History of the Hinsdale County Historic Society
The Historical Society was established in October 1973 and opened its first museum in the Finley Block in July 1975. The building was leased at that time and when it was sold the museum moved to a succession of other rented quarters, including what was the Cinnamon Inn for a couple years starting in 1979. The Society returned to the Finley Block in 1987 and purchased it in 1989 in trade for four town lots the Society owned in the Foote & Richardson Addition and $65,000 cash, the latter including $10,000 from the Boettcher Foundation and $20,000 from the Gates Foundation. We have expended upwards of $100,000 in improvements, including grants in 1998 and 1999 from the State Historical Fund totaling $65,000, for new heating system, roof, electric wiring, handicapped accessible bathroom, and stone and mortar repair.
We are very proud of our accomplishments to date. We could not have done them without the support of our members, the community and our grantors. Please take a few minutes to browse through our site. If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please let us know. Thank you for visiting.
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Board of Directors
President – Grant Houston
Vice President – Glenn Heumann
Secretary – Peggy Bales
Treasurer – Glenn Heumann
Director – Kristie Borchers
Kristie Borchers joined the board in 2011. She currently serves the community as a Hinsdale County commissioner and as the Main Street program’s executive director. Kristie has been involved in the restoration of the 1877 County Courthouse and the Society’s purchase of the Rose Lime Kiln. She has also served on the Ute Team since 2009 which is now a 12-acre property owned by Hinsdale County and on the National Register of Historic Places.
Director – Jesse Kendall
Director – Mette Flynt
Mette Flynt joined the board in 2021. She is a history professor who studies tourism and the American West. Her interest in history began with her family. She spent the summers volunteering with her dad, David Flynt, at HCHS and learning about her family’s mining history in Lake City. Mette has led historic tours for HCHS since 2005. She’s proud to have the privilege to tell new stories about familiar places through these tours.
Director – Mike Harrington
I had the opportunity to join the board in 2021. I was already and remain a volunteer docent at our fabulous museum. I have been interested in Western history and mining since my childhood which is a reason I chose Lake City as a new home. I am also active volunteering as a western reenactment actor and in the Alpine Outdoor Association which fosters safety and outdoor awareness. I am proud to be guiding our newest Lake City Historical tour featuring the lifetime and nefarious actions of Alfred Packer.