Talks: Mining, milling and cowboy songs

       Talks on Cripple Creek gold, cowboy songs and the Westside's gold-milling past are slated July 11, 18 and 25 in the Tuesday Nights in July series by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS).
       The presentations will start at 7 p.m. at the Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th Street. Doors open at 6:30. There is no admission fee, but donations are welcomed.
       The series will open Tuesday, July 11 with “John Harper, Deported Miner: The Cripple Creek Strike of 1904 as Family and Social History.” The speaker will be Katherine Scott Sturdevant, who is chair of the Pikes Peak Community College History Department and great-granddaughter of one of the strike leaders.
       Also scheduled are:
       July 18 - “History of Cowboy Songs of the West,” by Mark Gardner, an area musician, historian, and author. As part of his program, he will be performing with vintage musical instruments.
       July 25 - “The Secret Treasure Inside Gold Hill,” by Dave Hughes, long-time Westside historian and business and civic leader. He will discuss the four gold mills of Colorado City, including the one where the Gold Hill Mesa subdivision is being built now.
       The History Center is owned and operated by the OCCHS, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization.

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