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Museum features two special exhibits, Picture Project

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.”

These exhibits will be available for viewing enjoyment 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.

Days of the Week

Days of the Week is one of the vintage quilts that is a part of this show.

Vogart, a company dating back to the 1930s, produced many of the same transfers and was known for decades as a primary source for the days-of-the-week series. Transfer patterns were carried by major five-and-dime stores along with their line of stamped, and sometimes tinted, linens.

More in style for the time, days-of-the-week transfers were made into towels.

This particular transfer pattern was from the 1932 era and portrays a lovely girl going about her weekly chores. The embroiderer chose to make these blocks into a small coverlet for a bed. She ironed the pattern onto the background fabric of choice and embellished them with exquisite embroidery stitches.

Techniques used such as the iron-on and preprinted fabric were considered “novelties” during the 1920s to 1940s. The history remains largely untold and the quilts, coverlets, and patterns are disintegrating right under our noses. The beautiful embroidery along with the tinted color in this coverlet marks it’s time in history.

Picture Project

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

Over the years, the Society has received a number of requests for copies of photos.

The Society has begun working through its 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 Street.

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.

Exclusively available at the museum gift shop are photos from local photographer Michael Pierce.

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

Be sure to include a visit to our community’s museum in your plans this weekend.