Historical society museum opens for the season


    Special to The PREVIEW

    Have you visited the historical society museum?

    If not, you are in for a treat.

    If so, you know of all the treasures that are housed within the walls of the old town waterworks and Job Corps buildings.

    The museum opens Saturday, May 25, for the season.

    Society members have organized the waterworks portion of the building to display household items that were used by the settlers to our area. You’ll see a sideboard, range and even a food processor in the kitchen display. Dad’s room includes a marvelous one-of-a-kind chair/table made by Walter X.Y. Zabriske using redwood and a Maxwell car seat. You’ll see skis and an outboard motor that belonged to Dutch Henry Born. And this is only the beginning.

    In the front portion of the museum you’ll see displays representing business and community. Mrs. Ruby Sisson’s desk from the Blanco School brings back memories for many of this lady who was a teacher in our community, teaching multiple generations of families. She also served as superintendent of schools for a number of years.

    A cash register from the Hatcher Mercantile Company is very ornate and makes up the heart of the general store display.

    You might also enjoy the railroad, farm and ranch, forge, bank, office or church exhibits.

    Camera buffs will find a nice selection of old-time photographic equipment and music fans may like the tremola.

    Quilt display

    Over the past several summers, visitors have especially enjoyed the quilt displays at the museum. This season the society has gathered a fun assortment of quilts and comforters for guests to view.

    This collection includes two antique comforters made by men who resided in our community and an eclectic assortment of quilts from local quilter Judy Jordan.

    Judy’s quilts include a variety made from antique and vintage blocks passed down from family members and fabrics collected on her many travels. Judy’s quilts celebrate the history of her family and of our nation in many unique ways. Don’t miss this wonderful collection.

    Featured on the cover of this week’s PREVIEW is Judy’s Redwork Americana Quilt. This is a redwork quilt with the Pledge of Allegiance and depicting important figures and artifacts from American history. On the quilt you will see Abraham Lincoln, Independence Hall, the Mayflower, Statue of Liberty, American Eagle, Declaration of Independence, Liberty Bell, George Washington, American Flag and Betsy Ross.

    On the back of the quilt is a map of the United States with Judy’s documentation that the redwork was done on this quilt in 2002 and the quilting completed in 2003. One wonderful thing about Judy’s work is that she documents so well the events leading up to making of the quilt, and, in this case, she documented what was going on in the United States at the time. So, on the back of the quilt, Judy included a block with George W. Bush’s likeness, who was serving as our nation’s 43rd president at the time. Judy also documents “Freedom Iraq” on March 19, 2003, and the verse from the Bible, Psalms 44: 4-5: “You are my King and my God. You give victory to your people. By your power we defeat our enimies.”

    Gift shop

    The society offers a gift shop featuring a wide variety of items of interest to visitors of the museum. This season, the gift shop has been greatly expanded and more items are yet to come. Southwest history books, photos, quilting books and patterns, wall hangings, tote bags and purses, rocks and home decor are just a few of the items to be found in the shop.

    Society members also offer handmade items for sale. Choose from covered wagon dolls, postcards, tote bags and jeans purses to find the perfect gift for someone special.

    Free admission

    Admission to the museum is free, however donations are greatly appreciated to help with operating expenses such as utilities, insurance and payroll.

    The gift shop is important to the success of the museum. Sales from the shop are utilized to offset operating expenses as well.

    The museum is located at 96 Pagosa St. on the east end of Pagosa Springs and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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