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Opening Doors To The Past: Avery House School Tours
There’s a big difference between reading stories about the daily life and challenges of communities a century before us, and seeing pieces of those stories. Hands-on learning about history can be a difficult task – how do you show young generations today what it was like to live in the late 1800’s, let alone even a few decades ago pre-cell phones?

One way to bring the history out of the textbook and open the door to the past is to use historic artifacts and architecture together to tell a story. Poudre Landmarks Foundation does this with its living history museum, the 1879 Avery House.

Here, docents dressed in period costumes show students on school tours what their life could have been like had they been born in the late 1800s. Students can see the games young Edgar Avery played, like the Crokinal game he received for Christmas in 1890 on display in his room. They can read through his diary, to compare and contrast Edgar’s daily life to their own. They see the icebox in the kitchen with the ice delivery sign hanging in the window and begin to understand how modern day appliances were developed. They see the historic telephone and learn how calls went through the town operator, and to reach the Avery House you asked for “Sherwood 443.”

The Avery House opens the door to the past for today’s children, as they can see pieces of the past and imagine what life here would’ve been like a century ago.

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Docents lead 2nd graders through the Avery House
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You can give by donating. Donate today or schedule your donation ahead of time for Colorado Gives Day. You can give by volunteering. Our historic landmark tours are entirely led by volunteers. Join our docents at the Avery House or the 1883 Water ...

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Upcoming Events
Thanksgiving Weekend: Avery House Open for Tours
328 W. Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins
November 25 & 26, 1 - 4 PM

Docents guide you through the home and tell the story of the Avery family, who settled in Fort Collins and built this home in the late 1800's. Historic costume collection pieces from the Avery family and local donors on display.

Free Admission | Donations Appreciated
No Reservations required

Holiday Open House & Boutique at the Avery House
328 W. Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins
December 2nd and 3rd, 11 am - 4 pm

See the Avery House decorated in Victorian holiday style on the first weekend in December: Saturday & Sunday Dec. 2-3 from 11 am to 4 pm. There will be 6 Victorian Christmas trees will be on display and live music played throughout the day. Grandfather & Grandmother Christmas will make a special appearance. 

970-221-0533 | 108 N. Meldrum Street Fort Collins, CO | info@poudrelandmarks.org
Board Members:
Thom Tisthammer, President | Tom Boardman, Vice President | Jennifer Kutzik, Secretary
Cheryl Donaldson | Lynda Lloyd | Kimberly Miller | Pat Nelson | Jacques Rieux | Dick Spiess | Robin Stitzel 
Sarah Tisdale | Jordan Wiswell

Jennifer Beccard, Executive Director
Alison Sale, Communications Specialist | Jodie Chamberlain, Rental Events Coordinator