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Palmer LAke historical Society


“History Should Be More Than A Memory”

The Palmer Lake Historical Society promotes, preserves, and protects the history of the Palmer Divide area of Colorado; and sponsors, maintains, and is responsible for the activities and commitments of the Lucretia Vaile Museum in Palmer Lake.

The Palmer Lake Historical Society was founded by Marian McDonough (L) in 1956. Earlier, a manuscript written by Marion S. Sabin detailed the founding of Palmer Lake and the Tri-Lakes region. 

 A group of citizens recommended that the Sabin manuscript, entitled “Palmer Lake, A Historical Narrative,” be published. They also recommended a Historical Society be formed to continue the preservation of the area’s history. The Palmer Lake Historical Society was incorporated with a full slate of officers and directors.

 The Society established a museum which later became the Lucretia Vaile Museum. The Society expanded its scope and now collects the history and artifacts from the Palmer Divide area.


The Society serves our greater community by publishing books, pamphlets, the commissioning/sponsoring of historical DVDs, and by placing historical markers throughout both Monument and Palmer Lake. A newly revised edition of our “flagship” book “Palmer Lake, A Historical Narrative” is hoped to be on the shelf in time for the holiday season.

Two significant public-art history sculptures have been placed with “Dizzy” the German Shepherd being in the Palmer Lake Village Green and the “Monument 1879” bas-relief panel located in the Town Hall of Monument. Both were a gift from the Society to the people of the two towns.

The Society presents a monthly program on history related topics. The programs are conducted in the Palmer Divide Town Hall on the third Thursday of the month.  The November 21st (7:00 p.m.) program will be  "On a Wildflower Excursion: Colorado Midland Rwy’s Finest” presented by Mel McFarland.


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