Arvada Historical Society celebrates 50th anniversary at McIlvoy House

Former Woman of the Year Mary Jo Giddings, Mayor Marc Williams give remarks at celebration

Rylee Dunn
rdunn@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 8/30/22

The Arvada Historical Society celebrated its Golden Anniversary on Aug. 24 with a celebration at the McIlvoy House featuring trivia, speeches, live music and cake. Earlier this month, August 2022 was …

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Arvada Historical Society celebrates 50th anniversary at McIlvoy House

Former Woman of the Year Mary Jo Giddings, Mayor Marc Williams give remarks at celebration

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The Arvada Historical Society celebrated its Golden Anniversary on Aug. 24 with a celebration at the McIlvoy House featuring trivia, speeches, live music and cake. Earlier this month, August 2022 was declared Arvada Historical Society Month in honor of the 300-member group’s 50th anniversary.

The celebration featured remarks from Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, a member of the society; City Manager Mark Deven, who recalled his first meeting with Historical Society founder Lois Lindstrom; and Mary Jo Giddings, who spoke as Clemency McIlvoy, who built the McIlvoy House and donated the three acres encompassing the house and McIlvoy Park to the City of Arvada.

“I think it went well,” Historical Society President Karen Miller said of the event. “We had a good crowd. Overall we’re very pleased.”

Miller said the Historical Society has gained 25 new members in Aug. while memberships were offered for half-price. The Society will host its annual Cemetery Tour on Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Arvada Cemetery.

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