Our program for November was another blast from the past -- Theodore Roosevelt returned to the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church to present "the rest of the story", of his presidency and later years.
We will be having more of these professional speakers in the future, so stay tuned to find out.
If you join the society, you will receive these newsletter prior to the programs so you can plan to attend.
Here is the newletter for September 2013. We had a fantastic program in Florence with an "in the round" theatrical debate between Gov. James Peabody, a Union Organizer, and Mother Jones - advocate for the miners. It was very well attended,.
Here is the newsletter for July. We are promoting our program on July 21st which will be Wellsville, presented by Mr. William Schrader, President of the Western Fremont Historical Society. We are also asking people to let us know if they would be interested in buying a copy of "Trappers to Tourists" , which we will be reprinting.
Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt(pron.: /ˈroʊzəvɛlt/ROH-zə-velt; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the 26thPresident of the United States (1901–1909). A Republican, he is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the first incarnation of the short-lived Progressive ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912. Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician. Roosevelt was 42 years old when sworn in as President of the United States in 1901, making him the youngest president ever; he beat out the youngest elected president, John F. Kennedy, by only one year. Roosevelt was also the first of only three sitting presidents to have won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Born into a wealthy family in New York City, Roosevelt was a sickly child who suffered from asthma and stayed at home studying natural history. To compensate for his physical weakness, he embraced a strenuous life. Home-schooled, he became an eager student of nature. He attended Harvard University, where he studied biology, boxed and developed an interest in naval affairs. In 1881, one year out of Harvard, he was elected to the New York State Assembly, where he became a leader of the reform faction of his Republican party (the "GOP"). His The Naval War of 1812 (1882) established his professional reputation as a serious historian; he wrote numerous books on hunting, the outdoors, and current political issues, as well as frontier history. In 1884, his wife and his mother died on the same day. He left politics and went to the frontier, becoming a rancher in the "Badlands" in the Dakotas. Returning to New York City, he ran for mayor in 1886, finishing third with 60,000 votes. He later gained fame by taking vigorous charge of the city police. At the national level, he was a leader in civil service reform. The Spanish–American War broke out in 1898 while Roosevelt was, effectively, running the Department of the Navy. He promptly resigned and formed the Rough Riders – a volunteer cavalry regiment that fought in Cuba. The war hero was elected governor in 1898 and in 1900 was nominated for vice president. He successfully energized the GOP base as a highly visible campaigner to reelect President William McKinley on a platform of high tariffs, the gold standard, imperialism, prosperity at home and victory abroad.
In 1901, President William McKinley was assassinated and Roosevelt became President at the age of 42; he remains the youngest president. Roosevelt attempted to move the Republican Party (GOP) toward Progressivism, including trust busting and increased regulation of businesses. In 1904 Roosevelt was elected to a full term of his own, becoming the first person elevated from the Vice-Presidency to do so, as well as winning the largest percentage of the popular vote since the uncontested election of 1820.
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FREMONT COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The Fremont County Historical Society Program on November 4. 2012 will be a special presentation by Sue Cochran, assistant archivist at the Royal Gorge Regional Museum and History Center.
An Excerpt from the website write up by LaDonna Gunn is copied:
KU KLUX KLAN
During the 1920s, Colorado had the largest and most influential Knights of the Ku Klux Klan following of any other state west of the Mississippi River. In the 1924 elections, the Klan gained control not only of state government with the election of Governor Morley, but also of many local governments. Fremont County was one of those local governments with a dominating Klan presence, having a particularly large following of Klansmen and Klanswomen in Cañon City and Florence. As a result of this local Klan presence, the Local History Center of the Cañon City Public Library contains in its archives newspapers, photographs, oral histories, and other materials pertaining to the Klan in Fremont County.
These two local Klaverns claimed that they organized to improve the schools, end the liquor problem, stop crime, and promote the state and national Klan agenda. In a small rural community like Cañon City, the Klan was atypical in view of its leader, who was a charismatic First Baptist minister and who had the state and national political power within the Klan to later inherit the Grand Dragon's position after John Galen Locke. Yet, at the same time, the Cañon City Klan was typical of the national and other state Klans because it employed those aspects of the national Klan agenda that were applicable to the concerns of local Protestants. This agenda advertised a pro-Protestant, native-born American, white-supremacist philosophy. Because the Klan leaders wholeheartedly embraced the agenda touting political and social reasons for organizing, the underlying ethos motivating their movement in Cañon City was the preservation of their Protestant beliefs and way of life.
NOVEMBER 4, 2012 – 2:00 PM SHEPHERD OF THE HILLS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 801 SHERIDAN AVE., CAÑON CITY
MISSION: To promote, identify, protect, educate and preserve the historical heritage of Fremont County, Colorado