Quilts, and much more, at San Juan Historical Society Museum

Quilts, quilts, quilts.

Yes, we are having a delightful display of quilts at the museum this summer. Thirty-five antiques from the collection of nationally recognized quilter Cindy Vermillion Hamilton make up this exhibit. You certainly don’t want to miss this exceptional opportunity to view these quilts along with Hamilton’s first-place winner from this year’s American Quilter Society show in Paducah, Ky. — “To England and Back.”

But, is there anything else to see besides quilts?

You bet.

The San Juan Historical Society Museum has many thousands of artifacts; most of them are on display. From Mosasaur bones to rocks, saddles to printing equipment, and household items there is surely something to satisfy most visitors.

Our county’s history is rich in ranching. We have a wonderful farm and ranch display showcasing saddles, tack, branding irons and machinery used on these properties.

Another display contains artifacts used by early doctors and dentists in our area. One particular item of interest in this display is the Violet Rays Apparatus and accessories. The Comb-Rake Electrode was “used for all scalp treatments” such as”“Falling Hair, Dandruff, Gray Hair and stimulating the hair roots and cells.” Also available was a Spinal Electrode, Prostatic Electrode, and a Special Metal Electrode, which was used to “stimulate any nerve or muscle.” It was claimed other electrodes would help with problems of the throat, nasal, ear, eye, deafness, cyditis, strictures, gonorrhea, double chins, goiter, nervousness and dental problems.

Moving along you will find a well-stocked general store, complete with cash register and safe.

In our home section there is a kitchen outfitted so well as to be the envy of any homemaker. There is a sideboard and large stove, churn and even a food processor.

This is just a very small amount of the items we have on display. You are encouraged to stop in yourself and see the treasures, which are housed in our own museum.

After you’ve perused the vast collection at the museum, 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. Please note less than 150 decks of the original order remain. The cards sell for $10, plus tax.

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 Street on the east end of downtown.

There is no admission fee to see the museum this season. We do gladly accept donations to defray operating expenses such as utilities and insurance.

We look forwarding to seeing you.


PREVIEW photo/Shari Pierce
Archuleta County’s history is rich in ranching. The San Juan Historical Society Museum has a farm and ranch display showcasing saddles, tack, branding irons and machinery used on these properties


PREVIEW photo/Shari Pierce
Archuleta County’s history is rich in ranching. The San Juan Historical Society Museum has a farm and ranch display showcasing saddles, tack, branding irons and machinery used on these properties