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Lunchtime an educational activity with Frisco’s summer series

Claire HigginsSummit Daily News
Special to the DailyFrom the discovery of gold to mining histories, the local search and rescue crew and Summit County's role in the Oz's Yellow Brick Road, the lunchtime lectures offer a new look into local histories every week.
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Starting Wednesday, the Frisco Historic Park and Museum will introduce the Lunchtime Lecture series. Every Wednesday through Aug. 29 at noon in the Frisco Historic Park, there will be a different presenter with a different story to tell for free.From the discovery of gold to mining histories, the local search and rescue crew and Summit County’s role in the Oz’s Yellow Brick Road, the lunchtime lectures offer a new look into local histories every week. “This ongoing program has a mix of history, natural history and sometimes local lectures,” Frisco Historic Park and Museum manager Simone Belz said. “They don’t have to be community related, but they are always educational and informative in nature,” she said about the returning summer series.To start the series off, Bill Fountain will present “In Search of Gold in French Gulch” Wednesday at noon in the historic park. The presentation will cover the discovery of gold in Breckenridge’s French Gulch in 1859, the arrival of newlyweds, John and Catherine Sisler in 1865, the development of the Sisler Properties and the history of the Reliance and Reiling dredges.Fountain will also have over 100 “then and now” photos to show the audience. The June 20 lecture, “Riding the Frisco Rails,” will take a look at the history of Frisco’s two former narrow gauge railroads, the Colorado & Southern and the Denver & Rio Grande with guest historian and author Tom Klinger.To finish out the month, the lecture on June 27 is all about mining in Leadville. Led by National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum curator and executive director, Kat Neilson and Bob Hartzell, “Mining Leadville’s History” will take a closer look into the history of one of the contenders for Colorado’s capital. For more information about Frisco’s Lunchtime Lecture Series and a list of the summer’s lectures, visit the museum at 120 Main St. in Frisco, call (970) 668-3428.


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