On The Clock: Rita Bartram | SummitDaily.com

On The Clock: Rita Bartram

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Summit Daily/Brad Odekirk Rita Bartram, director

Frisco resident Rita Bartram feels that the “Soiled Doves” exhibit at the Frisco Historical Society is a necessary part of the museum.”It’s a part of the town’s history, and we can’t just overlook it,” she said. “I feel like it’s done in good taste, and we haven’t received any complaints.””Soiled doves” was the proper term for prostitutes in the 1880s when the world’s oldest profession was legal in Frisco. “Women in those days didn’t have many choices,” Bartram said. “They could teach, be a maid or get married. Some of the more adventurous ones became prostitutes.” The exhibit lies in a small upstairs room in the Annie Ruth House, one of 11 buildings in the Frisco Historic Park. It is just a small element in the story of Frisco and in the historical society’s preservation of the town’s rich history.

What do you like about your job?”First of all, I love history. I really like doing the exhibits. The biggest treat is when someone brings in a new artifact or photo that enables us to discover more and more about our rich past.”I meet very interesting people that come in here from all over the world, but it’s most fun when locals come in and want to learn about their own town’s history.”

What are the job’s challenges?”The most challenging part is keeping up with all 11 buildings here in the historic park. I do have a wonderful assistant and board of directors though that help with the upkeep of artifacts.”What brought you to Summit County?”When I lived in Denver, I just seemed to spend all days off here. I always wanted to live in the mountains, so I decided to move here. I never looked back.”

What do you do when you’re not working?”I ski, of course. Plus, I love to read; I’m really an avid reader.”What’s something people might not know about you?”My very first job back in Ohio was a car hop. I delivered food to people in their cars – minus the roller skates though.”

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