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Last Year – 2013 Lunchtime Lecture Series
June 12 SALOON TURNED SCHOOLHOUSE TURNED MUSEUM
Presented by Simone Belz
In celebration of the Museum’s 30th Anniversary, enjoy a special presentation by our own Museum Director as she takes us on a journey through the history of American museums. Discover how a 1890s saloon became a 21st century museum.
June 19 BATTLING AVALANCHES BY RAIL IN THE TENMILE CANYON
Presented by Tom Klinger
Experience the challenges faced by the Colorado & Southern narrow gauge railroad during winter months in the Ten Mile Canyon. Rotary trains and “snowbirds” joined forces to battle through extraordinary snow conditions.
June 26 LEADVILLE’S FAMOUS FACES
Presented by Kat Neilson
Don’t miss this lecture by the National Hall of Fame and Mining Museum curator. Leadville’s colorful history is as colorful as its people. Hear the stories of how the Guggenheims, Margaret Brown, and others rose to fame through the mining enterprises of “Cloud City”.
July 3 40 YEARS WITH SUMMIT COUNTY’S MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM
Presented by Glen Kraatz
Celebrate another milestone with the 40th Anniversary of Summit County Rescue Group (SCRG). Learn the history of Search and Rescue in Colorado and how SCRG has grown to be what it is today. View a slide show of past missions and hear tales of unbelievable rescues.
July 10 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 archeology with renowned authors the Sagstetters as they share little known techniques for unraveling the secrets of ghost towns.
July 17 GETTING BLASTED BY CANDLELIGHT
Presented by Rick Hague
Take a step back in time and learn about drilling and blasting techniques, tools, and equipment used in hard-rock mining during the 1880s and 1890s. This lecture will take you through a typical day in the life of a miner and the hardships endured to make a living underground.
July 24 GOLD RUSH SAINTS AND SINNERS
Presented by Mary Ellen Gilliland
Join us for a talk with this well-known author and historian as she regales the tales of saints and sinners (mostly sinners) from the silver and gold rush days.
July 31 IN SEARCH FOR GOLD IN THE UPPER SWAN RIVER VALLEY 1859-1920s
Presented by Bill Fountain
Chase the dream of the first prospectors who discovered gold east of Breckenridge and the mining districts they organized. Highlighted is the story of the individuals who formed a “mega” company that mined some of the richest gold in Colorado.
Aug. 7 REDISCOVERING THE UTE
Presented by Sue Langdon
Along with the Summit County area, Rocky Mountain National Park was once part of the expansive Ute territory and today remains part of the Ute’s heritage. Join park ranger Sue Langdon for a look at Ute history in Northern Colorado and current use of the park by the Ute.
Aug. 14 HISTORY OF THE CLIMAX MINE IN COLORADO
Presented by Tom Randolph
During the Leadville Silver Rush of 1879, a prospector unearthed a mysterious mineral. Hear how this discovery led to one of the largest molybdenum mines in the world.
Aug. 21 RAILROADS OF SUMMIT COUNTY
Presented by Bob Schoppe
Ride the rails and discover the interesting history of Summit County’s two former narrow gauge railroads, the Colorado & Southern and the Denver & Rio Grande.
Aug. 28 DILLON, DENVER AND THE DAM
Presented by Sandie Mather
This local author and historian will share the fascinating history behind the Dillon Reservoir project and the feats of engineering which took place in the 1960s.
Lectures are FREE and held at 12 p.m. in the Frisco Historic Park & Museum located at 120 Main St. in Frisco.