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San Juan Historical Museum remains open through Saturday

The San Juan Historical Society Museum will remain open through Saturday. That gives you just a couple of days to join the more than 2,700 people have taken the opportunity this summer to view the special exhibit “Quilts from the Trunk of Cindy Vermillion Hamilton.”

Over 35 quilts are included in the exhibit. With the exception of “To England and Back” by Hamilton, all of the quilts in the display are antique quilts collected over Hamilton’s years of studying quilt history. The quilts date from 1843.

Free admission

This summer, there is no admission fee to the museum. Please take advantage of this incredible opportunity to attend this unique exhibit and also take advantage of all of the interesting artifacts from Archuleta County’s history.

Voluntary donations will be accepted to defray operating expenses.

No quilts are for sale, but the museum has a small gift shop, which carries Hamilton’s book “Medallion Quilts Inspiration & Patterns.” Books of regional historical interest, historical playing cards and locally handcrafted items, including inexpensive tote bags, are available.

Historical Playing Cards

In 2008, the society created a deck of historical playing cards. An order of 1100 decks was placed. With most of those sold, the society placed an order for an additional set of cards. On the new order, the back of the cards has been changed to a colorized photo of the hot springs and old bath house. The cards are available for $10 per deck plus tax and may be purchased at the museum, the Visitor Center and Moonlight Books. They will also be available at the Civic Club Bazaar.

Civic Club Bazaar

Look for the San Juan Historical Society booth at the Civic Club Bazaar in November. The society will have handcrafted items, books and our historical deck of playing cards for sale there. This will be a great time to purchase gifts of local interest. The bazaar will be at the community center on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The San Juan Historical Society Museum is located at the corner of U.S. 160 and First Street on the eastern end of Pagosa Springs. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Hurry in to take advantage of this opportunity to visit Pagosa Springs’ own history museum.