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Frisco Historic Park and Museum announces spring and summer programs

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The Frisco Historic Park is hosting 20 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.

"At the Frisco Historic Park and Museum, we endeavor to tell the story of Frisco and Summit County not just through the structures and artifacts at the Park, but also through exceptional, accessible and largely free programs and events. This summer is no exception with a few surprises along the way," said Simone Belz, Frisco Museum director, in a statement.

Frisco Historic Park and Museum 2016 Spring/Summer Event Calendar

Friday, May 13: Night at the Museum! from 5-8 p.m.

This annual after-hours open house is an invitation for the community to celebrate Historic Preservation Month at the Frisco Historic Park and Museum. Light refreshments and live music with Phil Jensen will be offered free of charge.

Saturday, May 14: Masontown Hiking Tour from 10 a.m. to noon

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Museum staff will lead a free historic tour of the former mining camp of Masontown, located halfway up Mount Royal. Participants will learn about the history of the area and mining, while exploring this former community. This is a moderate hike of approximately 2 miles one way, with an elevation gain of 1,400 feet. Participants should wear sturdy hiking shoes and layers, and be prepared for a variety of trail and weather conditions. Potential participants are asked to call (970) 668-3428 to reserve a space (limited to 20 participants).

Saturday, May 21: Lions, Moose, and Bears, Oh My! – Living with Wildlife in Summit County from 2–3 p.m. in the Log Chapel

Mountain lions, moose, black bear, coyotes, fox — many wild critters share this beautiful place that Summit County's human residents call home. Guests are invited to come meet their local district wildlife managers and learn about coexisting with Summit County's intriguing wildlife species.

Wednesday, June 15: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Haulin' Ass! — Running with Burros at noon in the Log Chapel

Pack Burro Racing is the only sport indigenous to Colorado. Participants are invited to a presentation by Brad Wann on the history of one of the highest altitude races in the world, as well as the stories of racing legends. Pack burro racing has captured the attention of filmmakers, reality shows and athletes from ages 9 to their mid-70s. This will be a chance to discover why people are drawn to do this crazy sport, and there will also be an opportunity to meet a burro.

Wednesday, June 22: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Stories of the Nuche, Tales from the Ute People at noon in the Log Chapel

Storytelling has been used in every culture as a means of entertainment, education and cultural preservation. 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.

Friday, June 24: Free Historic Tour of Frisco at 10 a.m.

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. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. No reservations required.

Saturday, June 25: Free Bill's Ranch Walking Tour from 10 a.m. to noon

Museum staff will lead a historic tour of Frisco's Bill's Ranch community. Participants will discover how this unique residential area originated, learn the connection to Frisco's survival and explore original pioneer cabins from the early 20th century. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Dogs are prohibited on this walking tour. Potential participants are asked to call (970) 668-3428 to reserve a space.

Wednesday, June 29: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Railroads of Summit County at noon in the Log Chapel

Bob Schoppe will invite attendees to ride the rails via photographs and tales, and discover the fascinating history of Summit County's two former narrow gauge railroads, the Colorado & Southern and the Denver & Rio Grande.

Sunday, July 3: Frisco Founder's Day — Get Your Hands on History! from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Guests are invited to experience and celebrate Frisco's heritage at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum. This event features gold panning, burro rides, costumed re-enactments, interpretive tours, refreshments and live music and entertainment at the Historic Park gazebo.

Wednesday, July 6: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Black Sheep and Bounders at noon in the Log Chapel

Local author and historian, Mary Ellen Gilliland, will spin tales from her humorous local history book, "Rascals, Scoundrels and No Goods." Guests are likely to laugh at the high-spirited antics of 1800s shysters and shady ladies, swindlers and rogues. Gilliland will also autograph copies of her book, which will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, July 13: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Swandyke from Boom to Bust to Dust at noon in the Log Chapel

Bill Fountain will present a story about the miners and the families of Swandyke, a town which was located at tree line up the middle fork of the Swan River. The town existed from the late-1890s to the early-1900s. Guests will get a chance to see over 150 photos (many then and now), maps and documents in this presentation.

Wednesday, July 20: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Mountain Rescues of Summit County at noon in the Log Chapel

For 43 years, Summit County Rescue Group volunteers have been responding to calls for help in the backcountry. Guests will learn about the Group's history from Glen Kraatz and hear captivating tales of search-and-rescue missions spanning nearly half a century of service.

Friday, July 22: Free Historic Tour of Frisco at 10 a.m.

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. Participants are asked to wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. No reservations required.

Wednesday, July 27: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — The Two Railroads in Summit County: How They Got Here and What Remains at noon in the Log Chapel

Guests are invited to follow the progress and importance of the railroads during the Colorado gold rush. This lecture presented by Dick Richardson will focus on development and competition relevant to Summit County between the Denver, South Park & Pacific and the Denver & Rio Grande railroads. Mr. Richardson will use Google Earth images of railroad routes, as well as modern and historic photos so participants can view remnants of interesting sites in the county that still exist today.

Wednesday, Aug. 3: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Ancient Ghost Towns of the American Southwest at noon in the Log Chapel

After exploring the ghost towns around Summit County, it is time to visit the thousand-year-old ghost towns on the Western Slope. These wild dwellings are in the cliffs of the nearby canyon country west of Summit County and are just waiting to be explored. Guests are invited to come and learn how to unravel their mysteries with presenters Bill and Beth Sagstetter.

Wednesday, Aug. 10: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Avalanches and the Narrow Gauge Railroad: Frisco to Copper at noon in the Log Chapel

Tom Klinger will present the story of the challenges faced by the Colorado & Southern narrow gauge railroad during winter months in the Ten Mile Canyon between Frisco and Climax. Guests will learn how rotary trains and "snowbirds" joined forces to battle through extraordinary snow conditions.

Friday, Aug. 12, Night at the Museum — Meet the Author from 5–8 p.m.

Guests are invited to the Museum after hours to experience a splendid summer evening with an exciting lecture and reception. Guests will take a journey back in time with renowned history author, Tom "Dr. Colorado" Noel, and his sidekick, Hugh "Mark Twain" Bingham, and drink in the liquid history of Colorado. Refreshments and libations provided to help you swallow some improbable stretchers. This free event has limited seating so reservations are required and can be made by calling (970) 668-3428.

Wednesday, Aug. 17, Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Denver's Union Station: It's History, Preservation and Adaptive Reuse at noon in the Log Chapel

Prior to aviation being an option for long distance travel, Union Station was the central transportation point for every person, piece of baggage, mail and animal into and out of Denver. After Union Station's revitalization and adaptive reuse project was finished in 2014, this historic structure became the centerpiece of the nation's largest transportation hub, a cultural draw and the pride of Denver. Rhonda Beck will be telling the story of its history and present use.

Wednesday, Aug. 24, Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Mining, Skiing and Summit County Water at noon in the Log Chapel

Aside from personal use and consumption of water over the years, historically, two of the major users of water have been early mining operations and modern ski areas. Rick Hague invites guests to come and learn about how these two users, as well as residential users, have impacted the quality, usage and sustainability of Summit County water.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Free Lunchtime Lecture Series — Dillon, Denver and the Dam at noon in the Log Chapel

Local author and historian, Dr. Sandie Mather, will share the fascinating history behind the Dillon Reservoir project, and the feats of engineering accomplished to build this structure in the 1960s.

For more information regarding the Frisco Historic Park and Museum and its programs, please go toFriscoHistoricPark.com or call (970) 668-3428.