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The Fort Collins Historical Society has one more meeting before taking November and December off for the holidays. And the Bee Family Farm Museum will be shutting its doors for the winter at the end of October. Read on for all the details.

Fort Collins Historical Society Meeting

Jan Manning at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2011. Photo by James Brosher Photography.

Jan Manning at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2011. Photo by James Brosher Photography. (If you like rodeo pics, click through to see James full album. Great stuff.)

Learn about what northern Colorado was like for some of the earliest European residents who settled in the area — trapping and trading and making friends of the natives. Tuesday night (October 4th) at 7 pm, the Fort Collins Historical Society will present Jan Manning in the role of “Iron Thumb,” a northern Colorado mountain man.

Meetings are held at the Masonic Temple at 255 W. Oak street (at Oak and Howes). In addition to on-street parking, there is also space available behind the building in the 1st National parking lot. You can either come in the back stairs or enter through the ground level door near Howes in the front of the building. Head upstairs and follow the sound of voices.

The meeting is free and open to the public. Bring a friend!

Bee Family Farm Museum

This same exact car is still on the farm today! You can check it out when you visit.

If you like old cars, there are a couple

The Bee Family Farm closes its doors for the winter at the end of October, so this is your last chance this year to stop in and learn about our agricultural history, as well as the history of northern Colorado and national events, through the lens of one family — the Bee family.

The museum covers over 100 years of history in northern Colorado, from early homesteading through two world wars and up to the present day. You’ll learn about the history of Fort Collins and Wellington, the story of agriculture in the area, and the life and times of the Bee family. …and that they never got rid of a thing! It’s all still there on view. You really get a sense of the changing of objects through time.

The museum is open Fridays & Saturdays, 9 am – 4 pm. Admission is $7 Adults, $5 Seniors 60+, $3 Children 3-12, and under 3 are free. The Bee Family Centennial Farm Museum is located at 4320 East County Road 58 (which is northeast of Fort Collins and southeast of Wellington). Get directions here.