Twenty-five volunteers brought every area to life in the Museum on Saturday evening. About 40 visitors enjoyed hearing the mannequins come to life and talk about the exhibits they represented. Bell Park was hopping until dark with the North Gageby School House opened for the first time after remodeling and school marm Diane Baublits educating the visitors. The bell ringer Bill Baublits wore ear plugs as the kids rang the bells. Donald Whattler, jailer, was making sure his prisoner, Thomas Lopez, the jailbird, remained in captivity. The blacksmith, Clyde Lamley, with his wife Susan helping, taught the visitors what a blacksmith shop in the 1930s was all about. Twin saloon girls Stacy Miller and Tracy Johnston, greeted all visitors with a friendly smile and gave everyone a double take! Cowboy Hank Dodson was strumming the guitar by the Chuckwagon and old time Preacher Gary Pritchard was explaining things to visitors. Shop lady, Lara Jean Smart, was dazzling in her floor length fur and was having fun checking up on everyone. Native American, Indie Pritchard, was very majestic in her full Cherokee dress and was explaining what each item meant. Victorian lady, Alisse Hall, was a strikingly beautiful young lady in her great grandmother Alice Martin’s Santa Fe Trail Day dress and talked about the Nelson couple who had been married for 60 years and died within a few hours of each other.

The Candy Shop was open with Linda Bourne offering candy at unbelievable prices – showing children and adults how it used to work with a scale and what you could buy for a nickel. Larry Bourne was hanging out as a potential beet farmer with no experience. The Bent County Bank was hopping with Mr. John Rawlings (Richard Devlin) and Mrs. Dorothy Rawlings (Emily Stock) entertaining the visitors with the stories of their life. Back in the corner, the Pharmacist, Ashley Armstrong, was teaching visitors how pharmacists used to combine various potions to make medicine – fascinating. Telephone operator Betty Menz was busy connecting calls and showing visitors how she had actually worked as an operator on this type of equipment in the exhibit, and making a career out of working for the telephone companies. Across the way, her sister, Charlotte Heggemeier, was waiting patiently for the Santa Fe Train to stop and pick her up for a trip. Charlotte talked about the three depots that Las Animas has had with two burning down.

In the Grand Hall, visitors were offered punch, chicken soup and cookies, and enjoyed hearing stories from the Santa Fe Trail Day Queen, Donna Dodson. The military exhibit was explained by Payson Edwards, an Army Veteran, who had lots of facts to share about military life and Las Animas veterans. The Fort Lyon exhibit was explained by a Navy Doctor who was treating tuberculosis patients, as there was an epidemic, and talking about Fort Lyon’s fabulous history. I’m not sure who had more fun – the visitors or the volunteers! Thanks to all who supported this event.

COMING EVENTS: Nov. 4 – Mexican “Day of the Dead – Dia De Los Muertos” – 2 to 8 p.m. – at Museum; Nov. 28 – Homemade Christmas decorations display starts at Museum; Dec. 9 – Christmas at the Museum & Boggsville Annual Fundraiser.

BOGGSVILLE is now closed for the season.

MUSEUM HOURS: Open Tuesday through Saturday. On Tuesdays, the Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. We are closed on Sunday and Monday. The Museum is glad to provide tours when we are not open – just call 456-6066. Always glad to accommodate your family and friends. If you are a member of the Bent County Historical Society, your visits to the Museum are free - just pay for your guests. Bring your family when they visit. Adults $5; Youth (6-12) $4; under 6 and active military FREE! Our Grand Hall and Heritage Library are available for rental; for large and small meetings, parties, or other special events; give us a call and let us make a reservation for you, your business or organization. We appreciate your support.

BENT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY TIDBITS: Like us at Bent County Historical Society and Boggsville Landmark on Facebook! Linda Bourne does a wonderful job of keeping these updated with all the latest news and events. If you aren’t on Facebook, try our webpage bentcountyheritage.org; and for the technically challenged, just give us a call at 719-456-6066

RADIO LAS ANIMAS: KKRV 107.3 broadcasts on Monday mornings at 7 a.m. at the Chamber of Commerce Office. Community events are posted on the AV Bridge at the website: www.theavbridge.com, which is a great place to check out what is going on locally. Thank you for your continued support!

-Kathleen Tomlin