Denver Business Journal:
Good works, Denver-Area Businesses Helping Others
"The TeamWorks program
Lincoln Hills Cares and the Zoëlimax
Outdoor Education Foundation awarded
$13,500 in scholarships to 11 students,
including the $2,500 Osprey Scholarship
to Kelvin Corro, a graduate of Nederland
High School who plans to attend Front
Range Community College. It's given to
a student 'who demonstrates outstanding
effort and performance both in the
classroom and life.'" [View Article]
The New York Times:
A State Looks at Itself in a New Mirror
The History Colorado Center, which opens in Denver on Saturday, takes a new look at that state's past. (Including the history of the Lincoln Hills Resort) [View Article]
HISTORY COLORADO CENTER TO SHOWCASE HISTORIC LINCOLN HILLS
Established in 1922, Lincoln Hills was a vacation resort and mountain oasis for African-Americans
The History Colorado Center, the State’s newest history museum, will celebrate its grand opening tomorrow displaying thousands of artifacts and hundreds of stories and exhibits. One exhibit will feature Lincoln Hills, a mountain hideaway established in the 1920s as an African-American resort an hour away from Denver, in Gilpin County.
Mountain Haven: Lincoln Hills will be featured as part of the museum’s second-floor Colorado Stories exhibit, a multi-modal exhibit illuminating the courage, skill, interdependence, diversity, and spirit of Coloradoans over time.
Lincoln Hills was the only vacation resort west of the Mississippi that allowed access and catered to African-Americans. Because of continued segregation efforts, access to mountain resort areas remained limited. In 1922, African-American entrepreneurs Robert E. Ewalt and E.C. Regnier created the Denver-based Lincoln Hills Development Company ultimately allowing African Americans the ability to experience the Colorado outdoors and even own cabins. Attracting visitors from across the country, Lincoln Hills quickly became a popular destination for celebrities like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Lena Horne and Billy Eckstine. The 100-acre resort area continued to serve African-Americans through the mid 1960s.
Lincoln Hills is currently a highly sought after fly fishing destination and charitable outreach organization managed by The Flyfisher Group. The organization has maintained strong connections to its historic roots through the restoration and reinvigoration of the Lincoln Hills community and hosts a Lincoln Hills Legends Weekend each year.
“We are very honored and excited that the story of Lincoln Hills will continue to be told through the exhibit at the History Colorado Center,” said Matthew Burkett, founder of The Flyfisher Group. “We expect the exhibit will heighten awareness about the Lincoln Hills area. Our hope is that efforts to maintain the rich history of Colorado and Lincoln Hills continue to grow, not only through preservation but by creating various opportunities that allow individuals and families to enjoy the Colorado ‘outdoor’ experience.”
The Flyfisher Group is a Denver-based private equity firm. Through Lincoln Hills Cares, the charitable arm of The Flyfisher Group and Zoëlimax Outdoor Education Foundation, the organization provides educational scholarships to teens, outdoor education opportunities for inner-city youth, and multiple outdoor and programs for disabled active military service personnel and veterans through fly fishing and fly tying education and outings. For more information visit www.theflyfishergroup.com and www.lincolnhills.com.
Lincoln Hills Cares partners with and serves on the board of directors for Beckwourth Outdoor Education, a nonprofit organization that provides year-round outdoor activities for kids and adults and educates the public about the contributions made by people-of-color in the West. Founded in 1998 and also Denver-based, Beckwourth Outdoor Education is nationally recognized as a life-changing and leadership development program for youth ages 8-18. For more information visit www.beckwourthoutdoors.org.
LINCOLN HILLS FEATURED IN NEW HISTORY COLORADO CENTER [Download PDF]
The Legendary Lincoln Hills will finally have its official place in Colorado history! The celebrated land, sanctuary and country club resort for African-Americans during the 1920’s — 1960’s will be featured in Denver’s forthcoming, extraordinary state history museum formally named ‘History Colorado Center’.
The state-of-the-art museum, located downtown on Broadway, is a high-tech, interactive institution like no other in the country. The massive building, built using state-mined sandstone and other natural materials, is a bright & airy four-story atrium with lots of skylights & windows with scenic mountain views. Inside the museum is a giant video display screen & Colorado map embedded in the floor. Visitors will be educated, enlightened and entertained by an amazing virtual time machine and several interactive, automated mechanisms, displays, traveling exhibits and rare artifacts.The Center will also feature executive areas for weddings, receptions, conferences, events or meetings that will be available for rent year-round.
Lincoln Hills, Boulder Canyon, Wink’s Lodge and other related — and seldom recognized — historical treasures from the time period will be showcased in a major exhibit area named ‘Colorado Stories’; alongside displays on Keota, the Air Force Academy and Camp Ameche, the WWII Japanese internment camp. Finally Lincoln Hills, a staple of Colorado’s African-American heritage, will be exposed to all visitors.
Through authentic photos, images, information and relics, History Colorado Center will become an ideal location for learning the true history of Lincoln Hills. People will discover the outstanding individuals and community that built, maintained, protected and supported the land in a time of segregation, oppression and great adversity. History Colorado Center will be open to the public in May 2012.
“The landscape of Colorado was shaped over millions of years. Its natural beauty is diverse and unmatched. Our people? They are just as distinctive as our dramatic geography. Their stories are not only our roots, they are our heritage. Visitors of all ages will experience this rich history from a whole new perspective at the History Colorado Center. New exhibitions blend technology, artifacts and environments to shape compelling stories about our state — partnered with fun public programs for all ages to quench your curiosity. Do all this and more among Colorado’s most historic treasures. True Colorado experiences come alive at the History Colorado Center!”
For more information about the museum, its exhibits and its official opening go to:
To view a 9News article & promotional video of the museum, go to:
We are proud to announce Summer Kids Camps as apart of our summer program at Historic Lincoln Hills Resort!
The camp features three weeks of outdoor fun: campfires, storytelling and marshamallow roasts; mountain biking, archery and horseback riding — and of course lots of fly fishing.
The highlight of this year's camp: Late every afternoon the kids would start chanting "Evening Hatch! Evening Hatch!" So we would rig the rods, grab the waders, and head to the river to find fish eating big flies on the surface! The fishing during camp was nothing short of spectacular, most of the fish were eating dry flies, and by the end of camp all of the kids had landed a trout in the five to seven pound range.
Our camp is designed to be fun and educational. Our staff ensures that the kids learn about the history and cultural importance of Lincoln Hills, wilderness camping and survival skills, shooting safety, horsemanship, and of course our professional guides are on site to teach the kids more about fly fishing, casting, and entomology. So be sure and join us next summer, our staff would love to spend camp with you and your family! Summer 2012 dates are still TBD, however feel free to contact us for additional information or questions. In the mean time we are experiencing a record water year. The river is flowing at an amazing capacity for late August and we anticipate an exciting fall, the browns will be spawning soon and the Blue Winged Olives should provide for some outstanding dry fly fishing! Read more here...