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First National Bank Plans Open House Reception and 2020 Calendar Distribution

 During this time of year, you can be certain that temperatures drop, leaves fall, days get shorter, and The First National Bank in Trinidad, along with its branch facilities, are busy making final preparations for its 34th annual open house reception and calendar distribution. The 2020 Historic Collector’s Series Calendar will be available on a first come, first served basis at the open house reception set for Friday, December 6th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. As in past years, separate receptions will be held in Trinidad, Walsenburg and Raton, New Mexico. The 2020 calendar is distributed as a free gift to the community; all residents are encouraged to attend the open house and receive a complimentary calendar.

The 2020 calendar entitled “Remembering Our Neighborhood Grocery Stores” represents The First National Bank in Trinidad’s 34th Annual Historic Collector’s Series Calendar. Over the past thirty-three years, the calendars have covered a variety of historic subjects from outlaws and lawmen from the frontier days to local newspapers, but the history of neighborhood grocery stores has not yet been explored in this publication.

At one point there were 52 grocery stores and meat markets in Las Animas County alone, not to mention many more in Huerfano County, and Colfax County in New Mexico. Everyone who lived in these communities likely visited their neighborhood grocery store frequently back in the day. “We wish we could share the history of each one, but we knew it would be impossible to cover them all in twelve months,” says Bank Vice President and Marketing Officer, Chris Egland. “For this reason, we’ve chosen to feature twelve of them that existed in these communities over the years. These articles include many interesting facts about the early years of the grocery business, as well as some fun anecdotes.”

Times have changed, that’s for sure, but some things remain the same – we still like reading about the good ol’ days when Mom used to say, “Run down to Flynn’s and get me another loaf of bread for supper!” We hope you will enjoy this look into the past through the pages of the First National Bank in Trinidad’s 2020 calendar.

The First National Bank in Trinidad cordially invites all area residents and guests to attend the open house. “The annual event has turned into a wonderful tradition for area residents,” remarks Ms. Egland. “People come for calendars and refreshments but often stay to reminisce with old friends or meet new ones.”  The event is planned for Friday, December 6th, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at all three locations: The First National Bank in Trinidad, 100 E. Main Street in Trinidad; The Huerfano County Branch, 135 W. 6th Street in Walsenburg; and The First National Loan Production Office at 1247 S. Second Street in Raton.  Calendar author Cosette Henritze and art director Jim Hartung will be in Trinidad, local historian and calendar contributor Carolyn Newman will be in Walsenburg, and local historian and calendar contributor Roger Sanchez will be in Raton to autograph calendars during the three open house events. Come join the celebration.

2020 Calendar Cover

The cover of the 2020 Collector’s Series Calendar, entitled “Remembering Our Neighborhood Grocery Stores.”

Cosette Henritze 2020

Local historian and calendar author Cosette Henritze