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Lectures


2019 WINTER LECTURE SERIES
FEBRUARY & MARCH
WEDNESDAYS – 3:00 PM

FEBRUARY 6TH 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 13TH THE SKI TROOPS
Presented by Colonel Tom Duhs (Retired)
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 20TH 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 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 27TH BLACK WOMEN WHO CHANGED THE 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 6TH 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, CO in 1885 as a bride, who never stopped longing for the family she left in Illinois.

MARCH 13TH 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, 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 20TH 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 27TH SNOW REMOVAL AND AVALANCHE MITIGATION ON COLORADO’S HIGHWAYS: PAST AND PRESENT
Presented by 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.

2018 Summer Lecture Series

June – August
WEDNESDAYS – 12:00 PM

Lectures are FREE & Subject to Change! 970-668-3428
Lectures are Located at the Historic Park at 120 Main St. – Frisco, CO

June 6th
“I AM NOT A SAVAGE!”

Presented by Steve Freisen
After the defeat of the Lakota (Sioux) and their placement on reservations, the United States government began efforts to eliminate the Lakota culture. Performing with Wild West shows became a way for the Lakota to preserve and promote their culture. Friesen’s lecture covers the impact of the performances upon Europeans and their understanding of the American West. Since June 6th is the anniversary of D-Day, the lecture touches on the Lakota in Europe during World War II.

June 13th
HAULIN’ ASS! – RUNNING WITH BURROS

Presented by Brad Wann
Pack Burro Racing is the only sport native to Colorado. Learn 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!

June 20th
RIDING THE RAILS OF KOKOMO

Presented by Bob Schoppe
Come ride the rails via photographs and tales, featuring a look at the life and times of the
N. Ten Mile Canyon town of Kokomo, a mining town formerly located between Copper
Mountain Ski Resort and the town of Leadville. Learn about Kokomo’s two railroads it serviced.

June 27th
MATCHLESS: THE MINE, THE MYTH, THE LEGEND

Presented by Stephanie Johnson
A bonanza silver mine of the 1880s, the Matchless Mine has remained a historic landmark of the boom/bust days that put Leadville, CO on the map. Often overshadowed by the scandalous Tabor family, this lecture will discuss the geology of the area, how the Matchless was discovered, and how it operated until it closed. Lecture features photos of artifacts from the National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum exhibition and how the mine site has changed over the years.

July 11th
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.

July 18th
MOUNTAIN RESCUES OF SUMMIT COUNTY

Presented by Glen Kraatz
For 45 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.

July 25th
BEAR AWARE!

Presented by Elissa Slezak
Black bears share this beautiful place that we call home. Come meet your local District Wildlife Managers and learn about co-existing with this fascinating species of Colorado.

August 1st
VAIL PASS: BALANCING TRANSPORTATION NEEDS WITH ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS

Presented by Lauren Cooper
Vail Pass has been determined to be a nationally significant interstate highway segment because it was constructed to preserve the inherent scenic qualities of the surrounding mountainous setting. Hear the history of this I-70 pass and its importance to the state of Colorado. Learn about the unique environmentally-sensitive design developed for Vail Pass, and how it is maintained to this day.

August 8th
ROCKY’S WESTSIDE STORY

Presented by Dave Lively
Come and enjoy stories of human nature encountering Mother Nature in what is now the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park. This lecture connects the common threads of survival and success over the past 11,000 years in a high isolated mountain valley. The ebb and flow of passing cultures has influenced life today in this unique alpine corner of our nation.

August 15th
THE GREAT FLUME

Presented by Bill Fountain
Local author and historian, Fountain unveils the story of the first mega gold mining operation in the greater Breckenridge mining district, located in the upper Swan River Valley. Follow this historic and photographic story of the Fuller Placer Mining Company and the incredible engineering feat of building and operating a gigantic water flume designed to aid in the area’s extensive hydraulic mining operations.

August 22nd
CLIMAX MINE – CELEBRATING 100 YEARS

Presented by Mike Kendrick
In the spring of 1918, the first concentrate from the Climax Molybdenum Company was shipped from Fremont Pass headed east to make steel stronger, lighter, tougher and more corrosion resistant. 100 years later, Climax Molybdenum’s values of operating safely, protecting the environment, and supporting our customers and stakeholders follows the same path our forefathers set to provide materials that make the world a much better place to live.

August 29th
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! 970-668-3428
Lectures are Located at the Historic Park at 120 Main St. – Frisco, CO