◊photo/ Shari Pierce
San Juan Historical Society Museum
The San Juan Historical Society Museum is excited to announce two new developments for its Summer 2009 season.

A new exhibit debuts with the Museum’s opening and will run for the entire season. “Antique Quilts From The Trunk of Cindy Vermillion Hamilton” will feature works by Cindy Vermillion Hamilton, award-winning quilter, quilt historian and author. A self-taught quilter, Hamilton began her craft in 1967. Antique quilts in this exhibit will be from her collection and date from the early 1800s. It is anticipated that there will be 30 or more quilts on display for the enjoyment of visitors.

Also new for the 2009 season is the elimination of an admission fee for the Summer 2009 season and will instead ask for donations from those touring the museum.

For more than three decades, the San Juan Historical Society Museum has offered visitors and locals a glimpse back into the history of Pagosa Country while preserving and displaying precious artifacts from the past. A few of the special exhibits include a general store, bank, country school room, logging, railroad and ranching.

The museum is located a short walk from downtown Pagosa Springs on the corner of U.S. 160 and 1st Street. It is partially housed in the old waterworks building constructed by the WPA in 1938. In the 1970s, the historical society added a metal building to the front of the waterworks to provide additional display area.

While visiting the museum, visitors are encouraged to browse the gift shop, where historical society members have carefully selected items, which may be of particular interest to visitors of Pagosa Country.

The book series “Remembrances,” celebrating the people, places and history of Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area, continues. The most recent addition to the series is Volume 13, titled “Unlucky Days.” This volume features unlucky stories through area history including tales of deep snow, influenza, government problems and the year the river ran dry. The series is compiled and published by the San Juan Historical Society, a nonprofit organization that also manages the museum.

The museum is staffed by volunteers and opens for the season on May 12 and will run exhibits through Sept. 19. Museum hours are Tues.-Sat., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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