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Celebrate Lincoln Hills February 25th at 2pm with History Colorado, Denver Public Library, and Zion Baptist Church at the Blair Caldwell Library

Wendell "Winks" and Clarence Hamlet pose by car in Lincoln Hills, Colo.

Lincoln Hills, a black-owned resort community in the mountains west of Boulder, offered a much-needed haven for African Americans during the Jim Crow era. Amenities such as Wink's Tavern and Lodge, and the YWCA Camp Nizhoni Girl Scouts camp provided outdoor experiences and an escape from segregated Denver. The descendants of original landowners still own property in Lincoln Hills.

On Saturday, February 25 at 2pm, join State Historian Bill Convery for a sneak peak of the Lincoln Hills exhibit at the brand-new History Colorado Center, opening on April 28. History Colorado education program developer donnie l. betts will preview a museum theater piece he has created for the Lincoln Hills exhibit. This free program will take place in the second floor reading room.

History Colorado, Denver Public Library and Zion Baptist Church are collecting stories and images related to Lincoln Hills for the Creating Your Community website that will launch on March 20th. Creating Your Community is a social archive where you can explore, get connected and share your stories and photos about Colorado. Please bring your Lincoln Hills photos to the program*. DPL staff will digitize your photos for you. (*we can scan up to three items no larger than 8.5” X 11.7”, a USB drive will be provided)

February 25, 2 p.m., Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library Denver Public Library 2401 Welton St Denver CO 80205  

Lincoln Hills

Hello, I would like someone that has ties to the families that created this historic place known to me as Lincoln Hills to reach out to me as I am a nephew of Wendell Wink and a grandson of Clarence Hamlet, thank you.

Lincoln Hills contact

Hi Michael,

Have you contacted the folks at Beckwourth Outdoors? They now own and operate Winks Lodge:
Beckwourth Outdoors
P.O. Box 18272
Denver, CO 80218