FLORENCE PIONEER MUSEUM - Come see what's inside!
 
100 East Front Street
P O Box 131
Florence CO 81226
719-784-1904
mid-May through end of September
Tuesday - Saturday
11:00 - 4:00
Closed Sunday and Monday
 
 

 2014 is the 50th Anniversary of the museum

Stay tuned for a myriad of activities as we celebrate
50 years of preserving our past.

The museum has also changed its name back to the original "FLORENCE PIONEER MUSEUM"
 
   Florence Pioneer Museum Mission Statement
 
    To collect, preserve and interpret the rich historical   
   heritage of Florence Colorado, the surrounding mining
 towns and eastern Fremont County.
 
History of the Museum
 
     In the 1960s Charles and Velma Price had a dream to preserve the history of Florence. He was a member of the Pioneer Day Board and they agreed to be the sponsor. Darrell Lindsey worked with the Prices to raise money to purchase the old Eagles Lodge building at S. Pikes Peak and Front Street. A club was formed "100 for $15" and one hundred people donated $15 each which was the purchase price of the building.
     More money was needed for repairs and remodeling so "Chopper" (Charles Price) kept on working on the dream. In the summer of 1964, volunteers cleaned and painted, collected and organized, catalogued and displayed. "Toni" (Velma Price) prepared many of the exhibits.
     The "Florence Pioneer Museum" was dedicated 12 September 1964. In 1976, a grant was provided by the Colorado State Centennial Commission for the musuem to add a room for its rapidly expanding collection.
     The museum contains two rooms on the first floor, the basement houses a mining and rock collection, while the upstairs is divided into "rooms" offering a wide variety of collections such as a school room, doctor's office, and a general store. 
     In September 1987, the name of the museum was changed to "Price Pioneer Museum" through mandate of the Florence City Council and the Pioneer Day board.  
The City of Florence owns the building while the museum board owns the collection of artifacts. Monetary donations and fund-raisers fund the museum. The museum also accepts donations of artifacts, papers, photos, etc from eastern Fremont County towns such as Penrose, Florence, Williamsburg, Coal Creek, Rockvale, etc.
 
 
 
   Board Officers & Members
 
  PRESIDENT -Dick Upton. Dick is a  
retired educator and a devout Model A
Ford Club of America enthusiast. He
drives and restores Model A Fords and
was voted the 2011 Florence Chamber  of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

  VICE-PRESIDENT - Sally Ann Combs.
Sally is a Florence Native who is a  
dynamo of energy and experience. She's an entrepreneur, AARP member, and Senior CItizen's member of Florence. Sally is the museum Grant Writer.

  TREASURER - Pauline Upton. Pauline is
a retired educator. She is a Vintage
Clothing Specialist with a love of Model 
A Ford cars. She served in numerous
positions on many community boards in
Arizona. Paulina also is also on the
board of Starpoint.

  SECRETARY - Ben H. Combs. Ben
retired from the US Postal Dept and has been a strong community volunteer eversince. He's served with the Senior
Citizen's Center of Florence as well as the Fremont County 4-H Board. Ben loves local history and is devoted to the Museum.

  BOARD MEMBER - Beryl Baker.Beryl       moved from Denver to Florence in 2006 with her husband Larry, after they
retired from owning a successful
hardware business. She is a Board
Member of Starpoint and is active in the
Florence Downtown Merchants and
Florence Arts Guild.

  BOARD MEMBER - Larry Baker. Larry has worked in the airline, hardware and repair businesses. He currently serves on the Florence City Council and
Planning Commission, as well as the
Fremont County Planning Commission.
He is also active In Rotary, Florence
Merchants and Florence Arts Guild.

  BOARD MEMBER - Mildred Wintz. Millie
brings a wealth of experience and
education in Arts, Environmental
Science and Teaching and Curriculum.
She has volunteered with the Girl Scouts and International Science Fairs. Millie moved to Colorado in 2010 and shares her numerous talents with the Museum.

 
 
 
 
        Become a member   
 
            Yearly dues are $25.

            Century Club
 
Donate $100 monetary or service yearly and your name goes onto our Century
Club list. Help the Museum build a
solid base of contributions that 
support the programs and exhibits.
Contact Dick or Roberta for more
information.
 
         Contact Information
 
 Roberta Miller, Curator 719-784-7315
 
Dick Upton,Board Pres. 520-403-5204  
    
Sherry Johns, Website 719-372-6729
 

            Board Meetings
 
     Ist Friday of each month @ 3:00 pm
     at the Baker residence. 784-0217
     131 W. Main - 2nd floor
    
                        


  BOARD MEMBER - Sherry Johns.
Sherry is an author and historian,
speaker and publisher. She's a former curator of the Museum, member of the Fremont County Historical Society and presents numerous programs on Local History. Sherry also teaches local history classes at the yearly PCC Senior Mini-College. www.sherryjohns.com
  
  CURATOR - Roberta Miller. Roberta is a
Colorado native and retired from the
Railroad industry. She's also an avid
Coca-Cola collector. Roberta's been
Curator of the Museum since 2007. She
is currently the local DAR chapter
President and also belongs to the
Fremont County Historical Society and
the Wetmore Historical Society. Roberta
was a charter member of the Fremont
County Heritage Commission.
 

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