and Historical Society

340 High Street, P. O. Box 9

Lyons, Colorado 80540


Open: May - October




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February 7 -

Thanks to Babia Lennard, teachers and parents  who hosted the kindergarten classes for a tour of the Lyons Redstone Museum on Wednesday.  The Museum opens on May weekends for May History month, and daily June thru September.

SCFD: Monique Sawyer Lang and Baiba Lennard went to Northglenn to the SCFD Workshop last Saturday. Reports and grants for 2018 are due, which pays on the Operating Supplies of the Museum. The SCFD, which passed in 1993, for residents of seven counties pay 1\10th of 1% Sales tax for Culture, History, Theatre, Scienfitic Projects in the seven counties. Each County receives what they pay in - Boulder County receives around $400,000 and disperses the funds to non-profit agencies like the Lyons Redstone Museum. There are over 100 non-profits in Boulder County that receive funds. The Lyons Redstone Museum received $3400 for 2017. A very worthy project, which we have to vote to re-institute every 15 years to keep it going. Support the SCFD, and many activities you go to have no doubt received a grant to keep them going.

January 8 -

HISTORIC RESTORATIONS:  Our old barn, built around 1908, at 306 Evans is about complete, being rescued by Bill Bailey of Historic Restorations, who is licensed by the State to restore old barns, houses, sheds, etc. instead of letting  them collapse.  Our barn had leaned 7 inches to the South; had no foundation; no cross timbers, and it was lucky it had a metal roof, which helped the snow to melt faster. Don’t let your old buildings collapse, call 970 216 3743, for their Restoration. (Two historic barns to the east collapsed last winter during the heavy snow)
Our barn is now, a place for the Lyons Historical  Society to hold their Garage Sales to benefit the Lyons Redstone Museum (come warm weather)  Save your “stuff” and see you later.

THE TOPIC OF THE SEASON IS THE ICE RINK  RESTORED AT Lavern Johnson PARK/AKA MEADOW PARK; written by Darlene Thompson: “Tradition:  The recovery for Lyons since the flood of 2013 has been remarkable! However, We also must remember the dedication and work of those before as well. Thanks to the then Board members who approved the very first ICE RINK IN MEADOW PARK, at that location, the road was closed off for the winter and it was built by James Thompson and his sons, Jim, Willard and Lorne. They got the kids off of the dangerous river. Dick Hinshaw, Barry Johnson and David Goranson were also advocates and helpers with the new rink! That was the beginning of the Lyons Ice Skating Rink, skates were donated and stored and signed out at the Town Hall. Thanks for caring on the "Good Old Tradition." and please, remember to give credit where credit is due. Love you all!

   Other memories:  Kathleen Gereaux remembers skating on the river, hoping the ice would not break; Michelle Goranson remembers the good times;  Mary Ann (Veith) Reynolds, states that in the 1950’s the Tennis court was flooded;  I remember Herb McConnell surveying the “coldest” spot in town for the Ice Rink and all remember the good hockey playing in the late hours (send us more memories to LaVern921@aolcom

January 2, 2018 -

GOOD NEWS:   The Lyons Redstone Museum has received a Grant for $641.80, from the Greenwood Fund The grant is for purchasing archival storage materials.  This and funds from the recent Lyons Community Foundation Grant  gives the Museum  a wonderful inventory of supplies to use as we continue to organize the museum's collection and for new items that come into the museum. 

December 12 -

 MUSEUM VISITORS:  Fifth-three graders and four parent volunteers from Lyons Elementary School visited the Museum on December 6th.  They learned about what Colorado was like 250 million years ago and how sandstone was formed.  Then they enjoyed searching the museum to find & study objects & photographs related to sandstone's role in the geographic, economic, and cultural history of Lyons. February 7:  Kindergarten, March 7: 5th Grade, April 4: 3rd Grade, May 2: 2nd Grade.

November 9 -

LYONS CHRISTMAS BAZAAR (Dec. 2nd & 3rd) – Lyons Elementary Gym.  (Sat: 10am-5:00pm; Sun-11am-4pm), in its 40th season; Sponsored by the Town of Lyons, with over 40 booths of Christmas items for sale ( baked food, candy, wreaths, dips, crafts, books, etc. etc.    DONATE: Crafts, Cookies, baked goods, etc. are being solicited by the Lyons Historical Society – Contact 303 823 5925)  Followed by a Chili Supper at the Lyons ME\Community Church, and the Christmas Parade of Light at 6:00pm, followed by  Parade Awards and the Lyons Choir, followed by Fireworks!!

October 18 -

GARAGE SALE (weather permitting) will continue On Friday and Saturday this  weekends,  at 306 Evans, south of the post office, with lots of “stuff” used and new, this Friday, Sat.,(10:00-4:00) – We have just received 3 pickup loads of “good stuff” Stop by.  Support the Lyons Redstone Museum – bring your “stuff”!  Lots of interesting “stuff” – you will like – with a big discount.

VOTE FOR THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM DAILY:  Colorado's 2017 Most Significant Artifacts Vote Form Back to 2017 Artifacts Remember to hit the SUMBIT MY VOTE Button at the bottom of the page! VOTE FOR LYONS:  Teacher Registration and Grade Books, 1920-1961

SCFD:  LaVern Johnson and Monique Sawyer-Lang of the Lyons Historical Society attended the SCFD Awards Ceremony on Tuesday evening, where they presented checks to the Tier III non-profits, of which the Society received funds for Operating Supplies at the Museum.  These funds come from the 1\10th of 1% Sales Tax passed in 19093 in seven metro states, with each County receiving what they pay in – with around $450,000 in Boulder County, and  awarded to over 165 non-profit organizations.  A great help.  Thanks to all! 


September 26 -

MUSEUM NEWS – The Lyons Redstone Museum will close this Sunday, Oct. 1st , and reopen on May weekends to celebrate History Month. With a lot of visitors viewing the 127 years of newspapers exhibit, the Swift/Bohn family display, the flood and Park display, and Anne Obrien’s dollhouses. Thanks to all. Thanks also to staff Terri Weir, Monique Sawyer-Lang, Baiba Lennard, Emily Walker, Kathleen Spring, and all volunteers.

Out-of-State visitors this past week were from: London, Montreal, Quebec; Haysville, KS; Morris Plains, NJ; Beverly Hills, CA; Muskego, WI; St. Paul, MN; Ogden, UT; Olathe, KS; Omaha, Ne; Sterling, VA; and several Colorado towns. Lloyd Austin, former Lyons resident and owner of the former Rustic Built Homes with his brother Loyal, visited from Vernal, Utah.

STORY CORPS is encouraging folks to record an oral history at their Thanksgiving dinner. It is encouraging students to record a conversation with an elder over the holiday using the StoryCorps app. They can add photos and videos to their stories and upload them. They will be included in a StoryCorps collection at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. This has been the 3rd year with more than 50,000 recordings launched in 2015, adding 250,000 new recordings to the archives. The Lyons Historical Society notes Thanksgiving is a good time to record your family history while all relatives are present!


September 20 -

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM:  The question: “How and why do we arrange events in chronological order”?  On September 6th at the Redstone Museum, this was the guiding question for 4 groups of first graders from Lyons Elementary School, 50 in all and their chaperones. They used Museum resources to explore Lyons schools "then & now":  photographs of the 1881 Schoolhouse building over time, students in a classroom, and recess activities; listening to early primary reading books; and writing
 The Museum will close on Sunday Oct. 1st, until May weekends.  Be sure to stop to see Anne O’Brien’s Dollhouses (as she plans to take them to Texas when she comes); the Newspaper Display, Flood Display and Recovery, Coffintop Display, LaVern\Meadow Park Display, and more.  Open daily.
Visitors this past week have been: Charles & Sylvia Olson of Cleveland, NY, visiting their son in Longmont, Jen Jary of Tallahassee, Fla; celebrating his birthday; Linda Awtey of Sloystown, oa – visiting her sister; as well as visitors from Dundee Il; Harrisonville, Mo; Palm Bay, Tallahassee, and Naples, Fl; S ottsdale, Az;  Hespena, Ca; New Cannan, Ct;  Los Angeles, Ca;  Mason, Oh; Stuart, Fla; Rockville, Md; Hillsboro, Mo; and several area Colorado towns;

August 22 -

THE LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY WAS hosts to over 40 Historians from the Front Range Museums, from Castle Rock to Ft Collins at their monthly meeting at the Lyons Town Hall on Monday, with Priscilla Cohan and Monique Sawyer-Lang making arrangements, with a meeting, reports from each group, and lunch on the patio to view the eclipse, then a tour of the Lyons Depot, down main street and a Tour of the Lyons Redstone Museum, followed by an Ice Cream Social..Thanks to all. OVER 30 PERSONS enjoyed viewing the Eclipse from the Museum.

VISITORS AT THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM last week were Kelsey Matthews, a graduate of 301l0; Earl Wilson of Westminster, who donated a millstone from Lyons Flour Mill, Eileen and George Stone, who said it had been 80 years since visiting Lyons, from Wauwatosa, Wis., Amy and Jaud of Centennial, who state they have visited the Museum each year, when they attend the Folk Festival, Suzanne Banett who donated two Boulder County History Books; Donna Bruce of Longmont of the Goss, Befus, Stugart, Lang, and Wilcox families, as well as visitors from: Calif., Maryland, , Iowa, Nevada, Miss, New York, Florida, Texas, and Brazil  Stop by the Museum to see a large mural of the last train leaving Lyons in the 1960’s, Anne O’Brien’s dollhouses; the Flood display, parks, Quiesquicentennial, 100 year history of Lyons papers, and more...The Museum is open daily thru Sunday, Oct. 2nd.


August 15 -

This Monday, August 21st, the Lyons Redstone Museum is hosting the Area Front Range Museums, with a meeting at 10:00am and lunch at the Lyons town Hall; a tour of LaVern Johnson park during the Eclipse (glasses to be furnished) and followed by a tour of the Lyons Redstone Museum followed by an Ice Cream Social.  All invited.  Contact Priscilla 720 345 3945 to make a reservation.
Folks are invited to nominate a “Most Endangered Place” in Colorado for historic preservation.  The deadline is August 21: call 03 393 4280 x 222, If you know of an “old” property that is deteriorating, contact this State Agency.
The Lyons Library is hosting a Workshop on Wed. August 23rd on “Eat on $6.00”.  Great ideas.

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is open daily thru Sunday, October 2nd, manned by Monique Sawyer Lang, Baiba Lennard and Terri Weir.  Stop by.  Enjoy Anne O’Brien’s dollhouses, the 100 years of Lyons Newspapers, the Flood and Park Displays; old-time pictures, and more.  Visitors enjoyed the:  dollhouses, the old typewriter, and other displays.  Shane Stemm, graduate of 1995, and Kelsey Matthews, graduates of 2010 stopped by, as well as the Lyons Book Club that met last Thursday evening.  Out-of-stators were from:  Rogers, Mn; Spring Hill, Ten; Euless, Tex; Hanna City, Tremont, and Barrington, Ill; Grand Rapids, Mich; Yorba Linda and Los Angeles, Ca; Sandy and Sand Point, Ut; Bixby, Ok; Philadelphia, Pa; Baton Rouge, La; Fayetteville, Ar;  Scantion, NY; and Huntsville, Ar.

THE COFFINTOP DISPLAYS AND MATERIAL REMAIN OUT for viewing thru September.  Stop by.


August 8 - The Lyons Historical Society will host the monthly Association of Northern Front Range Museums monthly meeting next Monday, August 21st, with a meeting at 10am; followed by a lunch at the Town Hall, a tour of LaVern Johnson Park, and an Ice Cream social at the Lyons Redstone Museum.  Lunch will be catered by the St. Vrain Market.  Arrangements have been made by Priscilla Cohan.  Interested persons are invited to attend.

THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM: Congratulations and Thank You to Terri Weir, who fulfilled her 26th year as Hostess and curate of  the Lyons Redstone Museum this week and is being called to her School job. The daughter of Herb and Linda MConnell, she knows the History of the Town and its Pioneers.  Terri started working at the Museum after Grace (Weese) Harbin moved to Longmont.  Remaining Staff until the Museum closes are:  Monique Sawyer Lang, Baiba Lennard, Emily Walker, and Terri on Saturdays.

THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM HAS been a popular place to visit this summer to see 100 years History of Lyons newspapers; the Flood and Park  Displays, and Anne O’Brien’s Dollhouses.  One visitor writes that the Plantation house does not tell the “Real” of the slaves,  and will send us some history.  Out of state visitors his past week were from: Eden Prairie, Mn; Akron, Ohio, Stillwater, Md; Clive, Iowa; Orem, Utah; Sacramento, Ca; San Antonio, Richmond,  Eules, & Austin, Texas; Scottsdale, Az; Wichita, Ks; , Ramsey & Rogers, Mn; Omaha, Ne; Springhill, Tn; and Lincoln, Ne, and Jack Morton from Clive, Iowa, asking about LaVerne and Mary Morton, who lived up the North St. Vrain by the Bradshaws in the 1940’s, He was the  Lyons policeman.

August 8 -

The Sherman Bohn Tuesday History Talk presented by Lyons resident Julie Wechsler (Bohn's youngest daughter) held at Town Hall was very informative.  Sherman was a diligent public servant, available 24 hours a day, whether it was for his electrician job or on the Town board. He would go out in the middle of the night when someone's electricity was out and sometimes he got paid in produce versus cash! He was well liked and served as a volunteer through many local clubs.

Julie and Victoria Simonsen, Town Administrator, took the old black and white photos of Sherman's home and the generator building and walked around the interior of the current town hall building, matching doorways, window frames, and more.  We figured out where the family lived and where the generators were. If you look at Town Hall, you will see that the home had sandstone siding, and the rest of the building (formerly the fire station) is stucco.

The next Tuesday History Talk will be August 8 at 5:30 p.m., speakers at 6:30 p.m., at the museum about the Coffintop Dam. A few people who helped stopped the construction of the dam will tell the dramatic story of the fight that lasted several years. Also see the diorama built of the site, and see what part of town they projected the unstable dam, which was to be built on an earthquake fault, would have flooded.  Ron Gosnell is organizing several speakers who were part of the fight. He says, "Attendees may find interesting some of the remarkable things their diligence uncovered about the water district that was sponsoring Coffintop."

Looking for used books?  Remember the Redstone Museum has 3,000 used books, and dozens of new history books for sale. For those who love collecting antique books, go to the Denver Book & Paper Fair, with 80+ Antiquarian Bookstores in one location: the including hard-to-find collectibles, August 4 & 5 Friday/Saturday at the Denver Mart.

Do you prefer your history in DVD format? The Lyons History Video Project put together two compilation videos from its 60 interviews done over 13 years. The curator of geology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science came out to our quarry fields and explained how the ancient stones were formed, displaying multiple geological maps.  The information is included in the geology DVD, plus an aerial view of the town and the state's  geological "hogback" formed during the Paleozoic Era, Middle Permian Period about 250 million years ago, which is called the Lyons Formation.  The second DVD covers the history of the town, as spoken from the mouths of its pioneer families. They can be purchased at the museum or online at The Project is requesting donations to help finish the final six interviews. Contact:

Photographs in the museum are now available for purchase. Combining together a few different grants aimed at protecting the museum's archives, the museum was able to start Phase I of a multi-year photograph archive project.  Ron Pederson, and I, Kathleen, were assigned to scan all of the old-time photographs and graduation group photos on the museum's second floor. 

Ron was a star this year. Whenever a photograph was taken down, the frame was cleaned (for the first time in 40 years!) and some were found to be the worse for wear. He took home any that were damaged and repaired them to look like new.  He also worked on other woodworking projects, like building a protective screen for the Ramey/Moody exhibit. Last year, he showed off his woodworking skills by volunteering to make a new door on a glass exhibit case.  He also cleaned a large field camera (100 hours of work) and lent several of his antique cameras to the museum's camera exhibit.  Many thanks!

Another volunteer high-quality carpenter, Tosh Golias, has done repairs of windows, and built a wood bin for the framed modern graduation photographs that were of a quality worthy of putting in your living room.  Many thanks!  In past years, other great volunteer repair helpers include Rob Jones and Calvin Schilling. Bit by bit, the museum updates its archives.

July 27 -

Thanks to Ken Cinnamon who has been sharing some of his collectible antique post cards on Facebook. Recent ones included the old motels in town, and general store in Noland (a quarry town just outside of Lyons that no longer exists). People interested in learning the history of this once booming quarry town can pick up two fliers in the Redstone Museum lobby. When the quarry business temporarily died, so did the town, and most of the building stones were removed and reused, with only some foundations still existing. The one remaining remnant of a building is a boarding house, which once had 50 men living there.

Jennifer Quinn gave details on her new store SNACK Soda Fountain. She has bought the store that holds the original Lyons drug store soda fountain, wooden bar and swivel chairs. People who come in are constantly saying how surprised they are at how she both saved the antiques and "completely changed the place."

The Redstone Museum had it's first Tuesday Talk this week. It covered the family of Sherman Bohn who was mayor, and ran the Town's electric plant, and his family also lived in that building which today is our Town Hall today! The talk took place at Town Hall. His daughter Julie (Bohn) Wechsler was the key speaker, and included several old time photographs. The next talk will be Tuesday, August 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the museum about the fight to stop Coffintop Dam.

THE LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM visitors were:  the Phibbs family, relatives to Ruby Davis; Janet Christopher and Bonnie Ellis , grandchildren of Bill and Thelma Friend from Brigham and Elwood, Utah with sister Sharon Hayes living in Longmont; Rick & Lynnette McMillen, relatives of the George McMillan family; as well as folks from: New York, New York; Mason Cirty, Iowa, Tucson, Az; Thedford, Ne; Talent, Ore; Concord, Canen, Tx; Nashville, Tn; Ely, Iowa, Atlanta, Ga; Ruckersville, Va; Iowa City, Iowa; Arkansas City, Ks; Seattle, Wa; Sammamish, Wa; Kamiah, Id; and Dallas, Texas.  The museum is open daily thru Sunday, Oct. 1st.  Stop by.

July 11 -

LYONS HISTORY PROGRAMS:  Thanks to Steve Lang, who presented his popular Camera Obscura  Tuesday evening, and the Pioneer Games at the Lyons Redstone Museum.  The next program will be on Tuesday, JULY 25TH on Sherman Bohn, who Bohn Park was named after, by his  daughter, Julie Wechsler and family.  (At the Lyons Redstone Museum, unless changed)  5:30-7:30pm.  You will want to hear about Sherman Bohn-longtime town electrician and more.  All invited!

FOR SALE:  You will enjoy the Meadow Park Program as well as the History Booklet, for sale at the Town Hall or Lyons Redstone Museum.  The Meadow Park History Booklet (relates the happenings of the 133 year life of Meadow, now Lavern’s Park) for $10.00.  Lots of happenings!

  THE OLD-TIME MUSIC FESTIVAL  held at the Parrish Ranch over the weekend was well attended, with folks from Arkansas, Tennessee, and more;  All sitting around playing their fiddles and guitars.  A great time was had by all.  Ellen Rosenburg was on the committee.  Lots of music, concerts, workshops, dancing, and old time square dancing. Fun for All!  (Ellen is in charge of the Lyons Old-Time Square Dances, held the first Saturdays Jan thru April. 
THE LYONS REDSTONE IS BUZZING THIS SUMMEER WITH VARIOUS DISPLAYS:  Anne O’Brien’s dollhouses, the 100 year old Newspaper display, the Park Display, the Bohn\Swift Display; the Flood &  Quiequecentennial Display, Lyons area pictures, the booths from the Lyons Drug Store, arrowheads, and more.  Lots to see. Stop by! 
Out-of-state visitors this past week were from Los Angeles, Ca; Lincoln, Ne, Cajamayca-Columbia, Garden City and Pittsburg, Kansas, Chattanoaga,Tn., Minneaplois, Mn. Halifax, Canada, Venice, Fla, Springville,Uut; Prescott Valley, Az; Reno, Nev; and Seattle, Washington, besides many area towns;  and Angie Munz of Firestone, who graduated from Lyons High in 1998;  Chris Zorichak who is bringing some quarry informatin by, and Karyn Carroll’s granddaugfhter,
Coco Raykovich of Seattle, Wash,  The Museum is open daily (:30am-4:30pm (Mons-Sats) and 12:30-4:30pm on Sundays.  Stop by.. 


OLD-TIME PICTURES-We are collecting old-time Lyons pictures for our albums.  Send them to the Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, or take to the Museum, or


              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.  The theme this year is Transportation – horses, wagons, donkeys, old cars, truck, pickups., etc., with a closing. Program scheduled for Friday, Aug. 4th at 11:00am.   Kathleen Spring is the director Register at 303    823 5271-

June 29 -

LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM is having an unusually good summer with their displays of Anne O’Brien’s intricate doll houses; the 100 year old Lyons area newspapers, the flood displays, Minnie’s red hat display,  the Ramey display, and more.  Stop by and enjoy! They will have the Camera Obscura again this year on Tuesday, June 11th and a History program on Tuesday, July 25th from 5:30-7:30.  Visitors this past week were: Jan Peterson of Monroe, Utah, who played in the fire escape of the Museum when a kid; Meg and Chris Colard of Fort Collins, who went to school here in 1970’s; The family of L. V. Young, former resident of Lyons and farm hand for B. L. McConnell in the 1925’s had a family reunion to bury his daughter from Arizona in the Lyons Cemetery. They were:  the Iverson’s of Mountain Home, Ar;  the Morris’ of Eldersburg, Md; The Thomas’ of Wassola,Mo; the Stephan’s of Mankato, Mn;  Amber Rose of Gasuke, Ar;  The Mitchell’s of Mtn Grove, Mo and Russellville, Az;  all family of L. V. Young, former resident of Lyons who worked for B. L. McConnell in 1930’s), as well as from  Richland, Wa;  Centralia, Ill; Chili, and many area towns visited the Museum.
    HISTORY OF Lowell V. Young and his wife, Rose came to Lyons in 1920; because he had a job in Lyons as assistant water commissioner.  They lived in the Highland ditch house east of Lyons, and worked for Robert  Lee.  In 1925 they moved to the Frank Reese farm on the south side of the St. Vrain River (now Lyons Valley Park) and operated the ranch, until January 1928 when Bernie McConnell and family moved to the farm. Thus the Young’s gave up farming and moved in the old Brooks house (where the Valley Bank is now) and operated a small acreage truck garden.  They also lived in the Old Gilger house at 3rd and Evans.  They moved to Longmont in 1929.   Mr. Young died two years ago.  He was a staunch supporter of Lyons and the Museum. 

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.

OLD-TIME PICTURES-We are collecting old-time Lyons pictures for our albums.  Send them to the Lyons Historical Society, Box 9, or take to the Museum, or

COFFINTOP DAM: Larry Quinn states it has been 30 years since we the Town and all the Dam Concerned Citizens started fighting Coffintop Dam.  Yes, it was truly a fight.  We organized and went from one water meeting to the other.  The St. Vrain and Left Hand Water Board and the City of Longmont were determined to put Coffintop Dam up the South St. Vrain just 1\4th mile above the high School. Dean and Elaine Redmond went to the American Waters Association In Washington, DC. The Town hired Vince Porecka, Engineer, to help the fight.  Mr. Laverne ran on the Town Board in 1982 to Damn the Dam. It was a united effort.  Finally, the Colorado Water and Power Authority paid $1 million for a Study and found Coffintop #10 instead of #1, due to its fractured mountain; as the weight of the 38 million gallon of water would cause an earthquake.  We had an Earthquake” Day showing that the mountain to the South that looks like a slice of cake was the remnants of the 1892 earthquake.  Finally the effort quieted, but has not died, due to the City of Longmont still doing its due diligence each year to prove up on the water rights.  It was truly a “DAM” fight, and luckily we won!!!! Thanks to all!

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
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.

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