Arvada Historical Society celebrates its founders at annual event

Lois Lindstrom, ‘Doc’ Gilbert among historical figures portrayed

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For the 19th year, the Arvada Historical Society celebrated notable historical figures from the city’s history at the Arvada Cemetery on Sept. 24.

In honor of the society’s 50th anniversary, this year’s Cemetery Tour featured historical society members portraying important figures from the society’s past, including Lois Lindstrom, played by Karen Miller; Robert Barton, played by Ed Tomlinson; Mildred Graves, played by Bernice Aspinwall; and Gail Gilbert, played by Nancy Young.

As is customary for the event, the actors gave 10-minute performances near the gravestones of the figure they portrayed, if they were there.

Early leaders of the Arvada Historical Society  

Lois Lindstrom founded the Arvada Historical Society in 1972 and was instrumental in creating the Arvada Center, placing the Arvada Flour Mill on the National Register of Historic Places and documenting the first gold strike in Colorado.

Robert Barton was Arvada’s last appointed town clerk and first-ever elected city clerk. He helped found the Arvada Historical Society, serving on its board from 1972 to 1978 and as its 5th president.

Mildred Graves and her husband, Louis — a fourth generation Arvadan — were charter members of the Arvada Historical Society and founded the Speakers Bureau to help tell the city’s history.

Gail “Doc” Gilbert was a two-term mayor of Arvada, a director of the Jefferson County School Board and a director of the North Jeffco Parks and Recreation District. Gilbert was on the Arvada Historical Society’s first board of directors from 1972 to 1976.

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