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Historical society seeks artifacts

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BRECKENRIDGE – The Summit Historical Society has announced the next exhibit to be installed at its Main Street Museum in Breckenridge.

Entitled “A Child’s Life – Turn of the Century,” the exhibit will depict several aspects of life in the 1890-1910 period through the eyes of Summit County’s children. The new program is scheduled to open Nov. 1. Details of the exhibit and its scheduling will be available on the Historical Society’s Web site at http://www.summithistorical.org.

The exhibit will feature five individual “views” or vignettes of life during the turn of the century: Readin’, Writin’, and “Rithmetic (schooling and education), Health Care (children’s health issues, diseases, etc.), Winter Life/Sports, Children at Play (toys and fun things to do), Helping at Home (chores and life at home), and Children at Work (after school jobs).

The new exhibit is being funded by a grant from the The Summit Foundation. The grant will be used to build sets and other display venues and to purchase lighting, audio equipment, and similar exhibit enhancements. The grant was provided to enable the Historical Society to use the newly purchased materials and equipment for the current exhibit as well as in future presentations of the exhibit.

In conjunction with the new exhibit, the Historical Society is seeking artifacts, photographs and documents relating to the life of turn-of-the-century children that might be displayed in the exhibit. Anyone having such material and who is willing to loan it for the duration of the exhibit or donate it to the society’s permanent collection should contact Karen Fischer at (970) 453-9022.

The Main Street Museum is a project jointly sponsored by the Summit Historical Society and Grand Timber Lodge. It’s mission is to discover, preserve, interpret and distribute information about the rich history of Summit County. Grand Timber Lodge develops and markets time share real estate in the Breckenridge area. The museum is located at 111 S. Main St. in Breckenridge, just south of the Main Street and Lincoln Avenue intersection and stoplight.

The Summit Historical Society intends to use the Main Street Museum as the launch site for traveling exhibits that will be shown throughout the county in other, similar museum facilities for six- to eight-month runs.

Discussions are currently under way with sponsors in other locations. The first such traveling exhibit was entitled “Transportation in Early Summit County,” while the current exhibit, the one being replaced by “A Child’s Life,” is entitled “Booze, Brothels, and Baptism – Life and Leisure at 10,000 feet.”


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