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 Underhill 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

2020 – 2021 Historical Society Award Recipients:

  1. PRESIDENT’S AWARD
    Terrie FarrisRick Wells

    Frozen Fire

  2. WILL TERRY EXCELLENCE IN VOLUNTEERING AWARD
    Karla ReevesDonna Davis
  3. GEORGE JACKSON AWARD
    Aaron HancockRobert Metzler