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2018 Winter Lecture Series

  • Wednesdays at 3:00pm in the Log Chapel.
  • Lectures are free & subject to change!

FEBRUARY 7th
SKI THROUGH HISTORY – THE STORY OF THE BRECKENRIDGE SKI AREA AND 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 is a rare ski area in that most of its trails names have a history. Local historian Rick Hague will reveal the area’s long-lost secrets.

FEBRUARY 14th
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 21st
SKIING OFF TO WAR: 10TH MOUNTAIN DIVISION in WWII
Presented by Colonel Tom Duhs (Retired)

Explore the story of the 10th Mountain Division, which trained at Camp Hale, near Leadville, Colorado, 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 28th
WOMEN OF THE GOLD RUSH
Presented by T Lee

The reformed prostitute, the persistent philanthropist, the reluctant doctor, the feisty feminist, the quintessential merchant, the abandoned native…hear these amazing life stories through Minneapolis Jewelry Designer, T Lee. Engage in colorful storytelling, and delight in the Fine Jewelry Collection she designed. T Lee shares her inspirations that have become her passion; to hunt for extraordinary women of history who, through their courage, empowered women of the future.

MARCH 7th
THEY WEREN’T ALL PROSTITUTES AND 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 in 1885 as a bride, who never stopped longing for the family she left in Illinois.

MARCH 14th
SISTERS OF COURAGE
Presented by Dave Lively

Listen to stories about the Harbisons – an ordinary family who led an extraordinary life. In 1896 Annie and Kittie Harbison homesteaded side by side in the Kawuneeche Valley near Grand Lake. 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 21st
SOUTH PARK PERILS: SHORT ROPES AND TRUE TALES
Presented by Christie Wright

Summit and Park counties share a common border – the Continental Divide, accessible via three timberline passes. Hear about four true murder stories from the 1800s that happened in Park County just across the Divide: in Hall Valley (near Webster Pass); in Jefferson (Georgia Pass) and in Como (Boreas Pass). These dastardly deeds really are stranger than fiction!


MARCH 28th
HIGHEST AUTOMOTIVE TUNNEL IN AMERICA: The Eisenhower-Johnson Memorial Tunnel

Presented by Hannah Braun
One of the most incredible feats of transportation engineering and completed in the 1970s, the tunnel was the highest vehicular tunnel in the world. An average of 30,000 cars travel through the tunnel each day, and 400 million cars have used the tunnel since it opened, without a single motorist fatality. The fascinating story of the tunnel involves harsh winters, dangerous fault lines, technological advances, and a fight for women’s rights in the work place.

Stay for the 2018 Summer Lecture Series Line Up

  • Wednesdays at 12:00pm in the Log Chapel.
  • Lectures are free & subject to change!