Lyons Redstone Museum
The Lyons Redstone Museum will not do an event this year for History Preservation Month, due to COVID-19 restrictions.
COMMENTS BY LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM DIRECTOR, LAVERN JOHNSON:
MAY IS HISTORY MONTH – A time to think of our heritage, where our ancestors came from and how they got here, how come they settled in Colorado, and especially Lyons..All interesting, we each have our own story.
Then there is History of the area; of the Town of Lyons founded in 1880 by Edward S. Lyon from Putnam, Connecticut, had gone to Central City to mine gold, which had fizzled out, and he noticed the sandstone, and started the quarries. My great grandfather John Reese (who Reese Street is named after) was in his quarry company in the 1890’s; and James A. McConnell came from Cranberry Lake. New York, because he heard about quarrying in Lyons, Colorado, and married “the girl across the river,” Bertha, my grandmother.
Then came the people pouring into the Town, “needing a school.” They were crowded in their seats “like sardines;” thus came the schoolhouse, built as one room in 1881; two rooms later; then upstairs; which was and destined to be torn down in 1976, but rescued by the Lyons Historical Society in 1977; and saved for the Lyons Redstone Museum.
With COVID regulations, the Museum will open this summer, on June 1st, daily thru Sunday October 3, 2021.
Hours: Monday to Saturday 9:30-4:30 p.m., and Sundays 12:30-4:30p.m. Stop by!
Archaeology and History Preservation Month
Celebrate Colorado’s heritage in the month of May! Archaeology & Historic Preservation Month (AHPM) is a celebration of our state’s heritage. The month highlights special preservation projects, archaeological talks and prehistoric or historical sites cherished by local residents and visitors.
See List of events and activities of the annual History Preservation Month happening across the state of Colorado. As of May 1st the list is much smaller than normal due to COVID-19 restrictions. Bookmark the page and return later in the month to see additional venues and activities.
The Lyons History Preservation Commission is finalizing a Walking Tour in mid-May 2021. A separate article will be posted when and if this becomes a reality.
HISTORY COLORADO CENTER (Museum) EXHIBIT:
4/30/21: It’s been 30 years since voters approved a fund to flow dollars into preserving, restoring, and honoring our state’s historic fabric. And the results have been nothing short of amazing.
With this, we’re pleased to announce that the History Colorado State Historical Fund Retrospective exhibit opened Friday, April 30, at the History Colorado Center. Heartfelt testimonials and powerful photography show how preserving history has changed lives and strengthened communities. Make a reservation to see it today! https://bit.ly/32XBYN4 This exhibit is part of Building Denver, a sweeping retrospective, present-day examination and a bold look ahead at how our city has been designed and the consequences that have emerged in our physical, social, and emotional spaces. (Free to members; $14 for nonmembers)