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May 2017
Written by Claudia Worth   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017

Excitement is building for our first festival of the year. We hope you will join us the Second Saturday of the month for our

 May Festival Saturday May 13, 2017 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Historic Park 4610 Robb Street.  A time to celebrate the arrival of spring, time to enjoy music, crafts, and community. We have family fun in store for all ages.

  The ever popular May Pole Dance is a photo opportunity not to be missed!!! We have crafters showing and selling their wares. Thinking of learning to Quilt or Knit this is your opportunity to ask questions of crafters with years of experience. Like to sing old folk songs or play an instrument? Golden Strings Blue Grass will be here, join in with the local musicians.  There will be a tree dedication with many White Family members in attendance. ( I look forward to seeing my cousins, Courtland White is coming all the way from North Carolina)  We will have some plants for sale as well. Lunch is available for $6. Adults / $4. Kids (cash only please) or bring a picnic!!!  The implement shed will be open with tour guides to answer your questions about the old time equipment. Kids are usually amazed at how the old timers did the work by hand or harness. Did you ever wonder how they washed clothes back in the day?  See how much work it was just to keep a family in clean clothes on a wash board!  

Crafters who would like to participate can contact  our Museum Hostess Jane Harvey at  -- 303-421-9111.


Meghan Godby at the Neighborhood Gazette wrote an excellent article in the April 18- May 15, 2017 edition about the Wheat Ridge Historical Society. Thank You Meghan!!!


We had some new members join us at our monthly meeting in April and look forward to seeing them and hopefully more at our upcoming May 9th meeting 7 pm at the Red Brick house 4610 Robb St. We will be finalizing the details for the May Festival. If you can volunteer for our event this would be a good meeting to attend for an assignment.


We are greatly encouraged by the recent donations to the Historic Society and we encourage you to talk with your relatives about the past, record their stories and share them with us. Antique items, old Wheat Ridge area photographs, year books and other memorabilia can be preserved for the future by donating them to the Historic Society. 


The Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle will meet on May 24th from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Red Brick house.  Bring something to work on (or ask questions about) a show & tell item and a sack lunch if you wish!


The Wheat Ridge Historic Park at 4610 Robb St. Wheat Ridge is a great place to take your family for a picnic when school is out. For just a $2. donation you can sneak a history lesson in when you come by. Open Tuesday thru Friday 10 AM TO 3 PM  Let us know if you have a large group in advance and we can have more tour guides available.


Happy Spring

Janet White Bradford 

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 May 2017 )
April 2017
Written by Claudia Worth   
Wednesday, 05 April 2017

Ah April snow showers bring spring flowers with green grasses and buds in the trees. Should be a wet spring with the warm winter we had, but I doubt many will complain about the moisture since we sure need it, Hopefully the weather will cooperate for our spring events!

This Second Saturday April 8th from 10 am to 2 pm we will once again be at the Baugh House on 44th & Robb Street to give tours and talk about Wheat Ridge history while enjoying rocking and socializing in the log cabin encapsulated within a Victorian 1900's house. Bring your family by after attending the Wheat Ridge Easter Egg hunt at Panorama Park (35th & Fenton) to learn about past Easter celebrations in our area.


Our May Festival on Saturday May 13th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Historic Park 4610 Robb St. looks to be a fun filled day. Come dance around the May Pole, watch crafters demonstrate their artistry, join the musicians sing and play old time music, enjoy lunch from the cook stove for a nominal fee, see the old farm implements, there will be a tree dedication and if we find someone we will also have antique appraisals for a nominal fee.  We look forward to this family fun event and hope to see you there.

We would like to say thank you to Janelle Shaver (our City Clerk and WRHS member) for the construction update pictures of Fruitdale School. We appreciate being able to add to our archives which has a lot of the Fruitdale memorabilia.  Also Thanks to Sarah Spaulding for helping us to reach more potential visitors by including our schedule of events in the Connections newspaper and the Mayor Matters monthly email newsletter.  Steven Clyde at the Wheat Ridge Recreation center helped us get some flyers for our Spring / Summer events we appreciate your help Steven.  Thank you Clay Worth for the twin mattress now at the Baugh house! We also received a 3/4 bed which we put into the Johnson Cabin loft but it is missing the rails so if you have any extra bed rails or can make us some please let us know!!! Michael Graham donated an old Edgar Allen Poe 1863 Poetry book for our collection, he said "well I can't take it with me when I go and I can not remember the last time I actually read it so I figure it was time to give it a new home". We appreciate all the donations. Keep the Historic Society in mind when you are spring cleaning this year, that old picture, year book or antique piece could find a new home here at the Historic Park. Still enjoying your antiques and pictures but not sure what should happen to them when you are no longer around to enjoy them, put the Wheat Ridge Historic Society in your estate plan. Future generations will appreciate the items you loved and they will be treasured here at the park.

The Historic Park is open Tuesday thru Friday 10 am to 3 pm with our hostess and tour guide Jane Harvey available to receive your donations and give tours of the park. Tours are only $2. But PLEASE let us know ahead of time for large groups as we have some historians who can help with advanced notice.  

We had a nice visit with Meghan Godby a reporter for the Neighborhood Gazette last week, she will be writing an upcoming piece on our May Festival so look for that soon...  

Our April Historic Society meeting will be on the Second Tuesday- April 11th -- 7pm social 7:30 pm meeting at the Red Brick house at the Historic Park 4610 Robb St.   

The Wheat Ridge Quilting Circle will meet at the Red Brick house on the 4th Wednesday April 26th 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Bring something to work on, a show  & tell item and a sack lunch if you wish. A $2 donation is appreciated. Any questions call Jane at   303-421-9111.

As always I look forward to meeting you at our next event, Janet "White" Bradford

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 05 April 2017 )
March 2017
Written by Claudia Worth   
Saturday, 11 March 2017

The winds of March are blowing strong ushering in spring. Join us at the Baugh house for our Second Saturday Open House Saturday March 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tour the log  cabin encapsulated within a Victorian 1900's house. Rock in the soothing rocking chairs while listening to old tyme stories of Wheat Ridge's past.

Our March Historic society meeting will be on March 14, 2017 at the Red Brick museum, 7pm social then 7:30 pm meeting. We will be discussing our upcoming May festival.

Speaking of the May Festival, mark your calendar for this upcoming fun event.
May Festival Saturday May 13, 2017 at the Historic Park 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The May pole dance is always a popular event and this year we are encouraging all local schools to join us. If enough schools plan to participate we may have a fun competition for them with prizes!!!

We are currently looking for an  Antique Appraiser to help with that part of the festival as the gentleman who has graciously donated his services in the past will not be available this year due to a prior commitment. So if you have or know someone who has this expertise we would appreciate the help, please give Jane our hostess a call at the museum.

This year we will also have a tree dedication ceremony in honor of Barbara  Bright, one of the White family daughters who was raised at the Soddy before moving to Maybell Colorado where she met Lyal Bright. They later made their home in Wheat Ridge where they raised three sons. Her sisters Elsie Heuerman and Nancy Southard will be here for the dedication. Although these sisters were very young when they lived at the soddy, they can tell you stories they heard growing up from the extended family.

As always I look forward to meeting more Wheat Ridge history buffs at our events and meetings!

Happy Spring

Janet "White" Bradford 

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