The HRHS Wranglers enjoyed a Volunteer Appreciation outing to the Aurora History Museum and DeLaney Farm on a cool and cloudy day in September. Under the capable leadership of Sandy Chamberlin, Volunteer Director, with assistance from her husband Paul, the Wranglers and their guests started their day at the Aurora History Museum. Museum Director T. Scott Williams hosted the group and provided insightful information about the various exhibits at the Museum. Scott pointed out that September is National Hispanic Heritage Month, so the Museum is highlighting the Hispanic culture in Aurora. Per Scott, “the Museum is very pleased to be able to interact with the Hispanic community in such an important and artistic endeavor.”
- Special Art Exhibit AmERica—with original art works by talented local Hispanic artists—Tonos Latinos.
- Special Exhibit Mosaic of Cultures, Aurora’s Mexican Community
- Growing Home and Trolley Trailer No. 610, which highlights important milestones in Aurora’s history and growth from humble agricultural beginnings into today’s third largest city in Colorado
- The Trolley Trailer No. 610, beautifully refinished, was the photo backdrop for the group.
Following the Museum tour, the Wranglers journeyed to nearby DeLaney Farm Historic District, where Keith Outcelt, Education Curator picked up the reins, guiding the group seamlessly through the various buildings, history, and pointing out the many special features of the landscape. In addition to the homesteaders and farming families who settled the land and built thriving businesses, Keith noted that “the land was originally in the hands of various Native Americans, who were present long before the European settlers.”
The DeLaney Farm Historic District combines local history with beautiful natural elements, including the Tollgate Creek and High Line Canal. The homestead was established in 1876 by John DeLaney, and today includes the oldest building in Aurora, the Gully home. Unique to the area is the exquisite Round Barn, thought to be the only round barn in Colorado.
The Wrangler Volunteer Appreciation day ended with a hearty buffet lunch at Hiro’s Buffet on Parker Road. “Everyone seemed to enjoy both the history portion of the day as well as the delicious food and visiting with fellow Wranglers. It was a good day and we are so appreciative of the time and talents that our Wranglers willingly provide to the Historic Society”, per Sandy Chamberlin. Thank you Wranglers and Aurora History Museum.
PHOTO GALLERY OF AURORA HISTORY MUSEUM VISIT CLICK HERE
For more information about these important Historic sites, visit http://AuroraGov.org/HistoricSites and https://www.auroragov.org/things_to_do/aurora_history_museum