by Rebecca Copley, Monte Vista Journal
MONTE VISTA - The Monte Vista Historical Society gathered for their annual meeting Oct. 7. The weather was lovely for the outdoor socially distanced event. They did not have enough members present at the meeting to elect two new persons to the board of directors. However, Peg Schall was able to read the annual report. Schall reported to those present the following:
“Due to the COVID-19 virus the activities for the past year have been minimal. During the winter months the history center has had no water. Freezing was suspected, and the bathroom was heated. The public works department was able to remedy the situation, and we are most grateful.
The photo albums and computer were moved to the Transportation Museum the Fall with the intention to work on them during the winter and spring. Again, due to the virus it was thought safer to keep both the History Center and Transportation Museum closed for the 2020 season. Both the Colorado Wyoming Association of Museums and various women’s suffrage events were canceled.
Reading of the Monte Vista Journals to update the “Bridge to Yesterday,” book continues. Inquiries for family information or locations of certain buildings have been answered. Cooperation with individuals seeking photos for historical presentations continues. Playing cards are for sale at the Chamber of Commerce and the Monte Vista Coop.
A book about the Teft family, a history of Creede, and a Swoop of Cranes (book), have been donated to the museums. Tourist maps feature an ad for the Historical Society and are available here today.
Thanks to the Carnegie Public Library for its assistance throughout the year, and a big thanks to all the volunteers and board members. Board members are Kay Campbell, Laurie Ellithorpe McClung, Tami Fassett, Wanda Hawman, Norma Valdez and Peg Schall.”
After the report was given attendees were able to look at the commemorative Swoop of Cranes book which was given to the Historical Society by the Monte Vista Chamber of Commerce.