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Pioneer Town Talks
"The Thompson Brothers"
Early Pioneers of the Surface Creek Valley

with Hope Waibel

Thursday June 17th 6:00 PM
Stolte Shed
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Between 1820 and 1920 nearly 1 million people emigrated from Norway to the United States. Known as Sloopers, the Norwegians settled on farms and ranches predominantly in the Midwest.

Fortunately for the Surface Creek Valley two of those emigrants, Thor and Thomas Thompson, changed the face of Cedaredge with investments in ranch, residential, and commercial properties. Like most pioneer histories the Thompson story is full of hopes, tragedies, and just a little bit of scandal. Come share in their stories with SCVHS historian, Hope Waibel.

Annual Dinner and Meeting
Thursday June 24th 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Outdoors - Park in back at Chapel
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We may be a little late this year, thanks to pandemic restrictions, but we're up and running, and ready to welcome our members to our annual dinner.

Holding this event in June provides us with some new opportunities with an outdoor seated dinner & program on our beautiful museum grounds.

Membership in SCVHS is required. Please invite a friend and encourage them to join SCVHS. Membership can be purchased in person at Pioneeer Town or online at

Speaker: Cathy Meskel on the new Pioneer Town Soldiers War Memorial Park

Reservations required

Pioneer Town Talks
Native Plants and Pollinators

with Susan Collins

Sunday, June 27th 12:00 PM
Meet at Welcome Center

Susan Collins will help us understand natures cycle with this presentation sponsored by the Plant and Dig Club of Cedaredge in conjuction with the Sunday Farmer's Market at Pioneer Town.


The SCVHS wishes to express it's highest gratitude to the Plant and Dig Club for the work they do to keep Pioneer Town's flower gardens beautiful all year long

Pioneer Town Talks
100 Years of Dairy Farming

with Andy Wick

Thursday July 8th 7:00 PM
Stolte Shed

Andy Wick talks about changes in dairy farming over the last 100 years and shares some stories about the Wick Family.

Lucky for SCV residents, three of Andy Wick's great grandfather George Wick's sons moved to our valley. In 1910 Andy's Great Uncle Henry and family arrived, bought property north of Cedaredge, and started learning the art of fruit farming. Then in 1920, Andy's Grandfather Andy arrived and purchased land just south of Cedaredge. Andy grew up only about a mile from his grandfather's farm. In 1927, the third brother, Jake and family, arrived and purchased the general store which became known as the Wick Store. There are still a few descendants of these men that live in the area, including Andy and his son.

When Andy was a kid the family had one milk cow, and today his herd numbers about 1000 cows, and is one of the few commercial dairies in western Colorado. Back in the early days, a farmer could sell his extra milk to the general store, but today Upper Valley Holsteins has to ship its milk to eastern Colorado to be processed for market.

Pioneer Town Talks
The Organ at the
Chapel of the Cross

with James Lovelady

Thursday July 1st 6:00 PM
At the Chapel

Organist & Pioneer Town volunteer, James Lovelady, will weave a story about organ music at Pioneer Town's Chapel of the Cross.

In 2020, the Chapel of the Cross got a major makeover, including beautiful new flooring that accentuates the architecture of the building. If you have not seen the chapel since this project was completed last year, you are in for an additional treat in addition to James Lovelady's talk.

Sunday Farmers Market
at Pioneer Town
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Every Sunday in the Museum's  front parking area beginning June 6th    8 AM - 1 PM

Museum will be open on Sundays    10 AM - 1 PM