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340 High Street, P. O. Box 9

Lyons, Colorado 80540

303-823-5271

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June 13 -

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM, OPEN daily thru Sunday, Oct. 1st.  Sats 9:30am-4:30pm, and Sundays 12:30-4:30pm) Stop by; take time to enjoy.  You will enjoy Lyons history, Quaisquecentennial Display, LaVern’s Park, Flood, Minnie’s, and much more.  Out-of-state visitors this past month have been Sandy Bradford of Santa Rosa, Cal (related to Bradford’s & Montgomery’s) ; Deb Hope and Steve Ringquill of Aspinwall, Pa, former residents;  from Endicott, Wyo;  Connerville, Ind;  Waupon, Wi; Santa Cruz, Ca; Fairfax, Va (who stated: “Your museum is better than the Smithsonian in D. C.”!); from  South Pasadena, Fla; Springfield, Mo. Casey Dunbar of Palmetto, Fla. (the grandson of Leona Scanlon; great grandson of M. J. Scanlon) Mesa, Az; Baltimore, Md; Graham, NC., Princeton, Ill;  East Bernard, Tex; Norman, Ok; Berlin; Boonville, Ind; Downers Grove, Ill; Miami, Fla (visiting his son who just moved to town; Osceola, Wi; Austin, Mn,  Execter, NH;  St. Louis, Mo; Chicago, Ill; and Chris & Garrett Eliasen who went to 1st grade in the main exhibit room

THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM WILL HOST A History program next Saturday, June 24th, at l:00pm, during the 41st Lyons good Old Days, and recognize the class of 1967 as Mr.\Mrs. Good Old days:  Patricia Belg, Janet Brackett (dec’d) , Vaugn Carter, Lee Ann Castle, Kenneth Cinnamon, Linda Colard, Leonard Ewy, Susan French (dec’d) , Richard Hert, Clara Leiding, Dallas Maurer, John McDowell, Mike McNeill, Roy Orback;  James (Mike) Robb (dec’d) , Richard Roe, Mike Schroeder, Paul Stoll, Wallace Taylor, William Ward, Robert Webb (dec’d) , and Timothy Wood (dec'd) ).  Aaron Vasquez and Ever Johan Ortiz-Valdez will be honored as 2017 Graduates of pioneer families;  those of Pioneer families as well as the classes of the ‘07’s:  The Classes of 1987 and 2007 are holding their Class reunions.

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM HISTORY CAMP will be held from July 28 thru Aug. 4th.  Cost is $50.00 each student. Maximum of 10.   You will have a great time learning the History of the Lyons area.  Kathleen Spring is the director  Register at. 303 823 5271.


SATURDAY JULY 22ND:  PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE AT Lyons Elementary Gym to Celebrate Ms. LaVern’s 90th Birthday; 7:30-Rounds by Dave Smith; 8-10:15 – Square dance with Dan Nordbye of Mesa, Az; 9:00-more Birthday Cake and Festivities.

MEMORIALS: LYONS COMMUNITY CHURCH is redoing and tightening the windows of the historic church, built in 1908, and is inviting all church and old-time families who might want to do so a Memorial to their families to participate.  One window of newly stained glass, etc., is $2000; or you can go in on the larger project of the three-windows to the West, which could take several donors.  Contact Mark Boys mlboys1@yahoo.com.
WESLEYAN HALL SIGN: Thanks to Mark Boys, who rescued the first  “Weslyan Hall” sign that was attached to the Church basement when it was finished in 1952.  The sign is cut out of a thin wood, and is unique, and has been stored in the garage for many years.  During the years of hard digging were:  Adam Ford, Charley  Stager, John O‘Neal, LaVerne Johnson, O. J. Ramey, Glen Jernigan Charles Montgomery, W. A. Roe, Harry Stover etc. Harry Wedow, who are not here to tell us  Cutting the marble like stone from under the church to make the basement was indeed a big job-thus Wesleyan Hall.

 

May 23 -

HISTORY:  Lyons baseball started in the early 1980’s, with Lloyd and Loyal Austin at its helm of getting it on board.  Although we had a ball program for years,  the High School kids had to drop out or play with  the American Legion team in Longmont.   Baseball for boys and Softball for the girls has been an awarding experience for the students, and Lots of fun for the fans.

The LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM will be open this last weekend of May and then be  open daily thru October 1st.(Hours are:  Mons-Sats 9:30am-4:30pm, and Sundays 12:30-4:30pm)  Plan to attend the special opening on June 6th from 5:30-7”30 to view Annie O’Brien’s dollhouse collection.  Thanks to Dolph Swift who has prepared a Display recognizing the Swift, Bohn, and Smith families (1889-2003)  Stop by; take time to enjoy.

LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS:  SATURDAY JUNE 24
Here is the current schedule.More details coming soon8 am-  Lyons River Run 5k– Sandstone Park; 9 am– 12 pm-     Pancake Breakfast provided by Oskar Blues (Cost per person $12)– Sandstone Park; 9:30 am- 4:30 pm- Museum Open House-Redstone Museum; and Sunday, June 25th from 12:30-4:30pm;  10 am-3pm-        Good Old Days Car Show-4th Avenue; 11am-  Dedication of LaVern M. Johnson ; ; Park-  (Meadow Park); 12 pm-   Square Dance Exhibition– LaVern Johnson Park; 1pm- 6pm-  Kids Area Open– Railroad Ave.; 1pm- 3 pm-   History Program by Lyons Historical Society-Honoring Class of 1967 as Mr\Mrs Good Old Days on their 50th year; Honoring Class of 1987-Reunion. on their 30th Year,  all Classes of the .07’s;   Honoring Graduates of Lyons Pioneer Families, and the Lyons Pioneer families. ,; 3:30-4:00 – Welcome by Mayor Connie Sullivan; Instruction of Lyons Pioneers, Classes of ‘o7's, graduates of Lyons P:ioneer Families, Classes of 1967-50thyear as Mr\Mrs Good Old Days, and Class of 1987-30th year; by LaVern. ; 5pm-11pm- Food Booth Open – Sandstone Park;  5:00-10:30 – Music  – Raul Vasquez Community Stage; and Chamber Beer Tent.; 7:30-10:15pm – Red Rock Ramblers Square Dance, Lyons Elementary Gym, Rounds-Leroy Shade & Squares – Dave Guille. 

 

May 18 -

MONDAY, CHRISTINA WELLS RECEIVED AN Award from the Boulder  Round Table for her work on restoring the Lyons Depot – superb; the Presentation was made by Lavern Johnson and Kathleen Spring of the Lyons Historical Society, who thanked Christiana and her State Historical Fund Liaison, Estella Cole,  for restoring the flooded depot back to its glory; the Lyons Historical Society and the Town for saving the building in 1973; operating it as a Library there until the flood of September, 2013, and now the Town Annex.  A beautiful job.  Christina wrote the grants, monitored the work, and manned the process with the help of Town administrator, Victoria Simonson,  Co-hort Mark Browning , the Lyons Volunteers and Town’s Public works.  A grand opening was held last May.  Cost of the project was:  $621,000; with $210,000 donated by the State Historical Fund, $319,000 from DOLA; $10,000 from the Lyons Community Foundation; $15,000 from Longmont Community Foundation\St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund, and $81,213, from the Town, including $10,740-local grants and town’s flood insurance.  Our Thanks to all.  A brochure on the Lyons Depot will be available at Town Hall, the Depot, and the Lyons Museum., Thanks to Kathleen Spring.  Stop by!

Our Congratulations to the Lyons Recorder, who is celebrating their 50th year, as the Lyons Recorder; Restarted by Max and Ada Lou Hammans in 1967, after no paper for 20 years except the weekly Longmont Ledger;  then sold .  Walt Kinderman from Denver bought it  in 1983 and  helped us fight Coffintop Dam, who sold it to a big company that owned  50 newspaper; Char Wamsley  rescued it, but lost many  dollars; and then sold to  Joseph and Laura seven years ago!  This newspaper is celebrating its 50 years of being continually open bringing you the area news.  Thank you Joseph and Laura 
LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM:  Thanks to all who attended the Museum “Open House” last Saturday evening, which was well attended.  The Museum on Lyons Newspapers will be on display all year, so Stop by.    Very interesting, and you can do a puzzle or take your picture.  Sue and Neal Woodley of Estes Park, a relative of the Spencer family, were in attendance, as well as Karen Culver of Lakewood, a relative of Ken & Loretta Richmond, Larry and Jehnee of Grand Junction, who bought our fourteen  boxes of Reader’s Digests;  and folks from Pasadena, Ca;  Grand Rapids, Mi; mom of Jessie Zach of  Lyons, Longmont, and many from Lyons. Thanks to the Museum Staff and their co-horts for their work on this Newspaper display, for sprucing up the hallway, and the new displays (Monique and Steve Lang; Baiba & Michael Lennard; Priscilla Cohan, Lyons Volunteers-Crystal White and  Barney Driestadt; and Kathleen Spring; )
The Museum is open weekends thru May, and will be open daily Monday, April 29th thru Sunday Oct. 1st. Another special display will be held on June 6th with Anne O’Brien’s Doll House Collection. Stay tuned.   Stop by; take time to enjoy.

The Lyons Good Old Days will  consist of a 30th Year Reunion of the Class of 1987, at Smoking Dave’s BBQ.  Kelly (Mcconnell) Duff from Silt, Co. was in town Monday to make arrangements.  Class members are:  Amber Austin, Rhonda Berger, Stacey Boersma, Kerry Brown, Carl Byers, Darren Christiansen, Shawn Chriswell, Carrie Dejiacomo, Robby Deeter, Tracie Ernst, Greggory Fitts,  Jon Gollam, Michelle Goarnson, Chad Gould, Jennifer Hoh, Molly Hoh, Robert Jenkins, Julie Johnson, Megan Jones, Dawn Klismet, Barbara Lee, Matthew Lee, Paul Mathern, Kelly McConnell Glenn Miller, Teddy Mitchell, Cynthia Namesnik, Cindy O”Connor, Jocelyn Perkins, Eric Pickering, Byron Roberts, Marc Rower, Charles Rowley, Cindy Savage, Michael Schimanski, Jaime Smith, Michael  Sorensen, Leissa Steel, Wendy Thompson, Lara Wadlow, Brian Wallace, Richard Webb, Caroline Wyppler, and Suzanne Zink.

 

 

May 3 -

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM will open on May 6th on weekends for May History Month; and daily thru September;  Saturday,  May 13th –5:30-7:30pm -  Open House for History Display of Lyons Newspapers;  2nd & 4th  TUESDAY PROGRAMS – July 11th; 5:30-Camera Obscure; 6:30-Program of Lyons History or by Historian “History Conversations” (Programs July 11 & 25; Aug. 8 & 22; Sept 5th & 19th; Kids’ History Camp-July 31-Aug 4th (303 823
5271),  The Museum will then be open daily, May 29th thru Oct. 1st,    Our thanks to Monique Sawyer & Steve Lang, Baima & Michael Lenard, Priscilla Cohan, Terri Weir, and Lyons Volunteers, Barney Distant and Crystal White.  

Congratulations to CHRISTINA WELLS, Chair of the Lyons Depot Restoration, who will be honored at the Boulder County Archaeology and Restoration annual meeting on Monday, May 15th h, at 6pm, at the Chautauqua in Boulder.  The Lyons Depot-Library was in very bad condition before and from the Sept. 2013 flood, and was restored with funds from The State History Fund, the Town’s insurance, and DOLA.  It is now the Town Hall extension.  Christine was nominated by the Lyons Historical Society. The public is invited.

LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS TO BE HELD Friday, June 23-with Dance and beer tent by Lyons Chamber 8-11pm; and  9:15 The Lyons Historical Society will honoring Lyons Pioneers, Class of 1967-Mr\Mrs. Good Old Days, Classes of’07’s; and 2017 HS graduates of pioneer families 
   SAT:  JUNE 24TH – 5K Run-from and back to Lyons Firehouse; 11:00-Public Dedication of Lavern M. Johnson\Meadow Park, followed by square dance exhibition; and 12:00-Pet & Doll Parade; (THEN TO SANDSTONE PARK): Car Show; Kid Games; Vendors-food, and more.
   1:00-pm program at Lyons Redstone Museum (honor pioneers, etc.)  7:30pm-Good Old days Square Dance – Lyons Elementary Gym, 7:30-rds by Leroy Shade; 8-10:15pm-Squares by Dave Guile; 8pm-11:00-Dancing & Beer Tent by Chamber.

    LYONS REDSTONEMUSEUM OPENS THIS SAT & SUNDAY FOR MAY HISTORY MONTH.  STOP BY. Hours ARE Sat 9:30-4:30 AND Sunday 12:30-4:30.  Learn the history of your town; check the Genealogy files. You will be surprised what we may have in our files on you.
   NEXT WEEKEND: SATURDAY- MAY 13TH – 5:30-7:30PM. NEW DISPLAY OF:  LYONS NEWSPAPERS:   A History a new permanent exhibit presented by the Lyons Redstone Museum, 340 High Street, Lyons, and CO.   Open-house reception:  In its 126 year history, Lyons has rarely been without at least one newspaper. Chronicling that history will be front pages of first editions of newspapers from the collections including the 1890 Longs Peak Rustler.  Changing on a weekly basis, visitors can read the news and see what was advertised 115 years ago as reported in early 1900s Lyons Recorders. Visitors can also "put themselves in the news “and take home a souvenir of their visit through the interactive newspaper photo booth.
 Museum hours:  weekends in May: Sat. 9:30 - 4:30 & Sun. 12:30 - 4:30; daily May 29 to October 1 (Mon. - Sat. 9:30-4:30, Sun. 12:30-4:30).Contact:  Lavern 303-823-5925

 

 

April 19 -

SCFD - LaVern Johnson and Priscilla Cohan of the Lyons historical Society attended their interview on next year’s funding at the SCFD interviews Tuesday evening.  Here the County committee decides what each non-profit group is awarded.  The SCFD is funded by 1\10th of 1% Sales Tax collected in 7 metro counties; each county gets what is paid in.  The $400,000 paid in Boulder County is then dispersed to around 160 non-profit organizations.  The Lyons Historical Society has received from $1000 to $4200-last year, since 1993; to be used for Operations.  We will find out in September. A very worthy cause. Our thanks to all taxpayers who pay a few cents each purchase for said events-dancing, bands, plays, history, science, etc. 

Congratulations to CHRISTINA WELLS, HEAD OF THE Lyons Depot Restoration, who will be honored at the Boulder County Archaelogy and Restoration annual meeting  on Monday, May 8th, at 6pm, at the Chautauqua in Boulder.  The Lyons Depot-Library was in very bad condition before and from the Sept. 2013 flood, and was restored with funds from The State History Fund, the Town’s insurance, and DOLA.  It is now the Town Hall extension. 

LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS TO BE HELD Friday, June 23-with Dance and beer tent by Lyons Chamber 8-11pm; and  9:15 The Lyons Historical Society will honoring Lyons Pioneers, Class of 1967-Mr\Mrs. Good Old Days, Classes of’07’s; and 2017 HS graduates of pioneer families 
   SAT:  JUNE 24TH – 5K Run-from and back to Lyons Firehouse; 11:00-Public Dedication of LaVern M. Johnson\Meadow Park, followed by square dance exhibition; and 12:00-Pet & Doll Parade; (THEN TO SANDSTONE PARK): Car Show; Kid Games; Vendors-food, and more (accepting folks who want to run an event) etc.  1:00-pm program at Lyons Redstone Museum (honor pioneers, etc.)  7:30pm-Good Old days Square Dance – Lyons Elementary Gym, 7:30-rds by Leroy Shade; 8-10:15pm-Squares by Dave Guille; 8pm-11:00-Dancing & Beer Tent by Chamber.
THERE IS STILL TIME:  Here is a list of events people want to see happen for 'Good Ole Days": survival skills competition, pony rides/petting zoo, carnival, art show/flea market, bake sale fund raiser for the museum, pie eating or hot wing contest, martial arts demonstration, talent show, pet and doll parade, pancake breakfast, logger's rodeo, black powder shoot, myama dance studio demonstration, beer garden and dance, classic car show, blow-up slide and pool (like last year) and a dunking booth. Here is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak. Bohn Park is back in action. Let me know if there is something you would like to help with! Nothing can happen without volunteers to help run events. We need to get a list going and present it very soon!

 

March 21 -

PRESERVATION NOMINATION IS due:  If you know of someone that has improved their property to save it for history’s Sake, nominate them at Boulder County, and the Square Nail Award will be given to folks that have spent special effort to preserve history of the area on May 8th by the Boulder History Assn.
The Lyons Depot has been nominated for the Award.  Stay tuned.

SCFD GRANT: Thanks to Priscilla Cohan, who helped get the annual SCFD grant application out for on time for “Operations” at the Lyons Redstone Museum.  The SCFD Started in 1993, seven counties collect 1\10th of 1% for Science, Culture, and History non-profits.  The Lyons Historical Society has received funds since it began in 1993, of which they have received a total of over $100,000, and received $4297 in 2016;  This year, we do not ask for an amount, but it is up to the committee.  So here’s hoping.  However, whatever, we receive will be very Welcome to our coffers of operating the Lyons Redstone Museum – gathering area history and operating the Museum on May weekends and daily May 29th thru Sunday, Oct. 1st.            

       SWIFT HISTORY:  Pat (Swift) Finleon of Broomfield has given two large photo albums of the Swift family that came to Lyons in 1908, as well as a graduation program stating: “the 20th Century Class, Lyons Public School, requests your presence at its Graduation Exercises, at the Congregatin Church, Lyons, Colorado, Friday Evening, 8:00pm, on May 31, 19012.  (It would have been from the 8th grade, as the first Lyons High School class was held in 1925.   The Swifts\Bohn family was longtime residents of Lyons.  Owning the house on the corner of 3rd and Stickney; Sherman Swift moved to Mead then Lyons in 1889.  He married Anna Bohn, daughter of Phillip and America Bohn, in a double wedding with Charles and Emma Frank, who owned the Frank building, now The Fork).  He worked in the quarries and gold mines at Allenspark.  He served as town councilman and town marshal.  They had six Children, Eloise, George, Herbert who married Florence Landau, parents of Patricia Finleon), Verna, Charles married to longtime Lyons High Secretary Roberta Smith from Erie and parents of Dolph-who lives in Estes Park and Philip who lives in Wickenburg, Az.  (who are to bring items down of his family)  Those are the old-time days of Lyons. 

March 6 -

The 41st Annual LYONS GOOD OLD DAYS are coming up – Saturday, June 24th.  The Town will sponsor their usual – 5K Run, Car Show; Kid Games, Music, Lyons Chamber Beer Tent; the History program at the Museum honoring the Classes of 1967 as Mr.\Mrs. Good Old Days and the High School Alumni of the ‘07’s: 1927, 1937, 1947,  1957, 1967, 1977, 1987, 1997, 2007, and 2017; and  Lyons Pioneers.  The Parks & Rec. are asking for others to sponsor events.  Contact Dave or Marissa at 303 823 8250.
 MUSEUM ADVOCACY DAY will be celebrated at the State Capitol on March 15th.  We are lucky the town has a Museum out of their 1881 schoolhouse that was destined to be torn down in May of 1977; however, after a couple of years negotiations, we devised a three-way lease with the Lyons Historical Society, Town of Lyons, and St. Vrain School Dist for a Museum..It is filled with Lyons area information, and will open on weekends for May history month and daily through September.  Be sure and drop by; plan to stay, as it will take time to review display photos, genealogy to get involved. The State of Colorado will celebrate at the State Capitol on March 15th.

 

February 22 - NEXT WED. FEBRUARY 28TH IS MUSEUM ADVOCACY DAY:  we are lucky the town has a Museum out of their 1881 schoolhouse that was destined to be torn down in May of 1977; however, after a couple of years negotiations, we devised a three-way lease with the Lyons Historical Society, Town of Lyons, and St. Vrain School Dist for a Museum..It is filled with Lyons area information, and will open on weekends for May history month and daily through September.  Be sure and drop by; plan to stay, as it will take time to review display photos, genealogy to get involved.

PRESERVATION NOMINATION IS due:  If you know of someone that has improved their property to save it for history’s Sake , nominate them at Boulder County, and the Square Nail Award will be given to folks that have spent special effort to preserve history of the area on May 8th by the Boulder History Assn.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd, 7:00PM, the Niwot Historical Society will present a program “Raptors Over Niwot”  at the Left Hand Grange, charge is $5.00 if not a member; The program is by Sue Cass a volunteer Naturalist for Boulder County Parks and Open Space.

January 24 - Quilt Show at the Lyons Town Hall is very nice - featuring a lot of area quilters, and one pansy quilt made by Minnie Hutchinson, saved from the dumpster and completed by Bonny DiSalvo. A must to see! Around May of 2009 when Minnie's house was being cleaned out after her death and the quilt to ended up in the dumpster. Bonnie DiSalvo and Romano Paoletti rescued the quilt top from that fate. Bonnie finished the quilt with batting, backing, quilting, and binding and recently donated it to the Redstone Museum.. This is truly a precious artifact.

Preservation Nomination is due: If you know of someone that has improved their property to save it for history's award, nominate them at Boulder County.

Wednesday, February 22, 7 pm, the Niwot Historical Society will present a program 'Raptors over Niwot' at the Left Hand Grange.

 


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