Minutes from July 27th Meeting

The WSHS met on July 27, 2014 with Sandy Brug, Marge Straube, Hal Pearson, Gene Morey, and Sue Buxmann present.

Marge suggested we all think of a company that has a history in Windsor and get in touch with them about our project. Some of the suggestions were GW Sugar, Gambles, Manweiler’s, Morey’s, Brunner’s and Heinz Co.

So far we have $28,000 for our statue.

Kristie will get us 500 Thank You letters at the cost of $145.00.

Sandy, Marge and Sue volunteered to walk up and down the Main St. and stop at all the businesses and ask them to put a post card in the window, leave some rack cards, and ask for donations.

Our Calendar…

Aug 15, Severance Days…Marge will call Nick to see about being part of this celebration.

Aug 22, Pro Challenge Bike Race…Kristie will see if we can get permission to set up a card table with donation box and cards to pass out.

Sept.5 and 6, Harvest Festival…Sue will get us registered for the parade and a booth in the park. Also Sat. Sept 5 be present at Boardwalk Park for the All School reunion and the concert.

Sept 24, Beer and Wine at the Art and Heritage Center…We will have beer and wine donated by the Bank of Colorado and hor’dourves furnished by Chimney Park Bristo. We need to make a list of who we will invite.

The Bank of Windsor is having a promotion, Open an account there and they will give you $125.00 and donate $125.00 to the Society.

Kristie suggested we pass out our cards at the AHSGR dinner meeting in Sept. Marge will talk to Kathy Heisel. Kristie suggested we start a Go Fund Me acct. on face book. Our face book page is doing very well. Kristie suggested we put some trivia questions on there about once a week. Kristie suggested we attend Chambers business after hours and check the fast food places in town and see if they give grants. We will reapply to Schraeder Oil on Sept 15. They consider grants quarterly. Also the Windsor Business expo is coming soon and we should make an appearance.

Sue Buxmann

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Minutes from June 22nd Meeting

The WSHS met on June 22, 2015 at the First Christian Church with Sandy Brug, Marge Straube, Bonnie Steinbrecher, Hal Pearson, Gene Morey, Sue Buxmann, Kristie Melendez and Andrew Dunahoo for a short while.

We mailed almost 600 letters and postcards this past week. Thank you to Sandy, Gene, Bonnie, Sue and Marge for helping. The cost of this was $168.60 because we used the bulk mail rate through the Windsor Chamber.

Sandy suggested we all check our own address books and send letters to our friends. Everyone agreed to do that. We could personalize these letters.

Sandy found a list of grants on-line. Kristie said the Poudre River Heritage does theirs once a year and they like to see in=kind donations coming in.

Kaile is having problems getting the donations to show on the site. She and Kristie are working on it.

We should all be thinking who we can invite to our wine party in mid September.

Sue received the property evaluation for our property we pay taxes on. There was no increase.

Kristie will check on having a booth on Labor Day and having an old vehicle in the parade.

A donation of $100.00 will be donated to the Church for their hospitality to us.

Marge is going to buy a roll of stamps for the other letters we will mail.

Aug 14 and 15 are Severance Days. Marge will talk to Nick and get information.


Sue Buxmann

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Join us Memorial Weekend for this special event

We’ve been asked by Brad Hoopes, Executive Director of the Veterans Plaza of Northern Colorado to share an invitation to a number of activities over Memorial Day weekend to honor the “Greatest Generation,” our World War II Veterans.  There will be a Victory Day Dance on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at the Fort Collins Senior Center.  The evening will include performances by the 13 piece big band “Just For Kicks” and the “American Bombshells” (an Andrews Sisters tribute group.)  The guest speaker will be Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, giving a presentation about her grandfather Jimmy Doolittle of the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders.

In addition, the annual Memorial Day Ceremony will be held at noon on Sunday, May 24, 2015 at Veterans Plaza (very west end of Horsetooth Road, located in Spring Canyon Community Park in Fort Collins.)  There will be WWII re-enactors, vintage vehicles, a fly over, food vendors, veteran resource booths, more music and dancing as well as a field of flags (4000+, one for every 100 KIA) to honor those who have fallen during the war.  If you know friends or families who have since lost their WWII veteran, we invite them to the ceremony and ask that they bring a picture of their veteran with them to hold during the ceremony.  We request your presence at the ceremony as we hope to gather the largest group of WWII Veterans and all those affected by WWII as possible.

To RSVP for the dance and/or if you have any questions, please feel  free to email Brad Hoopes at brad.hoopes@rememberandhonor.com or call him at 970-631-2027.

These activities are being held to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II.  You are encouraged to dress in your best 1940s garb and be ready to dance the night away.  There will be a VIP reception from 5 pm to 7 pm for WWII Veterans and Donors.  All WWII Veterans and their guests will be admitted for free.

For tickets visit www.veteransplazanoco.org.

We know from past posts and comments on Veterans Day that there is a great amount of interest about our Windsor Veterans. Please take a moment to share this invitation with anyone that you know is a Veteran as well as anyone who would be interested in taking a few moments to attend the activities.  It’s a great way to honor our Veterans.



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March Meeting Minutes

The Windsor Severance Historical Society met March 30, 2015 at the First Christian Church with Marge Straube, Sue Buxmann, Bonnie Steinbrecher, Hal Pearson, Kristie Straube, Nick Wharton, Gene Morey and Sandy Brug present.

We received a letter from History Colorado with an application to be recognized for the work we do. Sandy is going to check into it and send it in.

Kristie is working on our budgets for us. She received the information from Elaine Schlouthauer our treasurer. Sandy will forward the information from Austin so she can proceed with that.

Kristie is going to get us on the agenda for the April 27th meeting with the Windsor Town Board. We will meet with the Severance Town Board potentially on May 4. We will ask Austin if he will be there. This will be the official kick-off of our campaign “Fulfill Our WiSH.”

The Chamber has agreed to support our project at the All Time BBQ on June 4, 2015. We will set up a table and ask for donations. We will have information about joining and donating, pictures of the statue and hopefully Austin will be there with his “mock-up.”

We will plan a cocktail party at the “Olde Town Hall” and invite potentially big donors. We will also plan another “cookies and punch” party for the community and introduce our project. We will write up a press release for the local newspapers. Sandy will start on a letter to be sent to potential donors after the press release. We will send out postcards to others. Sandy suggested we have a program with Dr. Tom Noel aka Dr. Colorado and promote this project. Sandy is going to order some pictures from Walgreens of the statue for these different occasions.

Kristie’s suggestions for recognizing Campaign Sponsorship Levels are…only names, never amounts!

Friends of WSHS…up to $999.00

Patrons of preservation…$1000 to $9999

Generation Benefactors…$10,000 to $24,000

Heritage Founders…$25,000 to$49,999

Premiere History Supporter…$50,000 and up

We will honor these people in different ways, recognition on the website, bronze plaques, sandstone pavers or memorials, also on boards in the depot and personally recognizing the big donors at the unveiling ceremony. If we have a” big” donor maybe we could name the area around the statue for them. We will also try to have a plaque telling the story of why the WSHS thought it was important to honor these people that made all of this possible.

We need to name our statue. It was suggested that we have a contest to name our statue.

Kailee will put all of the donations that we have so far on the website. She will not put the amounts only the names and also the different memorials we have received in recent months. The website has a place to make donations for “Fulfill Our Wish.” We will use our Facebook page to promote our project.

Judy Firestien at “Von Trotha-Firestien Farm at Bracewell” will have her open house at the end of May and we could participate in that again. She will publish a book and we could buy a small ad and put a picture of the statue in it. We will have a donation booth there.

Respectfully submitted

Sue Buxmann

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February Meeting Minutes

The Windsor Severance Historical Society met on Feb. 24, 2015 at the Christian Church with Marge Straube, Gene Morey, Kristie Melendez, Bonnie Steinbrecher, and Andrew Dunahoo present.

The Town of Windsor has designated the Eaton house as a historical landmark. Andrew has applied for a grant through the Poudre Valley Alliance to refurbish it. Sandy has written a letter to send with the application from us.

Caitlin Heusser, from the town of Windsor, has picked up the binders from the Cullison estate. They will scan them for future reference.

The first thing our statue project needs is to have two budgets, one running for our organization and one for the statue project. We will talk to Elaine Schlouthauer about getting that done.

We will apply for a grant but it needs to be closer to the date of finishing the project. Marge and Kristie met Rebecca Shardy, a grant writer, about writing a grant for us. We need to budget about $2000 for grant writing. Sue will call Austin about getting as true approximation of the statue as possible. We will need all of the memorials amount and other donations on the budget. We will need to include how much our organization is going to give to this project.

April 2, 2015 is the beginning of the 125 years anniversary of the Town of Windsor and we will try to be a part of that to start off our campaign. June 4, 2015 will be the all town BBQ. We will set up a booth at that time with information.

Sue is going to contact some different businesses about the cost of plaques for recognizing the big donors. Smaller donors will be recognized on a board in the depot, tentatively. Letters asking for donations and thanking donors need to be written.

As of now it looks like the Town of Windsor would include the platform and lighting for the statue as part of the Park rejuvenation.

Respectfully Submitted

Sue Buxmann

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January Meeting Minutes

The WSHS met on January 26, 2015 at the First Christian Church with Sandy Brug, Nick Wharton, Gene Morey, Bonnie Steinbrecher, Hal Pearson, Sue Buxmann, Kristie Melendez and Marge Straube.

The pickles ornaments we sold during the Christmas season gave us a bit of exposure in Windsor and Severance. We probably just broke even on them.

We will probably not have to pay taxes on our oil profits as they have not exceeded $400. We will pay our property taxes as soon as we get them.

Kristie gave us some very important information to get us started on our campaign for the art in the park. Entitled “Fulfill our WISH” as a play on WSHS. Sandy will get in touch with Andrew and get us on the agenda for the Windsor Town Board Meeting in two weeks to simply let the board know of our project and hopefully Austin will be able to show the prototype or we will simply have some pictures of it.

April 2, 2015 will be the kickoff for the 125 anniversary of the Town of Windsor. We will use this opportunity to introduce our project to the community. Bank of Colorado has offered to supply the wine and beer for the occasion. Kristie was going to talk to Jason Schaffer from Chimney Park Bistro to see if he would donate some appetizers.  We will see if we can do this at the Boardwalk Gallery. She suggested we have postcards with picture and information as an invitation.  We will send personal invitations to the event.  We should also be present for the all-town BBQ on June 4, 2015.  We need to make our presence known for this to work and attend many events. We will use face book and different websites to announce our plans and keep the community in the know.

One suggestion Kristie had for our campaign “125 for $125.00.”  125 people donating $125 would amount to $15625.00.  We need to stress that we are a nonprofit organization.

Several suggestions for identifying and recognizing different donors are….Plaque with big donor names, bricks lining the path around the statue with the names of donors. Levels of donors…Platinum $25000 and up. Gold, $10000 to $25000, Silver, $5000 to $10000, Bronze $1000 to $5000.   Maybe honorable mention????

Sandy is going to get in contact with CSU and see if we can find a student or two who would write grants for us. Carrie Knight also offered to right grants for us.

Nick is getting the town newsletter ready and will put in a paragraph reintroducing us to the Town of Severance.

The Cullison family donation is sitting on Sandy’s floor. They are in magnetic pages and are deteriorating. Sandy will call Andrew and see about donating them and having them scanned and made available to the public and us in the future.

Respectfully submitted

Sue Buxmann

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2014 Newsletter


Greetings members and everyone interested in the history of this area,

Our website is active now with Kaile Melendez as the new web master. We post the minutes on the site so everyone can read them. Please go to our web site at www.thewshs.org.

We now have a face book page and have been posting historical pictures on it and asking questions about the pictures. Please like us on face book.

We started talking to Austin Weichel early in the year about a bronze statue to recognize our heritage, water, sugar beets and the family farm work ethic. Also to recognize all the people who made the village and museum possible. We are still in the starting stages. We have started the process of talking to the town and getting the papers in order. Please watch for our announcements as things begin to pick up.

We have been receiving royalties from Acadia Publishing for our book.

We were a sponsor for the Windsor Harvest Festival and set up a booth with some historical information for the people.

We had our property cleaned up several times and had some dead aspen trees taken down.

Several scrapbooks were donated to us from the Raymond Cullison Estate. They will need to be preserved for the future.

Marge Straube and Sue Buxmann participated in “40’s Forever” at the Loveland Airport. They took information about the POW camp and visited with many people and heard good memories.

We will participate in “Windsor Wonderland” and will be in Severance for their Christmas celebration the same day, Dec 6, 2014.

As you can see we are still very active and soon will be very busy. We could really use some more help. We meet the fourth Monday of each month at 10:00am at the First Christian Church at the corner of Fifth and Walnut in Windsor. Come join us! We would love to have you!


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Minutes from November Meeting

The WSHS met on Nov. 24, 2014 with Marge Straube, Sue Buxmann, Bonnie Steinbrecher, Gene Morey, and Andrew Dunehoo present.

We mailed out 233 newsletters and membership forms and have started receiving them back.

We will participate in Windsor Wonderland and Severance Christmas on Dec. 6. We will sell pickles and we now have the bookmarks printed by Easychair Media to help get our information out. 500 of them will be placed in the bags given at Windsor.

Our campaign for funding our statue now has a name…”Fulfill our WISH”.

The WSHS received the first check from the oil co for $201.68.

We received a Thank You from Elvina Simansky for doing the interview.

Andrew reminded us of the grants given by the Poudre Arts Alliance. We need someone to write grants and we need to be active in asking questions of the Alliance.

The meeting of the Park and Recreation Board for December was cancelled. We will try to get on the agenda for Jan. 2015 if Austin can get the paperwork done. Andrew needs to know by Dec. 15 if we are going to be there.

The 125th celebration of the town of Windsor will be in 2015. We need to be a part of that. They will have a web site set up and we can have a link for our project on it.

Andrew would like to have the collection that was donated to us by the Cullison family. He would like to have them scanned a have that information on line for genealogical research.

Andrew is asking for volunteers to be docents for the museum.

We usually don’t have a meeting in December. If there are some major things we need to discuss we will plan on having the meeting. Watch your e-mail for information.

Respectfully submitted

Sue Buxmann

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FulFill our WiSH

The sculpture is under way and here is a few pictures of the progress! We are so excited to share these photos with everyone. Weishel has done an amazing job!


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Join the Effort to Promote Windsor’s History

WSHS bookmark front

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