Lunchtime Lectures

Lectures are FREE and held at 12 p.m. in the Frisco Historic Park & Museum located at 120 Main St. in Frisco.

 2014 Lunchtime Lectures

June 11           THE EISENHOWER AND JOHNSON MEMORIAL TUNNEL

Presented by Tracy Trulove
Join us with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Communications Office to learn about the extraordinary feat of technology and the history behind the engineering and operations of the Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial tunnel, located on Interstate Highway 70 between Frisco and Denver.

 

June 18           WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: THE HISTORY OF SKIING IN MIDDLE PARK

Presented by Tim Nicklas
From the mail carriers over Berthoud Pass to the ski jumpers of Hot Sulphur Springs, skiing has long been a part of the landscape in Grand County. The Director of the Grand County Historical Association will reveal the significant role that Middle Park has played in Colorado ski history.

 

June 25           THE LAST CHAPTER OF THE FREE ROAMING UTE INDIANS IN COLORADO

Presented by Curtis Martin
Join longtime Colorado archaeologist and Principal Investigator with the Colorado Wickiup Project in a presentation on his recent discoveries of Ute Indian wickiups and trade goods. The Colorado Wickiup Project is an ongoing documentation of traditional wooden Ute tribal dwellings and has been awarded the 2014 Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

 

July 2              THE HISTORY OF LEADVILLE’S MATCHLESS SILVER MINE AS SEEN
                          THROUGH AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL LENS

Presented by Sarah Saxe
Explore the history of one of Colorado’s most infamous mines before, during and after Leadville’s Silver Boom with the Curator of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum. Discover geological, historical and archaeological evidence and learn more about the Matchless and its associated characters. Attendees will have the opportunity to handle and examine authentic artifacts and core samples originating from the Matchless Mine site.

 

July 9              AVALANCHES AND THE NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD:  FRISCO TO COPPER MOUNTAIN

Presented by Tom Klinger
Experience the challenges faced by the Colorado & Southern narrow gauge railroad during winter months in the Ten Mile Canyon. Learn how rotary trains and “snowbirds” joined forces to battle through extraordinary snow conditions.

 

July 16    THE MINING CAMPS SPEAK

Presented by Bill and Beth Sagstetter
Have you ever struggled up a mountain to a ghost town only to be disappointed when you finally arrived? Explore historical archaeology with renowned authors the Sagstetters as they share little-known techniques for unraveling the secrets of ghost towns.

 

July 23            HIKES INTO HISTORY

Presented by Mary Ellen Gilliland
Echoes of gold rush days reverberate in history-rich Summit County. Experience its historic hiking trails as they come alive with tales told by local author and historian Mary Ellen Gilliland. She will highlight new wilderness routes from her recently revised edition of The Summit Hiker, with mine camps, stagecoach byways and famous mines along the way. Come plan your hikes!

 

July 30            DILLON, DENVER AND THE DAM

Presented by Dr. Sandie Mather
This local author and historian will share the fascinating history behind the Dillon Reservoir and Dam project and the feats of engineering which took place in the 1960s.

 

Aug. 6             THE MYSTERIOUS MINERAL CALLED MOLYBDENUM

Presented by Carl Wood
Who Uses Molybdenum? Where do we get Molybdenum?  Why Should I Care?  Carl Wood, Chief Metallurgist from the Henderson Mine and Mill in Colorado, will answer these questions and more as you discover the world behind the industry of one of the largest producers of molybdenum in North America.

 

Aug. 13           THE WIZARD OF OZ…AND OTHER STRANGE TALES OF THE AMERICAN WEST

Presented by Rick Hague
Most people have seen the 1939 movie spectacular “The Wizard of Oz”. Most also think the movie is a children’s story with nothing but Munchkins and music to entertain the young ones. But there is a different side to the story – one that envelops our local history and that of the American West. Come hear the strange tale of conflict and intrigue that shook our Republic’s very foundations.

 

Aug. 20           LIFE IN THE MINE BOARDINGHOUSES OF SAN JUAN MOUNTAINS, COLORADO

Presented by Mark and Karen Vendl
Retired geologists and historians tell the story of what boardinghouse life was like for the miners who worked in the mountains of Southwestern Colorado. Despite ever present dangers like deadly avalanches, it was a good life, where the food was appetizing and plentiful, poolrooms and libraries helped pass the time and evenings were filled with story-telling and card playing.

 

Aug. 27           SMASHING SUMMIT COUNTY’S URBAN LEGENDS

Presented by Dr. Sandie Mather
Was Breckenridge named for a vice-president? Was Dillon named for a young man lost in a Summit County winter? Is Buffalo Mountain a volcano? Learn the true story behind these and other urban myths that have been repeated for so many years.

 

Lectures are FREE and held at 12 p.m. in the Frisco Historic Park & Museum located at 120 Main St. in Frisco.