Charles Price had a dream. He wanted preserve the history of Florence, Colorado. He was a member of the Pioneer Day Board and was told they would sponsor if he would produce!
He and Darrell Lindsey, another board member, set to work collecting money to the old Eagles Lodge building at Pikes Peak Ave. and Front St.
A "100 for $15" Club was formed and the $1,500 needed to purchase the building was acquired. More members were needed to pay for the new roof, floor and paint so "Chopper " (Mr. Price) kept collecting!
Volunteers worked the summer of 1964 many long hours to prepare the main floor for opening day. Lindsey worked so hard he fell off the scaffold while paining the ceiling!
Donations to the museum were catalogued and prepared for exhibit by Velma "Toni" Price. Finally, the museum was ready.
The Florence Pioneer Museum was dedicated September 12, 1964 The museum contains donations of historical significance and pioneer relics of interest.
In 1976, The State Centennial Commissions presented a check for $3,200 as a grant for an addition to the museum. Gifts, donations and money-making events raised the additional $3,700 needed to pay for the new room.
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