Agri-tourism workshop set for June 2 in Meeker

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society is promoting local heritage and is inviting the public to attend an agri-tourism workshop on June 2 with Kelli Hepler, the director of Colorado agri-tourism, as guest speaker at the Old West Heritage Culture Center, 517 Park Ave. from 1 to 3 p.m.

Milk Creek Gazebo…

Jake Smith and Dillon Frantz were honored Monday at the Meeker High School awards assembly by the Rio Blanco County Historical Society for volunteer assistance with the construction and installation of the decorative railing and filigree at the Milk Creek (Thornburgh) Battleground Memorial gazebo on County Road 15. Industrial arts instructor Zach Clatterbaugh was also honored for the work as were Caleb Bradford, Ty Gibson, Dade Heck, Tyler Ilgen, Jake Nielsen, Cody Nielsen, Connor Pfister and Levi Dinwiddie.

Colorful Characters…

The Rio Blanco County Historical Society presented a history lesson and a couple of skits on Sunday afternoon, titled “Colorful Characters to RBC,” focusing on six well-known personalities who add to the history of our county: Calamity Jane, Eleanor Roosevelt, author Zane Grey, Theodore Roosevelt, Chief Colorow and local native-turned-actor Ken Sanderson, who went on to Hollywood and became  Buddy Roosevelt, before returning to Meeker in 1968 and dying in 1973. Meeker’s Gail Rogers portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in a skit.

Colorful characters…

On Sunday, April 12 Rio Blanco County Historical Society will present “Colorful Characters of RBC,” a fun character sketch of six colorful personalities who touched Rio Blanco County in days gone by: Teddy Roosevelt, Calamity Jane, Zane Grey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Chief Colorow and movie star, Buddy Roosevelt (Kenneth Sanderson).
The luncheon is at 1 p.m. You are welcome to bring salad or dessert to share. RBCHS Board will provide cold cuts and homemade rolls. At 1:45 p.m. will be a brief business meeting, and from 2-3 p.m. will be an historical presentation.
The venue will be the Old West Heritage Culture Center at 517 Park Ave. next door to the museum complex. Everyone is welcome.

Museum seeks funds for military displays

MEEKER I The Rio Blanco County Historical Society has started a project to raise funds to improve the military uniform display at the White River Museum in Meeker. The RBCHS is raising funds to purchase mannequins and enhance the exhibits for the military displays in the museum. Marked change buckets will be distributed around Meeker […]

Historical society fundraiser begins to improve military displays

MEEKER | The Rio Blanco County Historical Society has started a project to raise funds to improve the military uniform display at the White River Museum in Meeker. The RBCHS is raising funds to purchase mannequins and enhance the exhibits for the military displays in the museum. Marked change buckets will be distributed around Meeker […]

Much to be done before Meeker area receives National Register tag – Part Two of Two

MEEKER I EDITOR’S NOTE: Last week we looked at the plan for the possible inclusion of part of downtown Meeker on the National Register of Historic places and the lack of forced restrictions on any property owner within the proposed district. This week, we look at the process, the grants and other funds available, the […]

RBCHS receives $132,728 grant for Coal Creek school

RBC I The Coal Creek School exterior restoration will become a reality this summer, made possible in part by a History Colorado State Historical Fund grant.

RBCHS acquires building for Old West Heritage Culture Center site

This is a conceptual rendering by architect Aaron Young of New York City to transform the old building at Seventh and Park streets with white siding into a Heritage Culture Center with half log siding and windows to replicate the museum next door.

MEEKER I “What is ‘cultural heritage tourism,’ anyway?” someone asked recently. By definition of the National Trust it is: “Traveling to experience the places and activities that authentically represent the stories and people of the past and present. It includes historic, cultural and natural resources.”

RBCHS annual meeting …

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Approximately 25 members of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society attended the group’s annual meeting Sunday at Richards Hall at St. James Episcopal Church in Meeker to review the last year, discuss projects for 2015 and to elect officers for the next year.

Historical society annual meeting Sunday

RBC | The annual meeting of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society will be held Sunday in Richards Hall at St. James Episcopal Church in Meeker.

RBCHS seeks younger members during drive

RBC I Youth is very much a vital part of the Rio Blanco County Historical Society. Even though senior adults make up the largest percentage of the membership, young people are closely tied to many programs, outreaches and efforts.