Older Adults Invited to Learn about Douglas County Library Archives

Seniors’ Council of Douglas County (SCDC)  invites older adults to join Douglas County Exhibits and Collections Curator Daniel Bergeleen on Thursday, May 2nd at 10 a.m. at the Philip and Jerry Miller Library, 100 S. Wilcox St. in Castle Rock, to learn about the many fascinating items contained in the Douglas County Libraries Archives and Local History department. Items include a 16th-century Bible, local fossils millions of years old, various records, and more. The meeting is free and open to the public from 10-11:30 am.

According to Bergeleen, “I will be giving a presentation on who we are in DCL’s Archives and Local History department, what we can offer you, and how you can help in preserving the history of Douglas County and those that call it home. I’ll go over what sort of items we look for to add to our collections and how those collections are used by professional and amateur historians alike. Additional topics of discussion will include preserving your personal collections at home and why preserving even the seemingly mundane ephemera of everyday life can hold long-lasting historical value.”  

Bergeleen splits his time performing typical archival duties such as cataloging archival collections, preserving and digitizing items, and assisting in historical research as well as designing exhibits and coordinating the installation of artworks displayed throughout the county’s libraries.

SCDC  monthly meetings typically are held at a location in Douglas County on the first Thursday of the month and each topic is of special interest to older adults and those who care for them. There is no membership fee and attendees are offered opportunities to participate as volunteers in many different ways.  Organizational representatives are welcome to attend and assist the leadership team.

Future meeting topics include elder abuse and solutions, and mental health issues with an emphasis on older adults and youth.  There will not be a meeting in July. 

The SCDC leadership team is planning a special half-day educational event in Castle Rock on Tuesday, September 24.  Save the date!

Seniors’ Council of Douglas County aims to educate, involve, and advocate for older adults. For additional information call 303-663-7681 or email dcseniorslife@douglas.com.us.  Updates are available at www.douglas.co.us — search for Seniors’ Council.  Our motto is Living & Aging Well!

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