Summit Historical Society

A Brief Overview

Mission and Objectives |  Organization |  Current Programs and Activities

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

Mission & Objectives

Our mission is to discover, preserve, interpret, and disseminate information to the public about the history of Summit County, Colorado.

To accomplish this mission, the Society has adopted the following goals and objectives:

Please click here for more detailed description of our Goals and Objectives.


The Summit Historical Society operates in accordance with:

Please click here for more detailed description of our Board of Directors and its responsibilities and here for our organization chart.

Paid and volunteer staff carry out the Society's daily activities and programs. All volunteers serve without compensation. Three members constitute a quorum for a business meeting of the Society.

Please click here to visit our membership site for more information on membership and how to join the Society.

Current Programs and Activities

The Society fosters heritage preservation through ongoing programs and highly visible projects for direct public benefit. In doing so, the Society provides a showcase for protection and improvement of historical sites in Summit County. Many of these activities result in educational and recreational opportunities through historical tours and roadside guides and improve the quality of the historical sites themselves.

Through exhibits, publications, lectures, and similar programs, the SHS educates residents and visitors alike about the area's heritage and traditional way of life. In addition to refurbishing, developing, and maintaining the historical sites entrusted to its care, the Society conducts many regularly scheduled tours year-round and special tours upon request. Recent programs have, for instance, benefited elementary school children, senior citizen centers, travel agents, Boy and Girl Scout troops, Elderhostel groups, tourists from around the world, and numerous other local and visiting organizations.

Please click here to learn about our points of historical interest in Summit County and available SHS tours. Selection of any of the menu items will provide background information and photographs of the sites selected.

The Society also publishes books, conducts wildflower and historical hikes, and responds to information requests from members, present and past residents, and historical researchers.

Please visit our "Publications" and "Book Club" menus to see a more detailed listing of available books and Society publications as well as Book Club activities. The Summit Historical Society Book Club is open to the public and meets monthly to discuss works of Western U.S. history, often taking field trips to nearby areas of historical interest.

Since 1966, the SHS has grown to own, manage, or control many historical sites and over 17,000 artifacts including the following: