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Museum features ‘Montage: A Quilt Show’

This summer’s quilt display at the museum continues to draw visitors who express their admiration of the variety and quality of the quilts which are a part of “Montage: A Quilt Show.”

American Sampler

Ann Oldham purchased the kit for this quilt top in 1979 from Herrschners — a mail-order needlework and craft company. The kit, numbered 01171 and named “American Sampler,” is a product of National Paragon Corp., New York, NY. The package contained, “Quilt top panels of 100-percent cotton percale, stamped for embroidery and quilting, and complete easy-to-follow instructions with diagram.”

After Ann had the top partially completed, it was stored away. Work resumed on it in 2011 and in that year the embroidery work was completed.

The hand quilting and binding were completed by Ann’s daughter, Shari Pierce, in April 2012.

Flower baskets

Three sisters Palmer made this quilt in the late 1800s. They were young women living in New York City. It has been inherited by Marty Nossaman Lincoln, who is a Pagosa Springs resident, and generously loaned this quilt for this special exhibit.

Museum displays

Don’t be fooled by the banner out front announcing the quilt display. There is so much more to the museum than just this exhibit.

For example, in the center of the front portion of the museum reside the schoolroom and railroad and logging displays.

The schoolroom features Ruby Sisson’s desk from the Blanco Basin School, along with desks, maps, books and more. Miss Ruby was a much-beloved teacher and superintendent in the schools of Archuleta County, serving multiple generations of family’s students.

Across the aisle is a collection of logging and railroad memorabilia, some of which is on loan and some has been donated. Mile marker 403 from the railroad is on exhibit along with saws and other miscellaneous items.

Logging and the railroad played an important part in the growth of our community in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The museum would like to expand this exhibit and requests anyone with items relating to these local industries that would consider donating or loaning to please contact the museum. Any photographs that could be scanned and added to the collection would also be greatly appreciated. You may contact Shari Pierce at 946-3137, or the museum at 264-4424.

Gift shop

A small gift shop is housed in the museum, offering books of regional interest, quilt books and patterns, Pagosa Springs historical playing cards and locally made crafts for sale. All proceeds from the museum support the operation of the museum.

No admission

All of the thousands of treasures housed in the museum can be enjoyed at no charge. Donations are gladly accepted to offset day-to-day expenses of utilities, insurance and upkeep.

The museum is located at 96 Pagosa St. on the east end of Pagosa Springs and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Bring the family down and take a walk back in time.

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