RE: Molly Brown House Museum Tour with Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs –June 2024

“Thank you very much for setting up the trip to the Molly Brown house. It was a fun and interesting trip. The high point has to have been the lunch at Steve’s Snappin Dogs—we will be able to say we were there.

Thanks for your efforts at these events.”

Gary H.


RE: Community Presentation about the Fly’n B at Wind Crest, May 2024

“Thanks for a great program!  Many compliments from your audience.”

Sharon H.

“A great program for our residents yesterday.  It’s so fun to hear all the stories.  I really appreciate your time and expertise and Forrest added an extra touch.  You people with the HRHS are always so generous with sharing. Thank you, thank you.”

Gail M.


RE: Tours 2024

“I am writing to complement you on all of your efforts to provide this incredible ongoing opportunity for all of us in the tours you arrange. Many of us have commented at the amount of time and effort it has to take for you to do so, and we know this is on a volunteer basis.  It it very much appreciated and likely we don’t say thank you often enough. Thank you for all you have done for HRHS.”

Nancy M.


RE: Community Presentation to Wind Crest on The History of the Fly’n B, August 2023

“A big thank you from us at Wind Crest for the most interesting and informative program about the Fly’n Bee.   I was happy to see so many in attendance which means we might want to consider a redo in the future.  I received many expressions of appreciation for a great program…which you presented.”

Gail M.


RE: Cherokee Castle Tour with Meg and John, August 2023

“The tour was absolutely fabulous! I was in Susan’s group, and John joined us for most of it. I was awed and amazed, and these words don’t really capture how much I enjoyed Susan, John and Meg’s tour guide narration and the tour itself. Thank you so much for providing this opportunity to all of us.

 Tweet Kimbal was an incredible woman! I’m so grateful that she had the foresight to protect her ranch and home with a conservation easement and, for her generosity to allow access to it to the public.”

 Debbie D.

“Thank you so much for arranging a tour and lunch at the Cherokee Castle.  It is nice to step out for a few hours to enjoy this beautiful spot at our back door. I look forward to future adventures with you.”

Angela T.


RE: Law Enforcement Training Center Tour June 2023

“Richard and I want to thank you so much for all of the time and organizational work that went into the really engaging and informative Law Enforcement Training Facilities tour!  And, also, a big thank you to the DCSO officers for the variety of information and experiences that they shared with us on the tour, and the valuable insights that we came home with.  They are such impressive professionals, and we’re proud and grateful to have them. Thank you again.”

Joanne A.


“Ken and I really enjoyed touring the Law Enforcement Center.”

Deb R.

RE: Video You Tube Library

“Thank you!   I love all your programs that I can watch from home.  I hope you know how many people do watch that way.”

Joyce R.


RE: Lifelong Romance of Martha and George Washington-February 2023

“Excellent presentation”

Sandy G.

“Wonderful program Monday evening. Extend my thanks to Mary.. she was perfect for the occasion, plus the best and most knowledgeable speaker ever!  Thanks for all you do to make it happen. “

Mary VW


RE: Melvin School and Cemetery Tour – August 2022

“As always appreciate all your focus on details to make our day more enjoyable.   Thank you for the hours of research, lunches  and great directions of finding the different locations that we attended.

Angela T.


RE: Tree of Hope Program- August 2022

“Thank you so much for the sweet card and welcome. I look forward to attending the activities ahead. I appreciate the first meeting I attended this week with speaker Cara Wilson Granat..very inspirational. Stay well.

Amy S.


“RE: Law Enforcement Training Facilities Tour –July 2022

An * Outstanding * tour and a fine lunch too!   

I cannot imagine the work that goes into organizing something like this for a good-sized bunch like us, but a Big Thank You anyway!  

We had a great time and always come away from things like this with the highest respect for our “first responders”.  

Thanks for the photos too!

Ron E.



RE: Membership Welcome Email


Thanks for the cute Jacquie Lawson card! I’ve always enjoyed the Historical Society presentations when I’m able to attend them. I appreciate the reminders on the actual day of the presentation. “

Maryann S.



RE: Cherokee Castle Tour with Meg and John, June 2022

“Enjoyed the tour and learning about the Cherokee Castle and Tweet Kimble.  Each time I go there I learn a new tidbit about the colorful Tweet Kimble.

Everything was so well organized and the lunch perfect.  Thank you for making sure that all went well”

Angela T.


“Thank you so much for sending the picture!  It is a wonderful memory of the fabulous day we had with John and Meg at the Cherokee Castle!! “

Lois M.

“Thank you so much for all your hard work setting up our tour this morning. Everything was so nice – very interesting and lunch was delicious.    ??

Rick & Phyllis N.



RE: The Land and People of Cherokee Castle, June 2022

“Attended Monday night. One of the best programs we have ever seen at HRHS!!

Thank you!!

Marcia W. and Thomas D.


RE: New Membership Welcome November 2021

“It’s so nice of you to send such a lovely welcome to HRHS. You went beyond my expectations … and I’ve been enjoying your events as a guest.”

–Barry P.


RE: Presentation on the History of Highlands Ranch at Wind Crest, October 2021

” You did a wonderful job and I thoroughly enjoyed all of it.  A good review for me and I learned a few new things as well.

Thank you very much for enlightening all of us here at Wind Crest.”

– Gail M.

RE: Fairmount Cemetery Tour in October, 2021


– DeDe W.

RE: First Responders Tour (Fire Station 20 and HR Sheriff Substation)

“Just wanted to thank you for hosting the Firehouse/Sheriff station tour today! We both enjoyed seeing the new equipment and fire/brush trucks. We live so close to last years wildfires in Back Country so this gave us some piece of mind.

Officer Brian was an awesome speaker. Love his stories. And the tour was very educational.

Thank you and all your assistances for all the hard work today!”

– Doug & Jayne G.

Re: Daniels Park Tour June 2021

“Thank you for a fun trip to Daniel’s Park. I enjoyed your enthusiasm and organization. Shannon was a great guide.”

– Joanne S.

RE: Art in HR Program, April 2021

“Again, really enjoyed the HRHS Arts program.  Have a great picture taken years ago of my grandkids riding those gorillas.”

– Toni M

“I will check out the videos and Zoom programs at https;//thehrhs.org(link is external).  I always enjoyed the speakers’ gatherings so much.  That’s something I miss a lot since moving.”

– Eve D.

Re: Louviers Colorado Was Dynamit! November 2020

Great program. All the ‘Zooms’ have been very informative. Kudos to the HRHS for their initiative in bringing us programs. Attendance appears to be considerable! Well done.

– John H.

“Thank you so much for all you do. I really appreciate it. I think these cards are the best. I love receiving them. They are a happy musical way to make your day.”

-Pat M.

Re: Video about Gary Debus, August 2020

“Well done video, thanks!”

-Judy K.

“I love these videos! Thank you so much for doing this during the pandemic! I have a long history in Douglas County and remember a lot of these times in Highlands Ranch!’


“I just finished watching the interview with Gary Debus. It was very interesting and informative and I learned things I had not known about how some of the development occurred. It was well done and I just want to thank you for putting it together.

Now that Terry Nolan is retiring it would also be interesting and informative to get his thoughts on how the Metro District impacted the development of HR.”

-Mike M.

Re: Video about Dinosaurs in HR, July 2020

“What a great HRHS project and documentary! Way cool.”

-John A.

“Everyone did a great job and the Historical Society undoubtedly must be commended. Thanks”.

-Ed S.

RE: Video about Florence Martin and Daniels Park, June 2020

“Loved the story of Florence Martin and the early history of May D&F.”

-Toni M

“Janey and I just finished watching your interviews that revealed the history of the wonderful community we call home.

Your insightful questioning of how Philip Morris and Mission Viejo joined with many corporate executives who were concerned with doing it right.  It was intriguing to hear of the other additional talented individuals that were also drawn to the opportunity of creating a new town.  From these many participants – it was uncoordinated but in fact it became coordinated.   We heard from so many you interviewed and it was clear that the focus was –

I want to participate is something new
Lets make this a creative opportunity
Make sure it is not recreating California
Lets save the western historic elements that still remain
Lets build on the preexisting history
Lets start with many inclusive community building activities and traditions
Build it out so rebuilding and re engineering is not required years down the road
Include open space for the future
Identify the location of homes, business, commerce, utilities and government sites
Plan Highlands Ranch so the plan is for now as well as in the future.

All we heard, Mark, was that some how each participant caught the spirit and elements that resulted in our unique town.
Congratulations, Mark, you have recorded the kind of see able and hear able history that is so easily lost.
You are an asset to all of us in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Thanks from all of us”

– Lee and Janey V.

“I’m looking forward to the events and getting to know the group. “

– Thanks, Heather

“Thank you for your warm welcome. We look forward to all the wonderful activities and to meeting everyone.”

– Warmly, Peg and Dave T.

“Thanks so very much for your lovely welcome! We have enjoyed your presentations and your tours – they have been interesting and exciting! We are looking forwards to returning to the meetings when we are well enough.
In the meantime, our best wishes for a wonderful Christmas holiday to all of you, and a blessed 2020!

– Sincerely,  Ginny H

“Thank you for the nice welcoming. We appreciate the work and effort you put into finding interesting programs. We look forward to any trips planned for the Boulder Dinner Playhouse or other venues that are difficult for seniors to attend because of distance in driving.”

Happy Thanksgiving!”

– Barney and Barbi M.

“We look forward to the programs–as always in the past. Thank you.”

– Pat & H.D. R.

“Sara, thanks for the nice e-card. It was a pleasure talking with your group and sharing all the excitement of our recent mission to Mars. Thanks again for the opportunity”
– Pieter

“Just wanted to say thank you so much for the (Mob) tour today. Our residents and driver really enjoyed themselves. Wanted to tell you that Tom really impressed everyone. They said he was outstanding!

Much appreciated!”

– Angie O.

“Just finished the (Denver Mob) tour…. It was fabulous….!    Thanks for scheduling such a fun an informative trip!”

– Gail W.

“I am glad to be a member.”

– Gloria H.

“Thank you so much for the news that I am now a member of the Highlands Ranch Historical Society. I look forward to participating as much as I can . Again Thank you.”

– Angela T.

“I am thrilled to have reregistered and renewed my membership. You offer many interesting presentations for all to chose from. I look forward to attending as many as I can. Thank you for the delightful greeting message.”

– Amy S.

“Thank you for the welcome note. I look forward to many opportunities to learn more about Highlands Ranch and the surrounding communities.”

– Tm D.

“Whoops! Slipped up on typing historical society name! Meant to  thank you of the Highlands Ranch Historical Society. I have attended a few of your programs, in spite of a frequent conflict on the meeting dates. That conflict has gone away so that now it just made sense to join HRHS. Incidentally I am also a member of the Roxborough Area Historical Society, hence the typing slip in the previous note.”

— Ed.

“Thanks very much! Look forward to meetings and future mailings.
Thanks, “

– Chris and Judy M.

“I want to say what an interesting “tour” that was.  John was great.”

-Vicki B

“Thanks so much for organizing such a wonderful event. Frank & I really enjoyed it.

Looking forward to your plans starting in May when we get back”

-Ena S.

“Thank you again for getting all of us tickets to the magnificent show yesterday.  It was one of the best performances I’ve seen in a while.  The cast had incredible voices, and the scenery was perfect.”

-Joan T.

“It’s our pleasure to be part of the HRHS – we are enjoying it so much!”

– Ginny H.

“On behalf of Rich  and myself, Barbara, we would like to express our thanks for putting together this wonderful Ute Indian Prayer Tree tour!  We enjoyed it immensely and John Anderson was excellent.  We learned so much and enjoyed the morning – fabulous!  We plan to attend more events such as this.

Again, thank you!”

– Barbara K

“Thank you so much for the nice welcome card. This is a great organization”

– Ena S.

“Good Morning Mark and Paul

I would like to thank you again for the tour, visit and interview last Monday.  It was a very special moment in my life to reflect and to see the Headquarters again.

The Highlands Ranches, Littleton Large Animal Clinic ~ all the people ~ were/are a very special part of my life.

Visiting with Matt Clough, and his tour, brought back very special memories.  Very fine cattleman you introduced me to.  As with you two, Matt is a great human being.

I hope you all keep in touch.

Thank you all for a very special moment in my life.

God Bless”

– Roy

“We enjoy your programs very much. Thanks for the effort and the variety of historical events you offer.”
– W.

“Thank you so much for your gracious note. We have always enjoyed the HRHS activities/events and we look forward to the coming activities.

– Ken & Linda

“Barney and I were so pleased to have been part of the group going to Boulder Dinner Playhouse for the production of ANNIE. It was a delightful afternoon.  We want to be included in other activities with the HRHS”

– Barbi and Barney

“We absolutely loved the Ute outing yesterday!  John Anderson was so informative and articulate.  And thank you for arranging this event.  And thank John for a  well spent morning”

– Barbara and Fred

“Thank you for all you did to organize the event. Please keep me on your contact list for next year.”

– Stephen C.

“Very nice, Paul. Thank you for all you do for the HRHS.”

– Sara L.

“Thank you so much for having such great programs, to say nothing of the great desserts. We have learned so much from these programs about the area we live in and the people that built the areas around us.”

– Bob and Wilma L.

“Thank you. I look forward to participating in your upcoming events.”

– Larry

“I’m very happy to be a member once again. I think I let my membership lapse for over a year, and then I got married, had a name change and address change.

– Pamela J.

“It is a pleasure to be a part of your organization. I always enjoy the informative speakers that are entertaining and enlightening.

Here is to another year of Fun!”

– Amy S.

“Thanks for the great card. I am so looking forward to all the events”
– Ena S.

“Thank you so much for your welcoming card! We look forward to getting to know you all, enjoying the topics at the monthly meetings and the special events – all of which should be fun and interesting! See you all at the upcoming meeting, and, if you are coming, the Ute prayer trees trip!”

– Gary and Ginny

“I think this is such a nice touch. Sending a card for the membership fee. You all are very “techy” I think it’s great! Thank you all for everything you do for the rest of us!”

– Sandy

“Thank you for the lovely welcome to the Highlands Ranch Historical Society! I look forward to participating in the interesting and diverse programs and activities presented by the HRHS.
Sincere regards”

– Geri M.

“Thanks to all that plan the activities that the Historical Society puts on the calendar.
Especially enjoyed going through Memory Lane!
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!”

– Dottie L.

“Dear Board of Director of HRHS,  Thank you for your lovely message. I am very pleased and honored to be part of your organization. I appreciate all of your wonderful programs.”

– Amy S

“We have always enjoyed every program we’ve attended.
Wonderful variety and presentations. Thank you.”

– Pat & HD R.

“I enjoyed your Society’s book.

You know….each of Mission Viejo Company’s other communities were built on land that was part of very large landholdings.  The landholdings from which the communities of Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo were carved had great and storied histories…large land grants traced back to the King of Spain.  But the entirety of neither of those two holdings was acquired by Mission Viejo Company.

The Phipps holding was different. Essentially, today’s Highlands Ranch community is the whole of a landholding that had been “The Highlands Ranch” for decades.

As large the Phipps landholding was, it was perceived that its history as a ranch could have a personal, intimate relationship with the new community that might be developed on it.  And, quite importantly, it was perceived that an awareness of the lineage could add value to the land and therefore enhance the profit for the developer.

For better or worse the lineage is still there.  I know for a fact that as the project was being planned and implemented, the history of the land was always a consideration as planning and implementation decisions  were made.

I am pleased to see that those who now shepherd the community continue to recognized the significance of that lineage. Your publication strongly suggest that the future of the community of Highlands Ranch is in good hands.

Thanks for sharing your book with me.”

– Phil R.

“You people do a fantastic job.  Thanks.  Keep it up!”

– Jim T.

“Thank you so much for the really sweet email you sent about the historical society event on Monday. What a fun night! We appreciate so much how organized you were and how quickly you stepped up to address our parking issues, etc. I thought the night went perfectly. The feedback has been great.  Have a great day!”

– Susie A.

“Thank you for all you do to keep history alive! i look forward to another wonderful year!  Best wishes always.”
– Judy W.

“How nice!!   We really enjoyed ourselves and really got to know the board better.  Efforts to put on the 2016 program will be exciting!!  We are looking forward to attending the programs for 2016!  Best Wishes.”

– Sonya H.

“You’re very welcome. We enjoyed ourselves and the other attendees. It’s always fun to have a sneak preview of the next year.”

– Sande and Dave

“Hi Folks (Highlands Ranch Historical Society),  I just waned to tell you how pleased I am with the wonderful job you are doing in preserving the History of Highlands Ranch.  It seems that efforts like this usually aren’t started until a century after the events occur.  You are all to be congratulated for your efforts and diligence.  Keep up the good work.”

– Art C.

“All of you Board members do a terrific job.”

– Jim T.

“Thank you so much. We always enjoy HRHS and find the
programs interesting.”

– Polly S.

“Thank you for acknowledging my renewal of the HRHS membership. I have now been a member for a full year and really enjoy the monthly meetings.”

– Judy K.

“Thanks for the warm welcome!”

– Catherine & Stephen C

“Thanks to all of us for doing what we are doing! Whew! Lots going on!
Good program today, thanks for organizing it.”

– Nancy L.

“Thank you all for the kind “thank you” regarding my talk. My only regret is that when I modified my talk for last night I was not aware I had more information than time to present it. But it was fun and I feed off of the energy of my audience, so if you felt it was good, that is because the audience was good.
Thanks again.”

– Jeff B.

“Dear David and Board,

What a classy group of friends you all are! It’s an honor to be a part of this wonderful organization. Thank you for all your hard work and support over the years. I look forward to seeing you in the not too distant future.
Happy Spring!
With much appreciation,”

– Judy W.

“It will be our pleasure for another wonderful year of great programs.  Thank you for all the planning and organizing done for the membership.”

– The R. Family

“Thank you. Happy to be a member.  Looking forward to some interesting meetings.”

– Deirdre M.

“Thank you. As a person who was never interested in history, but now find out that I do enjoy it I am pleased to have this as one way to learn.”

– Pat J.

“I am very happy to be part of the family of the Highlands Ranch Historical Society. There have been some terrific programs and I look forward to participating in some more during 2015. I also look forward to helping write captions for the book on Highlands Ranch History that the society is planning for 2015. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.”

– Derald H.

“Thank you for the note. I appreciate the board’s work to bring many interesting programs for the Society, local and Colorado history especially. “

– Julie E.

“I just returned from the museum and thoroughly enjoyed it.  Thanks for putting it on the HRHS agenda.  Too bad it was poorly attended but there were plenty of tourists later on.  This is a must-see for history buffs.  In my 40+ years in Colorado I had never been there.  “I’ll be back!”

– John H.

“Thank you so much for the lovely get together and tour of Highlands Ranch last Monday.  I so enjoyed my time there.  I know you all (as well as the docents) had questions about the when the bathrooms (with the colored fixtures and painting) were done.  I talked to my aunt and she said that Mr. Kistler’s second wife had two sons and she had the bathroom decorated during her time living there.  She had the small fixtures installed for them.  I know that I and some of my relatives (as well as my neighbor) are interested in attending the lectures on Highlands Ranch this fall.  Please, if you would, send me the information so I can pass it on to everyone. Thanks so much, and thanks again for your kind welcome back to the mansion!”

– Judy H. Granddaughter of Lawrence P, Jr.

“Thank you all for the note on my joining the Highlands Ranch Historical Society. I am really looking forward to the monthly meetings and I hope to contribute a lot of information and memories to your society.”

– Richard D.

“We enjoy your programs. Larry is President of the Rocky Mountain Guides Association and Barbara is the Public Relations Contact person. Larry volunteers at the state Capitol and Barbara is a docent at the Molly Brown House museum.”

– Larry and Barbara F.

“The Highlands Ranch Historical Society is the best kept secret the community has.  I enjoy all your programs and always I ‘m looking for the next one.  It is an honor to be member of your Society.”

– Angelica Z.

“I am honored to be a member of the Highlands Ranch Historical Society. I have enjoyed the events I have attended and look forward to up coming events sincerely”

– Patricia M.

“Over the past 3 or so years, I have enjoyed many great programs that the Historical society has presented…..and have brought in at least five friends, who also like the programs….frequently, we meet for dinner prior to the meetings…
Thank you so much. I appreciate all your hard work…”

– Cheri C.

“Our speaker, Dolly Madison, did a great job.”

– Janice G.

“How special, THANK YOU! I had a wonderful time!”

– Joyce

“Thank you so much! What a treat to be so well appreciated! Loved it!”

– Sandy

“Thanks for all that you and your group do.  It is so very important.”

– Susan N. in Littleton.

“Thank you to HRHS for all the wonderful programs you put on”

– Alice A.

“As a new member to the HRHS, my husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed the last two programs (Blaine and Fielder).  Thank you so much!”

– Betsy & Tom G.