished (no sound date due to the weather). The rehabilitation project will complete the exterior restoration of the old schoolhouse (built in 1881) by pointing the sandstone with the rounded antique tool, painting the steel panels on the upper story, and restoring the fire escape. The total estimated cost of the project is $72,197. The grant is for $54,148 the matching portion is $18,049 of which $5000 has been pledged by both the Town of Lyons, and the St. Vrain Valley School District (which owns the building), leaving the Lyons Historical Society to raise the remaining $8,049. We can do it with your help! Thank you. Tax-exempt donations can be sent to the Lyons Historical Society c/o Museum Matching Funds. P.O. Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540. For more information, ideas about fundraising, or to volunteer, please call (303) 823-5925, or contact LaVern Johnson at lavern921@aol.com

UPDATE Nov. 29, 2012==Remember to stop by the Lyons Christmas Bazaar in the Elementary School Gym on this Sat. & Sun., Dec. 1 from 10am to 5pm and Dec. 2 from 11am to 4pm & come to our booth. We will also be selling bbq sandwiches and baked goods in front of the Visitor Center before the Parade & Fireworks on Saturday evening.

We have either RAISED or have PLEDGED 40 percent of the $8,000 raised. Please send in your contributions this year, to take credit on your Income Tax report due in April. Support your local town museum!

SCFD Grant 2012

LaVern Johnson and Priscilla Cohan attended the check ceremony where the SCFD gave out grants for $546,000 at the Boulder Dinner Theatre, Tuesday evening. Each recipient told about their projects, and encouraged visitors to attend their events. The $3,000 presented to the Lyons Historical Society will go toward museum operations; necessary things like utilities, fire alarm system and monitoring, supplies, displays, insurance, and such. We sincerely thank SCFD for the grant, as well as all of you, who pay 1/10th of 1% sales tax toward this great funding.

Lyons Elementary classes Visit Museum

September: The second and third grade classes of Lyons Elementary were given a tour of the Lyons Redstone Museum. They were given a talk on (1) what is a history museum (2) what is a historic district (3) how Lyons was founded (4) what Indians lived in the area and more. They enjoyed learning about the history of the Town of Lyons and the school. Visiting were over one hundred students, twelve parents, and four teachers in all. Kathleen Spring, museum curator, conducted the tour, the lecture, and the trivia quiz.

Lyons Good Old Days 2012

Mr. & Mrs. Good Old Days this year were all of the businesses that have operated for ten years or more in Lyons. We thought there were about 20, but when historic researcher Kathleen Spring got into the books, newspaper clippings, files and more, it was discovered that there was slightly more than 100 in town CURRENTLY. Many of them have been around 20 to 35 years. She also gathered up the names of the main businesses that operated around 1900. It showed that the town was booming and had every store a person could want, including a doctor, dentist, newspaper, drug store, lumber yard and much more.

Friday night, the Historic Society had its traditional honoring of Mr. & Mrs. GODays. Saturday was a program on the lawn. The recent high school graduates from Pioneer Families were honored. KathleenSpring gave a talk on the businesses in town, covering three in each decade, on up to today. A list has been prepared, and it will be framed for future reference, in the museum. Updates are welcome, from locals.

Lyons Summer History Day Camp 2012

Each young camper held a lantern from the early 1900s and followed their guide through the mysteries of the Lyons Redstone Museum on the first day of the 2012 Lyons History Summer Day Camp. They first learned about how fire, then candles, lanterns, and finally electric lights changed the way of life of mankind. Then they went down the darkened hallways to discover how Lyons pioneer families lived their daily lives.

They learned about the early non-electrical appliances like toasters, mashers, and sewing machines. The day was completed with the group making their own faux stained glass candleholders.Since it was the Olympics, we had Lyons most famous coach's family ("Jet" Johnson) come in and talk about the championship games and sportsmenship, and followed it with playing some soccer. Emphasis was placed on Lyons small businesses and quarry industry.

It was the beginning of a week of great fun for the Lyons kids who attended the summer camp under the direction of resourceful camp supervisor Kathleen Spring. The word is spreading, and this year several kids returned and brought a friend. There was also a waiting list of an additional six children. Thanks to the Lyons Community Foundation for the grant that equally shares the cost of the camp with the parents. It is a great way for more and more people each year to learn about their town’s history and share it.

Colorado History Preservation, Month of May 2012

April 18, 2012: Come to the Lyons Senior Center to hear several local pioneer families tell the story of their life. 335 Railroad Ave., Lyons, CO 80540, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.


Events 2011

Lyons Summer History Day Camp 2011

Lyonscamp11We had a full house at the History Camp! Kids (1) learned about Colorado Indians, including their sign language; created a "happiness" mandala; (2) sang old-time songs & studied old musical instruments; (3) learned about the uses of our local sandstone, and saw the many different types of stone in the area, touching them, and then each painted one; (4) tried out several different old-time machines, like a wringer-washer, adding machine, typewriter, and more and compared them to what we use today; (5) had a museum treasure hunt; ...and...ate lots of yummy food and drinks; ending it all with a party and tour for the families on Friday! Wow, we had some smart kids! Thank you to Lyons Community Fund for supporting this educational adventure for our Lyons kids. (from Camp Director Kathleen Spring 8/1/11)

The hugely successful day camp for 5 to 10 year olds took place for its second year. Rave reviews from the kids and parents about the content and fun experience made this a hit. A camp for the older kids (11 to 13 year olds) was attempted, but did not get enough attendees to happen. The cost was $50 again, with the support of the Community Fund for "history education" of Lyons youth. It took place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the museum. Check out the summary of last year's camp.

Lyons Good Old Days, June 24-26, 2011

By Kathleen Spring

LyonsGODays2011GENERAL INFORMATION
Lyons old-time annual festival brings in crowds from the Front Range. Families enjoy the fairway rides and game and concession stands, while singles come to the music stage to enjoy dancing and beverages. The events start Thursday, June 23, at 6 p.m., with the softball tournament in Bohn Park. The baseball games continue throughout the weekend, with the winners announced Sunday.

Crowds fill High Street (one block north of Main Street) on Friday night, June 24. Events start at 5 p.m., which include the carnival and eateries. From 8 to 11 p.m. begins the live trendy music, street dancing and chamber beer garden sales.

The festivities are always deepened in meaning when the Lyons Historical Society honors each year a different person or group as “Mr. and Mrs. Good Old Days.” This year the Society will honor all Contractors/Self-Employed who have worked in Lyons from 1880 to 2011, contributing to the growth and beauty of Lyons. The announcements will take place on the High Street stage at 9 p.m.

All day Saturday, June 25, people can wander the streets and bump into one activity after another all day. Events begin with a pancake breakfast at the firehouse, and include Kidspace, with its free art and crafts projects, the Chamber beer garden, multiple food booths, and live music. There is a Lyons classmates alumni get-together at the Stage from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Be part of a Guinness World Record attempt by participating, at 10 a.m., in the Etch-A-Sketch extravaganza in Sandstone Park. If you do not have one, they will be available for $10 on site. Go to www.sketchspozlzooza.com for more information, or call (720) 432-ETCH. Lyons locals Clark Hodge and Jeff Gagliardi are trying to break the record and need 250 Etch-A-Sketchers.

To wrap up the night, at 7:30 p.m., the Good Old Days Square Dance will take place with Dave Guille, caller, and LeRoy Shade, cuer, at Lyons Elementary School gym. From 8 to 11 p.m., the popular Street Dance takes place on High Street.

HISTORY RECOGNITION The Historical Society and Library have additional historic events taking place Saturday. It begins with a tribute to Gerald Mack, longtime Library Board member, at 11 a.m., at the Lyons Library. Next, over at the Lyons Redstone Museum there will be a program beginning at 1 p.m. to honor the long-time contractors as Mr. and Mrs. Good Old Days, those in building and repair of Lyons homes and businesses, such as carpentry, plumbers, masonry, stone masons, electricians, realtors, etc..

Alumni classes of the ‘0ls (e.g. 1921, 1931, etc.) can stop by and be recognized. This year, for the first time, the 2011 Lyons High School graduating class Awards Night program did not include awards for the Pioneer family children; so, it has been moved to the Redstone Museum. Children of Lyons Pioneer families who have been in the area over 50 years include: Bryson Daughton, Colton Hammans, Kylee Senasac, Jaicy Sutak, Dugan Tomczak, and Abe Vasquez.

NEW EXHIBITSFor the past several months, the Historic Society had been collecting donations to buy some historic Stereo Views of Lyons from the turn-of-the-century. It will present for the first time, both the original Views and enlarged copies, for the public to inspect. In addition, paintings of local bird aficionado D. W. King, deceased 2011, will be displayed.

On the final day, Sunday, June 26, the day begins with the Lyons 5K River Run, and the softball tournament wraps up. An excited crowd gathers to hear the names of the winners at the Vasquez stage in Sandstone Park.

Updates on Historical Preservation and Purchases 2011

SCFD GRANTS:


UPDATE February 2011 January 2011 workshop: Lyons Historical Society director LaVern Johnson is starting the process of learning the new Scientific and Cultural Facilities District grant report. It will be due in April. Lyons has been receiving funds since 1990, for a total of $105,391 in the past 11 years. ($2250 received by the Historical Society in October 2010 for the Year of 2011). Through the years (1990 to 2011) Colorado residents give l/10 of one percent of each penny in sales tax goes toward the SCFD grants, which develop the cultural events throughout the seven metro Colorado counties. Lyons is in Boulder County.

The Historical Society received $2,250 from SCFD, which is designated for museum general operating support: utilities, maintenance, repairs, telephone, fire, etc. which usually total around $13,000 a year. The Town of Lyons issues a grant to pay summer employees wages, FICA, and insurance to keep the museum open throughout the summer. Other funds come from the Blue Mountain Foundation, the Lyons Community Fund, museum gifts and book sales, dues, donations and fundraisers.

STEREO VIEWS:


UPDATE February 2011 Donation jars were set out in downtown Lyons for people to give some of the change they got from their purchases for the museum to buy 20 stereo-views of old-time Lyons. The photographs have not been seen before in Lyons, and they were done by a local well-known professional photographer (since deceased). Thanks goes out to the shops who put out a jar: Lyons Re-Runs, Ralston Antiques, the St.Vrain Market, and the Steamboat Mountain Grocery, St. Vrain Pharmacy, Oskar Blues and Grill, and Barking Dog cafe. A couple of jars did not bring in any money, while others (in particular the markets) brought in $40 and more each. Donation checks have also been received in the mail. The current total, as of February 1st, is $1,561, with $2,200 needed. The seller has said that she will wait another month of two for the funds, but will not negotiate the price down. We will next need to purchase a stereo-view "viewer," as well as enlarge some of the photos for easier viewing by the public. People who can donate funds or volunteer their skills in this matter should contact LaVern Johnson.
UPDATE June 11, 2011 The Stereoviews were purchased, and the images were enlarged to approximately 8x10 and are framed. The Views will be on display at the Good Old Days festivities, as well as in the museum in a permanent exhibit. Many exciting scenes of old-time Lyons in 1908 will be avidly discussed for months to come, including dirt streets, fewer buildings and businesses, views from the mountain tops, and more.

Community Fund GRANT


Camp 2011 The kids summer history camp, grades 1 to 5, came back in 2011 thanks to a grant from the Lyons Community Fund. The themes were (1) Native American lifestyle, crafts and sign language (2) old-time musical instruments and songs (3) use and display of Lyons sandstone around the country and world (4) a Treasure Hunt in the Museum, with prizes.

Video Interviews of Pioneers 2011Also funded by the grant was the start of the transcription of the 12 years of Pioneer Life Story Videos. The Fund has provided financial support to the purchase of equipment and the transcribing of the first twenty video-interviews. It took place over the year 2011. Project Director Kathleen Spring was proud to open an exhibit in the museum in September 2010 that allows people to see the interviews on a TV screen, but she is excited that they will soon be able to also see the text, which will allow for easier genealogy research. Volunteers to help transcribe the interviews are needed.




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By Kathleen Spring (December 2010)

As December arrives, bringing with it frosty, snowy and icy days, Lyons residents can beat the Holiday crowds and dangerous parking lots by conveniently shopping locally. At the annual Christmas Bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Lyons Elementary gym, over 40 booths of handmade items, books, baked foods, candy, jewelry, honey, altered gourds, crossstitch, dips, bone art, rope baskets, Navajo turquoise silverwork, emu oil body care, soaps, Alpaca scarves, and more are offered. Many people say they return year after year, to buy things from their favorite vendor, or to just get in the spirit of the Holiday season, with all the festive decorations in the hall and live music. Debi Stevenson will play keyboard on Saturday, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will listen to wish lists from 2 - 4 p.m. On Sunday there will be caroling by Quarry Gals and children can enjoy storytelling. This major fundraiser for the library features holiday gifts made by Colorado crafters and artisans, one of the few handcraft-only fairs to survive in the region. No mass produced foreign items will be sold. Call the library (303) 823-5165 for more info.

Support several Lyons non-profit organizations by buying items at the bazaar, including the Girl Scouts and the library. The Lyons Historical Society has a booth where they offer dozens of books on the history of Lyons and the area, as well as many small collectibles and knick-knacks. Several people say they come just for the homemade fudge or other baked goods. Their raffle-style tickets are only a dollar and are pulled Sunday afternoon for fun prizes. They also are collecting donations at the free hot chocolate stand near the visitor center during the Saturday night fireworks. For more information, call (303) 823-5925.

Yes, the Lyons Light Display is back! This hugely popular laser light show, accompanied by syncronized lively Christmas music, has again been set up by show owner Kyle Miller at the Visitors’ Center on Thursday through Saturday. Last year, this delightful exciting event was talked about for weeks after that festive weekend. This is followed by the traditional "lighted floats parade" and fireworks display. A very fine production that brings out families far and wide.

Main Street wins Governor's Award

Downtown Colorado Inc., a nonprofit membership organization committed to building better communities through educational and technical assistance, as well as the coordinator of the Colorado Main Street Program, awarded the Town of Lyons a Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence – Best Public Space Project. Representatives from the Town of Lyons accepted a Governor’s Award and attended a gala dinner and award ceremony in September in Glenwood Springs. The $1.2 million project was funded by various local, state, and federal agencies, including a significant ARRA stimulus grant.

According to the documents, Lyons was given the award because: “Despite today’s challenging economy, the Town of Lyons chose to think outside the box as they moved forward with a very ambitious municipal infrastructure and streetscape improvement project that has resulted in the creation of public spaces that embody a vibrant and successful business environment as well as an inviting community-gathering place. This project will most likely be the poster project for all future downtown revitalization projects.”

The downtown renovation was also recognized in the "Nebraska Power Pool November News." The article had before and after photos, and stated: “The $1.2 million streetscape project transformed the downtown area of Lyons, Colorado.”

Lyons Historical Society Has Banner Year

by Kathleen Spring (November 2010)

Lyons’ historical heritage rose in prominence in 2010, through the efforts of a few devoted people and enriching grants. The bad economy effected the Lyons Historical Society’s efforts in good and bad ways. The benefits of new exhibits and programs to the town’s residents will last for many years to come.

BOOKS & VIDEOS
The second book covering Lyons history in the 1900s was completed by historian Denise Berg. She spent three years organizing the information gathered over 30 years by Frank Weaver, deceased, and complementing it with her own research. She produced “Double Gateway to the Rockies,” a mainly pictorial history, in June 2009, and “Piecing a Town Together,” a mainly genealogical history, in June 2010.

The Lyons History Video Project (LHVP) received a grant from LCF to transfer its Hi-8 tapes to DVDs, and archive them, with the help of two volunteers, Clark Hodge and Kenyon Waugh. After a year of work, the project was completed enough to open it to the public in mid-August. A grant from the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums helped pay for a museum exhibit mainly comprised of a desk and television for the public to view the 70 DVDs and learn more about life in Lyons in the early 20th century. Once completed, director Kathleen Spring will be able to return to interviewing the final dozen pioneer families. LHVP continues to promote history preservation in Lyons through annual community parties. Funds or transcribers are needed to continue the project.

PROGRAMS
Historical Society president LaVern Johnson wanted to make clear that the museum started with nothing 32 years ago and spent many dynamic years building up the collection. She also wanted to acknowledge the numerous people who worked on programs or exhibits, and the hard-working museum staff. She also pointed out that during the early years of Good Old Days as many as 1,200 people attended the Society sponsored events.

With that said, 2010 had more new programs and exhibits than the museum has seen in years. It began in February with the annual History Community Party, given by LHVP, which always includes food and flicks: horse ferrier Michael Tovani showed a video of himself shoeing a horse; Marguerite Peoples’ home video showed Lyons in the 1960s and 70s; and, re-enactment professional Bonnie Kohl dressed up and spoke as Helen Hunt Jackson. The audience was enchanted with each one, asking numerous questions. LHVP considerately did not solicit donations from local businesses for a silent auction, due to the poor economy.

In May, the Redstone Museum’s open house and its new book signing were listed on the state of Colorado’s Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month web site. Also, Director Johnson also awarded Lyons High School graduates who came from pioneer families.

Good Old Days in June celebrated all Lyons Pioneer Families as Mr. & Mrs. Good Old Days. Also honored were recently deceased Lyons residents who made an important impact on Lyons history: past mayor Fran Brackett, parks and recreation employee Robert Doseoff, past museum employee Maxine Gardner, coach John Johnson, activist Steve Ralston, and inventor Chris Jenkins.

July brought the first successful Kids Summer History Day Camp, thanks to a grant from LCF. Each morning camp director Kathleen Spring had the kids act out scenarios of Old Time Lyons, followed by doing a matching craft item. Parents and other relatives attended the final day celebration and said that the kids excitedly educated them each afternoon about the day’s adventures, thereby spreading the story of Lyons’ history.

In previous years, the limited funds for summer wages only allowed the staff time to file the year’s newspaper clippings and greet guests. In 2010, instead of manually filing everything, employee Randall Johnson started to scan articles into a computer, which freed up some time for work on exhibits. Over the summer, new museum curator Kathleen Spring organized the archival filing cabinets, graduation photos, and extensive collection of old books for sale, all of which bring in numerous museum visitors. Then in mid-August, she put together the first Lyons Heritage Days, which included fun and educational talks, and showed off to the public three new exhibits.

A new exhibit honored 101 year old Minnie Hutchinson, deceased, who worked tirelessly in town administrative positions. Upon retirement, she continued to work as a volunteer, including assisting in the establishment and running of the library and the senior center.

Also honored was the Moody/Ramey family, who were instrumental in establishing a solid economy in Lyons, through running first a department store, and later banking, insurance, and real estate businesses over approximately 50 years.
The museum space was also offered to local cultural groups to have their meetings. This included the Lyons Book Club and the Tea Time Readers poetry group.
The next Historical Society sponsored event to occur is the gift booth at the Lyons Christmas Bazaar Dec. 4 and 5, and the hot chocolate and baked goods sales after the fireworks.

AWARDS
In 2009, the Lyons Historical Society received funds to rehabilitate the Redstone Museum’s exterior. The State Historical Society $93,272 grant was matched by donations raised by director LaVern Johnson. It would not have been completed without her persistence. She was subsequently given two awards for her efforts in History Preservation. In May 2010, at the Boulder County Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month’s award ceremony she was given an award both for the museum renovation and as recognition of a lifetime of work on history preservation in Boulder County.

TOURISTS
The summer curators at the museum acted as ambassadors to the Town. They not only told every visitor the history of the town and explained the significance of the sandstone, but they surveyed the guests to find out things like why they came to Lyons and what store or restaurant they could direct them to, especially in light of the shorter hours of the Visitor Center this year. Most people replied that they came to Lyons for the day and were impressed by the museum collection. The good news is, just like the National Parks, museum attendance went up approximately 40 percent this year, due to the poor economy making people explore their home states more.

FINANCES
In 2010, the Historical Society received small but important grants from Blue Mountain Foundation, Lyons Community Fund (LCF) and Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) which were used toward operating expenses. The Town of Lyons contributed their annual grant toward salaries of the summer museum staff. The Town and Historical Society split the cost of two new furnaces last winter. Several small donors continued to support the museum. Unfortunately, the collapse of the 2010 Good Old Days Arts and Crafts Fair, which is the Historic Society’s key fundraiser, drastically decreased the funds available for the year.

In the last few years, there have been some people who have criticized the usefulness of having a museum in town. But, in response, a small handful of mostly volunteers has continued the decades of history preservation in Lyons, and expanded its information to an ever-growing audience. Residents are encouraged to support the Historical Society by visiting the museum when it reopens June 1, 2011, and purchasing books or gift items. Donations are needed for operation, for interviewing pioneer families, and for an additional filing person. Volunteers can take home some filing to sort over the winter. For more information, contact LaVern Johnson, (303) 823-5925.

Lyons First Annual Heritage Days

by Kathleen Spring (October 2010)

History lovers are invited to come to the Lyons Redstone Museum on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 18 and 19 for Lyons first Heritage Days. This year the museum is focusing on unveiling three new exhibits, including the display of artifacts that are normally not available to the public. This includes some fascinating old albums and clothing.

There is an Open House all weekend long, but you will want to come on Saturday if you are interested in hearing some history speakers. From 10 a.m. to noon, historian Kathleen Spring will be speaking about the Moody/Ramey family line. Come and hear tidbits about Johnny Bill Ramey. Many residents remember him from his fascinating conversations about local history and geology during breakfast at the Lyons Cafe. Also being honored is Minnie Hutchinson, who lived in Lyons for 101 years and helped start the Lyons Women’s Club.

The long awaited Oral History Interactive Exhibit will also be unveiled. Twelve years of interviews have been transferred to DVDs thanks to a grant from the Community Fund. They can be accessed at the new exhibit desk and viewed on the TV-DVR, which was paid for with a grant from the Colorado-Wyoming Association of Museums. Many people and groups have come together to make this happen. Kathleen Spring, director of the Lyons History Video Project, will be showing how the viewing process will work, and she will highlight a few excerpts from the DVDs that are guaranteed to entertain and educate the audience. The public can sign up to view the interviews during the final two weeks that the museum is open for 2010, either by coming in or phoning in a reservation at 303-823-5271.

The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and can be mailed to either Lyons Historical Society or Lyons History Video Project, P. O. Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540. Due to the bad economy both the Video Project and the Museum are very low on funds.

The Open House is Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Speakers, demonstrations, and tours are on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010. From 10 a.m. to noon is “New Exhibits and Oral History Video Pioneer Life Stories Interactive Exhibit,” From noon to 1 p.m. is a museum Tour and “Lyons History Talk” by Historical Society President LaVern Johnson. And, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. is a book signing by author Denise Berg for “Piecing a Town Together-Families of Lyons, Colorado.” Feel free to bring in your copy of last year’s book “Double Gateway” to get it autographed, or ask her questions about Lyons’ history. Light refreshments will be served. Call Kathleen Spring for more information 303-823-0997.

Lyons Community Foundation Gala

by Kathleen Spring (October 2010)

It's Lyons big event of the year, and the annual banquet proved to uphold the high standard. Almost every mover-and-shaker, including donors, volunteers, and non-profit organizations, attempted to buy a ticket before they sold out. The proceeds of the $45 tickest go into the Community Fund chest to benefit and enhance Town service organizations. The Lyons Community Foundation, (LCF) presented their third annual LCF Grants to the recipients who spoke to the attendees about how they would be using the funds. Many said that it was a heart-warming event. This year's grants amounted to more than $36,000 to nine different local organizations for sixteen programs. The Lyons Historical Society received $1,000 to put on a Summer Kids Camp. One will be aimed at 6 to 10 year olds; and the second will be for 11 to 13 year olds. The Lyons History Video Project received $2,300 to start their transcription of the 70 interviews they have done over the past 12 years, including cost of equipment. The director of the programs, Kathleen Spring, expressed that it showed the confidence and appreciation of the Community Fund and the community in supporting what they were doing to help preserve history in Lyons.
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HONORING LYONS PIONEER FAMILIES, 1860 to 1960

Lyons Good Old Days
By Kathleen Spring (June 2010)

The Lyons Historical society never forgets. Year after year, it honors people who have helped support and preserve Lyons and its history. This year is a grand celebration of all Lyons families who have lived in the area for 50 or more years. Any person whose family came here between 1860 and 1960 came come to the celebration and receive a Certificate and a commemorative badge.

The families will be honored with a Certifiate at the band stage on Friday, June 25 at 9 p.m. They will have an opportunity to share stories at the annual history gathering on the museum lawn on Saturday, June 26 from noon to 3 p.m. It is a great way for long-time families to meet other significant Lyons families. Everyone is invited to share in the celebration.

On Friday, June 25, at 9 p.m. at the stage on High Street, the Ralston Block will be dedicated to Steve Ralston, deceased. Steve was a long-time resident and antique store owner in Lyons, and he and his wife, Christine, were advocates for the rights of Lyons residents, attending town hall meetings regularly.

The Historic Society also encourages Lyons alumni to gather during GODays. A class reunion of the class of 1970 will be held; the class of 1980 will celebrate with a dinner at On The Rocks Bistro on Saturday and picnic in Meadow Park on Sunday; the Class of 1990 will get together July 17. Graduates from other classes "in the 10s" (1920, 30, 40, 50 etc.) may be on hand.

New Book Announced: Author, Denise Berg, will be on hand with the book "Piecing a Town Together-Families of Lyons, Colorado," with book signing to be held from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the reception area, and at the Lyons Redstone Museum at 1-3 p.m. A dedication program will include Certificates of Appreciation given out to Denise and all of the people who made the three books on Lyons history possible. Special thanks go out to LaVern Johnson who campaigned to get the books done over the years, and to Denise Berg, who spent a few years compiling and editing Frank Weaver's collection of writings on the town history (1976-1981). Stop by to enjoy Denise's DVD of photos from the Lyons book, shown in the museum throughout the afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m.

Two museum employees will be honored. A memorial tribute to Maxine Gardner, who filed at the museum for the past six years will be held. And Teri Weir, a dedicated employee, will be retiring from her job as curator of the museum.

Additional Ceremony:Two important residents are being honored, in memoriam, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 26, at the Lyons Visitors' Center. Frances Brackett, was the Mayor of Lyons, longtime hostess at the Lyons Visitors' Center, member of Lyons Fireflies, member of Excelsior of the Rebekah Lodge, member of Lyons PTO, caretaker of the Lyons Cemetery and caretaker of Oddfellows Hall.

Also being honored is Bob Doseoff, deceased, an employee of the Lyons Parks and Recreation Department for 11 years. The many children in his life fondly remember him, from his four grandchildren, and to all students at Lyons Middle Senior High School.

Sandstone benches will be installed in front of the Visitors Center and will be dedicated to Bob and Fran. Also, Fran's picture will also be put in the Visitors' Center.

Residents are invited to come pay tribute to these worthy Lyons residents.

Preview of HISTORY PRESERVATION IN LYONS: Spring/Summer 2010

By Kathleen Spring

Boulder County Heritage Rountable will honor the rehabilitation of the Lyons Redstone Museum and LaVern Johnson on May 10. The annual meeting and awards night is presented by Boulder County Heritage Roundtable, which recognizes various historic preservation projects, as well as the authors of historic books.

Also honored will be local authors who have written historical books in 2009, including Lyons' Denise Berg (and Frank Weaver) for their book "Gatewy to the Rockies."

COLORADO PRESERVATION, INC. is sponsoring a campaign for all historians and interested parties to send e-mail or call the State Legislature to preserve the Preservation Funds for State projects. They oppose HB 210, which will take 45 to 50% of the funds earmarked for history preservation over the next two years to refurbish the dome of the State Capitol.

Instead, Colorado Preservation is supporting HS 1402, which allows them and all state historians to campaign for donations for the Capital project. Opponents were recently on Your Show stating their side of the issue. Details can be found on Channel 9's website.

Send an e-mail to:
Claire.levy.house@state.co.us
rep.nikkel@gmail.com
dan.gibbs.senate@state.co.us
Kevin@kevinlundberg.com

MAY IS COLORADO HISTORY PRESERVATION MONTH. Throughout Colorado various historical events being held to remind people of their "roots" and the history of the area. The Lyons Historical Society will sponsor a history program at the Lyons Town Hall on Sunday, May 23, from 2 to 4 p.m. to celebrate the history of Lyons, and its residents.

Learn about two new exhibits, and a children's summer history program planned for this year. Come and see the three new books on Lyons pioneers: the quarry book by Al Pace and the 1800's book by Diane Benedict, and the 1900s book by Denise Berg. As well as the ongoing effort of the Lyons History Video Project to collect pioneer interviews. A good way to learn about Lyons history, mark your calendar.

NEW PROGRAMS COMING TO MUSEUM. There will be two new exhibits and a special children's history summer program coming to the museum. Exhibited opening dates will be after the 4th of July Holiday. Call Exhibit & Program Director Kathleen Spring (303) 823-0997 for more details. The Lyons History Video Project is attempting to finish the "pioneer" project this year, but is in great need of donations. Send donations in any amount to this worthy cause to P O Box 274, Lyons 80540. It is anticipated that the book of pioneers' life stories will come out on time for the Christmas Holidays.

GOOD OLD DAYS Come out and support Lyons Old Time Street Fair, June 25 to 26, 2010, including baseball tournaments, parades, food vendors, amusement rides, craft booths, and much more. The Lyons Historic Society honors Mr. and Mrs. Good Old Days. First awards are given out on the stage on Friday night, then there are speakers and an open house on Saturday at the Redstone Museum. In 2010, "Lyons Pioneer Families" will be honored. These are families that were highlighted in recent history books published about Lyons, as well as those families who have been in town for fifty years or more. Participants will receive a souvenir commemorating the event. Call the museum after June 1st for more details (303) 823-5271.

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