History: Provides a short history of the Club from its founding in 1896 to the present.
LWC Today: Presents Club goals, how to become a member, dues; introduces our officers; provides information about meetings (when we meet, special meetings, recent and upcoming meetings; links to photo albums of recent meetings), programs, details about upcoming special events, and a link to a digital photo album of photos submitted by members.
Projects: Contains information on projects undertaken by the LWC, past and present, including the two books published by the Club, the reprinting of an older book, restoration of the old Livermore Post Office, helping to raise money to replace the windows in the Livermore Community Hall, installation of a 'welcome to Livermore' sign', our 'narrative histories' project re the fires of 2012, the Club library, and our bake sale.
News: Gives news about the LWC and about the greater Livermore area.
Etc.: Provides links to tips for baking at high altitudes and to photo albums of some of our more memorable meetings/programs.Back to Top
The Livermore Woman's culb is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) (as of 2017) organization founded in August of 1896 when Mrs. Lucinda Peters invited the ranching women of Livermore, Colorado, to an afternoon tea at Eagle Cliff Cottage. More than thirty women accepted the invitation and arrived at the appointed time via buckboards, wagons, buggies, and on horseback. Conversation was lively on that beautiful summer afternoon and it quickly became apparent that those in attendance were very enthusiastic about forming a club that would inspire members to "higher and nobler thoughts". Thus began the history of the Livermore Woman's Club and thus began the intimate link between the history of Livermore, the history of its ranches, and the history of the Club, a link that has endured for more than 100 years.
The first formal meeting of the Club was the following month at the home of Mrs. Helen Gilpin-Brown. Officers were elected, and discussions were begun about the difficult task of establishing a constitution and bylaws. A program committee was formed and chose "The history of the United States" as a topic for discussion at subsequent meetings. Members were so enthusiastic about the Club that they decided to meet every two weeks, but decided to meet once a month during the second year. The club's colors of lavender and pale green also were chosen during the second year.
One weighty matter that had to be addressed early in the Club's first year was whether to allow the woman who hosted a meeting to serve as many kinds of refreshments as she wanted or to limit her to three items. A vote was taken, and members agreed that no more than three kinds of refreshments should be offered. A Club member was to be fined $1.00 (ten times the annul dues of $0.10!) for violating the rule. The new rule was incorporated into the club's bylaws but was generally ignored, and Club members usually were served many different kinds of refreshments.
Early programs included "Early Indian Wars", "Peter Stuyvesant and the Dutch Settlements", and "Salem Witchcraft" as well as accounts of life in the early 1870's in the Livermore community. Initially, members were timid about expressing opinions on intellectural matters, and the informative papers presented did not elicit the lively discussion that had been expected. However, the timidity soon was overcome and meetings often became rather animated and even noisy.
Club activities have rarely been interrupted, but there have been a few disruptions. An entertainment organized by the Club was postponed in 1901 when President McKinley was assassinated. The Livermore Hall and all of the Club's belongings were washed away by a flood in May of 1904, forcing cancellation of the May meeting. Four Club meetings were cancelled in late 1918 and early 1919 owing to an epidemic of influenza. A meeting in August of 1944 was interrupted briefly when a severe hailstorm made it impossible for members to hear one another. Of course, meetings have been and likely will always be cancelled as a result of snow.
The Club has seen a number of changes over the years. The violet was chosen as the Club's flower in 1910 and replaced by the blue columbine in 1935. Dues, set at $0.10 when the Club was established, were increased to $0.50, $1.00, and $1.50 and currently are $10.00. Club documents, including minutes of Club meeting, treasurers' reports, and a large number of scrapbooks compiled over the years, are archived at Colorado State University. The Club is beginning the process of switching to scrapbooks prepared with online resources, and these, too, will be archived at CSU.
For history afficionados, MORE provides additional information about the history of Livermore, Red Feather Lakes, Virginia Dale, and Larimer County.
Goals and Membership: The goals of the Livermore Woman's Club are
Officers: Officers serve a minimum of two years and are installed at our annual Friends and Family Picnic. These women provide leadership to our Club, and we very much appreciate their service. Current officers are shown below:
From left to right: Terry Turner, President; Danielle Ray-Swords, Vice President & Programs; Diana Baxley, Secretary; Jean Emond, Treasurer; Rene Lee, Past-President; Kathy Packard, Webmaster; and, Iris Damon, Member-at-Large.
Meetings: The LWC meets once a month (except in December when no meeting is held), usually on the last Saturday of the month, at 1:00 PM. Departures from that schedule occur when the last Saturday of a month conflicts with a major holiday. For example, a meeting may be held on the third Saturday if the last Saturday falls on Easter weekend. Also, a meeting may be scheduled during the week for a field trip or tour. Depending on the program for a given meeting, meetings may be held at a member's home, the Livermore Community Hall, or the Livermore Community Church. We may join forces with other local organizations (Mountain Gals, Glacier Gals, Red Feather Lakes Historical Society) for a meeting/field trip/tour. Meetings usually include a program, often by an outside speaker, refreshments, and a business meeting. Our meetings generally are open to the public.
Special meetings/events during the year: These include hosting a booth for the sale of baked goods, books, and notecards at the annual Livermore Community Hall Craft Fair during the first weekend in May (see below); a Friends and Family Picnic/Potluck in June when attendees bring dishes to share and gather for a picnic; an anniversary meeting in August when we celebrate our long history (122 years and counting!) and honor our founders; and, a cookie exchange in November when we gather for a lunch of soups and then exchange holiday cookies. Go to SOUPS for recipes for the soups served at our cookie exchanges. Every few years we also "Meet the Members" when several members make short autobiographical presentations. These presentations are recorded and transcribed and are available from the LWC Library.
Upcoming--June 2018 Meeting, Friends and Family Picnic: Our annual Friends and Family Picnic will be held Saturday, 30 June at noon at the home of member Julie Burness. Details via email at a later date.
Recent Meetings of 2018: May, (2 June, 1:00 PM, at home of member Danielle-Ray-Swords)--we had a delightful and informative meeting on gardening in our challenging conditions presented by Native Plant Master Charleen Barr. A photo album with a summary and pictures is available at GARDENING; April, (Saturday, 28th, 1:00 PM at home of member Ginny Blanz)--another "catch up on business meeting" where we talked about the need for new officers, finalized plans for the bake sale (see below), welcomed a new member (Beth Sammond), laughed, joked, and enjoyed one another's company; thanks to Ginny for both refreshments and for hosting the meeting and to Terry Turner, Danielle Ray-Swords, Kathy Packard, and Terry Butts for additional refreshments; March, (Saturday, 24th, 1:00 PM, Livermore Community Church)--"catch up on business" meeting; February, (Saturday, 24th, 1:00 PM)--member Kay Quan graciously invited us to meet for tea at her home; photo and summary at TEA. In the best tradition of society columns of old "a good time was had by all". Many thanks to Kay for hosting our meeting; January, (Wednesday, 24th)--visit to Archives and Special Collections unit in Morgan Library at Colorado State University to view the LWC archives; photos and summary HERE.
Programs--something for everyone: Most of our meetings include a program, and we literally have "something for everyone". Programs through the years have included tours of local ranches or historic homes; field trips to Red Mountain and Soapstone; a fall colors trip to Walden with a stop at the Moose Visitor Center and Walden Museum; history of samplers; history of papermaking; Ancient Native American History in Livermore; a field trip to Native American archeological sites; wild birds; mountain gardening; minerals of Larimer County; geology of the Livermore and Red Feather Lakes Areas; bears; breast health (held during October for general information and to honor LWC members who have battled breast cancer); history of the Greening of Red Feather; reintroduction of wolves to Yellowstone (benefit to help the Community Hall purchase new windows); preserving old photographs; high altitude baking; and astronomy.
Special Event--LWC Bake Sale 2018: The annual Community Hall Craft Fair and the LWC Bake Sale were held on Saturday 5 May and on Sunday 6 May at the Livermore Community Hall. Our bake sale this year raised about the same amount of money--just over $400.00--as did last year's bake sale. We thank Mary Torrez and Sheila Baker for organizing the sale and everyone who brought baked goods to sell and all those who helped to sell them. A special thanks to treasurer Jean Emond and her daughter Linda for whisking the cash box back to Jean's and counting the proceeds immediately. Check out BAKE SALE to see pictures of the 2018 display.
Photos Submitted Members: Use PHOTOS to access a photo album made using pictures contributed by members of the Livermore Woman's Club.Back to Top
The LWC has a long history of activity undertaken to benefit the community of Livermore. Two years after its founding, members of the club decided to fence the Livermore Cemetary (with the help of the men of the community), where many of the early settlers of Livermore were buried. Over the years, the LWC has collected clothing for the poor, both in the Livermore community and overseas during wars. Members volunteered to help the Red Cross. We donated prints of famous paintings to the local school and have donated money to help with various school events.
Our books (1): In 1995, to commemorate its 100th anniversary, the Livermore Woman's Club published the first edition of Among These Hills, A History of Livermore, Colorado. Although the first edition is out of print, copies are available for check-out through both the RED FEATHER LAKES COMMUNITY LIBRARY and the POUDRE RIVER LIBRARY DISTRICT.
Our books (2): A second edition of Among These Hills, shown below, was published in 2009 and is available by order from the Club as well as at a number of outlets in Fort Collins, Livermore, or Red Feather Lakes. "Among These Hills II" contains many more photographs than the first edition, an extensive index, and a large, fold-out map showing the location of more than 100 points of interest discussed in the book.
Chapters in "Among These Hills II":
For information on ordering a copy of 'Among These Hills II', send a query to Webmaster Kathy Packard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Our Books (3): The book shown in the next column, often referred to as the "brand book", originally was printed as a booklet by the Larimer County Stockgrowers' Association in July of 1956 with the title The Larimer County Stockgrowers Association 1884-1956. The Livermore Woman's Club has sponsored three reprintings of this publication. The most recent was in 2003 when the format was changed to match that of 'Among These Hills'.
Although out of print, copies of this book still are available through the Woman's Club. For information on ordering a copy of 'Ranch Histories', send a query to Webmaster Kathy Packard (email@example.com)
Historic Livermore General Store and Post Office: The Woman's Club helped to restore the old Livermore Post Office, a structure on private land adjacent to the old Livermore Hotel (now a private residence) and just west of the North Fork of the Poudre on the Red Feather Lakes Road (photograph shown in next column is used with permission of Mary Douglas). We provided monetary support and "sweat". This post office, which has been closed for decades, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001 as a result of much hard work by Club member Kay Quan and her husband Tom, previous owners of the property (more information can be found at the NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORICAL PLACES, COLORADO).
Livermore Community Hall: The "Hall With It All" (above), just east of the North Fork of the Poudre on the Red Feather Lakes Road, has been the beneficiary of many projects sponsored the Livermore Woman's Club over the years. The Club's most recent project for the Hall helped to replace all of its windows. The picture above was taken after the new windows had been installed.
Welcome Sign: For many years, Club members discussed designing and purchasing a "welcome" sign to be placed at The Forks, at the intersection of US highway 287 and the Red Feather Lakes Road. After much planning under the leadership of members Sheila Baker and Mary Torrez and with the much appreciated approval of Scott and D. J. Jennings, owners of The Forks, a sign (shown right) was constructed and installed in the parking lot of The Forks. The sign welcomes visitors and presents a brief history of the Livermore area. Take a look the next time you are in the area.
Narrative Histories: After the High Park and Hewlett Gulch fires in 2012, the club solicited first-person accounts of people's experiences during and after the fires, which resulted in widespread evaculations in the Livermore area and destroyed numerous homes. Contributions received to date are available at the following links: HERE (Linda Bell), HERE (Nancy Carpenter), HERE (Sally Harmon), HERE (D. L. Roberts), HERE (Shirley Wiechert), HERE (Cindy Henk), HERE (Kay Quan), and HERE (Donna Pierce). The club was especially honored to receive fire stories written by students at Red Feather Elementary School. We thank Nancy West, Jo Johnson, and Darlene Kilpatrick for alerting us to the students' projects, making copies available, and acquiring permission from the students' parents for us to post the projects. The students' fire stories are available HERE.
Library: The Club maintains a small library with transcripts of presentations from "Meet the Members" meetings and books on the history of Livermore and nearby areas as well as Larimer County in general. Several of our holdings are books written by local authors or by a speaker who presented a program at one of our meetings. A list of the books in the Club library can be accessed HERE.
Bake Sale:The LWC sells baked goods, its books, and note cards with historical photos at the annual craft held at the Livermore Community Hall the first weekend in May. Money raised by the bake sale is used to support Club activities or may be donated to a worthy cause. The craft fair is a fund raiser for the Community Hall.
LWC Archives: The Club maintains a large archive of its documents, mainly in the form of detailed scrapbooks dating from our founding in 1896. Our archival materials are housed and curated in the Archives and Special Collections unit in Morgan Library at Colorado State University.Back to Top
The Livermore Community Hall has a full calendar of events planned for the remainder of 2018. Details can be found at HALL WITH IT ALL. The Hall is a community resource supported primarily by money made from public events. Even if you are unable to attend the events planned for 2018, you can support the Hall by purchasing tickets. Support for your Hall is always appreciated.
If your organization has news that it would like to have presented on the LWC website, send a query to Webmaster Kathy Packard (firstname.lastname@example.org).Back to Top
This section is devoted primarily to links to digital photo albums of some memorable Club meetings/programs. However, you will also find links to tips for baking at high altitudes. Our purpose in Et cetera is, in part, to demonstrate that the LWC truly does have "something for everyone".
Club members and guests visited several archaeological SITES in the Livermore area with CSU archaeologist and specialist in the history and pre-history of Native Americans Jason LaBelle (more about Jason HERE) for our August meeting in 2010.
At a meeting in 2013, member Pat Clemens, a teacher of home economics for many years, gave a program on tips for baking at high altitudes. Pat's tips are based in part on a brochure from the Cooperative Extension Service at Colorado State University which is available HERE and in part on her own extensive experience. Pat's tips for baking at high altitudes are available at TIPS.
Club member Margie Caswell presented a wonderful program on the geology of the Livermore and Red Feather Lakes areas at a meeting also in 2013. Margie's slides can be viewed HERE.
A special program on VINTAGE CLOTHING was part of the LWC's 119th birthday celebration in August of 2015.
Our meeting in September 2015 was a trip to WALDEN to view fall colors and visit the Moose Visitor Center and the Walden Museum.
The Club's annual Friends and Family picnic in June 2016 was held at Trail's End Ranch and was hosted by owners Phyllis and Wayne Schrader and son Perry. We enjoyed good food and congenial company in a beautiful and scenic setting. A photo album, available HERE, captures our experience in pictures.
Our July 2016 meeting was held on a Wednesday and featured tours of two historic ranches (Scottdale and Hansen) in the Livermore Valley. The tours were sponsored by the Red Feather Historical Society and LWC. Following the tours, we gathered at the Community Hall where Linda Adams, D.L. Roberts, Kay and Tom Quan, and Rene Lee spoke about the history of Livermore, The Forks, the Livermore Hotel, and the Livermore Community Hall, respectively. Visitors can view a pictorial summary of our day at RANCH TOURS.
The Club celebrated its 120th anniversary on 27 August 2016 at the home of member Julie Burness. We enjoyed a beautiful setting, delightful refreshments, and were entertained by a play written to honor an earlier anniversary. Details, to the extent that a photo album can capture a dynamic event, are provided at THE RETAKE.
The Club's meeting in September 2016 was held at the Batterson Barn and featured a wonderful program on raptors. RAPTORS will take you to a photo album depicting this meeting.
A meeting in March 2017 featured a program of "performance history" in the form of a recreation of the mountain men/trappers of old. The meeting was hosted by member Julie Schott. Visitors can find details at IRON THUMB.Back to Top