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Adams County Historical Society

9601 Henderson Rd. Brighton, CO 80601
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM
(303) 659-7103

ABOUT US

ABOUT THE BOARD

ABOUT THE STAFF

The Adams County Historical Society was organized in 1972 and received its 501 (C) 3 classification in 1974.

The Adams County Museum opened in 1987, occupying the former golf clubhouse located at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

Over the years, the museum grew beyond a single building into the complex it is today – housing the History Museum & Office, Cultural Center, a replica one-room schoolhouse, a replica 1930’s Conoco Station, a working Blacksmith Shop, a firehouse, a restored 1887 two-story Victorian House, and a 1920 railroad caboose.

The 120-foot by 60-foot Hoffman Hall has several exhibits, including an actual jail cell from the old Adams County Jail, a printing press, Western gear and tack (including a saddle used by President Teddy Roosevelt), vintage housewares, antique tools and medical equipment.

The property also features a Japanese Garden, sundial, sculptures, windmill, gazebo and a Howe Farm Scale.

ACHS is governed by a nine-member board of directors. They are just a few of the many dedicated volunteers who help keep this nonprofit operating.

Our funding mainly comes from the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and our annual fundraisers, which would not be possible without our volunteers!

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Skip Fischer

President

Skip Fischer, a former Adams County Assessor and Commissioner and long-time County resident, works tirelessly using his administrative experience, both on the Board, and in planning events at the museum. He utilizes his numerous connections gained over the years to accomplish a multitude of things that otherwise may not be possible.

Skip does most of the planning for events on museum grounds: Heritage Day, Christmas Past & Present, etc., provides entertainment, food service, invitations, and works with the Bazaar team. As the owner of several classic cars, Skip has a special interest in setting and and participating in our events.

Gary Hutton

Vice-President

Gary Hutton is a man of many talents: he gives demonstrations at our blacksmith shop, and he has spent countless hours restoring many of our larger artifacts: farm wagons, covered wagons, hay balers, harvesters, sorters, separators, and one of the museum’s most unusual artifacts: a hand-made traction engine. His workmanship is outstanding and an immense benefit to the museum. He has also helped repair the roofing and siding of our Foos Caboose. His work alongside Joe DesJarlais and Bob Morris is immeasurable.

Phil Popish

2nd Vice President

Phil Popish, a retired Denver firefighter, has filled several display cases in the Carlson Cultural Center with Old West memorabilia, including exhibits on toy pistols and photographs of cowboy icons.

He is also a perfect fit to guide tours of our Henderson Island fire station, where displays cases contain items from his collection of antique model fire trucks, nozzles, helmets, and more.

Phil is also the director of our School Tour Program.

Sharon Popish

Board Secretary

Sharon Popish is tasked with producing accurate minutes for each monthly Board meeting. Those minutes include the advisement of the next month’s meeting date. Sharon does a marvelous job of keeping us all advised of important topics from previous meetings. Phil and Sharon are docents in the fire house for events, school tours, and senior tours. Sharon offers to help anywhere she can be of service. She is a sweet, giving, and caring person to all whom she encounters. She possesses special qualities that are noticed and appreciated by everyone.

Jim Schindler

Member at Large

Jim Schindler and his wife Jayne share a love for our museum and our yearly events. Jayne loves being a docent in our Victorian House, where she entertains visitors throughout the year with her comprehensive knowledge of its history, plus her ability to spin captivating yarns.

Jim and Jayne were responsible for restoring the couch in the living room of the Victorian House, and donated the Victrola phonograph machine in the music room.

Jim is also a retired Denver firefighter and paramedic who enjoys being a trustee and volunteering for our events. Jim donated the sound system in Hoffman Hall and oversaw the wiring and installation of the speakers. He also assembled the sound system in our fire house, specifically for Christrmas Past & Present.

The pair love being part of the biannual tea ceremonies in Hoffman Hall.

They also represent the museum’s sponsorship of Adams 4-H: they help with the group’s pie-baking contest, the Make it With Wool event, and the Fall Festival fundraiser. In return, volunteers from 4-H are an invaluable help as ushers and servers at our tea ceremonies.

Jim helps with managing the museum’s Facebook page. Both Jim and Jayne volunteer for our four annual craft shows, and can usually be found at the north door of the Waymire Dome.

David Goss

Member At Large

David Goss contributes by volunteering as a docent for our museum events and offering to help when and where he can. His availability is limited because of his work as an English teacher, but everything he does is important and appreciated. Dave’s connections to a landscape company made the renovation of our Japanese garden a success.

Jamie Pounders

Member at Large

Jamie Pounders is another valued Board member who is an active participant at monthly meetings where important decisions are made regarding our plans, policies, progress and promotion. Her enthusiasm is encouraging and we know more good things are in store for the future.

Advisory Panel

Dorthea LeFurge

Member at Large

Dorthea LeFurge and her husband, former Trustee Don LeFurge, have been instrumental in the museum’s success over the years. They have been served as docents at a multitude of our events, with a special interest in our biannual tea ceremonies held at Hoffman Hall. Dorthea’s career in the banking industry gives her special insight into our need to responsibly use and conserve our available assets. Every organizaton needs a good bean counter.

IN MEMORIAM

Cliff Lushbough (1934-2022)

Cliff Lushbough spent his career as a teacher of multiple subjects in Aurora, Colorado. He began teaching in the mid-1950’s, and in retirement volunteered to restore old buildings.

In the year 2000, Cliff began volunteering with the Adams County Historical Society, offering his talents with history and woodworking. He spent over three years on the restoration of our Victorian House. This work involved searching for existing parts, or making new ones. It involved finding the correct types of wood to reconstruct significant portions of the interior and exterior trimes, as well as finding period-accurate doorknobs and hinges.

The beauty of the Victorian House, a landmark in this part of Adams County, is a credit to the work of Cliff and other volunteers.

Cliff has also donated artifacts for many of the display cases in the Carlson Cultural Center, and many of the signs on display at Hoffman Hall were donated by him. The museum’s collection of weighing scales, one of the largest on public display in the United States, comes from Cliff’s collection.

When asked how he wanted to be remembered, Cliff said, Remember me as a man who loved making sawdust.

STAFF

Nicholas Bernhard

Manager

Nicholas Bernhard has been with the museum since 2021, and has been manager since 2022. His duties include scheduling and guiding tours of the museum, answering mail, phone and email messages, updating exhibits, writing and distributing the quarterly newsletter, providing monthly reports to the Board of Trustees, paying the museum’s bills, coordinating volunteers for events, preparing and mailing out Board meeting agendas, handling merchandise sales, maintaining the membership roster, updating the website, helping set up and take down equipment for events, processing registrations for the four annual craft shows and the biannual tea ceremonies, providing customer support for the craft shows, evaluating potential artifact donations, preparing forms for the craft shows, overseeing volunteer training, scheduling museum inspections, checking in on volunteers during events, filing tax information for craft shows, sending out vendor surveys after craft shows, and curating new museum exhibits.

Bob Morris

Grounds Manager

Bob Morris is charged with grounds maintenance and upkeep, as well as cleaning and maintenance of all buildings on the complex. He is responsible for the setup of tables and chairs for the events at Hoffman Hall, plus retreiving the stored items necessary for set-up and decorating the interior of all buildings for special occasions. All of this, plus making time to help with restoration of donated artifacts. He also gives scheduled tours to small groups. Although his work is exhausting at times, Bob gets it all done and always has a pleasant attitude which makes him another of our treasured assets.