Palmer Lake Historical Society


Palmer Lake Historical Society preserves, protects, promotes and provides access to historical data, artifacts and other items of significance relating to northern El Paso County and makes resources available to the public primarily through the Lucretia Vaile Museum and free monthly programming. Annual events include a Father’s Day Ice Cream Social and Return of the Rocky Mountain Chautauqua in August.


In these busy times it’s important to reflect on the past, to learn from and to honor those who came before us. PLHS helps build a sense of community and connection with it’s past in an area of rapid growth with a museum and free programming. We also sell historical works and donate to worthy community preservation and recognition efforts, such as the Palmer Lake Jail House restoration and William Crawford Memorial.


To broaden reach via an interactive website, e-commerce, and enhanced social media and to  reproduce popular publications and update older existing publications, explore e-books and establish a historical marker program.

Did You Know

PLHS expands its community relevance and promotes stewardship of the Palmer Divide heritage with an all-volunteer cadre of passionate, fun local residents.

“PLHS and the Chautauqua event bring history alive for a wide array of people. From those passionate about history, seeking to learn our rich history, or just passing through… Chautauqua transforms us to the late 1800s and informs of its history.” — Jack Anthony, local resident

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