Established in 1967, the St. Vrain Historical Society, Inc (SVHS) is a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation that promotes historic preservation and education in the city of Longmont and the nearby St. Vrain Valley. It initially operated as a less formal group, seeking to preserve historic sites located in Longmont in order to foster appreciation and awareness for local history.
The society sponsors antique shows as major fundraisers to help fund its historic education and preservation projects. The two shows are held at the Exhibit Building located at the Boulder County Fairgrounds in 9595 Nelson Road, Longmont, with both shows featuring more than 75 vendors who display and sell various collectibles and antiques.
The Pumpkin Pie Day Antique Show is held annually on the second weekend of October. Over the previous 40 years, it has drawn up to 5,000 visitors who shop from over 70 antique dealers. The society also started the Strawberry Festival Antique Show about 40 years ago to raise funds for its projects. Since 1970, it has held the show during the third weekend of May.
Currently, SVHS is completing the repair to the Hover Farmstead Creamery building. Its other projects include the Phase III of the Hoverhome restoration project to address the deterioration of stained art glass, doors and fenestration; preservation of the 1911 Hoverhome Automobile House; and construction of security fence at the Hover Farmstead.
One of the historical properties of SHVS is the Old Mill Park, which was dedicated in 1976 for educational and historical purposes. It is a designated landmark by the Longmont City, containing original artifacts, plantings and buildings.
For three weeks every spring, the Old Mill Park turns into a hands-on living history experience for more than 1,000 grade three private and public school students. The program is a curriculum enhancement for schools at the St. Vrain Valley. The beautiful Old Mill Park is also open every day for tours, with visitors enjoying the two 1860s log cabins, milk house, picnic area, stage and gazebo.
The society’s activities are managed by a 15-member Board of Directors who holds monthly meetings, and implemented by active member volunteers and part-time staff. It holds an annual meeting every February and informs members of its activities via a bimonthly newsletter.
Anyone who is interested in local history and/or historic presentation can join the St. Vrain Historical Society. Current members are both newcomers and long-time residents, young and old. Its projects are carried out by active committees, allowing members to participate in areas of their interest.