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Museum presents special exhibits, demonstrations as season draws to close

Hints of color changes along the river and nighttime temperatures in the 40s signal fall is just around the corner.

This also brings the seasonal closure of the historical society museum, this year slated for Saturday, Sept. 11. You have just a few days to take advantage of this year’s special exhibits: “100 Years of Scouting” and “Quilting: Past meets the Present.”

You’ll also want to head down to the museum on Sept. 7, 9 and 11 for a special demonstration of blacksmithing by local aspiring artist and blacksmith Mark Bergon. Mark has generously offered to help us celebrate Labor Day week by offering these demonstrations of the methods used by these important workers in our community’s past. He will also speak on the history of this occupation, which has been in place in America since the 1700s.

The demonstrations will begin at 9 a.m. each day and Mark will have a few of his pieces for sale at the exhibit, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the museum.

Quilting exhibit

This exhibit features over 25 quilts, both antique and new. Quilt artists have used as inspiration an antique quilt and remade it using today’s tools, fabrics and techniques. Both quilts are on display so the viewer will enjoy seeing the importance of the vintage quilt to today’s quilter.

This exhibit is under the direction of Shirley Brinkmann, local quilter, artist and designer. Some of the quilts are for sale.

Scout Exhibit

The Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their centennial anniversary in 2010. “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. Scouts have been active in Pagosa Springs since the 1930s.

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 Street in downtown Pagosa Springs.