Bob DeWitt
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Monthly Historical Presentation> You Never Know What You’re Going To Find: The Surprising History of Manitou’s Hiawatha Gardens by Deborah Harrison & Beau Schriever at Colorado Springs Masonic Center

February 13, 2017 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Join us Monday, February 13 at 6:00 pm …for this captivating program about Manitou’s Springs Hiawatha Gardens where thousands danced and were entertained by many a glamorous act!Could a simple railroad man suddenly afford to build a $30,000 gentleman’s club decked out in the finest furnishings in a noted resort town? Flimflam Smith could. Even Rudolph Valentino found dancing to be entrancing at the Gardens. And how does this relate to the movie Star Wars? Hiawatha Gardens’ history has many…See More
Jan 30
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Monthly Historical Presentation> Discovering the Anza Legacy: Juan Bautista de Anza and his 1779 Comanche Campaign by John Wesley Anderson at Colorado Springs Masonic Center

January 9, 2017 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Join us Monday, January 9 at 6:00 pm … for this absorbing program about two important figures, Governor Anza and Cuerno Verde who played a largely unknown, but most crucial role in Southern Colorado history. The Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners welcomes you to our monthly historical presentation…Discovering the Anza Legacy: Juan Bautista de Anza and his 1779 Comanche Campaign by John Wesley Anderson.This is a story of two fearless men, Governor Juan Bautista de Anza and Cuerno Verde, the…See More
Dec 28, 2016
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Monthly Historical Presentation> The National Western Stock Show, 111 Years Strong by Keith Fessenden at Colorado Springs Masonic Center

December 12, 2016 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Join us Monday, December 12 at 6:00 pm …for this enthralling program relating to a most important symbol of Colorado. The Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners monthly Historical Presentation features the National Western by Keith Fessenden.Hear all about the history of the National Western Stock Show, Horse Show and Rodeo, a Colorado icon for more than a century.  In 1906, at the conclusion of the first 6-day show, attendance was estimated at 15,000 and the Grand Champion steer sold for 33 cents…See More
Dec 6, 2016
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Monthly Historical Presentation> Contested Ground by Steve Adelson, Little Bighorn Battle scholar at Colorado Springs Masonic Center

November 14, 2016 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Join us Monday, November 14 at 6 pm for a riveting program relating to one of the epic battles of the American West. The Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners monthly Historical Presentation features Contested Ground by Steve Adelson, Little Bighorn Battle scholar.Experience an in-depth and powerful explanation of the events leading up to and culminating at what would become known as the Battle of the Little Bighorn or more famously remembered as Custer's Last Stand.The trailer for the provocative…See More
Nov 3, 2016
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Monthly Historical Presentation> From Utility to Attraction: the History of the Manitou Incline by Eric Swab at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

October 10, 2016 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Join us Monday, October 10 at 6 pm for the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners monthly Historical Presentation> From Utility to Attraction: the History of the Manitou Incline by Eric Swab, an interesting program about this iconic landmark.The Manitou Incline had its beginning in 1907 as a cable tram, providing a means to support the construction of a water pipeline from Englemann Canyon to the Manitou Hydroelectric Plant. Subsequently it became a popular tourist attraction sporting…See More
Sep 29, 2016
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Monthly Historical Presentation: The Works and Life of Pioneer Photographer B. H. Gurnsey by Ed Bathke at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

September 12, 2016 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Join us Monday, September 12 at 6 pm for the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners monthly Historical Presentation: The Works and Life of Pioneer Photographer B. H. Gurnsey by Ed Bathke, a fascinating program about Colorado Springs first photographer.B. H. Gurnsey came to the new town of Colorado Springs in 1872, and established the first photograph gallery.  He was the premier photographer in the town, and as an article in the Colorado Springs Gazette in 1875 revealed, his business far exceeded…See More
Sep 2, 2016
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Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners 1st Annual Rendezvous at Historic Chapel @ Evergreen Cemetery

August 7, 2016 from 12pm to 3pm
Please join us for our...Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners 1st Annual Rendezvous *  Mix and mingle with fellow Westerners, authors, local Reenactors and like minded history buffs from all over Colorado*  Enjoy a catered Dickey's BBQ luncheon in an outdoor setting with homemade Desserts by members. Enjoy some cool and refreshing Manitou Mineral Water Lemonade! Why not make it a family event? Cost: $15 per person payable in advance. RSVP and PAY No Later than High Noon, August 1, 2016To reserve,…See More
Jul 28, 2016
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Chuck Asay, Colorado Cartoonist Extraordinaire at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

July 11, 2016 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Charles “Chuck” Asay is a conservative political cartoonist who says, “I have been inflicting my religious, right-wing, wacko views on people for over 30 years. I think its fun. We live in a free country where everyone is entitled to my opinion.” Chuck will feature some of his “Colorado” creations, sharing some of the stories behind the drawings. He always welcomes questions, discussion as well as…controversy! His award-winning views appear in publications across the country and he receives…See More
Jun 29, 2016
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History of the Colorado Springs Police Department by Dwight Haverkorn at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

June 13, 2016 from 6pm to 8:30pm
As with the birth of any town, law enforcement is a vital part of its existence with citizens often dependent on it for survival. In Colorado Springs, the City's first constable came on board in 1872, followed by the Marshal’s office. Eventually, in 1901 a police department was born. Dwight Haverkorn, formerly with the CSPD, has spent nearly two decades researching homicides of the Pikes Peak Region and is also compiling a history of the department from 1872 to present. His talk will include a…See More
May 25, 2016
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James John Hagerman, the Early Years – From Port Hope to Colorado Springs by David Martinek at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

May 9, 2016 from 6pm to 8:30pm
James John Hagerman is Colorado’s neglected railroad tycoon. However, Hagerman’s career was not confined to Colorado.  He made his first fortune in Michigan developing the iron deposits in the Upper Peninsula, and later as an ironmaster in Milwaukee.  This is his life story prior to coming to Colorado Springs and building the Colorado Midland Railway. David Martinek of Divide, Colorado is a Realtor in Teller County. He is Chairman of the Teller Historic and Environmental Coalition and Midland…See More
Apr 26, 2016
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The Myron Stratton Home, an Iconic Colorado Springs Landmark by Rick White at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

April 11, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm
The Myron Stratton Home was established and occupied 1913. It was named for Winfield Scott Stratton’s father and funded by Winfield Scott Stratton's trust. This program is a glimpse of the past and present configuration and purpose of the Myron Stratton Home. Richard (“Rick”) White is the current Director of Maintenance for the Myron Stratton Home. Rick was born and raised in Northern Idaho and served in the Army for 28 years. He has been in the employ of the Myron Stratton Home for the past…See More
Mar 24, 2016
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Sister Blandina as portrayed by Chris Balitski at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

March 14, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm
Sister Blandina Segale was born in 1850 in Cicagna, Italy.  At the age of 4 she immigrated to America with her family, later joining the Sisters of Charity in Cincinnati at the early age of 16.  When Sister Blandina was 22, she received orders to travel alone across the country to teach in Trinidad, Colorado.  Over the next two decades she went on to found schools, orphanages, and hospitals in what is now New Mexico and Colorado.  Known as the “Frontier Nun” and the “Nun with Spurs”, Sister…See More
Feb 26, 2016
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A New Way to Cripple Creek by Mel McFarland at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

February 8, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm
In the 1930's the Midland Terminal was looking for a quicker, easier way to get mail, small freight items and people to and from Colorado Springs and Cripple Creek. This story presents the solution. Besides being a railroad historian, Mel McFarland is a Colorado Springs native, author, artist and retired middle school teacher who has written several books on the subject of railroading in the Pikes Peak region. His titles include:The Midland Route - A Colorado Midland Guide and Data Book,…See More
Jan 28, 2016
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William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody as portrayed by Gene Johnson at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

January 11, 2016 from 6pm to 9pm
William Frederick Cody was one of the most significant figures in the opening and settling of the American frontier.  His legacy of courage and right action still serves as an example today. Billy Cody was a teamster at age eleven, and a Pony Express rider at fourteen.  He enlisted in the Union Army toward the end of the Civil War and performed as a spy and dispatch rider accomplishing amazing feats of bravery and endurance. The only civilian (in his lifetime) to be awarded the Congressional…See More
Dec 31, 2015
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History of the Palmer Lake Star by Jack Anthony at Colorado Springs Masonic Hall

November 9, 2015 from 6pm to 9pm
In 2012 Jack was invited to be a member of the Palmer Lake Historical Society’s board.  Jack took on the project to research and nominate the Palmer Lake Star to be designated a state historical site.   In January 2013, the star was selected for inclusion in the State Register of Historic Properties.   In honor of the 80th year the star shines, the Pikes Peak Posse of the Westerners program is on the history of the Palmer Lake Star, also known as the Star of Bethlehem, which has shined since…See More
Oct 29, 2015
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