Become a valued member………………….

The Summit Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1966 whose mission is “to identify, preserve, interpret, and disseminate the history of Summit County, Colorado.”  Since the Society’s founding in 1966, it has been instrumental in saving and preserving many of Summit County’s historic sites. Presently, our properties include Victorian residences in Breckenridge and Dillon, an 1883 schoolhouse museum with adjoining archive, a restored 1918 barn, and two mine sites in Breckenridge.

Society volunteers offer a variety of tours and programs throughout the summer. Volunteers in the SHS archives answer inquiries and catalogue acquisitions.  We welcome requests for special tours of our sites.   The Book and Adventure Club, an educational outreach program of the Society, meets monthly to discuss a variety of topics.  Its mission is to enrich its members’ understanding of Western history and literature.  Participants enjoy field trips to historic sites throughout the year.

The Summit Historical Society welcomes members—both individuals and families—in-state and out.  We have a growing number of business partners and always welcome new additions to the list.

Individual membership costs $35 per year; family membership is $60 per year.  Business partners pay $100 per year or provide appropriate in-kind services to the Society.  We recognize our business partners in our newsletter and on our website.  All members receive Voices, the Society’s newsletter; notices about upcoming events; and information about discounts on books and registration fees.

Membership also gives you the opportunity to become a welcomed and valued volunteer.  Opportunities include helping with special events and functions; publicity; fund-raising; maintenance and upkeep; archives and collections management; grant writing; leading hikes, tours of the schoolhouse museum, and boat tours, among other things.

For those wishing to become true guardians of our historical heritage, there is the ' Above and Beyond' group of members who give more financially than the cost of membership.  Funds are used for the upkeep of buildings and sponsored events. Member categories include:

            $25 to $49—Historian
            $50 to $99—Prospector
            $100 to $249—Merchant
            $250 to $499—Silver Miner
            $500 to $999—Gold Miner
            $1000 and above—You bought the mine!

Members of this group are recognized yearly in our newsletter and on our website.

New for 2015, you can now make a donation or pay your dues through PayPal. Just 'click' on the 'Donate' button below and follow the instructions. If you don't currently have a PayPal account you will be asked to create one first.

I hope you will consider joining the growing, dynamic, and interesting group of people who comprise the Summit Historical Society.  Contact our office for a membership brochure or to volunteer: or 970-468-2207. You can also find us at the Dillon Farmers’ Market on Fridays during the summer.   

Sandie Mather, President

Summit Historical Society
P. O. Box 143, Dillon, Colorado 80435
Phone: 970-468-2207 Fax: 970-468-2207