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The Westminster Historical Society was formed in 1962 to promote and preserve local Colorado history. 

The Bowles House Museum is located in Westminster,Colorado at 3924 West 72nd Avenue 

The Westminster Historical Society meets the second Saturday of each month at the musuem.

The Westminster Historical Society has either placed or helped to place the following properties on the National Register of Historic Places:  Bowles House, Pleasant DeSpain Building, Gregory House, Pillar of Fire (Westminster University), Union High School.

Westminster Historical Society Leadership Team:


President:  Linda Graybeal

Vice President:  Linda Cherrington

Secretary:  Elaine Egan

Treasurer:  Michele Kelley


Sharon Schaub (term expires 11/2014)

Bill Cherrington (term expires 11/2014)

Gary Shea (term expires 11/2015)

Bobbie Lowe (term expire 11/2015)

Kathy Pascoe (term expires 11/2016)

Nancy McNally (term expires 11/2016)

2013 Historical Society Accomplishments

*Purchased a larger scanner to scanning school athletic pictures

*Added oral histories to family history collections

*Published 2014 Calendar "How the Streets Got Their Names"

*Participated in Historic Westminster Arts District ART WALKS

*One school visit to share our history - Crowne Point Academy

*Sponsored an intern -- our very first!  Thanks to Nathan May of Mesa University (Mountain Range High School) for his help in putting together displays, computer input and inspiration that history lives on.

*There were 725 visitors to the museum in 2013 (making a grand total of 32,817 since our opening in 1988).

*26 volunteers contributed 4,623 hours to make sure we our history lives on.  They conducted tours, created displays, wrote grant applications, explored fund raising projects, gathered oral histories, worked ont he computers, prepared the newsletter, kept things running and conducted the business of the Westminster Historical Society -- thanks to you all!

*January

Display at College Hill Library - Service Organizations

*March

Display at College Hill Library - 25th Anniversary of the Bowles House

Received Westminster Business Recognition Award for our 25th anniversary at the Bowles House.

*April

Adele Merson, Matilda Campbell's daughter, donated a rope bed that has been in the Gillespie family since the 1880's and came here when Professor Gillespie came to teach at Westminster University.

Worked with the city to repair the Fireman's Statue at Fire Station #1

Participated in the Pillar of Fire Colonial event

*May

Honored the early Historical Society members who opened the museum in 1988 with a reception

Linda Graybeal portrays Mahalia Bowles and presented her grandmother's trunk.

Held a Salute to the Mility at the Westminster Grange

Hosted a quilt show with displays from the community.

Annual Historic Preservation Award presented to Larry Valente

*June

Display at College Hill - A Salute to Fathers

Participated in the Westminster Jazz Festival

Speered a "DeSpain Tree" fund drive to raise funds to trim the 130+ year old tree.

*July

Annual vintage Baseball and Ice Cream Social; We won 11-8!

Attended the Westminster Volunteer Barbeque

*August

Hosted a booth at the Westminster Faire

Display at College Hill -- Fall Activities

*September

Annual Tea featuring  Marci Heiser and Fashions through the Decades

Participated in the 4th Annual Orchard Festival

Had an entry in the Westminster High School Homecoming Parade.  Thanks, Bob Nickless!

*October 

Attended Historic Jeffco Awards dinner to support our own Linda Graybeal who received recognition for her essay on the Semper area

Hosted the "Search Your Family History" day at College Hill Library with Carol Darrow

*November

Mesa  Elementary decorated the Bowles House for Christmas.

John Fielder presented his new book "Denver Mountain Parks"

College Hill Display -- Hometown Christmas Past

*December

Hosted an open house at the Westminster History Center

Organized the 25th Annual Hometown Christmas featuring the Shaw Heights Middle School Choir and tree lightng by Nancy McNally

Hosted the Victorian Open House in conjunction with the Friends of the Westminster Library featuring speaker Alice Allen