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1905 Strawberry Day strived to be a little bit different

Frontier DiaryWilla SoncartyRegistrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum
Photo Courtesy Frontier Historical SocietyEd Peisars taxidermy display was a highlight of the 1905 Strawberry Day. Designed as a mountain park with stuffed bobcats, coyotes, mountain lions, deer and elk, the park also featured the tree from which President Theodore Roosevelt shot his first bear during his 1905 bear hunt. A caged live bear was under this tree.

Final preparations for the eighth Strawberry Day were being made at the Hotel Glenwood. The Strawberry Day Committee, at its regular meeting on May 22, 1905, listened to reports that monitored the planning progress of the event. What became evident from this meeting was the desire to make this Strawberry Day a bit different from years previous.Ed Peisar was caught up in the residual excitement of President Theodore Roosevelts visit to Glenwood Springs. The presidents April bear hunt had given Peisar the inspiration to create a wildlife exhibit, complete with a live bear, which would be set up prominently on Grand Avenue. The committee agreed to the plan.Sen. Edward T. Taylor approached the committee with a request from the Federation of Womens Clubs. The letter brought by Taylor asked the Strawberry Day Committee to send the 140 soldiers at the Monte Vista Soldiers Home a supply of cream, cake and strawberries. The committee agreed to the request, noting that the cost of bringing Strawberry Day to the veterans was a small price to pay for the soldiers sacrifices.George Kinney and D.C. Woodson came before the committee requesting funds to create a Strawberry Day celebration for the African-American members of the community and their guests. It was noted that each year about 40 African-Americans had come to the event, but little had been done to include people of other races in the celebration. The committee agreed to assign a portion of cake, cream and strawberries to their cause as well as to reserve an entertainment hall for the group.The reputation of Strawberry Day had spread, and it was predicted that the celebration would become a state holiday. The innovations made by the 1905 Strawberry Day Committee worked to make that dream a reality.Frontier Diary is provided to the Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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