Historical Society

OUR MISSION:

“To discover and conserve cultural heritage and historic assets and to ensure their accessibility to present and future generations.”

ACCOMPLISHMENTS TO DATE:

  • Historical Society of Idaho Springs operates the James and Lucy Undersell home – now a museum in downtown Idaho Springs
  • Establishment of the City’s National Historic District and reinvigorated business area
  • The establishment of the HPRC – the Historic Preservation Review Commission
  • Construction, development and management of The Heritage Museum and Visitor Center
  • Heritage Center is the beginning of the Mount Evans Scenic and Historic Byway in which the Historical Society of Idaho Springs established, in partnership with the US Forest Service.
  • The Historic Sites and Facilities Agreement, a partnership between the City of Idaho Springs and the Historical Society of Idaho Springs is a comprehensive approach to preservation and management of all the historic properties owned by the City and HSIS. This cutting-edge agreement ensures that our donors are making a secure investment in the future of this unique and historic community. Properties include:
    • Underhill Museum
    • Heritage Museum and Visitor Center
    • Charlie Taylor Waterwheel
    • Central Hose House, Bryan and #2 Hose Houses
    • Jackson Monument
    • Historic Train #60-Old Smoke and Cinders
    • Steve Canyon Statue
    • Pioneer Cemetery
    • Blue Ribbon Tunnel
    • Powder House
    • Grounds of the Idaho Springs Public Library that include: the Arastra World War II Memorial and the Civil War Canon
  • Donated the Grass Valley School Building to City of Idaho Springs for use as a City Hall.
  • Awarded a grant from Colorado State Historical Fund to assess the Central Hose House, (future fire museum).
  • Donated the Locomotive #60 and Coach #70 – narrow gauge trains to the City of Idaho Springs
  • Applied, obtained and executed a grant for the renovation of the Bryan Hose House.
  • Cooperated in the production of the Idahoe Movie and 3 additional mini-documentaries.
  • Organized and digitized over 14,000 historic photos in our collection – onsite photo studio provides repair and copy historical photo digitizing services within the community.
  • Built current museum exhibits.
  • Provide support to volunteer Lou Howard in organizing Idaho Springs Cemetery records, placing them on our website.
  • Restored Plummer (responsible for the library) and Griswold (first Idaho Springs Mayor) cemetery gravesites.
  • Recorded over 60 oral histories.
  • PUBLICATIONS PRODUCED BY THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY:
    • Tailings, Tracks and Tommyknockers – A History of Clear Creek County, 1st & 2nd editions
    • Victorian House Tour Guide
    • Idaho Springs Walking Tour Guide
    • The Water Wheel at Idaho Springs, Colorado
    • The Idaho Newspaper
    • and others…..

Your memberships, renewals and donations are critical to our mission. Please join or renew today:


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AWARDS

2019 Historical Society Award Recipients:

  1. PRESIDENT’S AWARD
    BLACKSTONE RIVERS RANCH
    For their unprecedented generosity and ongoing support of the Idaho Springs Historical Society.
  2. WILL TERRY EXCELLENCE IN VOLUNTEERING AWARD
    DAN KELLER
    For his dedication, support, and commitment to preserving our photographic history.
  3. GEORGE JACKSON AWARD
    MARY JANE LOEVLIE
    For her outstanding commitment and dedication to the preservation and promotion of the history of Idaho Springs since 1964.