Summit Historical Society

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

The Society fosters heritage preservation and tourism through on-going programs. In addition, we make our projects highly visible for direct public benefit. As a result, the Society provides a showcase for the protection and improvement of historical sites in Summit County. Many of these activities result in educational and recreational opportunities. We also improve the quality of those historical sites.




Sally Queen

Acting Executive Director

Sally is a 30 year museum professional who has worked with museums as large as the National Museum of American History as well as small volunteer historical societies. Sally’s specialty is historical clothing and textiles and nonprofit governance. Sally have been coming to Summit County since 1983  and moved here full time in 2015.

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Quinn Walcott 

Business and Program Manager

Quinn joins us from sunny Southern California having experience working with multiple local medium sized museums and non profits. She has experience in museum programming, finances, education, and theater.   Quinn holds a BA in Anthropology and is completing her Masters Degree in Business Administration.  Joining Summit Historical Society team, she will be responsible for program development, membership, the Society business office and learning about the rich history of Summit County.


Christy Nelson

Education Director

Christy has lived around the world as an educator and trainer. She moved to Summit County in 2003, and has been an active member of the community ever since. She joined the staff of Summit Historical Society in 2013. Her passion is education and interpretation of history to all ages.


Molly Speer

Marketing Coordinator

After graduating from the University of Kansas, Molly moved to Summit County to play in the snow and photograph Colorado’s historical steam trains.For the the past 27 years, she has spent her time working in education, Human Resources, producing large scale events and freelance marketing.She supports the Society in preserving and collecting fascinating information and telling Summit County’s historical stories to residents and guest of all ages.


Peggy Schaller

Collections Management Consultant

Peggy Schaller established Collections Research for Museums, a museum consulting firm that specializes in cataloging/collection management training and services, in November 1991. It is the mission of Collections Research for Museums to inspire museums to improve their professional standards, collections stewardship and service to their constituency through training in, and assistance with, documenting, preserving, protecting and managing their collections


Bruce Queen

Collections Researcher

Bruce is a retired 26 year veteran of the US Air Force. He retired at the rank of Colonel in 1998. Following his Air Force career, he spent an additional 16 years with Northrop Grumman Corp as a Director of Business Development. He became a Summit County property owner in 2000 and a full time resident in 2015.

It is the mission of Collections Research for Museums to inspire other museums. They aim to improve their professional standards, collections stewardship, and service to their constituency. Furthermore, they do this through training, assisting, documenting, preserving, protecting and managing their collections.