Museum – The Pagosa Springs SUN http://www.pagosasun.com The most trusted source for news and information about Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Thu, 22 Aug 2019 19:12:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Museum fundraiser Saturday in Town Park http://www.pagosasun.com/museum-fundraiser-saturday-in-town-park/ Fri, 23 Aug 2019 11:00:02 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175984 By Bob Hart
Special to The PREVIEW
Have you ever wondered what Pagosa Springs was like 50, 100 or even 130 years ago? The Pagosa Springs Historical Museum at the corner of U.S. 160 and 1st Street is where you can go to learn about Pagosa’s past and how we got to where we are today in Pagosa.
You may also have wondered how this important part of Pagosa’s history record is funded and supported financially: mainly by donations and volunteers.
The museum is open during the summer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and is staffed by volunteers. Funding is mainly from donations left by visitors since entrance is free.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. in Town Park, the museum is hosting a fun gathering and auction to help raise funding for this important part of Pagosa’s history.
If you have good, quality items that you no longer need, please consider supporting our museum by donating the items for the auction. Items may be dropped off at Bob Hart’s office, 250 Pagosa St., or at the museum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
We really hope to see you on Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. in Town Park to participate in the auction and bid on some nice items.
Meanwhile, please stop by the northeast corner of 1st Street and visit our historical gem. You’ll be surprised at all the history and you’ll have a good time for a few hours.

]]>
Pagosa’s hidden gem: Museum announces auction fundraiser http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosas-hidden-gem-museum-announces-auction-fundraiser/ Sat, 17 Aug 2019 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=175518 By Bob Hart
Special to The PREVIEW
Have you ever wondered what Pagosa Springs was like 50, 100 or even 130 years ago? The Pagosa Springs Historical Museum at the corner of U.S. 160 and 1st Street is where you can go to learn about Pagosa’s past and how we got to where we are today in Pagosa.
You may also have wondered how this important part of Pagosa’s history record is funded and supported financially: mainly by donations and volunteers.
The museum is open during the summer from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and is staffed by volunteers. Funding is mainly from donations left by visitors since entrance is free.
On Saturday, Aug. 24, at 11 a.m. in Town Park, the museum is hosting a fun gathering and auction to help raise funding for this important part of Pagosa’s history.
If you have good, quality items that you no longer need, please consider supporting our museum by donating the items for the auction. Items may be dropped off at Bob Hart’s office, 250 Pagosa St., or at the museum between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.
We really hope to see you on Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. in Town Park to participate in the auction and bid on some nice items.
Meanwhile, please stop by the northeast corner of 1st Street and visit our historical gem. You’ll be surprised at all the history and you’ll have a good time for a few hours.

]]>
Museum announces event and auction on Aug. 24 http://www.pagosasun.com/museum-announces-event-and-auction-on-aug-24/ Tue, 16 Jul 2019 11:00:17 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=172653 By Frank Zellner
Special to The PREVIEW
The community has an upcoming opportunity to assist our Pagosa Springs History Museum and its efforts to expand the building with some desperately needed floor space.
The museum is one of our community’s greatest assets and serves us all in many ways. Besides being a tourist attraction, it preserves and exhibits artifacts depicting our history.
An event titled “Pagosa Springs, Past, Present and Future” will be held Aug. 24 at Town Park beginning at 11 a.m. The museum will be honoring pioneer families who sacrificed and contributed to the community’s early beginnings. A live auction is planned to help raise funds for the museum expansion. Music, along with food and beverage will be on site, as well.
Auction items are needed to make this a successful event. Please contact the museum at 264-5266 if you’d like to donate.
Through the years folks have stepped up and sustained this wonderful attraction. Please consider attending this fun and worthwhile event.

]]>
Pagosa Springs History Museum announces fundraiser to expand http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-history-museum-announces-fundraiser-to-expand/ Mon, 01 Jul 2019 11:00:28 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=171658 By Ann Oldham
Special to The PREVIEW
According to Virginia Decker, “In 1970, Glenn Edmonds put a notice in The Pagosa Springs SUN that there would be a meeting in the R.E.A. Building for anyone who might be interested in starting a museum to preserve old historical records and items. A large group attended and with much discussion, a society was formed with Worthe Crouse as chairman, Louise Kleckner, secretary, and Virginia Decker, treasurer. A committee was appointed to submit a name for the society, which was accepted as the San Juan Historical Society.”
Later, to avoid confusion with the San Juan Historical Society in Silverton, Colo., we became known as the Pagosa Springs History Museum.
The “Job Corps program of the U.S. Forest Service was phasing out, the Forest Service helped us acquire this ‘wash room’ from the Navajo Tribe,” Decker explained. This is the first room in the museum. The town offered the society the old Pagosa Springs Water Works, now the second room in the museum.
“Most of that summer, a group of concerned and, I might add, ambitious, citizens went out after working hours, night after night, to dismantle the inside walls, which were made of cement blocks. We took them down, cleaned the mortar off and stacked them to be hauled and used again after the building was moved. We acquired the bathroom and shower fixtures as well,” Decker explained.
She added, “Worthe Crouse volunteered to move the building for us, so with him and the good help of his son George, we got the building moved to its present location. We now had to get money and donations for a foundation and floor to put the building on. This was done with our membership drive and donations of money and help and materials. Vic and Al Montano donated labor. Riverside Ready Mix donated cement and the county filled the Water Works Room with rock so the floor could be poured at the same time. Milton Scheining roughed in the plumbing. Rob Snow volunteered to help with welding and the lumber mills donated lumber, and we were ready for the building.
“Worthe and George Crouse and their crew had constructed a heavy frame on a large truck, which allowed them to drive the truck into the building, rest the building onto the frame and then drive the truck with the building on top, right onto the highway. This process was done twice, since the building had to be cut in two — it was too large to move in one piece. After the two sections were placed on the cement platform, the building was welded back together, ready to house the museum.”
We are now continuing the dreams of the charter members, planning to expand our museum into the area formerly used by the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District this fall and winter.
A group has formed to do a fundraising auction on Aug. 24 at 11 a.m. in Town Park. We are asking for donations of and items to be auctioned. Or, if you prefer to donate money, our address is Pagosa Springs History Museum, P.O. Box 1711, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. We are tax-exempt.
Due to a limited budget, we are unable to be open but part time. We need more volunteers; please call 264-4424.

]]>
Pagosa Springs History Museum announces opening http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-history-museum-announces-opening/ Tue, 14 May 2019 11:00:43 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=167751 By Frank Zellner
Special to The PREVIEW
Members of the Pagosa Springs History Museum organization are excited to announce the 2019 season opening celebration will be held Saturday, May 18, between 9 a.m. and noon.
A special quilt show will be featured, along with the museum’s thousands of historical exhibits.
President Loretta Ross wants the entire community to make it a point to visit the museum and come to appreciate our community’s heritage.
The museum is one of the community’s valued treasures, depicting the history and cultures of the Pagosa Springs valley.
Refreshments will be served. This will be a perfect time to tour the museum. Please make it a point to see this treasure first hand.
Note: While the celebration is scheduled for May 18, the museum doors actually open on May 15.
Please contact Frank Zellner at circlez15@gmail.com or 264-2872 with any comments, concerns or questions.

]]>
Pagosa Springs History Museum addresses needs for 2019 http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-history-museum-addresses-needs-for-2019/ Fri, 22 Mar 2019 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=164405 By Loretta Ross
Special to The PREVIEW
Pagosa Springs has wonderful treasure known as the Pagosa Springs History Museum located at 1st and Pagosa streets. Thousands of tourists and local residents enjoy their summer visits at the museum while becoming acquainted with the incredible history of our community.
The museum has existed for many years and a multitude of caring citizens have made this existence possible. Volunteers have stepped up and made the museum a special place to visit. It portrays our community’s history and the many cultures that make up this beautiful place where we live, visit and enjoy.
To keep the lights on in the museum and maintain it as a quality attraction, the museum depends on donations. It has no other means of support. Through the many years, it has existed through contributions by those who appreciate history and the preservation of our cultures.
The board of directors has recently formalized a fundraising committee to address the ongoing needs of the museum. Proudly, they announce the committee will be headed up by former Mayor Ross Aragon, who recently agreed to serve as a new board member for the museum.
The museum’s immediate goals are to provide funding for a new computer and printer, a new cash register for the gift shop, along with a security camera system inside the museum.
In addition to these needs, they are in the planning stages of renovating approximately 700 square feet of badly needed floor space recently vacated by the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District.
If you have a passion for preserving our community’s history and a desire to help the museum to achieve these goals, please make it known by mailing your contribution to the Pagosa Springs History Museum at P.O. Box 1711, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Additional information can be obtained by calling President Loretta Ross at 264-5266.
Any and all contributions will be greatly appreciated.

]]>
Pagosa Springs History Museum season coming to a close http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-history-museum-season-coming-to-a-close/ Thu, 13 Sep 2018 21:00:22 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=130668 By Loretta Ross
Special to The SUN
As the season comes to a close, the Pagosa Springs History Museum has many challenges on the horizon as it is in the planning stages of a renovation that will provide an additional 650 square feet of display space adjacent to the existing building.

The full version of this story is available in the print edition and e-edition of the Pagosa Springs SUN. Subscribe today by calling (970)264-2100 or click here.

]]>
Pagosa Springs Historical Museum featuring exhibit on Worthe Crouse http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-historical-museum-featuring-exhibit-on-worthe-crouse/ Sun, 24 Jun 2018 11:00:33 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=125660

Photo courtesy Frank Zellner
This beautiful piece of work by Worthe Crouse is one of the prominent artifacts on display at the Pagosa Springs Historical Museum. It is a must-see when visiting the museum.

By Frank Zellner
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Historical Museum proudly displays artifacts depicting many aspects of the history of our community and surrounding area.
Today we are featuring a marvelous exhibit by Worthe Crouse. Crouse was legend in his time and, as a teacher and a blacksmith of sorts, he was responsible for producing many pieces of iron work.
He served the community using his creativity to make tools, repair equipment and various pieces of art. He could make anything from iron and solved many problems for the folks who came to him. He shared his knowledge with others and taught those who had an interest in the learning the trade. The Crouse family are longtime residents of Pagosa Springs and their contribution in the early days was substantial.
Crouse was one of the founders of the Pagosa Springs Historical Museum and was instrumental in securing the current location of the museum. We like to acknowledge and thank the Crouse family for sharing this history with the community.
The Pagosa Springs Historical Museum is located at the corner of U.S. 160 and 1st Street.

Photo courtesy Frank Zellner
Seen here is Worthe Crouse’s coal forge. A giant bellow is attached to the forge. Crouse and his students forged many tools and pieces of art from this forge. The Pagosa Springs Historical Museum is currently featuring an exhibit on Crouse.

]]>
Pagosa Springs Historical Museum to open for season May 16 http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-historical-museum-to-open-for-season-may-16-2/ Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:00:12 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=120378 By Frank Zellner
Special to The PREVIEW
The summer season for the Pagosa Springs Historical Museum will begin May 16.
The museum is celebrating this year’s opening with a hot dog and hamburger barbecue to be held in the museum parking lot. All are welcome to attend this event from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 19.
The museum has long been a popular attraction for both the local residents and visitors from all over the country. The artifacts featured in the museum reflect the rich history of the Pagosa Springs valley. Through the years and continuing today, generous residents have donated their family heirlooms, furniture, documents and precious historical items.
These articles are beautifully displayed for the visitors’ enjoyment. Also available is a collection of beautiful quilts, handcrafted by our local quilt makers.
Loretta Ross, president of the board of directors, encourages all to visit the museum on an annual basis as the venue is always enhanced by new donations.
Ross said, “We are so grateful for the citizens and various business entities for their support of the museum over the years. Without you, this wonderful community treasure would not be possible.”
The Pagosa Springs Historical Museum is a nonprofit agency dedicated to preserving the area’s history and showcasing thousands of artifacts for the enjoyment of all who visit the museum.
As with any nonprofit agency, local volunteers are essential in maintaining the quality of its services. If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer at the museum, please drop by the museum and obtain the details for this opportunity.
We are fortunate to have long-time historian and curator Ann Oldham on hand at the museum. She is always delighted to enlighten the visitors about the articles on display.
The museum is located at 96 Pagosa St. (1st Street and U.S. 160) and is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. There is no admission price, but donations are always welcome.

]]>
Pagosa Springs Historical Museum to open for season May 16 http://www.pagosasun.com/pagosa-springs-historical-museum-to-open-for-season-may-16/ Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:00:22 +0000 http://www.pagosasun.com/?p=120376 By Frank Zellner
Special to The PREVIEW
The summer season for the Pagosa Springs Historical Museum will begin May 16.
The museum is celebrating this year’s opening with a hot dog and hamburger barbecue to be held in the museum parking lot. All are welcome to attend this event from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on May 19.
The museum has long been a popular attraction for both the local residents and visitors from all over the country. The artifacts featured in the museum reflect the rich history of the Pagosa Springs valley. Through the years and continuing today, generous residents have donated their family heirlooms, furniture, documents and precious historical items.
These articles are beautifully displayed for the visitors’ enjoyment. Also available is a collection of beautiful quilts, handcrafted by our local quilt makers.
Loretta Ross, president of the board of directors, encourages all to visit the museum on an annual basis as the venue is always enhanced by new donations.
Ross said, “We are so grateful for the citizens and various business entities for their support of the museum over the years. Without you, this wonderful community treasure would not be possible.”
The Pagosa Springs Historical Museum is a nonprofit agency dedicated to preserving the area’s history and showcasing thousands of artifacts for the enjoyment of all who visit the museum.
As with any nonprofit agency, local volunteers are essential in maintaining the quality of its services. If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer at the museum, please drop by the museum and obtain the details for this opportunity.
We are fortunate to have long-time historian and curator Ann Oldham on hand at the museum. She is always delighted to enlighten the visitors about the articles on display.
The museum is located at 96 Pagosa St. (1st Street and U.S. 160) and is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. There is no admission price, but donations are always welcome.

]]>