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Lectures are FREE & Subject to Change!

 

2017 SUMMER Lecture Series

WEDNESDAYS at 12:00pm in the Log Chapel.
Lectures are FREE & Subject to Change!

June 14th at 12:00pm
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.

June 21st at 12:00pm
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.

June 28th at 12:00pm
HAULIN’ ASS! – RUNNING WITH BURROS
Presented by Brad Wann
Pack Burro Racing is the only sport native to Colorado. Hear the history of one of the highest altitude races in the world, as well as the stories of racing legends. Pack Burro Racing has captured the attention of filmmakers, reality shows, and athletes from ages 9 years old to the mid-seventies.  Discover why people are drawn to do this crazy sport, and meet a burro!

July 5th at 12:00pm
THE WIZARD OF OZ…AND OTHER STRANGE TALES OF THE AMERICAN WEST
Presented by Rick Hague
The “Wizard of Oz” is a timeless children’s tale made famous in the 1939 Judy Garland movie – musical. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” has enriched generations of children.  But was there more to this classic tale?  It was written just after a tumultuous period in American history – the late 19th century – by a celebrated Renaissance-man, author, playwright, and father.  Come learn what was “behind the rainbow” and see if you sing a different tune as a result.

July 12th at 12:00pm
SUMMIT COUNTY’S NARROW GAUGE RAILROADS
Presented by Bob Schoppe
Come ride the rails via photographs and tales, featuring our new local history book entitled, Summit County’s Narrow-Gauge Railroads. Meet authors Sandie Mather and Bob Schoppe, as they present a snapshot slide show of the local railroad history.

July 19th at 12:00pm
LIONS, MOOSE, AND BEARS, OH MY! – LIVING WITH WILDLIFE IN SUMMIT COUNTY
Presented by Elissa Knox
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 winter wildlife species.

July 26th at 12:00pm
OUR NATIONAL PASTIME IN THE CENTENNIAL STATE
Presented by Roger Hadix
What do the Colorado Springs Millionaires, the Greeley Calamities and the Leadville Blues all have in common? Baseball!!  Over 155 years ago, settlers not only brought their hope of finding silver or gold, but also, the sport of baseball.  Historian Roger Hadix presents a baseball history as colorful as our state.

Aug. 2nd at 12:00pm
SISTERS OF COURAGE
Presented by Dave Lively
Learn 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 through their story and their family’s extraordinary life and how the Harbison Ranch became the west entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Aug. 9th at 12:00pm
THE HISTORY OF THE WELLINGTON – ORO MINE AND MILLS
Presented by Bill Fountain
Originating as gold mines in the 1880s, by the early 1900s they were consolidated and became one of the largest zinc mines in the country.  In Summit County, the Wellington-Oro produced the most ore ($20M), operated the longest, employed the greatest number of men (and some women), was the most profitable and paid the highest amount of dividends to their stockholders, 2.4 million dollars.  View photographs never seen by the public.

Aug. 16th  at 12:00pm
MOUNTAIN RESCUES OF SUMMIT COUNTY
Presented by Glen Kraatz
For 44 years, volunteers of Summit County’s mountain rescue team have been responding to back country calls for help. Learn about the Team’s history and hear captivating tales of search and rescue missions spanning nearly half a century of service to both our residents and visitors.

Aug. 23rd at 12:00pm
BUFFALO BILL
: A LIFE IN THE WILD WEST
Presented Steve Friesen
Presented by the director of the Buffalo Bill Museum, Mr. Steve Friesen tells the story of Buffalo Bill’s life, his death one hundred years ago, and his legacy, illustrated with historic photographs and images of artifacts from his life.

Aug. 30th at 12:00pm
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 to build this structure in the 1960s.

Lectures are FREE & Subject to Change!