A golden thread, more than 150 years in the making, connects the city with the past.
With the help of a six-member committee comprised of local historians and longtime residents, the Golden History Museums is creating a master timeline of the …
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With the help of a six-member committee comprised of local historians and longtime residents, the Golden History Museums is creating a master timeline of the history of Golden.
“It’s going to give the community a foundation of where it came from, and where it’s going,” curator Mark Dodge said.
Although the museum has always had bits and pieces of times with historical importance, Dodge said, this is the first master timeline.
Sometimes, the committee gets a little off subject when discussing content for a new timeline, but Dodge said that’s what they’re there for — to share stories and knowledge of the past.
The timeline, which focuses on events that had an impact on the greater Golden community, fulfills two purposes. The first is to create a comprehensive timeline with at least 150 years of written history that residents can use as a tool or reference material. The second is to inform the public of a new exhibit called Time Tumbler, to be opened at the history center next September.
The Time Tumbler exhibit will have photographs, artifacts and documents, Dodge said, whereas the timeline is more of an electronic record and a way to consolidate information.
The public now has complete access to the timeline online, even in its draft form. In fact, because the timeline will be in development for a couple more months, Dodge said, museum staff encourages people to familiarize themselves with the timeline and reach out with new information.
Specifically, Dodge said, more information is needed on strikes and union history with Coors industries, notable or key businesses that had a long-term impact on the community and the construction of Highway 58.
Although there’s no guarantee all public feedback can be included, museum staff wants to hear what people have to say.
“Everybody’s got something to share,” Dodge said.
Committee member Ronda Frazier loves sitting in the room and listening to the stories the others share.
“All the events that happened in Golden make Golden what it is today,” she said.
Frazier has lived in the area for six years, and as Jefferson County’s archivist, the stories from other committee members help her serve the people of Jeffco better, she said.
“People are always curious,” Frazier said. People like to know how something got its name and what was located in a certain spot before the present building. And homeowners like to research their property.
“The whole goal in this profession is to engage people,” Frazier said.
Fellow committee member Dan Mayo, a lifelong resident and collector of Golden artifacts and antiques, agreed.
“There’s a lot of history that goes with everything—you just have to know what to look for,” he said. “Everything on this timeline is going to be important to somebody.”
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