Founders Day to reveal ‘deannexation’ vote
The light-hearted nod to a significant political change a century ago will be a highlight of the annual Founders Day celebration by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS) of the start of the once-incorporated Westside town.
Free and open to the public, the event will be from 1 to 3 p.m. at the society's History Center, 1 S. 24th St.
Also featured will be reenactments of prominent women from bygone days by the Legendary Ladies group, plus refreshments commemorating the creation of Colorado City (1859-1917).
It was in 1917 that Colorado City voters agreed to give up their own government and be annexed into the newer and more prosperous city just to the east.
Seeking to have fun with history (and to augment fundraising efforts), the OCCHS set out two antique ballot boxes in April, encouraging people to “revote” - using money for ballots.
The “polls” will stay open until the Founders Day event Aug. 12.
“How would citizens vote with a century of hindsight?” posited Sharon Swint of the OCCHS. “Should Colorado City have remained separate, or was annexation the right thing?”
The all-volunteer society owns and operates the History Center, which offers a bookstore and museum at 1 S. 24th St., along with special programs throughout the year. The summer hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information, call 636-1225 while the center is open.
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