From the Director:

The first Quarter of 2018 has sped by like a race horse at High Plains Western Heritage Center.  It began with a wonderful response to our appeal for  2017 year end donations and Society Membership renewals.  We received enough to cover our usual first quarter short fall and then some.  Our grant match was also made and for all of that, we are deeply grateful. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

        Lyle Berry and his band kicked off our 2018 High Plains Live Concert Series,  and our 2nd Annual Saturday Old Western Movie Matinees began.  A snow storm cancelled our February Concert with Paul Larsen, but fortunately he was able to reschedule to April.  After the movies were over, our Speaker Series began which included fascinating presentations by Bonnie Dutton, Randy Bender, Charles Nicholas and Voices of Rose Hill with Jon Steven Wiley and Paul Higbee.  Lastly Kim Harrington and Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns performed for March’s High Plains Live. We are grateful for all of the support we received from the community for these events, especially many of them were affected by winter weather!

     Those are some of the great things that happened this first quarter.  However, March ended on a very sad note at High Plains Western Heritage Center.  We held Memorial Services and said farewell to our beloved  friend and volunteer, Shirley Ashley after a long illness and to our Accession Coordinator, Bobbi Sago after a sudden medical complication took her life unexpectedly.   Our hearts go out to the families of these two beautiful ladies as they mourn their loss.

    We now must catch our breath and prepare for the coming tourist season.  Paul Larsen will be performing on April 22 and May will bring the first buses including The Institute of Educational Travel, Diamond Tours and Collette Tours.  Collette will be coming for the first time in the history of the Heritage Center and will be enjoying the Cowboy Supper Show and Comedy Musical with Gordy Pratt and Dalyce Sellers weekly from May through October.   It is shaping up to be a record breaking tourist season for us.

     In closing, I would like to remind you that our volunteers are critical to the success of our bus groups and daily visitors.  If you are interested in joining our volunteer “family”, please give us a call or an email.  

     Be sure to stay tuned for additional activities coming over the next few months that you, your family and guests can enjoy!


Karla Scovell

Executive Director