Historic Douglas County 2020 Calendar

Date and Time: 
Monday, February 17, 2020 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Historic Douglas County


Pick up a copy of the 2020 calendar.  Representatives from Historic Douglas County will be on hand at Southridge Auditorium on Monday, February 17 from 6:30 pm before the program, and also following the program, till 8:30 pm, selling the new educational calendar.   Cost is $5 each, or buy the whole series of Historic Douglas County History Calendars (2016 thru 2020 (just after the ice age to 1990) for $20. 

The Big Change is the fifth book-calendar in the six-year series of Telling the History of Douglas County. This book-calendar for 2020 was introduced at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo on August 2, 2019. The Big Change focuses on the era of 1960 to 1990 and enlightens the reader of the events and ordeals that shaped the history and culture of Douglas County, serving as the springboard that would launch Douglas County into the future of massive change and growth of the 1990s and the 21st Century.

The Big Change from 1960 to 1990 addresses the adolescent years for Douglas County; years that saw the County become less rural caused by burgeoning economic growth of adjacent counties that forced quiet, stable, easy-going Douglas County into massive upheavals of evolution. Douglas County found itself unprepared for its new role in becoming the bedroom residential area for metropolitan and business expansion smashing through its borders. Subdivision seeding and housing development, structural changes with fast, moving transportation services and the Interstate Highway system, changing water rules, small government turmoil in planning, law enforcement, education consolidation and the accelerating of community expansion forced County government adaptation, strategic and tactical changes and growth both in provided County-provided services and government employment growth. During the era some things stayed static, namely Douglas County remained as it had in the past …staunch Republican. However, the era also experienced the intervention of Mother Nature with the epic 1965 Flood dramatically impacting almost the entirety of the County’s geographic footprint.


You’ll enjoy the 2020 The Big Change book-calendar. After reading it, you will likely wonder, “…was the County now well-prepared for the explosive growth comes in the 1990s and the 21 Century?” To find out the answer to that question, you’ll have to wait for the 2021 book-calendar’s introduction at the Douglas County Fair & Rodeo for the sixth and final in the series of Telling the History of Douglas County. Yes, the final edition is entitled Explosion of Growth!


With the inclusion of the citations of research used in producing this book-calendar document along with the well-written pieces about the major influences in the County’s overall growth during these eras, the book-calendar series is an educational piece for the general public and is being used by educators as an educational resource.


Yes, there is a calendar in this book-calendar document; however, you will find it to be quite small and not necessarily overly usable as a vehicle for large-scale planning or scheduling.


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