Underneath the Starry Flag: The First Colorado Volunteers in the Spanish American War in the Philippines 1898-99 @ Golden History Museum
May 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Underneath the Starry Flag

In 1898, the 1st Colorado Volunteer Infantry enlisted to fight the Spanish in Cuba, but instead raised the first American flag over Manila. With the war over, they hoped to return home, but the U.S. government had other plans. This talk describes the First Colorado’s role in the first year of the war in the Philippines. It also looks at their daily life and some challenges they faced. This was America’s first overseas war.

About the Presenter

Geoff Hunt earned his Ph.D. in Western American social history from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1996. His dissertation research led to Colorado’s Volunteer Infantry in the Philippine Wars, 1898-1899, published in 2006. After 22 years as Professor of History at the Community College of Aurora, he retired in 2019, and became a free-range historian.


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Dr. Rose Kidd Beere 1859-1927 @ Golden History Museum
May 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Dr. Rose Kidd Beere

Rose Kidd Beere was a doctor in Colorado in the nineteenth century. Born in Indiana and raised in western military posts, she attended Northwestern University Women’s Medical College. In 1892, she moved to Durango, Colorado, to practice medicine. In 1895 Governor Alva Adams asked her to take over the new State Home for Dependent and Neglected Children in Denver. Then in 1898 the United States went to war with Spain on the island of Cuba as well as in the Philippine Islands. The First Colorado Infantry went to the Philippines. She went, not as a doctor, but as a nurse. After a year, she returned to Denver where she was the health officer for the Denver Public Schools, setting up the first dental clinic for poor children. Then she was the doctor at the Poor Farm followed by running Denver General Hospital. Finally, in 1917 she opened a hospital to take care of soldiers coming home from the First World War.

About the Presenter

Rebecca A. Hunt received her Ph.D. in Western American social history from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1997. Her dissertation looked at ethnic groups in the Denver neighborhoods of Highland and Globeville. From 1992-94 Rebecca was co-chair of the statewide commemoration of the successful 1893 campaign to grant voting rights to Colorado’s women. Rebecca is on the historians’ council for History Colorado’s Center for Colorado Women’s History. In 2020 Rebecca retired from CU Denver and she is now a full-time writer. She writes a monthly column on the history of Denver’s NW side for the Denver North Star. Rebecca’s current book project is Urban Pioneers: Ethnic Identity and Community on Denver’s Northside.


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Autumn Fest 2024 @ Golden History Museum
Oct 6 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Autumn Fest 2024

AUtumn Fest

Autumn Fest is a free celebration of Golden featuring hands-on activities for the whole family, including crafts, big trucks, and even farm animals. Join us to welcome the fall season at Golden History Museum (923 10th St.), proudly sponsored by:


Lamber Goodnow

O’Sullivan Personal Injury Law Firm

Fuicelli & Lee

Purvis Gray Thomson

Dolan + Zimmerman LLP

Golden Downtown Development Authority

Sign Gypsies Foothills

Free and Low-Cost Family Activities

  • make-your-craft station and lawn games (hoop toss, ladder ball, and cornhole)
  • 4-H petting zoo
  • big trucks
  • costumed Civil War interpretation
  • live music from Alibi

2024 Partners

  • Colorado Volunteer Infantry Group
  • 4-H
  • Ready, Set, Adventure Box
  • Tesoro Cultural Center
  • CASA of Jefferson and Gilpin Counties
  • Jeffco Open Space
  • Mines Museum of Earth Science
  • Colorado Mountain Club
  • Golden Library
  • Golden Streets Department



Autumn Fest Gallery

Location and Pricing

Golden History Museum and Golden History Park



Unlike most GHM&P programs, there is no registration for Autumn Fest.


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More Golden history

Check out the Golden History Museum & Park blog for the latest behind the scenes videos and stories, personal memoirs, and history tidbits about Golden.

Golden Cemetery Tour 2024 @ Golden Cemetery
Oct 19 all-day

Golden Cemetery Tour 2024

headstone at cemeteryVisit the graves of legendary Golden characters with storyteller Barb Warden.

Tours begin and end at the Golden Cemetery. This program is popular, so get your tickets early. This is a rain-or-shine event; weather will not force a cancellation.

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Two Tour Times are Available

  • 11 a.m.  

  • 1 p.m. 

Registration is required.


$5 members; $12 non-members

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About Golden Cemeteryentrance to cemetery

The City of Golden owns and operates the Golden Cemetery. Among the historic notables buried here is George West. West, a Golden founder, started the Colorado Transcript newspaper in 1866.

Additionally, Seth Lake, builder of Astor House in 1867, is buried in the Golden Cemetery. Many other pioneers and characters of the early west are at rest here.


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