There are two upcoming September events that revolve around our homesteading pioneer predecessors. One is a talk that will be given at the first Fort Collins Historical Society meeting of the season that will focus on “Rustic Women.”  The other is “Pioneer Living Day” at the Bee Family Farm.

“Rustic Women” – pioneering women of the Soapstone Prairie


What A talk by Suzy Riding (AKA “Soapstone Suzy”) on the women of Soapstone’s early homesteads.
Where The Masonic Temple, 225 W. Oak Street. Parking is available in back (on the south side of the building).
When September 6th at 7:00pm. Come early and get a tour of the Masonic Temple (6pm).
Cost All Fort Collins Historical Society talks are free and open to the public. But if you’d like to support what the society is doing, membership is only $10 for the year.

Suzy Riding regularly gives talks up at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area on the trials and triumphs of Soapstone’s pioneering women. She will be modifying her talk slightly to compare the life of Soapstone’s pioneer families to those that homesteaded a bit closer to Fort Collins.

This will be the first Fort Collins Historical Society talk of the season. There are several changes to make note of this year:

  • Meetings will take place at the Masonic Temple as opposed to the Museum of Discovery.
  • Meetings will begin at 7pm, hopefully giving working folks a chance to eat dinner beforehand.
  • Meetings will take place on the first Tuesday of the month (instead of Thursdays).

There will also be free tours of the Masonic Temple between 6 – 7pm on September 6th. So if you’ve never gotten a chance to tour this historic Fort Collins building, now’s your chance!

Find out more about Fort Collins’ history on the Fort Collins Historical Society website.

Pioneer Living Day at the Bee Family Farm

Bee Family Farm Logo


What A day of demonstrations, activities (for young and old alike), and a chance to imagine going back in time to the days of the early pioneers.
Where The Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum located at 4320 East County Road 58 (which is northeast of Fort Collins and southeast of Wellington). Get directions here.
When September 24th from 10am – 4pm.
Cost All of the fun is included in the price of admission to the museum — $7 Adults, $5 Seniors 60+, $3 Children 3-12, and under 3 are free.

In addition to tours of the farm museum, farm animals and the historic Bee family house, there will also be several demonstrations taking place throughout the day. Learn about early farming methods, goat herding, and food preservation. Visit with draft horse models. Learn about various types of building construction from teepees to cabins and more.

To learn more about the Bee Family Farm, check out this Forgotten Fort Collins post that gives a taste of what you’ll find there.