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Palisade Historical Society Schedules “History of the Palisade Insectary” Presentation for July 11, 2024

PALISADE CO (June 27, 2024) – The Palisade Historical Society’s monthly history talk at the Ordinary Fellow Winery, 202 Peach Avenue in Palisade, will be “The History of the Palisade Insectary” by Dr. Dan Bean, who has been Director of biological control for the Colorado Department of Agriculture since 2005. He received his PhD in entomology from the University of Wisconsin. He started in biocontrol working on a cooperative effort between the University of California Davis and the USDA to use biocontrol to manage tamarisk and yellow starthistle, two highly destructive weeds, before coming to the Palisade Insectary.

Colorado’s biocontrol program has been centered at the Palisade Insectary since 1945, making it one of the oldest in the world. Dr. Bean will present how Palisade plays a key role in pest management in Colorado and the United States and how the history of the Palisade Insectary is tightly tied to the peach industry. He will discuss past successes, biocontrol in development, and the future of biocontrol.

The talk will begin at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 11th at The Ordinary Fellow Winery. This program is open to the public in a relaxed and comfortable setting for people to learn about Palisade’s unique history and enjoy a glass of wine. The tasting room opens at noon, so come early. There is no admission fee, but donations are appreciated.

The Palisade Historical Society was incorporated in March 2010 and is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with the mission to collect, preserve, and communicate the unique history of Palisade, Colorado, and to foster, encourage, stimulate, and develop public appreciation of this history. Palisade’s first History Museum opened in August 2021. Since then, more than 1,700 visitors have come to learn about Palisade history from the interesting displays. In 2023, another 550 people attended history talk programs at the Ordinary Fellow Winery.

The Historical Society has published booklets with photos and information about the history of coal mining, irrigation, railroads, and fruit and wine in Palisade. The Historic Palisade Coloring Book is used in local elementary schools, and the coal mining and irrigation booklets are used as textbooks at Palisade High School science classes. The booklets and other publications from local authors are available at the Palisade History Museum 3740 G Road – near Elberta and Highway 6 on the north frontage road.

The Historical Society called attention to the Valley’s vital irrigation history by hosting a 100th birthday celebration for the Grand River Diversion Dam – the “Roller Dam’ in DeBeque Canyon in June 2015. Further, the organization creates/presents historical programs, videos, and displays, and offers guided walking tours of historic downtown Palisade. It also has collected oral histories of long-time Palisade residents in video and written summary formats available on its website.

As stewards of The Palisade Tribune, the newspaper of record from 1903 until it ceased publishing in March 2014, the Palisade Historical Society has archived copies and digitized 3,753 issues – from June 1903 to December 1978 – which are available online in the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection and Plains to Peaks Historical Newspaper databases for free research by students, teachers, genealogists, historians, and everyone.

If you want to volunteer at the Palisade History Museum, or need more information about the Palisade Historical Society, visit or call 970-812-3064.