Historic Georgetown

Devil's Gate History Talks

The Devil’s Gate History Club is in its sixteenth season with a wonderful line-up of speakers and topics. The season officially runs from September through April.

The History Club meets at 7:00 p.m. on the third Friday of each month (unless otherwise noted below), excluding December. These interesting lectures are free to the public, so bring your family, friends, or neighbors to learn about our local history while supporting preservation in the Landmark District.

2013-2014 Season

September 6 Hot Rod Hill Climb: 1953-2016, 60 Years of History
-Presented by Mike Nichols, event organizer
October 18 History of the Historical Society of Idaho Springs
The Historical Society of Idaho Springs is an integral historic preservation organization in Clear Creek County. Learn how the society overcame the many challenges of preservation in the Idaho Springs area and how it is preparing for the next century of preservation.
-Presented by Don Allan
November 15


       
Georgetown's Great Blizzard of 1913
In December 1913, Colorado was hit was a monstrous blizzard that clogged roadways and halted all aspects of life. Join us to learn about the historic snowfall of yesteryear as well as how the National Weather Service utilizes local volunteers to monitoring and track the weather at our weather station right here at the Hamill House Museum.
-Presented by Nolan Doesken, Colorado's own State Climatologist & Robert Glancy, National Weather Service Climatologist

 December NO MEETING
January 17

History of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, School, and Hopital
Without the generosity of the numerous churches in early Georgetown, the community would have developed into a very different town. Learn about the rise of Georgetown's only Catholic Church and the tragic fire that burned the house of worship to the ground in 1917.
-Presented by Ellen Elliott, Tom Elliott, and Shirley Shimon

February 21                   
 March 15 To be announced
 April 4 Please join us for a screening of the award-winning feature-length documentary "Ghosts of the West" hosted by writer-director E.S. Knightchilde. A meet and greet will follow directly after the movie at the Hamill House Museum. Meet and greet is free, but reservations are required as we can only accommodate a limited number of guests. 


About Devil's Gate History Talks

Devil's Gate History Club provides a forum for those interested in learning more about the history of the Georgetown-Silver Plume area and the relationship of that history to the local culture, economy, and environment, all within the broader context of the development of the Rocky Mountain West. More recently, the club has broadened its horizons to offer lectures about other interesting topics in the state of Colorado. Participants seek to advance their understanding of the area's history through research and discussion of historical topics.

Voluntary donations are accepted at each meeting to help cover expenses. An audio recording is made of each presentation; the tapes and CDs are available through Historic Georgetown may be checked out.

Meetings are usually on the third Friday of each month from September through May, except that no meeting is held in December. Unless otherwise announced, all meetings are held in the Georgetown Community Center on 6th Street, beginning at 7 p.m. The May meeting is a field trip to a nearby place of historic interest.
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