Summit Historical Society

Summit Historical Society has a proud past and bright future…..we are passionate about telling the stories of Summit County, Colorado through our sites and artifacts, programs and events.

Stories like the life of Anna Emore, 1892-1974, who lived her entire life in Summit County. Her father, Augusta “Tip” Baliff first came to Frisco in 1879. Tip drove a stagecoach over Loveland Pass and also found a job as a veterinarian. He managed to open a blacksmith shop in 1879. He later moved the shop to Dillon in 1883 when railroads started developing. He had a blacksmith shop in Keystone. Anna learned about community service from her dad. She was instrumental in the 1883 Schoolhouse move from Old Dillon to its new home and current location in 1961.

After the relocation in 1966, Anna became a founding member of The Summit Historical Society. The early Society acquired and turned the Schoolhouse into a museum in 1972. They also began the traditions of storytelling we strive to achieve today.

Weekly Happenings

Each week, we provide a publication that retells stories of Summit County, then and now. 


Stories of Then and Now

We continue Anna’s dedication to preservation having preserved over 20 sites around the county. Be sure to check back online or in person! Hear more about the people, places, and things that tell of our past.

Women of Distinction, Then and Now, an Annual Award from Summit Historical Society

Annually, we honor Women of Distinction, Then and Now. These stories of Summit County women, past and present, preserve the contributions of women to the history of our county.

The Summit Historical Society announces its 2019 honorees:

Then Recipient:

Lula Myers

Now Recipient:

Harriett Bobo


The Summit Historical Society (SHS) was incorporated on October 25, 1966, as a private, nonprofit, member based tax-exempt State of Colorado 501(c) (3) corporation. Contributions are tax deductible as permitted by section 170 IRS Code.