History days events over the past weekend were well received by the public. The Red Ryder movies, Harman Museum and Gomez Store were especially well attended and enjoyable. Events continue through Saturday and all are invited to attend. A listing of activities follows.
Historic Walking Tour
It has become tradition for local geologist and history buff Glenn Raby to offer a historic walking tour in the downtown for historic preservation month. Raby will lead his annual tour beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Gather next to Goodman’s Department Store, corner of Pagosa and Fourth streets.
John Wayne played the lead role in this 1972 western movie that was filmed right here in Archuleta County. You can enjoy a matinee of “The Cowboys” on the screen at the Liberty Theatre at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $3, which includes a small soda and popcorn.
San Juan Historical Society Museum
This museum has been operating in Pagosa Springs for over 30 years, sharing thousands of local artifacts and history with visitors. The museum opens for the season on Saturday at 9 a.m. There is no admission charged to tour the museum, but donations are greatly appreciated to offset the expenses of operation.
This summer two special exhibits are featured. The Boy Scouts of America is celebrating 100 years here in the United States. A collection of scouting memorabilia from past years will be on display. You are invited to come in and learn more about the scouting movement in the U.S.
The museum is also hosting a quilt exhibit this summer — “Quilting: Past meets the present.” Several pairs of quilts will be exhibited with the first being an antique quilt and the pair being a “modern” remaking of that quilt, using today’s techniques and fabrics. The visitor will be able to appreciate both the antique quilt and the importance of the design of the antique quilt as inspiration for today’s quilter.
Pagosa’s People and Scenes
A special exhibit of photographs of Pagosa people and places continues at Pagosa Photography’s downtown gallery until May 15. Jeff Laydon is a professional photographer and has had the opportunity to photograph many of the people and places of our area.
Glenn Raby who is president of the Historic Preservation Board will give a talk on the history of Pagosa Springs on Tuesday, May 11, in the south conference room at the community center. Raby’s talk, accompanied by photos, will begin at 6 p.m. All are invited.
The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association will meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the community center. This meeting is a potluck and all are welcome to attend. Bring a dish to share. Glenn Raby will give a presentation on “the history of the history” of Chimney Rock following the potluck. Raby has been involved with this unique archaeological area for many years and his talk promises to be very informative.
Scavenging Pagosa’s Past
Students in Grades K-12 are reminded to turn in their answer sheets for the Scavenging Pagosa’s Past hunt today before Town Hall closes at 5 p.m.