Edwin Carter birthday party a success | SummitDaily.com

Edwin Carter birthday party a success

Approximately 100 people of all ages turned out to celebrate Edwin Carter’s birthday on

Saturday, June 7, at the Edwin Carter Museum in Breckenridge. The party, organized by Summit Historical Society, featured free tours of the museum. The Colorado Division of Wildlife brought a touchable exhibit of pelts and skulls and loads of animal information to the party. Mountain Top Children’s Museum provided children’s activities.

“Edwin Carter” (courtesy of the Backstage Theatre) was on hand to welcome guests to his home and tell them how and why he, a successful gold rush miner, came to learn taxidermy. An early naturalist, Edwin Carter earned international acclaim when he built a collection of thousands of naturally posed specimens that he exhibited in his museum. Carter’s collection eventually formed the basis of Natural History Museum in Denver, today called the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Summit Historical Society docent Dr. John Smith regaled visitors with stories of the old days in Summit County and engaged Carter in some witty exchanges about natural history and fraternal organizations in Carter’s time.

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