Speaker series delves into local history | SummitDaily.com

Speaker series delves into local history

SUMMIT COUNTY – To truly know Summit County, one must know it’s rich history.

The Summit Historical Society (SHS) and Colorado Mountain College (CMC) are collaborating this summer to host “Up the Blue, Down the Blue,” a historical speaker series. Through several presentations, attendees can learn about some of Summit County’s more notable historic figures and events.

This winter, CMC hosted a current events series.

“We thought it would be fabulous to do the flip side of (that),” Karen Fischer, SHS tour and volunteer coordinator, said of the historical lecture series.

Topics range from historical characters to frontier medicine to hard rock mining. Local figures – actors, authors and historians – will lead each trip into history.

On Monday, Colorado actress, speaker and educator Mary Jane Duran will present a living history of Augusta Tabor. Tabor is one of Colorado’s most fascinating pioneer daughters, Fischer said.

Though her name is most often associated with the escapades of her husband, silver baron Horace Tabor, and Baby Doe, Tabor stands alone as a pioneering businesswoman with legendary generosity. Augusta Tabor was born in Maine in 1833. She followed her husband west to Kansas City and then to Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Augusta was one of the first women to come west in the Pikes Peak gold rush.

Duran’s presentation will elaborate on the subject of pioneer and mining life.


Summit Historical Society and Colorado Mountain College Historical Speaker Series

– Pioneer Women: Augusta Tabor – 7 p.m. Monday, June 9 at CMC, Breckenridge Campus

– Life Before the Gold Rush – 7 p.m. Monday, June 23 at the Carter Museum, Breckenridge

– The Lost Washington – 7 p.m. Monday, July 7 at CMC, Breckenridge Campus

– Frontier Medicine – 7 p.m., Monday, July 21 at Park Lane Pavilion, River Run, Keystone

– Breckenridge: Its Rascals, Scoundrels and Blackguards – 7 p.m. Monday, August 4 at CMC, Breckenridge Campus

– The Lost Flumes of the Swan – 7 p.m. Monday, August 18 at Frisco Historic Park

All lectures are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted. For more information, please call the Summit Historical Society at (970) 453-9022.

Lu Snyder can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 203, or lsnyder@summitdaily.com.

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