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Hayden museum dedicates library to Leslie family

Leslies honored for years and generations of work

Jack Weinstein
The Hayden Heritage Center is dedicating its research library in honor of Hayden historian Jan Leslie, who died last year, and her family. Museum curator Laurel Watson stands next to what she called “Jan’s collection,” notebooks filled with newspaper clippings that document Hayden’s history.
Jack Weinstein

If you go

What: Leslie Research Library dedication

When: 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday

Where: Hayden Heritage Center, 300 W. Pearl St.





The Hayden Heritage Center is dedicating its research library in honor of Hayden historian Jan Leslie, who died last year, and her family. Museum curator Laurel Watson stands next to what she called “Jan’s collection,” notebooks filled with newspaper clippings that document Hayden’s history.
Jack Weinstein

— Jan Leslie spent a lot of time in the research library at Hayden Heritage Center.

It’s only fitting that it be named to honor her and the Leslie family’s contribution to the Hayden museum. The Leslie Research Library will be dedicated during a ceremony from 10 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the museum.

Hayden Heritage Center Board of Directors President Rebecca Wattles said the group wanted to do something for Leslie after she died in October.

Leslie, a retired teacher who lived nearly her entire life in Hayden, became the town’s historian. She spent most of her time researching local history and volunteering at the museum.

Wattles said during a reorganization of the museum this year, she and others realized just how much Leslie and her family contributed to the museum.

“We just felt that it was a really worthwhile family that had put in a lot of work and effort into the museum and were very interested in West Routt history,” she said.

Museum curator Laurel Watson said Leslie’s father, Truman, was involved in the early years, when the Hayden Heritage Center was formed in the 1960s and when it moved from Hayden Town Hall to its current location at 300 W. Pearl St. in 1968. Watson said he was one of the first board members and served from 1968 to 1988.

Watson said Leslie’s sister, Nadine, assisted her with some of the research for the three books she wrote.

Leslie also compiled about 25 notebooks of newspaper clippings that document Hayden businesses, obituaries, town mayors, the high school, area ranches and Solandt Memorial Hospital.

Watson called it “Jan’s collection.” What her father started, Jan Leslie continued, Watson said.

“We just want to recognize their contributions,” Watson said.

The research library includes about 3,000 family files and 2,000 local history files, Routt County Republican newspapers dating to 1907 on microfilm and other digitized files. It’s open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday during the summer.

— To reach Jack Weinstein, call 970-871-4203 or email jweinstein@SteamboatToday.com


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