The San Juan Historical Society is pleased to offer to our community and visitors to Pagosa Springs two special exhibits this summer: “100 Years of Scouting” and “Quilting: Past meets the Present,” from May 15 until Sept.11.
The opening of these exhibits will be held Saturday at the society’s museum located at the corner of U.S. 160 and First Street.
“100 Years of Scouting” is a portion of the collection of memorabilia from a local scouter, along with highlights of the past 100 years of scouting in the United States.
Some highlights from the 1910s in scouting include:
• The Boy Scouts of America was incorporated on February 8 under the laws of the District of Columbia by W.D. Boyce.
• The first awards for heroism were presented by the National Court of Honor.
• By 1912, Scouts were enrolled in every state.
• BSA published its first issue of Boys’ Life magazine.
• First Eagle badge was awarded to Arthur Eldred from Oceanside, NY.
Scouts have been active in Pagosa Springs since the 1930s.
This exhibit is under the direction of Shirley Brinkmann, local quilter, artist and designer.
If you ask Pat McCann, she’d surely tell you that her daughter, Shirley, was a very active child. Learning a craft would serve to keep her hands busy. Shirley began learning to embroidery at the age of 10 — pillowcases were one of her first projects.
Later, she expanded her stitching to include counted cross-stitch. By the time Shirley reached high school, she was known to skip school occasionally to work on her needlework projects.
In the 1980s, Shirley added quilting to her repertoire of crafts, beginning with a small quilted pillow project.
Shirley’s great grandmother was one of the “Denton Girls” of Raton, N.M. Harriet Denton began one of the quilts that are now in Shirley’s collection, “Fifty Sunbonnets Dressed to Go!” Harriet stored her quilts in her cedar chest. When Shirley would go to visit, she and her grandmother would look through the quilts in the chest. Eventually those quilts were passed on to Shirley and this was the start of her collection in the early 1980s.
“Fifty Sunbonnets Dressed to Go!” is one of the quilts on display at this exhibit. It is joined by “Harriet’s Poinsettias.”
The museum gift shop will offer patterns for some of the quilts on display. There is also a nice selection of quilting and regional history books, tote bags and purses, historic playing cards and old photographs from this area.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 96 Pagosa St. in downtown Pagosa Springs.