Lunchtime Lectures

 

2015 Lunchtime Lecture Series  WEDNESDAYS – 12:00 PM

Lectures are FREE & Subject to Change!  970-668-3428

Lectures are Located at the Historic Park at 120 Main St. – Frisco, CO

 

JUNE                                                                                                                            

June 10th         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 Bill and Beth Sagstetter as they share little-known techniques for unraveling the secrets of ghost towns.

June 17th         THE GEOLOGY, HISTORY, & ARCHAEOLOGY OF LEADVILLE’S MATCHLESS MINE
Presented by Sarah Saxe

Explore the history of one of Colorado’s most infamous mines, the Matchless Mine, with the Curator of the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum.  Hear the story behind the Matchless before, during, and after Leadville’s Silver Boom period.  Discover geological, historical, and archaeological evidence and learn more about the Matchless and its associated characters.  Handle and examine authentic artifacts and core samples originating from the site.

June 24th         AVALANCHES AND THE NARROW GAUGE RAILROAD: FRISCO TO COPPER
Presented by Tom Klinger

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


JULY
                                                                                                                            

July 1st            LIONS, MOOSE, AND BEARS, OH MY! – LIVING WITH WILDLIFE IN SUMMIT COUNTY
Presented by Elissa Knox and Tom Davies

Mountain lions, moose, black bears, coyotes, foxes…. many wild critters share this beautiful place that we call home.  Come meet your local District Wildlife Managers and learn about co-existing with Summit County’s intriguing wildlife species. 

July 8th            KOKOMO AND THE RAILROADS
Presented by Bob Schoppe

Take a look at the life and times of the Ten Mile town of Kokomo, a Colorado mining town formerly located between Copper Mountain Ski Resort and the town of Leadville.  Learn about Kokomo’s relationship with the two railroads that served it.

July 15th          SUMMIT COUNTY’S MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
Presented by Glen Kraatz

Over 42 years, more than 420 search and rescue volunteers have responded almost 4200 times into the mountains of Summit County for people in trouble.  Come hear captivating tales and rescues of the Summit County Rescue Group.

July 22nd         THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL TIGER MINES COMPANY
Presented by Bill Fountain

Founded in 1917 by John A. Traylor, this mining company purchased most of the major mines in Breckenridge including the Tiger, Cashier, Jessie, Wellington, Rose of Breckenridge, Minnie, Wire Patch, and the French Creek Tunnel.  Discover the history of these mines and mills and the passing of ownership to the B & B Mines Company with “then and now” photos up to the 1930s.

July 29th          STORIES OF THE NUCHE, TALES FROM THE UTE PEOPLE
Presented by Nina Gabianelli & Skyler Lomahaftewah

Storytelling has been used in every culture as a means of entertainment, education, and cultural preservation.  Nina Gabianelli, from the Aspen Historical Society, and Skyler Lomahaftewah, a Northern Ute tribal member, together will present both the history of the native people of Colorado and the modern day Ute experience.


AUGUST   
                                                                                                         

 Aug. 5th           SILVER RUSH SAGA
Presented by Mary Ellen Gilliland

Summit County’s frenzied gold boom has yielded colorful stories.  But what about the less chronicled silver rush? Summit County led the nation in silver production in 1905.  Local author and historian Mary Ellen Gilliland will present historic photographs and weave old timer tales to portray a dazzling silver scene in Montezuma, Frisco, the Ten Mile Canyon and more.

 Aug. 12th         DILLON, DENVER, AND THE DAM
Presented by Dr. Sandie Mather

This local author and historian will share the fascinating history behind the Dillon Reservoir project and the feats of engineering accomplished in the 1960s.

 Aug. 19th         SKI THROUGH HISTORY - THE STORY OF THE BRECKENRIDGE SKI AREA AND ITS RUNS
Presented by Rick Hague

Ever wonder where the names “Frosty’s Freeway”, “Tom’s Baby”, and “Debby’s Alley” came from while skiing these runs in Breckenridge?  Who were “Tele” and “Sadie”?  Breckenridge is a rare ski area in that most of its run names actually mean something.  Come and hear local historian Rick Hague reveal the area’s long-lost secrets as well as its history.

Aug. 26th         SMASHING SUMMIT COUNTY’S URBAN MYTHS
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resented by Dr. Sandie Mather

Do you really know the truth about Summit County’s history?  Did Ruben Spaulding really discover the first gold in Summit County? Was Breckenridge really named for John C. Breckinridge?  How did Dillon get its name?  How many were killed in the Pug Ryan shoot-out? Is Buffalo Mountain a volcano?  Learn the answers and explore other often-repeated myths

 

Lectures are FREE & Subject to Change!  970-668-3428

Lectures are Located at the Historic Park at 120 Main St. – Frisco, CO