The free Winter Lecture Series is returning to the Frisco Historic Park, in addition to two new winter events, which will give participants a chance to experience Frisco through a historic lens in celebration of the Museum’s 40th anniversary.
Winter Lecture Series
The Winter Lecture Series begins on Saturday, March 4, 2023 and happens each Saturday through April 1, 2023 at 1:00pm in the Historic Park Log Chapel. Doors will open at 12:45pm with limited, first-come, first-served seating. The historic Log Chapel is heated but can still be chilly and jackets are recommended. Museum staff kindly asks that pets and snacks be left at home.
Saturday, March 4, 2023, 1:00pm – 50 Years of Copper Mountain Resort
Presented by Tim Nicklas, Director of the Grand Encampment Museum
Tim Nicklas will discuss his new book “Copper Mountain Resort: Fifty Years of Fortitude” published in 2022 for Copper Mountain’s 50th anniversary. Nicklas will kick off the 2023 winter lecture series with stories from the early years as the small railroad town of Wheeler to the last fifty years of Copper, as one of Colorado’s major resorts.
Saturday, March 11, 2023, 1:00pm – All the Single Ladies: Frisco Edition
Presented by Jana Arnold, Frisco Historic Park & Museum staff
Museum staff member, Jana Arnold, will shine a light on the single ladies of Frisco and their accomplishments and leadership in the early 1900s and how they helped shape Frisco.
Saturday, March 18, 2023, 1:00pm – Revealing the True Story of the Tabors
Presented by Brenda and Mike Miller, Docents of the Leadville Mining Museum and Matchless Mine
The Tabors’ infamous love triangle and riches-to-rags story are well known throughout Colorado. Brenda and Mike Miller from the Leadville Mining Museum and Matchless Mine will dispel myths surrounding these Leadville legends based on years of first-hand research.
Saturday, March 25, 2023, 1:00pm – A Town is Born: The Story of South Park City
Presented by Susan Hessler, Curator of the South Park City Museum
Susan Hessler, curator at South Park City, will talk about the creation of this unique 1880s mining town museum. Hessler will share where the idea came from and how dozens of buildings were moved, many from high mountain gulches. She also will be looking back at some of the forgotten ghost towns and mining camps that are living on at South Park City.
Saturday, April 1, 2023, 1:00pm – Impact of the 10th Mountain Division on Ski Resorts
Presented by Jen Mason, Executive Director of Colorado Snowsports Museum
The 10th Mountain Division played a monumentally important role towards victory during wartime, but few know that their return to the USA also played an important role in the history of ski resorts in Colorado. Jen Mason, Executive Director of the Colorado Snowsports Museum, will share stories of how the return of the 10th Mountain Division veterans impacted the ski industry.
Special Event – Then and Now: Avalanches and C-RAD Après Ski Event
The Historic Park & Museum is offering special après ski event on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, from 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge to raise funds for Colorado Rapid Avalanche Depolyment or C-RAD. C-RAD is a nonprofit organization with nearly 100 members across Colorado, Wyoming, and Idaho that combines traditional search and rescue methods with specialized avalanche deployment systems to expedite avalanche rescues. This includes the use of specialty-trained dogs and handlers. Frisco Mayor and Director of the Breckenridge Ski Patrol, Hunter Mortensen will discuss avalanches, backcountry safety, and mitigation techniques used by professional ski patrols, with other C-RAD members present to answer questions, share safety tips, and talk about the impact the organization has on the community.
At the event Museum staff will also unveil a new micro exhibit in the Frisco Adventure Park Day Lodge on two historic avalanche cycles in Summit County. The semi-permanent exhibit is part of the Museum’s mission to connect past and present events in our modern spaces.
Appetizers will be included in the ticket price and drinks may be purchased at the event at the Adventure Park Day Lodge Cafe.Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance online. All funds from ticket sales will be donated to C-RAD. Learn more and buy tickets for the Then and Now: Avalances and C-RAD Après Ski Event.
The 2023 Frisco as I Remember Project
The 2023 Frisco as I Remember project focuses on expanding the Museum’s historical record from the 1940s to present through community events that will include history talks, photograph sharing, a letter-writing campaign, and other activities to connect with current and former residents and visitors. The inaugural event takes place at the Schoolhouse Museum on April 1, 2023 from 2:00pm – 4:00pm. The Museum welcomes all stories and memories from Frisco residents and visitors for documentation or to help complete information about Frisco’s past. Interested storytellers may complete the online form on FriscoHistoricPark.com, stop by the Museum for a paper form, or attend one of the free events.
Local businesses and organizations are invited to support documentation of Frisco’s history by coordinating, hosting, or sponsoring “Frisco as I Remember” events. For more information, please email at Museum@townoffrisco.com.
Saturday, April 1, 2023, 2:00pm – 4:00 pm – Community History Talk (The 2023 Frisco as I Remember Project) – Schoolhouse Museum
For this free social gathering, Museum staff will bring photographs and other Frisco memorabilia from the Museum collection to spark conversation and memories. Attendees can help staff identify people, places, and things to expand and reinforce the historical record. Cookies and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided.
The Frisco Historic Park and Museum needs assistance with outreach and events and offers opportunities to host a history-gathering event. Please email Museum@townoffrisco.com or call at 970-668-3428 to inquire.
About the Frisco Historic Park & Museum
The Frisco Historic Park & Museum offers a collection of original historic buildings, including the Schoolhouse Museum and contains artifacts, exhibits, and photographs that tell the lively stories of Frisco’s past. The Museum has a year-round calendar of lectures, tours, and events to allow visitors to connect with the history of the community, and also offers a self-guided virtual tours accessible at FriscoHistoricPark.com.
Through March 14, 2023, the Museum is open on Tuesdays from 12:30pm – 5:00pm and Wednesdays – Sundays from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays.
More information about the Frisco Historic Park & Museum may be found at FriscoHistoricPark.com.