The Summit Historical Society

Keep Summit County, Colorado history alive! The Summit Historical Society (The Society) was established in 1966 and is dedicated to the discovery, preservation, interpretation, and exhibition of the rich heritage and history of Summit County. The Society has been active in gathering information about the natural landscape, the human settlement patterns, and economic development of the area.

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The Society Historical Educational Tours and Events

Class

Education 

Beneficiaries

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizen
Children ages 5 to 21
Families
General Public
Teachers

Description

The Society maintains an extensive summer schedule of special events, relying on its volunteer corps. We strive to open the Schoolhouse Museum Tuesday through Saturday from 10:30 until 2:30. Our Guest Book, which all visitors sign, indicates that while about half are from the state of Colorado, others come to Dillon from all over the United States.

Visitors from other countries are not uncommon. Some days there are few visitors; other days the docents are quite busy telling the story of Dillon and its schoolhouse, and showing the Myers and Honeymoon cabins. The Tuesday and Thursday boat rides on Lake Dillon are a continuing success. Boats are full both days. Formal evaluations show that we are meeting our educational goals on the rides; people are enthusiastic about the trip and are telling others.

The Pastry and the Past dessert and lecture series continues to bring people to the Dillon Community Church on Monday evenings. This year, the educational series presented the following topics: the role of old-style baseball in mountain communities such as old Dillon where a team hosted those from nearby towns; the real story behind the Wizard of Oz; ranching along the Snake River; and the types of smelting operations used in the county during the 1880s and 1890s. Formal evaluations completed after each lecture again say that we are meeting our educational goals as well as presenting the opportunity for people to enjoy homemade desserts made by our volunteers. A fifth special event will be offered after the annual meeting in August at Dillon Community Church. Authors Caryn and Peter Boddie will share stories of old-time skiers in Summit County and other parts of Colorado. They will tell of ski hills that no longer exist in the state.

In 2015, The Society met these educational goals: Archivists began digitizing the historical photographs from the County to make them available for researchers; the digitization of the maps will begin when the photographic collections are completely available.

The refurbishing of the schoolroom is complete and the new exhibits delighted summer visitors to the schoolhouse. The Summit School District and the Summit Historical Society are now proceeding with the plan to bring students to the classroom beginning Fall, 2015. Former teachers have volunteered to help with the schoolroom visits; and,

Volunteers, with the help of trustees from the County Jail and Boy and Venture Scouts, removed an amazing amount of material from the Rice Barn on a work day in August. The Society will begin looking for a designer and funding to continue the transformation into an interpretive site.

The Society has a proud history of fulfilling its ambitious mission in Summit County.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Society will have visible results of new museum layout, format, and function. The Society will create three to five educational community programs per quarter. During the school year, The Society will have nine months of planned educational field trips with 4th graders of Summit County focusing on the history of Colorado; The Society will see a 50% increase of new members, visitors to the school house, and educational programs with the school district.







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