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Wheat Ridge Historical

By Janet “White” Bradford

The Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s Heritage Day Celebration will be held the second Saturday of August (11) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Historic Baugh House on 44th and Robb Street in Wheat Ridge. 

We celebrate Heritage Day every August since we restored the Historic Baugh House on in 2009. August marks the month that James Baugh settled along Clear Creek in 1859.

So join us as we celebrate the farming heritage of Wheat Ridge with our Vintage Quilt Show, Farm Equipment Corral, craft show, tell & sell, barbecue (for a nominal cash fee), local musicians (both string and recorder groups) and our historians in the log cabin encapsulated within a Victorian 1900s house. The Historical Park will also be open with tours of the Red Brick Museum, Old Soddy, Implement Shed, Johnson Cabin, and first Wheat Ridge Post office with research library.

Mark your calendar for the monthly second Saturday events: Baugh House Back to School Book Sale and Exchange (September), Apple Cider Day (October), Bountiful Blessings - Recorder Music lessons (November), and Holiday Celebrations with White Elephant gift exchange (December). See pictures and videos of past events on our Facebook page: The Wheat Ridge Historical Society.

Our August Society meeting will be on the second Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 7 p.m., at the Red Brick Museum building. We will be going over details of upcoming events and will enjoy a talk on the “How the City of Wheat Ridge is preparing for the 50th Anniversary of Incorporation” by Ruth Baranowski. Ruth our webmaster is also on the W.R. Carnation Festival committee as well. We will be discussing ways to work with the city during our celebrations next year. New members are encouraged to join us at these fun evening meetings.

Our Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle meets at the Historical Park on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. All crafters are invited to join. Bring a project you are working on, lunch if you want, and $2 to the Red Brick museum. The group has special events known only to members so stop by and learn their crafty secrets!

Summertime and the kids are bored? Take them to The Wheat Ridge Historical Park at 4610 Robb St. It is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with tours available for only $2 per person (cash or check only please). The park has a picnic table, room to run, shade to enjoy and local history to learn. Kids are fascinated by the old farming implements. Now is the time to spark their interest in history! Groups of 10 or more are asked to please call ahead (303-421-9111) so that we can have more historians available.

Visit WheatRidgeHistoricalSociety.org or e-mail us at WRHistorical@gmail.com