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By Janet “White” Bradford

The Wheat Ridge Historical Society’s June Second Saturday event will include wedding vow renewals in honor of all those June brides! Renew the vows of love with those you care about on Saturday June 9, between 10 am and 2 pm at the Historic Baugh House on 44th and Robb Street.

The tradition of June brides goes back to Roman times when they celebrated the festival of the deity Juno and his wife Jupiter, who was the goddess of marriage and childbirth on the first day of June. Come share your love story and family history!

Speaking of family history, do you have a will to let your family know what to do with your things once you are no longer around to enjoy them? All of the items at the Baugh House and Historic Park have been donated by people just like you.

With the upcoming 50th anniversary of the incorporation of Wheat Ridge we are looking to gather more historic information that we can share with our fellow citizens and future generations. 1969 was the year that Wheat Ridge, Lakewood and others became their own cities. So coming in 2019 the city will celebrate 50 years and we would like to include as much history as we can into a book for the celebration.

We are greatly encouraged by the recent donations to the Historical Society and we encourage you to talk with your relatives about the past, record their stories and share them with us. Antique items, old Wheat Ridge-area photographs, diaries or journals, yearbooks and other memorabilia can be preserved for the future by donating them to the Wheat Ridge Historical Society.

Still enjoying your antiques and pictures but not sure what should happen to them when you are no longer around to enjoy them? Put the Wheat Ridge Historic Society in your estate plan. Future generations will appreciate the items you loved and they will be treasured here at the park.

Our June Historical Society meeting will be a potluck picnic at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting around 7 p.m. on, June 12. There are some great cooks in our society so this is one meeting you should not miss! We will be discussing the upcoming Heritage Day celebration.

We are looking for someone with an older classic car that would be interested in letting our historians ride in it for the Carnation Festival parade, which is the second Saturday in August – the same day as Heritage Day at the Baugh house. Please contact our museum hostess at 303-421-9111 if you could help with this project.

The Wheat Ridge Historical Park at 4610 Robb St., 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. Please call the museum hostess for groups of 10 or more, so we can have more historians available.

Our Wheat Ridge Quilt Circle meets at the Historical Park on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. All crafters are invited to join. Bring a project you are working on, lunch if you prefer and join in the fun of working with like-minded crafty people! The circle is currently working on a new quilt for the Baugh house. They hope to have it on display at our Vintage Quilt Show during Heritage Day.

For more information check our Facebook page: The Wheat Ridge Historical Society. Watch for our website coming soon! Email us at WRHistorical@gmail.com.