Spotlight on Nathan Rose: The PHSBC is proud to spotlight the service of Nathan Rose. Nathan contacted us to see if we could use his services as a volunteer last summer. Nathan was residing at Fort Lyon and was seeking work in the community. What a great partnership that has turned out to be! Nathan impressed everyone he met. He was courteous, motivated, and worked very hard at Boggsville and at the museum with many different challenges and tasks. As we discovered Nathan's many talents, his volunteerism eventually turned out to become a part-time job this fall. We found out that Nathan was the successful master gardener at Fort Lyon for the community organic garden. As we got to know Nathan, he revealed that he was raised in the Denver metro area, graduated from Denver East high school, and went on to receive his bachelor's degree in political science from Colorado State University in 2005. Nathan then worked in the political science arena and the nonprofit sector for years and had various other job experiences. Nathan now works at the museum Tuesday through Thursday greeting visitors, manning the museum, answering the phone, doing office work, maintenance work, and processing artifacts with our inventory system. He is definitely a "jack of all trades." Everyone that meets this young man is impressed, and we are so glad that he has decided to make Las Animas and Fort Lyon his home base. Stop by sometime and meet Nathan. We sure want to keep him around for a long time in this community as he is doing a great job.

First FIELD TRIP for 2016: We are planning a field trip this month – Chuck Donkle of Donkle Storage will host us on Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. to tour the Bent County Democrat building. Chuck is very knowledgeable about the history of Las Animas and I'm sure his tour will be interesting! More trips planned for the year. We will announce the schedule when it is finalized. If you have a historical site that you would invite a small group to tour, please let us know. It's a good way to get to know your neighbors and appreciate Bent County history.

SHOW, TELL AND SELL: A "Show, Tell and Sell" antique sale will be coming up on March 11 and 12 in the Grand Hall. Think about reserving a table and making some extra money!

"BOGGSVILLE: Cradle of the Colorado Cattle Industry" by Charles W. Hurd, is on sale at our Old Trail Gallery. The cost is $18.95 plus tax for a total of $20.25. This book can be mailed to your friends, postage paid. We are also working hard on a new edition of the Bent County Chronicle - be sure your dues are current. Dues have increased for the first time in years to $35.

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: FREE access to the Old Trail Gallery if you just want to shop! Nice unique gifts available for your family. Our museum is open each week from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, and noon to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 for children, and free to children six and under.

PHS TIDBITS: We always need volunteers to help us on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. – consider joining in and helping out. There are many various tasks that need to be completed and we always appreciate the help. Like us on Facebook (Pioneer Historical Society of Bent County and Boggsville) and check out our Web page - bentcountyheritage.org – or call us at (719) 456-6066. We continue to thank our volunteers, partners, and friends. We are grateful for all your support.