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San Juan Historical Society opens Picture Project

The San Juan Historical Society is pleased to announce the opening of its Picture Project.

Over the years, the Society has received a number of requests for copies of photos. People are interested in decorating their homes and offices with these photos.

Society members have begun working through files to determine which photos have been donated, thus giving the ability to be reproduced.

A dozen photos were selected for production in the initial phase of the Picture Project. They range from a photo of the bathhouse in downtown to logging photos and successful hunters, among others.

The photos are not for commercial use.

These photos are offered for sale in 8x10 and 11x14 sizes. If this initial phase of the Project is successful, the Society will expand its offerings.

The historic photos are available at the San Juan Historical Society Museum, 96 Pagosa St. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

If you aren’t able to make it to the museum, the photos are also available at the Artisans of the Southwest Gallery located at 175 Pagosa St.

Special exhibits

The San Juan Historical Society is pleased to offer to our community and visitors to Pagosa Springs two special exhibits this summer: “100 Years of Scouting” and “Quilting: Past meets the Present,” from May 15 until Sept. 11.

“100 Years of Scouting” is a portion of the collection of memorabilia from a local scouter, along with highlights of the past 100 years of scouting in the United States.

A special exhibit, “Quilting: Past meets the Present,” is under the direction of Shirley Brinkmann, local quilter, artist and designer.

“Friends for Life” is one of the quilts in the collection on display. These lovely ladies with parasols were made by Harriett Denton, Shirley Brinkmann’s great grandmother. When they came into Shirley’s hands, they were in blocks. Shirley set them together. The fabric was already deteriorating and is so thin that cannot be quilted without risking irreparable damage to the top.

Gift shop

The museum gift shop will offer patterns for some of the quilts on display. There is also a nice selection of quilting and regional history books, tote bags and purses, historic playing cards and old photographs from this area.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at 96 Pagosa St. in downtown Pagosa Springs.