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The Kersey Surprise, a weekly newspaper published in Kersey, Weld County Colorado from 1912-1915, is the only known surviving issue. Another newspaper published in Kersey after the “Surprise, ceased publication during the depression and it was 46 years before Kersey again had a newspaper. On the front page of this issue of the Kersey Surprise is an article titled, “Railroads will Help the Farmer.” It explains how market bureaus will be established along the lines to take farm products to market. There is also a review of the upward trend in the price of sheep and lambs. Most articles relate to the agricultural endeavors of the area.
WR.1104.1 is the United States flag carried by the 1st Regiment of Colorado Volunteers during its march into New Mexico Territory during the Civil War. The standard measures 48 by 105.5 inches. Materials utilized in construction are cotton, wool, and brass. The thirteen stripes are made of red or white plain weave wool fabric. The stripes are machine sewn together. The canton is made of blue plain weave wool fabric. Thirty-four white cotton fabric stars are hand sewn to the field. The heading is made of twill weave cotton fabric with five brass grommets. The fly hem is hand stitched.
William Henry Jackson's original Eastman View no. 2 Improved Model Century View and Empire State no. 2 (Eastman Kodak Co.) camera, circa 1915. From the William Henry Jackson Collection, WH1677, Western History and Genealogy Department, Denver Public Library.
The brochures and photograph tell the story of self-supporting women of Chicago and their annual migration to Colorado. The photograph was taken in Boulder at the historic “Bluebird Cottage”, near present day Chautauqua. It shows Jean Sherwood, (founder of the Bluebird organization) having tea with several Bluebird members. The Blue Bird Bulletins list upcoming events in Boulder and Gold Hill while the Bluebird Song Book was issued to every member for singing occasions. The Bluebird Cottage & Lodge brochure gave members information about the trip from Chicago to Boulder and then on to Gold Hill.
The thresher for grains is made of wood, it is horse drawn and horse powered It was burned in the Meeker massacre of 1879. It had metal parts which were salvaged by Adam Fiske and his sons in 1884 and rebuilt.
The Yeager-Badger Creek Partial Vessel is a conical jar with flared walls. It derives from the Early Ceramic period, the earliest pottery manufacturing period on the Plains. All exhibiting characteristics -- rim shards, cords, and globular swell are attributes of Plains Woodland Pottery. This a reconstructed vessel of 32 sherds. It is a very large whose function was probably utilitarian, most likely for storage since there is no sooting or evidence of cooking.