Silverthorne tells its history
SILVERTHORNE – The Summit Historical Society (SHS) is opening the Silverthorne Historical Museum in the Silverthorne Factory Stores this Saturday.
SHS’ third museum – it also has exhibits in Breckenridge and Dillon – is a result of its joint efforts with Silverthorne Factory Stores’ owner Sam Brown and former Silverthorne town council member Nancy Fulton, who spearheaded the effort to open this branch.
“We are very grateful to the Silverthorne Factory Stores for their generosity,” said SHS president Rick Hague. “They’ve bent over backwards to help improve the space to make it work for us.”
The 3,000-square-foot space donated by Brown will feature an exhibit recently moved from SHS’ museum in Breckenridge.
A vast array of artifacts, photos, furniture and equipment will compose a collection entitled: Booze, Brothels, and Baptism – Life and Leisure at 8,750 feet.
The exhibit will include a brothel display with red velvet furniture and a mannequin madame, a 14-foot antique bar complete with period bottles, a mini chapel featuring a 200-pound bell and original stained glass, and period sporting items such as baseball uniforms, skis, rifles and fishing rods.
“Our objective is to portray life in turn-of-the-century mining camps in Summit County,” Hague said.
Another noteworthy section of the exhibit will cover the Silverthorne/Lower Blue area and will display early agricultural photos and original documents involved in the formation of Silverthorne, which used to be a construction camp for Dillon Dam workers before it was incorporated as a town in 1967.
The Silverthorne Historical Museum also will feature a gallery of art created by a local artists’ cooperative known as Hands On Art.
In another corner of the space, museum-goers will be able to enjoy a cinnamon roll and cappuccino in The Coffee Shop, a satellite cafe funded by the owner of neighboring Cinnamonster, Tina Campbell.
It is only through this collaboration between the artists’ co-op, Campbell, and the guides from the SHS that will enable the museum to keep the same hours as surrounding shops, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, which was a requirement of its lease with the factory stores.
In addition, there also will be a space to serve as a meeting facility for the co-op and historical society. The artists plan to use the meeting room to hold arts and crafts classes.
“The whole idea of this project,” Hague said, “was to create a facility for Silverthorne with an important part of its history included that could also be used as a base for meetings and other cultural programs.”
Fulton, who has lived in Silverthorne since 1970, said her motivation was the desire for SHS to have a presence in all parts of Summit.
“I just felt we needed something on our end of the county,” she said.
SHS credits the Summit Foundation for providing the grant for construction of the new exhibit and the Saddlerock Foundation of Breckenridge for lending numerous artifacts.
Admission to the museum, which is located in the Green Village of the Silverthorne Factory stores next to Levi Strauss and Corral West, is by donation only.
Parties interested in donating or lending artifacts to the society can call (970) 453-9022.
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