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Monthly presentations at OCC History Center continue through May; tunnels talk March 14

LEFT: As a satirical nod to the (false) legend about George Washington chopping down a cherry tree, the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) offered attendees cherry pie Feb. 13 during Dave Wallace‘s Washington portrayal at the OCC History Center. Above, Marilyn Lee was among the OCCHS volunteers serving out the “historical” dessert. RIGHT: Dave Wallace (as George Washington) shows Alexis Allen an 18th- century dance during his presentation/reenactment at the History Center. Dancing was a pleasure for the nation’s first president. The uniform is in keeping with what Washington wore as the Continental Army's general in the Revolutionary War. According to Wallace, a Colorado Springs resident who taught in local schools for 40 years, Washington had designed it himself in a European style, but with colors representative of the new republic and the militia of Virginia, his home state. The center has also scheduled historically geared events in March, April and May.
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       The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) has scheduled programs with guest presenters in March, April and May.
       Each will be an hour long and held at the volunteer OCCHS’ Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. The cost is $5 for non-museum members.
       The first of these, titled “Tunnels Under Our Feet: Forgotten Hollow Sidewalks,” will be Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. The speaker will be historian Tracy Beach, who has written a book by that title about the underground tunnels in 14 Colorado cities going back to the 1800s – including Old Colorado City.
       A Salida resident, Beach spent five years “digging up” tunnel stories related to “red light districts, the KKK, corpses during the 1918 flu epidemic, Prohibition, Jack Dempsey and speakeasies,” a press release states.
       Coming up April 10 will be a program by museum professional Diane Karlson on little-known artifacts from the History Center collection, and on May 9 Steve Morath, who had two family members among the original AdAMan "Frozen Five" hike up Pikes Peak to mark the 1923 New Year, will provide anecdotes and recollections.
       For more information, call the OCCHS at 636-1225.

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(Posted 3/8/15; Community: Old Colorado City History Center)

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