Frisco Historic Park and Museum announces spring, summer programs
The Frisco Historic Park and Museum is hosting 18 history-oriented events from May through August. The popular Lunchtime Lecture Series returns, as well as historic walking tours, two after-hours open houses and Founder’s Day.
“Frisco has many stories to tell, and the Frisco Historic Park and Museum endeavors to imagine events which tell those stories in an engaging and authentic way,” said Simone Belz, Frisco museum director. “I know that anyone who comes to an event at the Historic Park this summer will experience a piece of Frisco and Summit’s history in a very memorable way. The kickoff event is an after-hours open house, Night at the Museum, and is perfect for both new museum visitors and for longstanding history enthusiasts who want to dig deeper.”
For more information on the Frisco Historic Park and Museum and its programs, visit www.friscohistoricpark.com or call (970) 668-3428.
Free Lunchtime Lecture Series
Lectures take place at noon on select Wednesdays at the Log Chapel on the grounds of the Frisco Historic Park.
• June 10 — The Mining Camps Speak: Bill and Beth Sagstetter will present a lecture on exploring historical archaeology as they share little-known techniques for unraveling the secrets of ghost towns.
• June 17 — The Geology, History & Archaeology of Leadville’s Matchless Mine: Sarah Saxe, curator of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, will explore the history of one of Colorado’s most infamous mines, the Matchless Mine. The story behind the Matchless before, during and after Leadville’s silver boom period will be presented, along with geological, historical and archaeological evidence. Visitors will have a chance to handle and examine authentic artifacts and core samples originating from the site.
• June 24 — Avalanches and the Narrow Gauge Railroad: Frisco to Copper: Tom Klinger will talk about the challenges faced by the Colorado & Southern narrow gauge railroad during winter months in the Ten Mile Canyon between Frisco and Climax. Visitors will learn how rotary trains and “snowbirds” joined forces to battle through extraordinary snow conditions.
• July 1 — Lions, Moose and Bears, Oh My! Living with Wildlife in Summit County: Elissa Knox and Tom Davies, local district wildlife managers, will talk about mountain lions, moose, black bears, coyotes, foxes and the many other wild critters that share this beautiful place and give participants a chance to learn about how to co-exist with Summit County’s intriguing wildlife species.
• July 8 — Kokomo and the Railroads: With presenter Bob Schopp, participants will take a look at the life and times of the Ten Mile town of Kokomo, a Colorado mining town formerly located between Copper Mountain Ski Resort and the town of Leadville, and learn about Kokomo’s relationship with the two railroads that served it.
• July 15 — Summit County’s Mountain Rescue Team: For 42 years, more than 420 search and rescue volunteers have responded more than 4,200 times to emergencies in the mountains of Summit County to assist people in trouble. Visitors are invited to listen to Glen Kraatz’s captivating tales of rescues performed by the Summit County Rescue Group.
• July 22 — The History of the Royal Tiger Mines Co.: Founded in 1917 by John A. Traylor, the Royal Tiger Mines Co. purchased most of the major mines in Breckenridge, including the Tiger, Cashier, Jessie, Wellington, Rose of Breckenridge, Minnie, Wire Patch and the French Creek Tunnel. Bill Fountain will guide guests through the history of these mines and mills and the transfer of ownership to the B & B Mines Co. with “then and now” photos.
• July 29 — Stories of the Nuche, Tales from the Ute People: Nina Gabianelli, from the Aspen Historical Society, and Skyler Lomahaftewah, a Northern Ute tribal member, together will present both the history of the native people of Colorado and the modern day Ute experience.
• Aug. 5 — Silver Rush Saga: Local author and historian Mary Ellen Gilliland will present historic photographs and weave together old-timer tales in order to form the portrait of a dazzling silver scene in Montezuma, Frisco, the Ten Mile Canyon and more.
• Aug. 12 — Dillon, Denver and the Dam: Local author and historian Sandie Mather will share the fascinating history behind the Dillon Reservoir project and the feats of engineering accomplished here in the 1960s.
• Aug. 19 — Ski through History: The Story of the Breckenridge Ski Area and its Runs: Breckenridge is a rare ski area in that most of its runs have names that have historic, social and cultural significance. Rick Hague will unlock the mystery of some favorite Breckenridge ski runs and how they were named, such as “Frosty’s Freeway,” “Tom’s Baby” and “Debby’s Alley.”
• Aug. 26 — Smashing Summit County’s Urban Myths: Sandie Mather will present questions such as: Do you really know the truth about Summit County’s history? Did Ruben Spaulding really discover the first gold in Summit County? Was Breckenridge really named for John C. Breckinridge? How did Dillon get its name? How many were killed in the Pug Ryan shoot-out? Is Buffalo Mountain a volcano? Visitors will learn fact from historic fiction during this presentation.
Other museum events
• 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 15 — Night at the Museum (Frisco Historic Park and Museum): This annual after-hours open house is an invitation for the community to celebrate Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. Light refreshments and live music will be offered.
• 10 a.m. Friday, June 26 — Historic Tour of the Town of Frisco: Participants are invited to meet at the Schoolhouse Museum at 120 Main St. for a talk and walk back in time to discover the history of Frisco’s Main Street and Galena Street. No reservations required.
• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 5 — Frisco Founder’s Day: Visitors are invited to experience Frisco’s heritage at the Frisco Historic Park and Museum and celebrate Frisco’s history. This event features gold panning, burro rides, costumed reenactments, interpretive tours, refreshments and live music in the gazebo.
• 3 p.m. Thursday, July 16 — Railroading the Rockies (The Blue Spruce Inn, 20 Main St.): Presenters Hugh “Mark Twain” Bingham and Dr. Tom “Colorado” Noel will help guests “drink in” the history of Colorado railroads during this presentation at The Blue Spruce Inn. Refreshments and libations are encouraged during this event to help guests swallow some improbable stretchers. This presentation is free; no reservations are required, and refreshments are available for a fee.
• 10 a.m. Friday, July 24 — Historic Tour of the Town of Frisco: Participants are invited to meet at the Schoolhouse Museum at 120 Main St. for a talk and walk back in time to discover the history of Frisco’s Main Street and Galena Street. No reservations required.
• 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28, Night at the Museum: Meet the Author (Log Chapel): Visitors are invited to experience a summer evening at the museum after-hours and meet authors Bill and Beth Sagstetter, who will share tales from their publication titled “Mining Camps Speak.” The authors will take guests on an exploration of mysterious mining sites. Light refreshments will be served.
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