Historic Adventures, Tours and Events

Spend the day with the Summit Historical Society. Learn about the fascinating, unique history of Summit County.

Historic Adventures

Join the Summit Historical Society on one of our historic hikes, mine tours or textile adventures.  Space is limited, so be sure and make reservations.  Lunch is provided.

Monday, July 9, 9:00 AM
A visit to the E.D. Yust Homestead, a National Historic Site, south of Kremmling. You will see the original house built in 1885 with its original Southern Pine flooring; Yust family artifacts fill every room.  Numerous outbuildings beckon to be explored.
Limited to 9 people.  Bring water and walking shoes.  Meet at the Dillon Schoolhouse, 408 LaBonte, Dillon.

Reservations by July 6, please.

Cost:  $20 for Historical Society Members

Cost: $30 for SHS Non-Members

Saturday, July 14, 9:30 AM
This visit goes to the Burke and Martin mine and Sts. John with a schoolhouse lunch at the Montezuma Schoolhouse.  
Limited to 20 people.  Meet at the Montezuma Schoolhouse, Montezuma, Colorado.


Monday, July 16, 9:00 AM
This adventure includes a private tour of the historic Avery house and its textiles in Ft. Collins with Sally Queen. You will have an up-close and personal viewing of textiles from the 1880s and 1890s.
Limited to 11 people. Transportation is included. Meet at the Dillon Schoolhouse.


Saturday, July 28, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Bring your American Girl dolls to the Schoolhouse Museum.  Learn what it was like to attend school in the late 1800s.  Perfect for girls ages 9 through 12, mothers and grandmothers!  You will meet the designer of the American Girl doll, Felicity.  
Limited to 20 people. Location:  Schoolhouse in Dillon.

Reservations by July 25, please.

Cost:  $10 for Historical Society Members

Cost: $20 for Non-Members

Monday, July 30, 10:00 AM
Visit the Washington mine and enjoy a miner’s meal complete with pasty and other goodies after a tour conducted by Rick Hague, Rich Skovlin, and Sandie Mather.
Limited to 20 people.
Meet at the Washington Mine in Breckenridge.

Reservations by July 27, please.

Cost:  $20 for Historical Society Members

Cost: $30 for Non-Members

Saturday, August 11, 1:00 – 6:00 PM
An optional “Meet the Experts” happy hour will follow the program at 6:00 PM
Join Dr. Vicki L. Berger, Sally Queen and Jan Loverin, textile experts, in a hands-on workshop exploring historical clothing and textiles. 

This event is sponsored by Summit Historical Society, Costume Society of America, and Breckenridge Heritage Alliance.

Limited to 40 people. Meet at the Mather Archives in the Breckenridge Grand Vacations Community Center and Library.

Reservations by August 8, please.

Cost:  $30 – EARLY BIRD, register before July 31

Cost:  $35 for Historical Society Members, CSA and Breckenridge Heritage Aliance – After August 1

Cost: $45 for Non-Members

Monday, August 13, 8:45 AM
Back by popular demand— visit towns, mines, and mill sites in the Swan Valley with Bill Fountain.  There is an optional hike to the Cashier mine and mill after lunch. 
Limited to 20 people.  Meet at the Dredge parking lot on Tiger Road in Breckenridge.

Reservations by August 10 please.

Cost:  $20 for Historical Society Members, CSA and Breckenridge Heritage Aliance

Cost: $30 for Non-Members

Saturday, August 25, 9:30 AM
Enjoy a visit to the Argo Gold Mine in Idaho Springs where you will see the restored Argo Mill and learn all about the milling process.  The mill was the largest of its type in the world and processed over $3 trillion in gold ore.
Limited to 20 people.  Meet at the Dillon Schoolhouse. Cost:  $35 for SHS members, $45 for non-members.

Reservations by August 22 please.

Cost:  $35 for Historical Society Members, CSA and Breckenridge Heritage Aliance

Cost: $45 for Non-Members

Historic Tours

Dillon Schoolhouse Museum

Visit the Schoolhouse Museum, Myers Cabin, and Honeymoon Cabin and learn about life in the late 1800s in Summit County. You will find the museum at 403 LaBonte Street in Dillon.

Summer Schedule

Tuesday through Friday, 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM
July 3 through August 31
Reservations not required.

Winter Schedule

The Schoolhouse Museum is open by appointment only. Tours can be arranged by calling 970-468-2207.

Costs:  Your $5 donation supports the Museum and other educational programs of the Summit Historical Society.

Dillon, Denver, and the Dam

Spend the morning with Sandra Mather, the author of Dillon, Denver, and the Dam, a Summit Historical Society publication. Learn about the building of Dillon dam and the creation of “new” Dillon.


Thursday mornings, July 7 through August 31, at 9:00 am.  Meet at the Schoolhouse Museum, 403 LaBonte, Dillon.  There is a short walk to see some of the structures moved from the dam site.  Meet at the Schoolhouse Museum, 403 LaBonte, Dillon.  Reservations not required.

Cost:  $10 per person.

Historic Boat Tours

Topics include building the dam and Roberts Tunnel, moving the town, and other topics of interest.


Tuesday and Thursday mornings from, 9 – 10:30 AM, June 12 until August 30.  Contact the Dillon Marina for reservations (970-468-5100).   Reserve early.

Cost:  $40 per person.


National Repertory Orchestra Concert
Saturday, July 14th, 6:00 PM
Share your support of the Historical Society with Sally and Bruce Queen who will make a donation in honor of the Summit Historical Society.

Location:  Lake Dillon Amphitheater.

Cost:  Admission is free. 

Fundraising Breakfast at the Elks
Sunday, August 5, 9:00 AM –  12:00 PM
The proceeds support the Society’s full schedule of educational events.

Location:  Elks Lodge, 1321 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne. 

Cost:  Tickets $10 from an SHS member before the event, $12 at the door.