When you’re in town, stop by the museum

Are you coming to town this weekend for the San Juan River Rod Run Car Show?

After you take in the vintage automobiles, we encourage you to take a short cruise down to the San Juan Historical Society Museum. It is located just a few blocks away, at 96 Pagosa St.

You’ll enjoy exhibits from Archuleta County’s early history. We have a mosasaur on display, which was discovered south of Pagosa Springs. You can move on to our rock display, Native American artifacts, Fort Lewis and then into early town history dating to World War II.

The museum is pleased to also offer a special exhibit this summer, “Quilts from the Trunk of Cindy Vermillion Hamilton.” This lovely exhibit features 36 antique quilts from Hamilton’s collection, along with her first-place winner from this year’s American Quilter Society show in Paducah, Ky. — “To England and Back.”

You can shop for items unique to Pagosa Springs in our gift shop. Available is our special souvenir deck of playing cards featuring 55 photos of Pagosa Springs and the surrounding area. For those who are taking in the quilting exhibit, we have copies of Hamilton’s book along with some quilting patterns produced by local quilting company Edelweiss Needlework Chalet. A local artist has generously created scenic fabric postcards for us to sell. These are beautiful and would make a great souvenir or gift. Also featured are history books by local authors and other books of regional historical interest.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. You should plan to arrive by 3 p.m. to be sure to have plenty of time to view all of the wonderful exhibits. We are located at 96 Pagosa St. on the east end of downtown. There is no admission charge to the museum.