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Visit soon, museum season coming to an end

By Shari Pierce

Nippy morning temperatures signal the coming of fall and the gorgeous colors that accompany this time of year. Cooler days beckon us to play outside.

This is also the signal that the San Juan Historical Society Museum’s season is coming to a close.

The last day for the museum to be open for this season is Saturday, Sept. 15.

Be sure to plan a trip to the museum in the next couple of days to view this summer’s quilt display as some of these quilts will be going home to their owners after Saturday.

Double wedding ring

The double wedding ring pattern appeared in the 1920s in the United States. Feed sacks that were predominantly floral and geometric were very popular in wedding ring quilts. This quilt is on loan by Susan Nossaman. The Nossaman family was one of the very earliest to settle in the Pagosa Springs area. You’ll find this quilt displayed over our kitchen display, which includes a vintage stove and sideboard.

Pine Trees of Pagosa Springs

This friendship quilt has been donated to the museum. This type of quilt is traditionally a simple, pieced block with a signature block incorporated into it or under it. The signatures may be written in ink, or embroidered.

This quilt is done in a traditional pine-tree block. At the base of each tree is a signature block with the names embroidered on it. There are 82 names of early families to settle in this.

Hazel Macht made the pine tree block friendship quilt in 1935 and she gave it the name “Pine Trees of Pagosa Springs.”

Hazella Haptenstall donated this quilt, a granddaughter of early Pagosa Springs pioneers Joe and Hazel Macht.

More than just quilts

When you come down to view the quilts be sure and bring the rest of the family. There is something for everyone to see. Enjoy the display of cameras (none are digital), logging and railroad memorabilia, blacksmith shop, office machines, general store and so much more.

Challenge yourself to find Henry Born’s outboard motor in the museum. Born was another early settler to Pagosa Springs and operated a fish hatchery at Born’s Lake, northeast of Pagosa Springs. He has a very interesting life story. His descendants still reside in this area.

Gift shop

The museum gift shop offers 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. Donations are appreciated as 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 1st Street in downtown Pagosa Springs.

This story was posted on September 13, 2012.