Monthly presentations at OCC History Center continue through May; tunnels talk March 14
The Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) has scheduled programs with
guest presenters in March, April and May.
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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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
For more information, call the OCCHS at 636-1225.
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