2017 Programs and Speakers
*** DOORS OPEN AT 6:30 PM for Social Time! ***
November 9 ~ Afternoon Tour of Medlen School
If you want to car pool, meet at Church of the Hills parking lot at 1 pm . If you are going to drive yourself meet at the school at 1:30 pm. There is heat in the building but no snow plowing so if the weather is bad we will cancel.
The address of Medlen School is 8569 South Turkey Creek Rd; Morrison. It is about half way between North Turkey Creek Rd and Meyer Open Space Park.
The Medlen School was built in 1886 during the height of farming, ranching and lumbering activity in southern Jefferson County. The hewn log building was originally located across South Turkey Creek Road (the "old Ute Trail"). It was moved a few hundred feet to its present site in about 1900 and covered with white clapboard siding. A small anteroom was added to the front facade at the same time. A small "teacherage", which later served as the Medlen Library, was built when the school was moved and clapboarded. Two WPA privies, built between 1934-1938, replaced the original circa 1900 privies and are extant on the school property. With the closure of the Medlen Post Office in 1901, the Medlen School, already a town focal point, took on added importance as the only real community center. The school closed in 1954 when Jefferson County schools were consolidated.
The South Turkey Creek Improvement Association deeded the school to the Jefferson County Historical Society in 1992. At that time JCHS was placed on the Colorado State Register of Historic Properties and was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Colorado State Historical Fund to restore the schoolhouse, which was completed in 1998. In 2000 JCHS received a $2000 grant to move and restore the privies.
They have been operating a summer program for elementary age children since 1998.
In 2015 Medlen School was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
No Programs / MGS Holiday Party on December 3
Past 2017 Programs
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January 12, 2017Program: Overcoming Brick Walls by Mapping Census Data Description: Studying census records along with contemporary maps can reveal information not contained in either source alone, and not accessible by any other means. Dr. Bainbridge’s presentation will include a demonstration of three long-standing research puzzles: what maps and census records were used, methods of analysis, and discoveries made. Speaker: Ted Bainbridge, Ph.D. Dr. Bainbridge has been a genealogical researcher, teacher, consultant, speaker, and writer since 1969. He has served as president of the Longmont Genealogical Society, staff member in two LDS Family History Centers and the director of one.
February 9, 2017Program: Prisons in the Civil War Description: Former Jefferson County Open Space History Education Supervisor John Steinle will present an illustrated program on prison of the Civil War. He will explain how both the Union and Confederate governments were totally unprepared to handle the number of prisoners accumulated during the Civil War, how prisoner exchanges and paroles were finally agreed on by both sides, and how this system broke down over the issue of African-American soldiers. The result was untold suffering and death in vile, overcrowded prisons such as Camp Douglas in the North and Andersonville in the South. About 56,000 men died in prison camps during the war, with the majority of deaths being avoidable. Steinle will use original drawings, prints and photos to illustrate his program. Speaker: John Steinle, a native of Hamilton, Ohio, earned his bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Dayton in 1972. After several years as a commercial artist, he decided to pursue a career in history. After receiving a Master’s Degree in Museum and Archival Management from Wright State University, Steinle worked as a Curator and Archivist at the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Cincinnati Historical Society. He then served as Director at several Ohio museums before emigrating to Colorado in 1992. In 1994, Steinle became the Administrator of the Hiwan Homestead Museum in Evergreen, Colorado, working for Jefferson County Open Space. He was promoted to History Education Supervisor and Region Supervisor for the Bear Creek Region. He retired in 2016.Steinle is the co-author with Richard Scamyhorn of Stockades in the Wilderness: The Frontier Forts and Settlements of Southwestern Ohio, 1788-1795. Since 1975, Steinle has been a member of many different living history and reenactment groups such as the 1st Colorado Volunteers Civil War unit.
Program: Historic Rockland Church and Cemetery
Description: Many people are not aware of this little piece of pioneering history tucked away on Lookout Mountain. In fact, if you didn’t know it was there, you could drive by it every day and not see it. But it is worth the time to explore the history of this little church and the lives of those who supported it. The stories of those interned in its cemetery reveal the true pioneering spirit of the people who settled on this mountain and the affect they would have on the state, and, eventually, the country. One by one, genealogical research is reviving the lives of the individuals buried there and the rugged pioneering community they formed. Steve Engle is the sextant of and local expert on the Historic Rockland Community Cemetery. He will share his expertise in a presentation on the history of this quiet little spot, and the mysteries surrounding it that have yet to be discovered.
Speaker:Steve Engle, M.A. History & Cemetery Sextant
Steve has a BS, Education & Human Development from Bowling Green State University. He also holds an MA in Public History from University of Colorado, Denver, where he completed his thesis entitled “Historic Rockland Cemetery and Upper Mount Vernon Canyon, Jefferson County Colorado” in the fall of 2014. He has been speaker at many historical and genealogical organizations and lineage societies including the Lookout Mountain Genealogical Society and two local chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution. He also provides informational tours at the History Rockland Cemetery to schools and local civic and genealogical organizations upon request. In 2007 Steve began his interest in Historic Rockland Church, which is now listed on the National, State Register of Historic Places and has recently received Jefferson County Landmark status.
Program: Hiding in Plain Database: Tips and Tricks for Finding Exactly the Records You're After
Description: Searching in databases can produce gold mines of information. They can also be frustrating and inefficient if you do not know how to conduct an effective search. It's important to learn the lingo of databases to take advantage of the advanced search features. You will discover how to: narrow the results, broaden the results, and use bread-crumb navigation. You will learn how the most common typing mistakes can fool even the best searches. Sometimes you must stop looking for people and start looking for data points. As databases become more sophisticated, you will learn how to master the sliders and bring on the browse. If you have searched a database and not found what you were looking for, after this talk, you will want to look again.
Speaker: Dina Carson has been involved in genealogy for more than two decades, and lectures frequently to genealogical and historical societies throughout the West. She is the coordinator of the Boulder Pioneers Project, a comprehensive look at the original source documents for Boulder County during the Territorial period (1859-1876) and the author of more than thirty annotated indexes of Boulder County source materials. Although her formal education is in International Law and Economics, she owns Iron Gate Publishing, a publishing company and is the author of 10 new books about publishing and genealogy including, Set Yourself Up to Self-Publish: A Genealogist's Guide and Publish Your Family History: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing the Stories of Your Ancestors. Dina brings her experience with all phases of book publishing to help first-time self-publishers create quality family or local histories that are both believable and achievable. When she's not at a computer working on a publishing project, you can find her photographing the pioneer cemeteries of Colorado.
Program: New England History and Genealogy: An Overview from Settlement to Revolution
Description: As the second oldest area in the “New World” to undergo European settlement, many present day Americans can trace their ancestry back to the Pilgrims or the Puritan Great Migration. For some, it is very easy to trace your ancestry back to these original settlers due to the extensive records that their largely Puritan forebears maintained for us. Others find tracing their ancestry more difficult for varied reasons. John will share the importance to understand New England’s history, its settlement patterns, and its town structure to improve your chances to tackle New England brick walls While records are important to prove your genealogical past, it is often difficult to know where to look for these records unless you know the area’s history not to mention the formative activities that our ancestors undertook which provide rich stories for your family histories.
Speaker: John Putnam is a native of Western Massachusetts where he grew up on a farm; attended public schools, and attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst. where he earned his BA in Government/Political Science. John has spent the last 47 years in the insurance industry.
John’s interest in genealogy started at a very young age when his two grandmothers would tell stories about the family. As a twelfth generation New Englander, there were many stories to be told. His Putnam ancestors lived in Salem/Danvers, MA where they were very involved in the Salem Witchcraft incident. Both his parents were active in their local historical society and frequently added to John’s interest in Western Masssachusetts’ local history.
John is the past President of the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. In December 2011, he wrote a paper telling about his Teaching Grannies for a local genealogy course taken at Pikes Peak Community College. In June 2012, he presented a paper at the Pikes Peak Regional Historical Symposium on Historical Floods in the Pikes Peak Region.
Program: Members Sharing Meeting & Ice Cream Social
Description: Share your genealogy challenges and successes. Be ready to share a story, research tip, brick wall breakthrough, DNA information, surprising information about your family, and more.
Don't miss our annual Ice Cream Social as part of this meeting!
Learning to use Ancestry (the library edition)
Lecture at the Evergreen Library from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Ready to explore your family tree? Watch your family tree grow as you start or continue your family history research using the tools available on Ancestry.com. The Mountain Genealogists Society helps you navigate the Library version of Ancestry.com, which is free to use with your library card. Discover best practices in genealogy research while avoiding common pitfalls in this interactive session. Please bring a laptop if you have one. Mary Dickoff will be the primary with other club members assisting.
July and August
No Meetings, No Programs
Sunday, August 20
Our Annual Picnic will be at 4:00 the Markusson’s.
Program: “Using Early American Records”
Description: Using Hard to Find Records Will Tell the Story of an Ohio Pioneer
This talk explores the life of Amasa Delano Sproat, an early Ohio settler. This case study identifies many of those hard to find early American records that tell his story. The participant will learn about records available before the 1850 every name census and how to obtain them. If you are doing early American research this class will help you.
Speaker: Diane Barbour has been doing genealogy for about 15 years. In June 2012, she graduated from the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto to complete her Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies or PLCGS. This certificate represents 45 completed classes in methodology, American records and English records. Diane continues her education by attending several conferences and Institutes every year. She is the past President of Broomfield Genealogical Society and on the education committee for Boulder and Longmont Genealogical Society. She volunteers at the Denver Public Library, fifth floor and the National Archives, Southwest Branch in Broomfield.
Program: Genealogy Trivia
Description: Join in the fun as we team up and test our knowledge of all things genealogical. Share what you know and learn something new!