40 years of recording -and making – history
Glenwood Springs’ Frontier Historical Society is starting to accumulate a bit of a history of its own.The group is turning 40 and is celebrating its anniversary today with an open house from 5-8 p.m. at the Frontier Historical Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave.Though the Frontier Historical Society has been around for only a fraction of Glenwood’s history, it’s hard to imagine a time when this city didn’t have an organization dedicated to preserving its history.The Frontier Historical Society is a true community treasure. Its museum allows visitors to step back in time and see how Glenwood appeared in earlier days. The society provides guided tours of the museum, and guided group walking tours of Glenwood’s historic downtown.It also provides slide shows and historical presentations, along with “Explore History?” trunk programs that get elementary school students interested in how Glenwood has changed and evolved over the years.The museum’s archival collection serves as an important community repository for historical, genealogical and educational research. The museum also is the place to go for Glenwood-related photos from days gone by.Staffers at the Glenwood Springs Post Independent have greatly appreciated the museum’s existence when stories have required historical background or illustration. And for years, museum registrar Willa Soncarty has provided a wonderful community service by writing weekly historical columns in the GSPI, oftentimes pointing out parallels between current events and past ones in our fair town.At 40, the Frontier Historical Society has firmly established itself as a part of Glenwood’s history. But thankfully, it also remains an integral part of Glenwood today. Considering the vital role it plays, this much-appreciated keeper of Glenwood’s history looks as if it is here to stay.At 40, the Frontier Historical Society has firmly established itself as a part of Glenwood’s history. But thankfully, it also remains an integral part of Glenwood today. Considering the vital role it plays, this much-appreciated keeper of Glenwood’s history looks as if it is here to stay.
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