Founders’ Day(s) Aug. 14-15 in Bancroft
The seventh annual Founders' Day celebration - enhanced this year by the Old Colorado City Library's “Carnegie Day”
activities - will be Aug. 14-15 in Bancroft Park at 24th Street and Colorado Ave.
Sponsored by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS), Founder's Day recognizes the significance of past accomplishments in the development of Old Town.
Events both days will include a craft fair and bake sale (8 a.m.-4 p.m.), children's activities and live music. There will be an An-drew Carnegie enactor Aug. 14 and a picnic Aug. 15.
Although not a Colorado City “founder,” Carnegie left a lasting contribution to the Westside 100 years ago, when he built the library on Pikes Peak Avenue that is in use to this day. The industrial millionaire also donated Carnegie libraries in downtown Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs as part of the wide-scale philanthropy that marked the later years of his life.
“In his honor, the Colorado City Chamber of Commerce proposed
Carnegie Day in 1904, yet it never took place,” states a press release from Cathy Matthews, public relations specialist for the Pikes Peak Library District. “Carnegie Day will finally be celebrated as part of the Old Colorado City Branch Lib-rary's 100th Anniversary, in conjunction with the Old Colorado City Historical Society's Founders' Day weekend.”
As part of its commemoration, the library will put on sale (for the first time) prints of Jack Ekstrom's “Carnegie Library in Old Colorado City” painting, as well as bookmarks and book bags bearing that image. Proceeds will help pay for the $1.7 million library restoration project, Old Colorado City Branch Manager Julianne Rist said.
Westside Pioneer Article from press releases