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Listen to Summit County’s history: They weren’t all prostitutes and gamblers

Sandie Mather presents, “They weren’t all prostitutes and gamblers” at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum (Photo by Heather Jarvis)

Dr. Sandie Mather was the latest presenter at the Frisco Historic Park & Museum’s Winter Lecture Series. On Wednesday, March 7, Mather presented “They weren’t all prostitutes and gamblers,” about the lives of the women living in Summit County in the 1880s and 1890s.

Mather is a local historian and author who has been involved in the Summit Historical Society since the 1970s. Much of the information she included in her presentation was from her book, “They Weren’t All Prostitutes and GamblersThe Women of Summit County from 1859 to the Turn of the Century.”

Listen to Mather’s presentation here:

Upcoming schedule

March 14 at 3 p.m. in the Log Chapel
Sisters of Courage
Presented by Dave Lively
Dave Lively will present the story of the Harbison’s, an ordinary family with a remarkable tale. In 1896 Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded side by side in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake and this presentation will be a journey into the past exploring their pioneer experience, their family’s unique life and how the Harbison Ranch became the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

 March 21 at 3 p.m. in the Log Chapel
South Park Perils: Short Ropes and True Tales
Presented by Christie Wright
Summit and Park counties share a common border – the Continental Divide, accessible via three timberline passes. Guests will hear about four true murder stories from the 1800s, which happened in Park County,  just across the Divide: in Hall Valley (near Webster Pass); in Jefferson (Georgia Pass); and in Como (Boreas Pass). These dastardly deeds really are stranger than fiction!

 March 28 at 3 p.m. in the Log Chapel
Highest Automotive Tunnel in America: The Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel
Presented by Hannah Braun
One of the most incredible feats of transportation engineering and completed in the 1970s, the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel was the highest vehicular tunnel in the world. An average of 30,000 cars travel through the tunnel each day, and 400 million cars have used the tunnel since it opened, without a single motorist fatality. The fascinating story of the tunnel involves harsh winters, dangerous fault lines, technological advances and the fight for women’s rights in the work place.

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

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