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George Washington reenactor in evening program at History Center Feb. 13

Dave Wallace, who will portray George Washington Friday night, Feb. 13 at the Old Colorado City History Center, is shown during a 2012 program at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center about 19th century mountain men (including the pictured Jedediah Smith).
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       A program on George Washington will feature historical reenactor Dave Wallace Friday, Feb. 13 at the Old Colorado City History Center.
       In an out-of-the-ordinary evening time frame, the show will start at 6 p.m.
       The center is at 1 S. 24th St. The program is free to members and $5 to non- members. Seating is limited to about 100 people. The center's doors will open at 5:30 p.m. And in a nod to the legend surrounding America's first president, samples of cherry pie “are on the menu,” states a press release from the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), the volunteer group that owns and operates the center.
       “We all know the story of Washington and the cherry tree as well as the crossing of the Delaware and more,” the release adds. “Are these true or myths? Step back into the 1700s for a visit with President Washington during his birthday month.”
       Wallace is known in the area for playing figures from American history, including explorer Zebulon Pike and early-West mountain men.
       The title of the History Center program is “An Evening with the Father of our Country - George Washington.” With that in mind, the intent is for Wallace to “portray Washington in an authentic setting,” the release continues. “Attendees are welcome to bring their own flashlights since Washington did not have electricity.”
       Having the program on a Friday night is part of a scheduling experiment this year by the OCCHS board. “Your board has recognized that members who are employed are often unable to attend the regular Friday morning programs,” states an explanatory piece in the January/February West Word (the OCCHS newsletter). “Therefore, the board has decided to offer some programs on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings on a trial basis.”
       For more information, call the History Center at 636-1225.

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 2/1/15; Community: Old Colorado City History Center)

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