A grateful “Thank you” this month goes to Sharon Trilk, longtime resident, entrepreneur and volunteer in our mountain community. Owner and hands-on manager of My Mountain Town (mymountaintown.com), Sharon’s site is a community resource for the area. It is full of valuable, continually updated information, which community members need and want most. From forums, local weather, breaking-news, and valuable information on residents, to local nonprofits and businesses, MMT is a go-to site for what is happening along the 285 Corridor.

How much do you know about the mountains you call home, and the people who used to live here who helped shape our community?

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. 

—Marcus Garvey

If you have not been to visit one of our area’s historical museums, read any of the fascinating books written by some of our longtime residents and/or local historians, or attended any of our historical society’s programs, there’s no time like the present to do so!

The Conifer Historical Society and Museum has been offering fabulous programs over the years, and like many of us over this past year, CHSM has innovated to provide inventive ways for you to learn more about our area and our unique past residents through creative events.

Here are some of the ways you can immerse yourself:

—Free Lending Library: completed in December 2020, it has a wonderful selection of local history and rare books. This service is available to all in the community.

—Self-guided family field trips for students that follow the Colorado Academic Standards. It takes students and their families on a tour of historic schools in our area and is geared toward early elementary and mid-elementary.

—Conifer Roots: virtual roundtable discussions with a group of longtime Conifer residents. These recorded discussions will become a part of the CHSM official archives and online programming content for the community to enjoy.

—Virtual tours featuring some of Conifer’s most notable places and faces.

—Virtual Book Club meetings kicking off with “The Secrets of Elk Creek,” by Bonnie Scudder this month.

—Oral History Collection: CHSM seeks community members who would be interested in helping expand their collection of recorded oral histories by using a recently purchased digital video camera. The camera was acquired with grant funds provided by Conifer Newcomers & Neighbors.

—New exhibit space in the Historic Barn on the property to use for exhibits of antique tools, a doctor’s buggy (donated to CHSM by the Norm Meyer Sr. family), and more!

The Mission of the Conifer Historical Society and Museum is to share the region’s legacy by collecting, preserving and exhibiting historical and cultural materials. Ways in which you can support them include memberships, donations, shopping on their online gift shop, and volunteering! Visit the website, ConiferHistoricalSociety.org, for more information and help this dedicated group of volunteers preserve and protect our cherished local history.

Photos by Gary Loffler