Welcome To Lyons Redstone Museum
The Lyons Redstone Museum (the town’s old schoolhouse built in 1881) is one place in Lyons, Colorado for folks to visit. It features Lyons history in displays, photographs, and genealogy. There is also a book sale and gift shop. The Museum is open daily June through September. Our visitors include tourists, residents, past and present students, and those “seeking their heritage”.
The stone school house was originally built as a 30 foot by 40 foot stone school building in 1881. The stone was obtained from the nearby quarries. and was completed and ready for the 40 students the fall of 1882 with Mr. T. J. Thorne as the first teacher.
In 1895 the stone building was remodeled into a two-story building with two classrooms. Then in the spring of 1902 it was remodeled again this time into a four-room, two-story building, looking like it does today.
We are open:
June 1 - September 30
Monday - Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Museum Phone # 303-823-5271
Others times are by appointment only by calling
Mrs. LaVern Johnson at 303-823-5925 or email her at lavern921 at aol.com
Watch for any upcoming events that the Lyons Historical Society and Lyons Redstone Museum will be hosting.
May 12, 2013 - Re-enactment Performance of Helen Hunt Jackson, an advocate for American Indians 1800s, performed by Bonnie Kohl. $15 included lunch at the log cabin at Dave's Smokin BBQ
June 1, 2013 - Opening Day - 9:30 - 4:30
June 8-9, 2013 - Art Walk. Come in to view the paintings by Newt Thomas. Some are shown below.
Info about Mr. Newt Thomas from "Piecing a Town Together"
Mr. Newton M. Thomas was born September 17, 1860 in Nebraska. He came to Lyons from Indiana. He had a talent for painting and through the years he could be seen in the vicinity of the town working on a canvas. He painted many beautiful scenes of the mountains around Lyons. His favorite scene was of Steamboat Mountain. His work was the prized possession of many of the Lyons families of the early 1900s. In 1922 his paintings were on exhibition at the Creamery. His works were classed as "equal to any that have been put on canvas". He died in July 1940 at the age of 80 and had lived in the Lyons area for more than 50 years.
The museum now has numerous pieces of his works.
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TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!!!
WE INVITE YOU TO THE
LYONS REDSTONE MUSEUM BENEFIT
THIS SUNDAY, MOTHER'S DAY
MAY 12, 2PM
SMOKIN' DAVE'S LOG CABIN
228 Main St., Lyons, Co.
FOR A BAR B Q BUFFET LUNCHEON
AND PROGRAM BY BONNIE KOHL
(Re-enactor- doing famous writer and American Indian
advocate of Helen Hunt Jackson's life story, 1860's)
(To raise Matching Funds for the Museum Restoration)
We need your Support. Hope to see you There!
(Call 303 823 5925 for reservations or get tickets
at Re-Runs, 348 Main, downtown Lyons.
Bring your Mom, Family, Friends, or Come Alone.
YOU WILL ENJOY THE DAY!
(donate to: Lyons Historical Society-Matching Funds
Box 9, Lyons, Co. 80540
email@example.com 303 823 5925
12/20/12 CEMEX Donates to Museum
Ms. LaVern Johnson, President of the Lyons Historical Society, is all smiles at receiving a donation of $1000 from Lyons CEMEX Plant Manager Bradley “Shane” Wilson for the restoration project of the town’s 1881 schoolhouse, which is now the Lyons Redstone Museum. CEMEX has been an active partner in Lyons for over forty years supporting community events, services, schools, and parks.
The museum has received a grant for $54,187 from the State Historical Fund, with $18,049 needed in matching funds. The St. Vrain School District and the Town of Lyons, who are financial partners with the Historical Society in the museum, have both pledged $5000, leaving the Lyons Historical Society to raise the balance of $8049. “These funds will go a long way toward our goal, and brings us up to about 60%, with $3,200 yet to raise,” stated Johnson.
The museum preservation work will include: re-pointing the sandstone on the first story, repainting the steel panels on the second story, and repairing and painting the fire escape. The work is scheduled to be completed this spring or early summer. People wishing to donate (tax exempt) are invited to send funds to: Lyons Redstone Museum - Matching Funds, Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540.
A brief history: In 1968, Martin Marietta purchased several hundred acres of land east of Lyons to process the limestone in the area into cement. Several ranches: Vernon Price, Fred Dirkes, Roy Bullock, and Paul Marks, now house the plant and quarries which have provided jobs for folks of the Lyons area, since 1970. Now, owned by CEMEX, the plant has strived to provide good working conditions and be a good neighbor throughout the years. “Our thanks to CEMEX for their donation,” states Johnson.
12/13/12 - CHRISTMAS FUNDS
Several loads of Kunga’s books and items went to the Lyons Redstone Museum and the pending garage sale for museum matching funds to be held this spring. We are now at 55%. Make your Christmas contributions to Lyons Museum Matching Funds, Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540. Tax Exempt, all amounts, large or small, add up!
12/6/12 - THE 38TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS BAZAAR has gone by, and what a great one!
We really give credit to the Lyons Elementary PTO who took over the challenge of not letting the bazaar die, and to make it bigger and better. Our thanks! The bazaar has become a tradition, and is grandfathered in as to the school allowing vendors who make money in the schools. It was also wonderful to see how many pitched in to help (ladies and husbands); advertising, marking the spots, putting signs around town, the program, and Santa, who was visited by lots of young ones Our thanks to all!
THE LYONS HISTORICAL SOCIETY is the only booth that has been there since the beginning (38 years), and has sold Never-Fail Fudge, cakes, brownies, books, crafts, and door prizes. Thanks to Geneva for her door prize ticket sales. Winners were: Cindy Moffitt, Jani Little, Aaron Cartwright, Lynne Johana, Nolan Sundred, Jan Houck, Mary Jane Boone, Holly Beck, Gwen Schwene, Steve Lang, Ms. MacDougall, George Pillsbury, Evelyn Leistiko, Mary Hunt, Jerry Johnson, Elena Holguin, Marcia, Ariral, Theresa Lindberg, Lucy, A. Matthew, Kimberly Matney. Petty Sturgis, Patty Doyle, Ms. Harkness, Linda Hazlett, Kathleen Spring, Ed Bruder, Mr. Loris, Debbie Taber, Tom Hoh, Shirley Warner, Vance French, Sandy Cottrell, Ruth Tilson, Tami Phillips, Carrie Davis, E. Reed, Wanda Dickinson, and Barbra Cords. Call (303) 823-5925 to pick your prize up.
A WONDERFUL SURPRISE GREETED US AT THE GOLDEN GANG TUESDAY with members of the Lyons PTO (Cassie, Erin, and Lynn and children) who presented the Lyons Historical Society with $500 for the Museum Matching Funds, and the Lyons Golden Gang with $2,500 from the bazaar, and Neil Sullivan of the St. Vrain Market presenting the Golden Gang with $600 from the sale of brats at the Bazaar on Sunday! How wonderful! Our sincere thanks.
OUR THANKS TO THE RIVER CHURCH
For the free cocoa and delicious cookies given out at the Parade of Lights, with donations going toward the Museum Matching Funds ($159). A total of $600 was raised toward the Matching Funds (plus the $500 from the Elementary PTO), which now puts us at 55%. So we will make it! The restoration work will go out for bid soon with the work done during spring vacation or early summer, so we have a few months to gather the remaining matching funds. Send your tax-exempt donations to Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540 Thanks to all!
11/15/12 - THE MUSEUM’S MATCHING FUNDS are rolling along with 40% raised toward the $8,049 needed, plus postage and expense. We continue to solicit donations by your checks to: Lyons Historical Society - Matching Funds, Box 9, Lyons, CO 80540. Fundraisers continue: snacks and hot drinks at the Parade of Lights and garage sales will continue in the Spring. Stay tuned! The restoration work will be done in the Spring. We want warm weather when the pointing of the stone is done!
STATE HISTORICAL FUND GRANTS AWARDED
We note that 31 grant applications were funded by the State Historical Fund. These funds come from a charge on the machines in the three Colorado gambling towns: Cripple Creek, Black Hawk, and Central City, which go toward Preservation of Historic Sites throughout the State. The Lyons Historic Society received $59,148 toward the preservation of the Lyons Redstone Museum, the town’s old schoolhouse, built in 1881, and saved from the wrecker’s bar in 1976 by the Town, the School District, and the Lyons Historical Society.