FREE SATURDAYS: We are excited to announce that the Rawlings Heritage Center & Museum will be open during September and October free to all visitors from noon to 4 p.m. We would like to encourage visits so that everyone may enjoy our local jewel. Visitors from far and wide say that our museum is the best in the area, if not the state. Please come and enjoy!

BENT METRO DISTRICT: The Bent Metro District initiative will be added to the November ballot for voters to decide. We are so excited for this opportunity and will be working hard to win the voters' support. This special district will help the Bent County Recreation League and the Pioneer Historical Society (Boggsville and Museum) gain sustainability. Most people will pay less than a dollar a month in increased taxes and this will in turn attract more businesses and people wanting to live in our community, thus bringing more sales tax dollars to the city and county. Building blocks for our future! The Bent Metro District includes Parks & Recreation, Cultural and Mosquito Control improvements.

FIELD TRIPS: Fourteen people enjoyed the field trip to Trinidad last week. We visited the History Museum including the Bloom Mansion and the Baca/Hough House, enjoyed some shops downtown, the historical mural at Mt. San Rafael Hospital, and the Ave Marie Shrine on the hill. Thanks, Anita Hyatt, for the tips! This month our field trip will be the Pioneer Museum in Colorado Springs – leaving the museum with car pools at 8 a.m. on Sept. 29. Our field trips are the last Tuesday of each month, weather and time permitting.

RANCHING EXHIBIT – LAST CHANCE: We are proud to feature the Turner Family barbed wire collection to enjoy – four display cases which in itself is a work of art! Lewis and Marie received numerous awards for this collection. Thanks to Mary Lou and Jim Turner for sharing. We are featuring four Bent County Centennial Farms and Ranches – George McClave Farm, Johnny Roesch Farm (Gill Farm), Sniff Ranch and Smith Ranch. We are proud to feature Edwin Martin's display of handmade cowboy boots. We have some really cool rodeo items and ranching items. Happy Trails will run through the Labor Day Weekend.

BOGGSVILLE DAYS COMING SOON: Mark your calendar for Friday, Sept. 25, for a Boggsville Days event from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Featured will be a chili cook-off, kids games, stage rides, a cowboy poet, music, old-time photos, and many more events. Boggsville is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For questions call Boggsville at 456-1358, the Rawlings Heritage Center at 456-6066 or Larry Bourne at 468-0904. Also on facebook!

PURSES & PARASOLS: Our next exhibit is Purses and Parasols. We will start the display on Sept. 8 – 10 and it will remain up through Oct. 6. We are in need of purses and parasols for the event. Many former Santa Fe Trail Day Queens and attendants and their families may have such items to share. Any types of purses and parasols will do.

RADIO LAS ANIMAS: Listen to KRKV 107.3 Las Animas on LA Live Mondays at 6:30 a.m. or at their studio in the Chamber of Commerce Office at 702 Grove Avenue to hear the latest local news of the museum and community events. Broadcast is repeated at noon on Mondays and daily throughout the week. Check out theavbridge.com website for updates and local community events.

OLD TRAIL ART GALLERY & GIFT SHOP & MUSEUM HOURS: We have some new items in the store - great gifts for your family. Our museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children above six years. FREE access to the Old Trail Gallery if you just want to shop!

PHS TIDBITS: Like us on Facebook (Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County or John W. Rawlings Heritage Center & Museum) and check out our webpage - bentcountyheritage.org – or call us at 719-456-6066. We continue to thank our volunteers, partners, and are so proud of our accomplishments! We couldn't do it without you!