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2019 Frisco Historic Park & Museum Winter Lecture Series

The winter lecture series is presented on Wednesdays at 3:00pm in February and March.

February 6
Mountain Rescues of Summit County

Presented by Glen Kraatz
For 45 years, volunteers of Summit County’s mountain rescue team have been responding to backcountry calls for help. Learn about the history of the crew and hear captivating tales of search and rescue missions spanning nearly half a century of service to both residents and visitors.

February 13
The Ski Troops

Presented by Colonel Tom Duhs (Retired), United States Marine Corps
Explore the story of the 10th Mountain Division, which trained at Camp Hale, near Leadville, CO, from 1942-1944. Deployed to Italy, they pushed the German Army out, bringing about the end of the war in May 1945. The unique nature of the only US Army Mountain Division, its recruitment, training, employment and work after the war is truly fascinating.

February 20
Ski Through History- The Story of the Breckenridge Ski Area & Its Runs

Presented by Rick Hague
Ever wonder where the ski run names “Frosty’s Freeway”, “Tom’s Baby”, and “Debby’s Alley” come from? Who were “Tele” and “Sadie”? Breckenridge Resort is a rare ski area in that most of its trail names have a history. Local historian Rick Hague will reveal the area’s long-lost secrets.

February 27
Black Women Who Changed America

Presented by Jill Tietjen
In celebration of Black History Month, join us for a presentation that focuses on the accomplishments of black women in U.S. history from the early 1600s through the present day across many fields of endeavor.

March 6
They Weren’t All Prostitutes & Gamblers

Presented by Dr. Sandie Mather
Learn about the lives of the women living in Summit County in the 1880s and 1890s. One interesting character of history was Anna Sadler Hamilton, the wife of a meat merchant arriving in Breckenridge, CO in 1885 as a bride, who never stopped longing for the family she left in Illinois.

March 13
Sisters of Courage

Presented by Dave Lively
Listen to stories about the Harbisons Рan ordinary family who led an extraordinary life. In 1896 Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded side by side in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake, CO. Enjoy a journey into the past sharing their pioneer experience, their family’s extraordinary life, and how the Harbison Ranch became the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

March 20
Ride the Rotary: Como to Leadville

Presented by Dave Tomkins
Until the Railroad finished in 1937 the main source of supplies for the Mountain communities was the Train service. The High Line from Como to Leadville through Summit County involved crossing the Divide twice and proved particularly problematic to keep open in the winter. One of the tools at the Railroad’s disposal was the Rotary; a giant steam powered snow blower based in Como, CO. Life was hard, particularly for those who battled the winter storms.

March 27
Snow Removal & Avalanche Mitigation on Colorado’s Highways: Past & Present

Presented by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
Managing snow and avalanche danger on Colorado’s highways is a monumental task, but it has been an essential part of winter road maintenance since the early 1900s. The lecture will include numerous historic photos showcasing the history of snow removal methods and machinery at CDOT, the various technologies used in avalanche mitigation, and the people who braved the weather and harrowing driving conditions to keep Colorado’s mountain highways open in the winter months.

Lectures are FREE & subject to change.
Lectures are at the Historic Park Log Chapel at 120 Main Street in Frisco.