Join Us May 9th at 2 pm for a Group Photo and Show of Support for HAHA and a Museum Open House.
The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission has awarded HAHA an “Outside of Deadwood Grant” and will present HAHA with a ceremonial check at the Museum on May 9th at 2 pm.
Please come show your support of HAHA and your appreciation for this grant. We will have a Museum Open House after the presentation and group photo.
Deb Smith's class of 29 4th-Graders were invited to a special wildlife class on Monday, May 6th, taught by environmental educator Julie Brazell, held in the Hermosa Town Office lower-level meeting room, where the children learned about great horned owls-- a local native species.
The class did some hands-on research by dissecting regurgitated owl pellets and making notes on the animal species eaten by the owls. Julie Brazell helped the class identify the bones and teeth found. The class was able to identify small rodents, a rabbit, and a skunk.
When an owl eats a small mammal or bird, some parts of the meal-- such as bones, claws, teeth, hair, and feathers-- are not able to be digested. That material is compacted in the gizzard and the dry pellet is spit out by the owl.
See photos on our 2019 Events page of this website.
Thanks to HAHA volunteer Candice Leigh, for coordinating this class and taking the photos. And to HAHA volunteer Linda M. Hasselstrom, for supplying a big box of owl pellets from her ranch, where a healthy pair of great horned owls keeps the pest species in check.
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"HAHA May meeting will be this coming Monday, May 6, 2019, 6:30 pm at the museum on Main St. This is not an error! Secretary will be out of town on the second Monday."
--- Donna, HAHA Secretary
This photo was taken during our April meeting, before the Museum Clean-Up Day. Come on down and see how nice it looks now, before our next round of renovations start and all the exhibits need to be moved and covered.
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Calling all HAHA volunteers. Everyone is welcome to come help.
We will gather at the HAHA Museum on Saturday, May 4th, beginning at 9 am, for a cleanup day, to get the Museum ready for visitors in 2019.
Sweeping, dusting, moving items from there to here-- we can use your help with whatever needs doing. See you there. It'll be fun!
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Here's the real story---
Dan Holsworth has created a special exhibit at the HAHA garden in honor of Doug Hesnard, including Doug's beloved pink flamingos.
Doug Hesnard, who grew up on a family ranch west of Hermosa, was one of the founding members of HAHA. After he died in 2012, HAHA members established the Doug Hesnard Memorial Garden in front of the museum, to honor Doug's lifelong career with and love of flowers and gardening.
The garden includes iris and roses transplanted from Doug's garden-- and yes, they survived our long, cold winter and are enjoying the extra moisture from our bonus snowstorm. These photos were taken on Monday, April 29th, the day before the storm.
The native sand cherry in front of the HAHA Museum is leafing out and will bloom soon, attracting native pollinators.
The red cowboy boot footstool was made by Hermosa resident Kay Johnston over 20 years ago. She was ready to discard it, but it has a new place in front of the Museum, at least for now.
Two large wooden planters stand in the garden in front of the HAHA Museum. A few tulips will bloom in the next couple days. HAHA volunteers will fill the planters with flowers through the summer and into the fall.
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The Pilot was Hermosa's first newspaper, thriving one year after Hermosa became a town. (John Stanley, editor.)