Kickoff for Colorado City’s 150th celebration March 15

       Two events in the spirit of Colorado City's 150th anniversary are scheduled in the coming week at the Old Colorado City History Center.
       The first (March 13) will discuss Victorian fashions; the second (March 15) is a “kickoff of the Old Colorado City Sesquicentennial [150th] Year,” a press release states.
       Free and open to the public, both events are sponsored by the volunteer Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), which owns and operates the center/museum at 1 S. 24th St.
       Slated from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 15, the kickoff will display the final design of the 6-foot-high, rose-granite monument that is planned for erection just east of the cabin in Bancroft Park in time for the annual Founders Day in August. According to OCCHS plans, a local company will etch graphics and text in panels representing each of eight eras of Colorado City and Westside history, from 1859 to the present.
       The kickoff event will also include music by historical western musician Mark Gardner, a chance to participate in the time capsule to be buried at the History Center and a program starting at 2:30.
       The History Center is fundraising to help cover the roughly $15,000 cost to create the monument. It is to be a gift from the History Center to the city. The project has been approved by City Parks. A final vote by City Council is also needed, but that is “just a formality,” said OCCHS President Joanne Karlson.
       How people dressed through much of the 1800s will be the topic of a presentation at the History Center Friday, March 13.
       Starting at 11 a.m., “Formalities and Fashions in the Victorian Era: 1837-1901,” will be presented by Denise Winter and Audrey Donn of the Victorian Society of Colorado Springs.
       The free program is part of the center's “Sesquicen-tennial Program Series: Celebrating 150 Years of Early El Paso County and Old Colorado City History 1859- 2009.”
       The event will not be a fashion show, but Winter and Donn will both be dressed in period clothing, and sample garments of the time (men's and women's) will be on display, according to Jo Cervone of the OCCHS.
       Winter is a historical clothier while Donn has researched women's fashions through the years.
       For more information on either the March 13 or 15 event at the Old Colorado City History Center, call the center at 636-1225.

From a press release