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By Shari Pierce
Special to The PREVIEW
Increased visitor numbers this season, and especially strong numbers last week, means the historical society museum will remain open a bit longer, with the closing now scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 29, at 5 p.m.
Quilts loaned for this summer’s special exhibit, Stitches in Time, will remain on display as well, thanks to the generosity of their owners.
Take advantage of this extended season to visit the museum and see the wonderful displays pertain to Pagosa Springs’ and Archuleta County’s early days. From farming and ranching and a general store to photographs of the area and household items, you are sure to find something of interest among the hundreds of artifacts on display. An overwhelming majority of the items are from here in Archuleta County, from early families that settled in this area.
Many of the visitors to the museum say that this is one of the best they have ever been in. What is stopping you from visiting?
After you’ve toured the museum, be sure to spend some time browsing the gift shop. Think Christmas. Regional history books, locally handcrafted items and the museum’s souvenir playing cards provide an excellent selection of merchandise for you or for gifts. These items are supplemented by a selection of delightful merchandise, including embroidery patterns and flour sack towels.
Souvenir playing cards were created by the society as a fund-raiser for the museum. The deck is a regular playing deck with photos of early Pagosa Springs on the cards that were sponsored by local individuals and businesses. The decks are available for $10 each.
The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and is located at the corner of U.S. 160 and 1st Street on the eastern end of town. Admission is free.
Donations to the society are greatly appreciated and are used to offset the operating expenses of the museum. The society does not receive financial support from the town and county and rely on donations and gift shop sales to pay for insurance, payroll, upkeep and more. The society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The museum is now scheduled to close for the 2013 season at 5 p.m. on Sept. 29. Help keep our numbers strong and we may stay open longer. Spread the word; bring your family and friends. You are invited to stop in to the museum and enjoy getting to know more about our community’s history.