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Danna Hamling Papers, 1916-2002

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

© 2017

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Sarah Stevens 2017-08-15
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
Compiler Danna Hamling
Title Danna Hamling Papers
Dates: 1916-2002
Size 1 letter box; 9 file folders
Abstract: The Danna Hamling Papers is an accumulation of historical narratives, newspaper clippings, publications, correspondence, and photographs related to Hamling's service in the Larkspur Historical Society and the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board.
Collection Number 1997.084
Language: English

Arrangement of the Collection

Collection is arranged into the following series and subseries: 1. Correspondence 2. Historical narratives 3. Memorabilia 4. Newspaper clippings 5. Publications 6. Photographs

Scope and Content

The Danna Hamling Papers contain newspaper clippings, articles, historical narratives, publications, and photographs accumulated throughout Hamling's service in the Larkspur Historical Society and the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board. Correspondence in the collection includes a memo from the Larkspur Historic Committee to the Colorado Historic Preservation Board regarding the Larkspur Historic Town Square Project, an attempt to preserve and restore the Larkspur School for community use from 1989. Other correspondence includes: a letter to Emily Cushman asking her if she would be interested in sharing photographs or memories of her grandfather, John Perry, with the current residents of Perry Park, and a letter from Bertha Williams, the president of lodge 524 of the American Federation of Human Rights, to the president of the organization about maintaining the headquarters in Larkspur from 1957.

Historical narratives found in the collection include a photocopy of "The Indian Raid in Douglas County of 1868" written by Priscilla Allafar Swinney. Fort Washington was built in the late summer of 1868 on West Plum Creek and was used to shelter the nearby settlers from bands of Arapahoe and Cheyenne Indians. The account also describes Priscilla Swinney's journey from Kansas to Denver and then to Douglas County, as well as, memories of school. A history of the Larkspur, Greenland and Perry Park area written by Clara McClure Turner for a presentation on May 22, 1976 in the Pikes Peak Grange Hall resides in the historical narratives series. She describes properties in the area with brief histories and memories of past and current owners and tenants.

Newspaper clippings wihtin the collection include an article written by Danna Hamling on the pelt industry in Larkspur detailing the history of the Lincoln Fox Farm for the Perry Park Sentinel from 2002. Two other articles are contained in the collection. An article from the Colorado Springs Evening Telegraph describes how Mr. Cabler and his wife ran out of gasoline near Perry Park while making a trip from Denver to Colorado Springs. The Douglas County News Press article, "Commissioners OK Perry Park Improvements", focuses on the special road district that would pave and improve roads in Perry Park. The article includes a drawing of the project area.

A copy of "The American Co-Mason" from 1916 resides in the collection. The publication was the official bulletin for the American Federation of Human Rights, a co-ed form of freemasonry. The bulletin outlines the happenings and actions of the organization in Colorado and throughout the United States. Notably, the bulletin details some of the progress the organization was taking to fund and build an adminstrative headquarters in Larkspur, Colorado. The headquarters was added to the register of historic places in 1998.

Three black and white photographs contained in the collection depict school children outside the Larkspur School during the 1938-1939 school year, school children outside a one room schoolhouse, and an cowboy herding cattle on a ranch outside Larkspur. Photographs series also includes forty-one additional color photographs, mostly taken by Penny Burdick around 1998. Most content relates to Larkspur Historical Society tours, and includes the following buildings and areas: Spring Valley School, Spring Valley cemetery, American Federation of Human Rights, Ben Quick Ranch, and St. Phillip in the Field Church.

Biography / History

Danna Hamling is an active member and long time board member of the Larkspur Historical Society, for whom she served as president for several years. She worked on the Douglas County Historic Preservation Board, and played a role in the preservation and restoration of the Kroll cabin outside Larkspur, Colorado. She also writes for the Perry Park Sentinel. The collection is an accumulation of materials from her time serving in these roles.

Access Terms

American Federation of Human Rights (Larkspur, Colo.)
Historic preservation
History--Societies, etc.
Larkspur (Colo.)
Larkspur Elementary School (Larkspur, Colo.)
Larkspur Historical Society (Douglas County, Colo.)
Perry Park (Colo.)
School buildings
Swinney, Priscilla Allafar
Turner, Clara E. McClure, 1906-2003


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of the Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of the Douglas County History Research Center staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Danna Hamling Papers, 1916-2002 Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Danna Hamling to the Douglas County History Research Center in in 1997, 2004, 2009, and 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Cecily North and Sarah Stevens


Further accruals are expected.

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