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This postcard from Heisterkamp’s collection features the Longs Peak Inn. During the late 19th century there was a particular interest in rustic architecture and furnishings in which natural materials such as wood, stone and antlers were used in a way to emphasize their natural character. Postcard photo courtesy of Bobbie Heisterkamp.

This postcard from Heisterkamp’s collection features the Longs Peak Inn. During the late 19th century there was a particular interest in rustic architecture and furnishings in which natural materials such as wood, stone and antlers were used in a way to emphasize their natural character. Postcard photo courtesy of Bobbie Heisterkamp.

On Saturday, August 9, at 2:00 p.m. the Estes Park Museum will welcome Bobbie Heisterkamp to present Postcards from Lodges Past, a look inside the great old lodges in and around Rocky Mountain National Park. Participants will take a trip back in time and look through the eyes of an early-1900s tourist at the wonderful interiors of the inns and hotels. Many of these lodges no longer exist except on old photographs and postcards from the era. Heisterkamp will present postcards from her own collection as well as a 1930 Richardson Rome map and a 1919 National Park map with lodges, proprietors and rates.

Bobbie Heisterkamp has been collecting postcards from Rocky Mountain National Park and its vicinity since 1993. She has approximately 8,500 postcards in 60 albums, all sorted by topic. She catalogs her immense collection in a computer database, where the postcards are sorted by publisher and publication number. Heisterkamp plans to publish a list of Rocky Mountain National Park postcards sometime before the Park’s centennial in 2015. Heisterkamp explains her pursuits, saying “I enjoy reading the notes on the backs of postcards as it transports me back to the year they were written and I see the area through the writer’s eyes.” She further explains “My favorite postcards are the hand-colored ones produced in the teens and twenties before color photography. The colors are very delicate and completely at the whim of the artist who colored the original photograph.”

Postcards from Lodges Past is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. for the 2:00 p.m. program in the Museum conference room. This is also a regular meeting of the Postcard Club. Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation and the Estes Park Postcard Club.

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