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December 2016
Written by Claudia Worth   
Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Our thoughts are with the family of Dougal Graham a lifetime Wheat Ridge Historical Society member, who recently passed away. His knowledge of Wheat Ridge history will be missed here at the museum. His memorial will be on Tuesday  December 6, 2016 at 11 am at the Saint John's Episcopal church. His passing brought memories of his life to our members who knew of his contribution to the society. I asked if he had done an oral history for the museum. There is an audio of him talking about his family on file at the museum. So we would like to remind families to take the time to talk with family elders, ask about their life, tape record (MP3, cell phone, etc) the conversation to be shared with future generations. I wondered if he had any memoribilia of Wheat Ridges past, this sparked a discussion about leaving your legacy to the Historic Society. As many of you know most of the items in the museum are donated. So keep the Historical Society in mind when you are planning your estate. 

. The December Historic Society meeting will be a Holiday Party on Tuesday December, 13, 2016 at the Baugh House 44th & Robb St. Wheat Ridge. 6pm.  There will be music, cookies and a White Elephant gift exchange. We hope you will join us to celebrate the season!!!

 The Wheat Ridge Historic Park will be closed for the month of December and will reopen to the public on January 3, 2017.  The next Wheat Ridge Quilting Circle meeting will be January 28, 2017 at 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. The Wheat Ridge Historic Society January meeting will be on January 10, 2016 at 6:30pm at the Red Brick Cottage. 

I look forward to meeting current and new members at future events!!!  

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays 

Janet "White" Bradford 

Wheat Ridge Historic Society Vice President



Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 November 2016 )
November 2016
Written by Claudia Worth   
Friday, 18 November 2016

With the first snow of the season the lawns at the Historic Park looks like a Holiday Post card! Come visit the Park before we close for the month of December! 

Our December Historic Society meeting will be Tuesday December 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Baugh House. Music for our Holiday meeting will be provided by Golden Strings, join us for holiday caroling and our White Elephant exchange. Lets see what fun items we will come up with this year. Our Cookie exchange will not be as big as years past due to member diet restrictions so if you are bringing cookies we ask that you write a recipe card so that we can see what ingredients are included. (we have Gluten and Lactose restricted members).

 Our November meeting covered various topics. Al Frank lead the  discussion about the contract/ agreement with the city for the Historic Park. A member asked if we have a contact within the city government who would work with the Society on Park issues. Other Historic societies say having a liasion helps with keeping the lines of communication open and information shared. More information about the contract/agreement and a Liasion will be looked into by the board an will be discussed at the January meeting before meeting with the city.  Our annual board of directors election results are as follows:

Presidant : Claudia Worth

Vice President: Janet " White " Bradford

Secretary: Idella Lewis

Treasurer: Deb Bolig

Board Members: Lynn Graham, Michael Graham, Karen Heine, Janette O'Brien, Janelle Shaver, Lee Zengler, John Zengler, Jane Harvey,
Dave Curtis, Charlotte Whetsel, Don Whetsel, Claudia  Worth, Janet "White" Bradford, Ieella Lewis and Deb Bollig.

The Wheat Ridge Quilting Circle will meet November 30, 2016 at 10:30am to 2:30 pm at the Red Brick House . (5th Wednesday this month due to Thanksgiving).  There will not be a December meeting the next meeting will be the 4th Wednesday of January (01-25-17). $2. member fee with visitors free for their first meeting. Quilters who would like an evening meeting are invited to the Arvada Quilt Guild on the 2nd Monday of the month at Arvada Methodist Church 67th & Carr at 6:30pm ( next meeting is December 12, 2016) $5. non members or $25. membership fee yearly. 

We are in need of a twin mattress for the Baugh house (new or used) please contact Jane Harvey at  303-421-9111.  We also collect other antique items for display at the museum. Donations or loans accepted!!!

I look forward to meeting you at our next meeting

Janet "White" Bradford

Vice President Wheat Ridge Historical Society  


Last Updated ( Friday, 18 November 2016 )
October 2016
Written by Claudia Worth   
Friday, 28 October 2016

Due to recent illness Claudia Worth was unable to update the website so she asked that I fill in for her. October was a busy month for the Historical society with the successful Cider Days festival on October 8, 2016. Many families brought their apples and jugs for the kids to learn about making apple cider. We estimate that somewhere between 70 and 100 people toured the museum and property.  We had so many wonderful musicians with us on the beautiful autumn day, we appreciate their time and tunes. The highlight of the day was when Henry the fiddler played on a saw blade what an interesting thing to see (join us at our next festival perhaps we can have him show how it is done)!  The quilt display and demonstration on how to make braided rugs were very informative. Just learning how much work went into things we take for granted now makes me wonder how they had the time to do all that was needed to survive. Tours of the Tool shed with Dave Curtis,  showed the farm implements and tools that were used in Wheat Ridge farms. Tasty Grog was the highlight of the Johnson Cabin tour with hostess Claudia Callas telling the history of this 1st registered homestead in the State of Colorado which was built in 1859. Charlotte Whetsel answered the questions people had in the Red Brick house about all the artifacts housed there. Our wonderful volunteers helped put on a lunch made from an old recipe from the Fruitdale school cafeteria. there were several home made apple desserts that were so delicious. Lynn and son Michael Graham kept the lunch line flowing so smoothly. Deb Bolig and Idella Lewis kept tabs on the lunch tickets and donations for us. The Cider press team was super again this year, Don Whetsel and Grand son Kyle Ross were once again instrumental in the success of the apple press process. Cudos to Kyle and friends for all their hard work!!! 

We have 3 celebrations a year on the second Saturday of the month... Put the date on your calendar now and plan to attend with your family and friends. 

May Festival-  2nd Saturday in May 

Harvest Day- 2nd Saturday in August

Cider Day- 2nd Saturday in October 


The Foothills Genealogy Society scheduled a tour in October with 20 members we were a tight squeeze in the Sod house but everyone got a chance to see how a family might live in the olden days. Jane Harvey and Janet " White"  Bradford showed our guests around the Red Brick house and the "Soddy". At the open shed where the farming implements are stored, Dave Curtis showed our guests the equipment used in Wheat Ridge Farms. At the Johnson Cabin, Claudia Callas gave an extended history of the property which if the walls could talk they would tell a lot about the residents and characters of Wheat Ridge! At the end of the tour we were shown where the most amazing collection of history that resides in the Historic 1st Wheat Ridge Post Office, Claudia Worth took visitors thru a tour of some archives kept there. Did you ever want to see who attended the Fruitdale School designed by Temple Buell the records are here, curious who was in the KKK back in the day the records are here... Our tours are amazing if you have a group that would like to schedule a visit please give us a call to schedule a time.

Keep in mind, the Museum will be closed from December 1 2016 to January 3, 2017., for the holiday-winter season.  

November Historic Society meeting will be the 2nd Tuesday of the month November 8th, 2016. 7:30 pm at the Red Brick House. Important topic on the city and historical society contract/agreement for the Museum property will be discussed. Annual membership dues will be collected!!!  

Open House and Tours at the Baugh house - a log cabin built in 1859 now encapsulated within a Victorian 1900's house  Sat November 12, 2016    10am to 2pm on the corner of 44th & Robb St.  Our Quilts will be on display and you can rock and visit with members of the Historic Society. Tours are available for only $2.donation. 

December  Historic Society meeting 2nd Tues of the month December 13, 2016 at 6pm -  music and cookie exchange at the Baugh house for current members only. Membership dues for the year are due at the November meeting. Membership is only $10 a year or $100 for lifetime membership.

I look forward to meeting more Historic Society members and community members at our future meetings and events.

Janet "White" Bradford

Wheat Ridge Society Board Member. 




Last Updated ( Friday, 28 October 2016 )
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