Cowboy and quilt lovers alike appreciate the “Round Up Time” quilt shown as part of this season’s quilt display at the San Juan Historical Society Museum. “Round Up Time” dates from the 1940-1950s and is a delightful child’s quilt featuring cowboys, cowgirls, cattle and cactus on the ranch.
There are always requests for the pattern for this quilt when it is shown. This year, the museum board was able to find a source for the pattern for “Round Up Time” and is offering it for sale along with a pattern for a similar vintage quilt which dates from the 1930s —“Ride ‘em Cowboy.”
For several summers, the museum has offered special quilt displays for its visitors. This year’s display is “Montage: A Quilt Show” and is truly a montage of quilts. Featured are pieced, appliqué and embroidered quilts dating from 1840 to present. Over 20 quilts are on show for the enjoyment of the public.
There is so much more to the museum. Visitors can enjoy displays of early Pagosa Springs’ life that include a bank, general store, dental office and school room. Vintage cameras, musical instruments, ranch and farm implements are also seen in the front portion of the museum.
Over by the forge, you’ll see some art and work by teacher, member of the museum’s founding board and jack-of-all-trades Worthe Crouse. Unfortunately, the hand-made and hand-polished anvil created by Mr. Crouse was stolen in a 2011 burglary, but there are several art pieces remaining including his eagle with a fish in his claws, perched on a rock. This is a gorgeous piece of art. Many students whose lives he touched while teaching them welding and auto mechanics, along with many life lessons, fondly remember Mr. Crouse.
Making your way back to the rock building which houses a portion of the museum’s collection, you will see household items. The kitchen is well-outfitted, including a food processor, cook stove and sideboard.
Dad’s room features a one-of-a-kind chair made out of redwood with a Maxwell car seat. This unique chair converts into a table — a must see. Skis, and an outboard motor belonging to Dutch Henry Born are also found in Dad’s room.
A small gift shop is housed in the museum, offering books of regional interest, quilt books and patterns, Pagosa Springs historical playing cards and locally made crafts for sale. All proceeds from the museum support the operation of the museum.
All of the thousands of treasures housed in the museum can be enjoyed at no charge. Donations are gladly accepted to offset day-to-day expenses of utilities, insurance and upkeep.
The museum is located at 96 Pagosa St. on the east end of Pagosa Springs and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bring the family down and take a walk back in time.