9950 E. Gateway Dr. | Highlands Ranch | 303-791-0177 | info@highlandsranch.org  

December 2016
History continues to unfold at the Mansion
There is a new historic treasure at the Mansion thanks to a gift from Katie Vagliano, the great-grandaughter of former Mansion owner, Frank Kistler. Katie donated a unique trunk featuring the Diamond K logo. An identification tag attached to it has the name Florence Kistler written on it. When the trunk was opened by Mansion staff, it revealed a beautiful maroon vintage dress with luxurious velvet details.

The trunk was given to Katie by her father, Florence Kistler's son. Florence was the daughter of Frank Kistler and his first wife Florence.

The trunk and dress are featured in the historic bedroom display on the second floor of the Mansion.  
Docent spotlight: Teri Burget
Teri Burget has been a volunteer at the Mansion since April 2016. She volunteers during open hours and at community events.

As a docent, volunteers meet new people every day so it is no surprise that is Terri's favorite part of volunteering at the Mansion. "I love meeting the people and having the opportunity to learn about them and get to know them. I also enjoy teaching them about the Mansion."

Terri's favorite room at the Mansion is the living room. She likes to talk with guests about the fireplace and the history of the clock. "The living room is also a good room to give guests perspective regarding the expansion of the home," she added.

Terri was a real estate agent for 25 years. Seven years ago she stopped selling real estate and became a property manager. She currently manages 20 properties in Denver, two in Winter Park and two in Hawaii.

In her spare time Terri enjoys crochet and works with a group at her church that makes lap robes for veterans. She enjoys traveling and visiting her daughter in Utah.
Volunteer orientation dates announced
Dates for Mansion volunteer orientation have been announced for 2017. Volunteer orientation takes place four times a year and is the first step for those interested in volunteering as a docent, greeter or during special events at the Mansion. Docents, or tour guides, bring the history of the Mansion to life during open hours and special event tours. If you are a history buff or simply love giving back to the community, consider volunteering at the Mansion.
  • Jan. 18, 10:30 a.m
  • April 19, 6:30 p.m.
  • July 19, 10:30 a.m.
  • Oct. 18, 6:30 p.m.
For more information about volunteering at the Mansion or to sign up for an upcoming orientation session, email Susie Appleby at sappleby@highlandsranch.org.  
The Mansion is full of history
Who is the pretty little girl in the portrait located in the Mansion's west bedroom? Her name is Joan Phipps. She is the daughter of Lawrence Phipps, Jr., the last private owner of the Mansion. Phipps Jr. had many children, but Joan was the only one who ever lived at the Mansion with him.

Several years ago, Joan returned to the Mansion and donated this painting and a photograph of herself getting married in the home. Today's visitors to the Mansion can still see these precious mementos of Joan's life on display.

To learn more about the history of the Mansion, visit www.highlandsranchmansion.com.
Rent the Mansion for your private event or tour
Located in central Highlands Ranch, the Mansion is open to the public for community and private events, business meetings, tours and cultural programs. This elegant western estate is the perfect place to host weddings, receptions, reunions, anniversaries and other life celebrations, business meetings and retreats.

Historic tours and open hours
Guided tours of the Mansion include a 35-minute tour of the first floor or a tour of the first and second floors, lasting approximately one hour.

Self-guided tours are also welcome. Visitors can follow the tour boards in each room to learn more about the history of the home.

Group tours
can be arranged for groups of 10 or more and for youth and student groups.

Contact the Mansion staff at 303-791-0177 or info@highlandsranchmansion.com for information about renting the Mansion for your special occasion or setting up a group tour.
  Upcoming Events                                   Open Hours

Dec. 22 - Jan. 15 - Christmas tree recycling
Dec. 27 - Kitchen oil recycling
Jan. 18   - Volunteer orientation

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
*except Jan. 19
Monday, Jan. 9, 3 - 7 p.m.
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