Joe Sullivan’s 97th birthday…

Joe Sullivan celebrated his 97th birthday on Sunday with Ethel Starbuck and several others at the Rio Blanco County Historical Society’s quarterly meeting, with lunch being served under the new pavilion on Fifth Street. After lunch, the group gathered to honor the heritage of Meeker’s volunteer fire department. Several retired and current firemen were also in attendance.

RBCHS honors heritage of Meeker Fire Department

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society honored the Meeker Fire Department with a historical presentation on Sunday afternoon. Seven firemen, past and present, attended the lunch and presentation, and they included, from left, Glen Wiggington, Dale Frisby, Brian Conrado, current Assistant Fire Chief Vaughn Moody, Patti Merriam (EMT), Joe Fennessy and Gary Merriam.

MEEKER I Rio Blanco County Historical Society’s regular quarter meeting on Sunday was anything but regular as members and guests enjoyed a picnic potluck at the beautiful Downtown Plaza before moving to the Old West Heritage Culture Center for a brief business meeting and a historic presentation on the Meeker volunteer fire department.

RBCHS to honor Meeker Fire Dept.

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MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society is inviting everyone to help celebrate the history of the Meeker Fire Department on Sunday.

County historical society and heritage center plan full slate of summer events

MEEKER I Saturday evening at the inaugural 2016 Meeker Classic NCA National Cattledog Finals, the Rio Blanco County Heritage Society and the Heritage Culture Center Committee brought a celebration of our cowboy heritage with history on Cattle Drive Days in Rio Blanco County.

Work underway on Coal Creek School renovation

Work is now underway to renovate Coal Creek School, the oldest school in Rio Blanco County still standing in its original location. Being on the National Register of Historic Places and Colorado State Register of Historic Properties requires specialized expertise in historic restoration for completing Phase I.

MEEKER I Coal Creek School, the oldest school in Rio Blanco County still standing on its original location, is being restored by MM-Eight Construction to its original 1882 exterior appearance. On May 19, after 124 years in darkness, the foundation was excavated by T&M Contracting, exposing the various size stones it had been firmly resting […]

Historical society has plans for summer filled with fun events

Reminiscent of the late 1800s, the Rio Blanco County Historical Society will celebrate Culture, Cowboys and Chuckwagon! from 5-7 p.m. on June 18. This celebration of our cowboy heritage will commence with history on Cattle Drive Days in Rio Blanco County combined with some toe-tapping cowboy music and a delicious chuckwagon dinner with Dutch oven desserts, all for $12 per person.

RBC I Validating their claim: “Rio Blanco County Historical Society’s Heritage Culture Center Committee is committed to providing opportunities to bring our citizens and visitors into celebration of our heritage roots,” the group has lined up dozens of cultural-heritage activities and events for the summer.

Ute guests honored at county historical society’s meeting

Nearly 50 people attended the quarterly luncheon of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, including Lynn Lockwood, Bev Steinman, Joe Sullivan, Ethel Starbuck, Ellene Meece and Kerry Cesspooch, vice president of the Uintah-Ouray Historical Society and a descendant of Colorow. The luncheon, titled; “Honoring White River Ute Heritage,” was held in the Old West Heritage Cultural Center in Meeker, and a conversation about ways to pass on stories to our children and how to collaborate our heritage was positive. One idea was to have a memorial horseback ride between Fort Duchesne, Utah, and Meeker.

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society had hoped to have a nice luncheon and conversation about their shared heritage with the Ute guests who came to the quarterly meeting on Sunday afternoon. But, they never dreamed it would be such a transparent and rich dialogue from both sides of the topic. The unity […]

Museum to honor White River Utes’ heritage on Sunday

RBC I Do you know your grandparents’ stories? Do you know why they treasured certain pieces of furniture or have you learned the experience behind certain photographs?

Cultural, Heritage task forces sets the stage for 2016 progress

The Heritage Culture Center Committee and the Heritage Tourism Task Force have reviewed 2015 and set the stage for 2016. At the annual meeting of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society, chairwoman Ellene Meece shared the Strategic Planning Goals for 2016. Those in attendance heard from 13 different organizations presenting ways they can collaborate in telling the county’s heritage story.

MEEKER I The Heritage Culture Center Committee and Heritage Tourism Task Force met Jan. 19 at the Old West Heritage Culture Center to set the stage for 2016.

RBCHS has annual meeting, officers the same

RBC I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society hosted its annual meeting on Sunday afternoon at the Old West Heritage Culture Center, which included a recap of the 2015 accomplishments as well as the election of officers for 2016.

RBC Historical Society, Heritage Culture Center complete plans for 2016

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society is getting behind the new Old West Heritage Cultural Center on Park Street in Meeker with the Old West Cultural Center Committee. Above are artist concepts of what may be included in the center when the updating and renovation are complete. The committee also has listed its 2015 accomplishments and 2016 plans.

RBC I In the past two-plus years, the Rio Blanco County Historical Society has discussed the need to become involved in heritage tourism. Everyone had become painfully aware of the economic downturn and the toll it was having on our communities, and it was pointed out that heritage tourism was the No. 1 economic driver […]

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