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Parker Area Historical Society newsletter collection

Identifier: C-92914

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of monthly newsletters issued by and for the Parker Area Historical Society (PAHS) between 1987 and 2016. The format and size of newsletter varied over the years but usually contained 1-4 pages of text printed on plain white paper, folded, stapled, and mailed via the U.S. Postal Service. Later volumes were issued digitally and exist here as print-outs from the PAHS website. Contents include upcoming meeting dates, event announcements, election results and other membership business, with occasional brief items of historical interest.

The first version of the PAHS newsletter was titled the Parker Area Historical Oracle, but that name only appeared on the first two issues: April and May of 1987 (Volume 1, Numbers 1-2). The "Newsletter" title appears on the next issue present in this collection, which is unnumbered, dated September 1987. Monthly issues have printed edition statements beginning March 1988. At first, each new volume year started in the autumn, but inconsistent numbering caused it to shift from September (1987) to October (1989) to November (1992) and back to October (1998), until 2004. That year the Newsletter re-started Volume XVI with January counted as the first issue, and they continued that pattern for the following volume years.

It appears that the Newsletter was issued, on average, eleven times per year instead of twelve, but the inconsistencies in numbering and dating make it difficult to determine exactly how many editions are missing. This collection does present a nearly complete run of PAHS newsletters for the years between 1987 and 2014. Identified gaps in coverage are noted at the folder level.


  • 1987-2016

Access and Use

This collection is open to researchers. Archives and Local History material is non-circulating and requires staff retrieval. See for hours of operation.

Historical Note

The Parker Area Historical Society (PAHS) was established in 1986. It is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting public interest, preservation, and restoration projects related to the history of Parker, Colorado and the surrounding region (northeast Douglas County). PAHS hosts lectures and educational events, and members maintain a small museum in the historic Parker Schoolhouse featuring a detailed diorama of the town circa 1918.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box.)

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The collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

This collection was compiled from various sources and maintained by archives staff for many years as part of a larger Local History Newsletters Collection (1992.900). Materials likely include separations from other donated collections as well as items collected by staff, but there is no documentation to verify the provenance of any individual newsletter.

Guide to the Parker Area Historical Society Newsletter Collection, 1987-2016
Alyssa Carver
13 September 2022
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Local History, Douglas County Libraries Repository

Douglas County Libraries
100 S Wilcox St
Castle Rock CO 80104 United States