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San Juan Historical Society Museum opens May 14

“Pagosa Springs Quilting Heritage” opens Saturday, May 14, along with the opening of the San Juan Historical Society Museum.

The museum has been vacuumed, dusted and shined for visitors to enjoy. History is the focus with displays ranging from household items to farming and ranching, railroad and business.

Among the thousands of artifacts you’ll find treasures like the cash register from the Hatcher Mercantile Company and the teller’s cage and safe from Citizens Bank. Today’s cooks will appreciate their modern conveniences after perusing the antique food chopper and wood-fired cook stove. A glance at the early switchboards from Pagosa Springs’ telephone office serve as a reminder of how convenient communications have become over the past one hundred years.

Quilt exhibit

This summer’s quilt display is particularly exciting as the majority of the quilts on display are in the permanent collection of the Society. A small group of local quilters worked during the winter months to conserve and prepare the quilts for this exhibit.

These quilts date from 1840 to 1960. They are reminiscent of the quilts that would have been brought to Pagosa Springs with the first settlers and those that would have been, and were, made as our community settled and grew. We have some from the Macht, Webb and Adams families who were very early settlers to this area. We also have several friendship quilts and some wonderful crazy quilts that date from 1890 to 1900. There are a very nice variety of quilts from everyday quilts to fancy.

Skills game

A lighthouse dollhouse was donated to the museum last season for use in a fund-raiser. The Society will be selling guesses to two questions regarding the construction of the lighthouse during this season. The lighthouse may be seen at the museum and guesses purchased there. A winner will be chosen at random from the correct guesses. Guesses will be sold for $1 each, or five for $5.

Gift shop

The museum gift shop will offer a nice selection of quilting and regional history books, tote bags and purses, historic playing cards and old photographs from this area.

Admission to the museum is free. Expenses for operation of the museum are covered through donations and gift shop sales.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 96 Pagosa St., the corner of U.S. 160 and First Street in downtown Pagosa Springs.

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