Board of Directors
Betsy Denney
Janet Lastovica
Craig Leitner
Shari Mohr
Kris Shurr
Barbara Snyder


P.O. Box 181, Howard, Colorado 81233
Facebook: Western Fremont Historical Society
0070 Co Rd 56, Howard, Colorado 81233



Greetings of the season to you all.

As the year draws to a close it’s time to share with you a summary of WFHS’ 2018 activities and updates and welcome new members. We try to issue 4 newsletters a year.


We are excited to let you know that WFHS membership for this year reached 105 which includes 10 lifetime members. Members reside in many areas: Howard, Salida, Canon City, Coaldale, Cotopaxi, Arvada, Wyoming and California.


  • March: Annual meeting and program about Barnes City history
  • July: 4th of July birthday bash celebrating the 120th birthday of the little church in Howard (now the WFHS History Center). This event was held I conjunction with Howard Hall’s 2nd annual

community 4th of July events.

  • August: Tour Rails and Kilns
  • October:  Tours of Cotopaxi and San Isabel View (Hillside) cemeteries.


Check out our facebook page and website. You will see pictures, history notes, information about our History Center’s publications for purchase, resources, past events, how to contact us, and so much more.


An update on our efforts to preserve the 1898 Howard church building which serves as the WFHS History Center and houses archives and artifacts of historical interest in our region:  WFHS submitted a grant proposal to the State Historical Fund (SHF) of History Colorado last spring and was informed on August 1 that although our project was approved (the good news), our overall application score, while strong, was not high enough in the queue of applications to receive a monetary award before the available SHF funds ran out.  With the encouragement of the SHF we submitted a revised application, incorporating their feedback and hopefully improving our score for the fall submission round.  We will hear about this grant request on Feb. 1, 2019.  Hopefully it will be good news and we will be able to move forward with the preservation work next spring.


WFHS is an all volunteer organization managed by the Board of Directors. This year your board updated the WFHS Bylaws, planned and held four (4) well received programs, had representation at Fremont County Historical Society’s (FCHS) presentation of the Doc Little Award, that recognizes a FCHS member for outstanding achievements in preserving Fremont County history, to Bill Schrader (a past president of WFHS).  We continued to gather on the last Sundays of the month (weather permitting) at the History Center while open for visitors and to work on filing documents and pictures. Board members are active in planning and working on the logistics for programs.

At this time I need to step down from my volunteer activities to concentrate on other areas of my life, so I am leaving the WFHS board.  It has been my privilege to serve on this board as president for the past four (4) years and previously as treasurer. I have had the opportunity to learn so very much and to meet so many wonderful folks. As time goes on, I hope to be able to continue some involvement with the ACCESS HISTORY group.

There are 7 positions on the board and one seat has been vacant since March and now there are two openings. This board can use your help as it continues to move forward. The board can make appointments to the board for the remainder of the term.  If the appointed person wants to continue they then can run for election to the board by the WFHS membership at the annual meeting in March. The board chooses its own officers. Can you serve on a committee or participate in ACCESS HISTORY to use your detective skills to sort and identify photos, file, assist with the inventory, and help visitors?  When you are involved you will meet terrific people. You get to learn more about and participate in the history of western Fremont County, continue to help foster the growth of the Historical Society and be involved in the preservation of the historical white church (now WFHS History Center) located in Howard. 


On behalf of the board, thanks to each and every one of you for your support and look forward to seeing you in the coming year. Janet Lastovica (retired board member and president)


For further information about the board of directors and WFHS please contact Shari Mohr Community Outreach Coordinator: 719-942-3355